International


An Unexpected Adventure In China

Meet Mitchell Guapo. A fresh-faced, 18 year old native of the High Desert of California. After graduating high school, Mitchell came to Oahu and interned with Surfing The Nations. Seeing that Surfing The Nations was a great place from which to impact the world around him, he joined STN’s full time staff as the coordinator of Ulu Pono Teens program for at-risk youth. A life in Hawaii was already far beyond his wildest dreams, but little did he know the ride was about to get that much crazier! A few months ago, the founders of Zhou Enlai Peace Institute from China came by ...

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Bangladesh 2014

This Spring, Surfing The Nations embarks on their 10th annual Bangladesh Surfing Adventure, from April 9th until May 3rd. The team will be venturing to the outer island of St. Martin, as well as surfing Cox's Bazar, and holding the annual Freedom Surf Contest, the only surf contest in the country. In keeping with their mission of giving back, the team is collecting surf gear and clothing for the surf club in Cox's Bazar, and also bringing clothing and supplies to the Burmese refugee population. It is incredible to see how the sport has grown since STN first started to ...

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We Went To Turkey!

In the end of 2013, STN went on their first 'pioneer' trip to Turkey. Today, staff member Gisele Pitot shares a little about the trip: "When I think of a pioneer I picture a David Livingstone-esque character: grizzly and sweaty, hacking through the jungle with a machete while mosquitos feast on him. I picture safari hats and lot of khaki. But on an STN pioneer trip, things look a little different (although we still had some grizzly men!). Skateboards, stickers, cameras, GPS signals and the odd map were our tools in our very first trip to the Eurasian country of Turkey....

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Adventure With STN In 2014

In the recent film 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', Walter lives a life of daydreams amidst his grey cubicle. Finally, in dramatic fashion, Walter breaks out of the routine and jumps into a new life of travel and adventure in the unknown. The Christmas Day release of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty was timely, serving as an inspiration for people to follow their dreams in 2014. We've all made resolutions, set goals and entered into a new year, a seemingly emboldened people. This year, we invite you to break out of your comfort zone of what you know, and even further, ...

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Relief Update From The Philippines!

Exactly a month ago, we told you about STN Staffer Brendon Johnson and his relief trip to the Philippines. Brendon, who was raised in the Philippines, embarked on December 8th on a four month trip to help those in the country he called home. Most media has quieted down regarding what was called the biggest storm in history. Today on the blog, we have a few stories straight from Brendon that are both reports of brighter days for the Filipinos, and reminders of the hard realities they're still facing. -EJ "Since we arrived in the town of Hernani on the coast of Eastern ...

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STN Staffer Heads To The Philippines!

When you spot Brendon Johnson in the lineup, one of the first things you’ll notice is the 8-rayed Filipino sun tattoo on his upper back.The second thing you might notice is how strange it is that this patriot of the Philippines looks nothing like a Filipino. With blonde hair, blue eyes and standing at over 6 feet tall,you have to wonder what the link is between this american caucasian and a cluster of islands  on the other side of the world. Brendon grew up in Cebu, Philippines as a child of missionary parents. His family provided a learning center to provide educati...

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How A Shoebox Started My Humanitarian Career

Most of my parents' friends were working in foreign countries while I was growing up. When they'd make their occasional visits back to the USA, they would come over and have dinner with us. After dinner, the coffee would be made, the photos would come out, and the stories from far off lands would flow. I'd sit there wide-eyed as they described the adventures of making a foreign place home, learning the culture and loving the people.I remember seeing the photos of families living a very different life than I was. It was in those moments that I was exposed to the reality ...

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What To Buy In The Philippines

The Philippines is famous for its world-class break 'Cloud 9' on Siargao Island, secret surf spots and breathtaking nature. As amazing as the memories and the photos are, when the time comes for you to board that plane back to reality, you'll want to bring back some things to remember your epic surf trip by (and maybe some stuff for those back home that couldn't join in the adventure). Here, I'll show you some non-cheesy souvenirs you can pick up in this amazing country: 1. Sarong- If you travel a lot, you know how valuable it is to have both a versatile item with you ...

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STN is going to Turkey!

Surfing The Nations will be leaving for the middle eastern country of Turkey this November/December! This pioneer trip is an exciting new step toward bringing the message of "Surfers Giving Back" to the world! Follow us on Instagram (#stngo) and Facebook as we go to Istanbul, Alanya, the Black Sea and beyond.  We will be surfing the Mediterranean and the Black Sea,visiting orphanages and surf clubs, seeing the Hagia Sophia, the Blue mosque and exploring one of the largest indoor bazaars, the Grand Bazaar. As the pioneer team goes, we will see how we can meet needs, ...

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New Shirt Campaign Brought To You By Movement 52!

We are stoked to announce that Movement 52 has chosen Surfing The Nations as one of their charities to raise funds and awareness for! Movement 52 is an organization of that has an amazing vision to raise awareness and funds for one charity a week in an effort to be a  ‘catalyst for generosity’. They aim to take complex problems all over the world, and help find solutions with a simple formula: 1) Identify a need 2) Raise Funds 3) Repeat. How do they raise funds? This is the part where it gets fun for all of us! They design a few different shirts for a different ...

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