Ohana


Happy Birthday Cindy

Cindy Bauer is so much more than a boss, an executive director, co-founder or any other official title she owns at STN - she is an inspirational teacher, patient counsellor and motivational mother-figure to so many who have passed through here. In her “extended” 25 years of life, Cindy has been an example to hundreds, if not thousands, of young adults who strive to live a life of character, not comfort ;), and significance. Her aroma and wisdom echo in our memory banks long after we leave her presence! Cindy, thank you for always having your door open, heart wide ...

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Freedom Surf Camp 2016!

Today's blog comes to you from our Surf Division Director, Lara Hamilton! Read more on why she loves sharing her stoke for the sport of surfing at our annual Freedom Surf Camp. I remember driving past Waimea Bay the first time I volunteered with Surfing The Nations, back in May 2014. I was reflecting on how the ocean and surfing had impacted my life, helped me to deal with my feelings and struggles, and how much confidence and freedom I received from being in the water. I remember dreaming of how cool it would be to have a Surf Camp for the youth of Oahu, ...

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A Hui Hou, Julie!

Today's post is in honor of long-time staff member Julie Iannarone, who has just closed out her last week on staff with STN. Her former fellow intern, Gisele McDaniel, caught up with her before she stepped out of the building. One of the unique and special aspects about living at Surfing The Nations is the constant ebb and flow of incredible people passing through. Some stay for a month, some do a three-month internship, others commit to 15 months on staff - and some stay longer, waaay longer! Julie Nelson came to STN in the fall of 2010 as a scrappy, Duck-loving ...

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Surf Art and The Surfer: Nov. 4 & 5, 2016

Are you an art enthusiast, wave seeker, shopaholic, or just can’t resist a delicious food truck?  Then we have your weekend plans covered. You’ll find all four of these and more at Surfing The Nations’ fourth annual Surf Art and The Surfer art festival. You’re not going to want to miss this unbelievable event!   On the 4th and 5th of November, 2016, Wahiawa will become the gathering place for some of Oahu’s top and emerging artists. This weekend is going to be jampacked with artists, musicians and vendors from all over the island, including Mark ...

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Road Tripping Through Australia

When years are spent dreaming about traveling to a new place, there is a strange mix of emotions that occurs when one finally arrives at said location. The excitement of being in a new place combined with the wonder of the unknown and a hand full of hopeful expectations is usually the trio responsible for the lovely endorphin rush a traveller experiences as he or she walks down the terminal. After leaving baggage claim and taking in that first breath of “fresh” air (usually a combination of car exhaust and jet fumes), he or she realizes it’s time to test whether ...

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10 Days on Molokai

While everyone sees life from their own, unique perspective, it seems that photographers are gifted with an exceptional ability to catch details others cannot. Rachel Bushong, one of our talented interns, traveled with us on outreach to the island of Molokai and managed to capture some dreamy moments along the way in her journals and photos. Escape with us today and see a glimpse of the world through her lens...       10 days on Molokai and these are some snippets I remember: Making home wherever we went, quickly adapting to the nightly campfires ...

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To Surf Camp, From A Mom

Today's heartwarming blog comes from Patti Heath, one of the many amazing parents we had the pleasure of getting to know at our Freedom Surf Camp. We are so thankful for the opportunity to love on families like hers as part of our job description; it is these stories that bring our full-time volunteer staff fresh passion for what we do. Read below to see why! /// Just over a year ago we signed my daughter up for Surf Camp with Surfing The Nations.  Since that enrollment, we have attended a total of 3 surf camp sessions!  It’s safe to say that our experience ...

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Freedom Surf Camp: March 17 – 19th 2016

Camp is FULL. Click here to apply to be on our waiting list. /// Surfing The Nations 3rd Bi-Annual Freedom Surf Camp "To empower & equip the youth of Oahu to be a community of Surfers Giving Back.” Ages 5-15  |  Ali’i Beach Park  | Thursday March 17th - Saturday March 19th   It’s time for the third bi-annual Freedom Surf Camp! During spring break March 17th-19th, Surfing The Nations will once again be hosting the Freedom Surf Camp at Ali’i Beach Park in Haleiwa. It will be three days filled with surf, crafts, friends, and fun games. The kids will ...

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The True Island Experience

Today's blog is brought to you by an STN intern, Chloe Purpero, from North Carolina. Upon arriving in January, she shares a glimpse of her experience from working and serving at Surfing The Nations.    Since coming to Hawaii with Surfing the Nations, my perspective of the island has been completely shaken. Each day, my heart has been broken for something I have seen or by something that I have learned. Perhaps the splendor of the island masks and overshadows the true brokenness that people endure in Hawaii every day. The biggest blessing since being here ...

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Sweden Ohana Night

This December, Stefan and Christy Eriksson, directors of STN Sweden, hosted an amazing Ohana Night Fika in Flora, Sweden! The evening was full of laughter, memories, dreams and plans for the future. We were thrilled to see the growth of STN Sweden and loved reconnecting with STN Hawaii alumni, new and old. From starting families to offering assistance to refugees in Sweden, we could not be more proud of all vast ways that our Swedish Ohana are impacting their communities in Sweden. Thank you to all who were able to be a part of this special evening! ...

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