Ohana


Alumni Wave: Where Are They Now?

For this month’s Alumni Wave, we are featuring a lovely lady from S W E D E N: Anna Strandberg. Keep reading to see how this former STN Staff member is doing now, and what she’s doing to pursue her dreams! Anna Strandberg first came to Surfing The Nations in January of 2011, and - although her intentions were to stay for a 3 month internship program - Anna ended up staying for over a year, making the move back to Sweden not until April of 2012. During her stay, Anna worked hard to improve the internship program as the Internship Coordinator. “It was amazing to meet ...

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Summer Challenge: A Photo Blog

The first semester of Summer Challenge 2015 has come to a close, but the memories collected throughout this program will last a lifetime. Picking up a suitcase, boarding a plane, and experiencing Hawaii for a month might be an intimidating thing to imagine, but Summer Challengers are what some might call 'free spirited'. Hawaii is a place of exciting unknowns; there are few things more enchanting to us than wandering through the jungle, discovering new and untouched waterfalls. Every day is a new adventure, and every sunset is worth watching. We believe coffee was ...

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Eric Arakawa Design

If you are into the surfing world - specifically the surfboard shaping world - “Eric Arakawa” is a name that probably rings a bell. An excellent surfer and world-renown shaper, Eric Arakawa shapes boards for all levels of surfers, all over the world. Growing up on the North Shore of Oahu, Eric started surfing at a young age, and very quickly became interested in shaping; at just 14 years old, he shaped his first board! Now, over 50 years later, Eric’s boards have been ridden to victory in countless Triple Crowns as well as WCT and WQS events worldwide, including ...

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Thank you, Whole Foods!

We can feel the excitement increasing for the Community Outreach Training Center, and the anticipation builds with each donation that comes in! We want to thank all of you who have financially partnered with us for the construction of the COTC; we still have a long way to go, but we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help. This week we would love to give a special shout out to one of our supporters: Whole Foods in Kahala! Whole Foods has been extremely generous to us and has played a huge part in helping this building progress. But what a lot of you probably ...

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April Staff Of The Month…

In 2012, one lovely lady moved all the way from the Tibro, Sweden to Wahiawa, Hawaii. She arrived with the intention of staying for 3 months, but little did she know what was in store! Two years later, having completed both the Internship Program and the Surfers Leadership School, she now serves on staff as the Campus Life Coordinator, along with working as a barista at our Surfers Coffee Bar. Can you guess who this may be?? Drum roll….. N A T A L I E   J O H A N S S O N ! Natalie’s first encounter with Surfing The Nations was when she visited her friends that ...

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Community Outreach Training Center

No matter your age, you are never too young to start making a difference! Read below to see how the students and teachers of Christian Academy chose to make an impact! As a teenager, raising $4000 may seem like an impossible task - let alone raising it for a local non-profit organization! However, that is exactly what Christian Academy in Red Hill pledged to fundraise for the construction of our new Community Outreach and Training Center (COTC). On April 16th, they presented us with a check for not only $4,000... but $4,879! They exceeded their original goal and became ...

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Dawn Patrol

One eyelid slowly cracks open as you reach to turn off the loud beeping that is your alarm. As you climb out what feels like the most warm and comfortable place on this planet, there is one word echoing through your mind: c o f f e e.  But as you stumble towards your caffeine machine, you catch a glimpse of your surfboard out of the corner of your eye. Suddenly, you remember why you woke up at 5:30am, and uncoincidentally you immediately have energy. You close your eyes and imagine the clean rolling waves of the North Shore, and then find yourself at your dresser hastily ...

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Freedom Surf Camp

At STN, we never outgrow Spring Break! And this year, we got to spend it having fun in the sun and surf at our Freedom Surf Camp. Held at Ali’i Beach Park in Haleiwa, this was the first time hosting our annual surf camp on the North Shore… and it definitely won’t be the last! The idea of hosting a surf camp originated from our desire to get to know kids and families from all over the island and share what it means to be a “Surfer Giving Back”. 55 kids from all over Oahu came out to participate, many of whom got to experience riding a wave for the first ...

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On the Other Side of Go: GOTHENBURG

Since our start in 1997, hundreds of people from all over the world have come through Surfing The Nations to serve and volunteer, some for just a month and others for years! Each person has made a lasting impact and become part of our (constantly growing) STN Ohana.  However, there is one unlikely country you will be guaranteed to find a representative of at any given moment: S W E D E N.  The Swedish "wikings", as we jokingly call them, have introduced many of their fun traditions to our STN community that have now become deeply rooted in our DNA. From afternoon ...

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INTERN-Island Hopping!

This weeks blog post is brought to you by one of our interns, Celina Thornton! This California girl made her way with 16 of her fellow interns to the beautiful island of Maui for our annual outreach trip. Read below as she briefly shares about her team's amazing time!   Every spring, STN sends a crew of interns to either Maui or Molokai to give them a chance to apply all that they have been learning. Interns will do a variety of things including food distribution, property restoration, farming, and spending time with local kids. However, for me, the ...

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