International


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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GO International!

Surfing The Nations - our name says it all. Read on to see why we go to the nations, which nations we're going to next - and how you can get involved! We go out to the nations not only with the purpose of experiencing surf in different countries, but to truly bring the heart of surfing to their cultures as well. By simply using this sport, we are able to break down cultural barriers, build relationships, and be a catalyst for change; through all of this, we have been able to open doors which allow us to meet needs all around the world. Aren't a surfer? ...

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BRAC Chicken 1st National Surfing Tournament!

This year marked Surfing The Nations tenth year of traveling to Bangladesh! Since 2005 this trip has been made annually, and anyone who has been a part of it would be quick to tell you that there is always a new surfing adventure awaiting in Bangladesh. This trip was no exception; not only was it our ten-year anniversary, but it also marked the nation’s first surf contest planned by the newly-formed Bangladesh Surfing Association (BSA), and sponsored by BRAC Chicken.Held in Cox’s Bazar on April 27th and 28th, the “BRAC Chicken 1st National Surfing Tournament” ...

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On the Other Side of Go: TOFINO

In the land of maple syrup, hockey, and igloos lies a small town that happens to also happens to include our favorite sport: surfing! For this months' ‘On the Other Side of Go’ blog, we bring to you the district of T O F I N O. Often referred to as “the jewel of Canada’s West Coast”, this beautiful town with just under 2,000 residents is known for its breathtaking nature, great vibes, and perfect waves! We love everything about that combination, making Tofino one of our most desirable travel destinations.       (Cover Photo Credit: htt...

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Bangladesh: 10th Anniversary Trip!

Surfing The Nations is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary with Bangladesh (que confetti and Bollywood music)! A team of 24 smiling faces will be leaving on April 8th to love this beautiful country and surf its waves. After arriving in the capital city of Dhaka, the team will make it’s way to the coastal city of Cox Bazar via 16 hour, wild bus ride. Once in Cox Bazar, the team will host a surf contest as well as a variety of outreaches in surrounding villages. A lot of planning has gone into making this year’s trip EXTRA special. It could not have been done ...

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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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On the Other Side of Go: INDO

This month, for our "On the Other Side of Go" blog series, we are being guided around the land of perfect waves by photographer, Kara Donovan. The daughter of a surfboard shaper in sunny San Diego, Kara has a passion for surfing and a heart to give back which made her the perfect addition to STN's Indonesia trip last summer. Read below as she shares her recommendations of the best places to go in Bali & Lombok and consider joining us this July! (More info here.)         All photos taken by Kara Donovan. To see more ...

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Surfer’s Leadership School: A Look Inside

Heard about our Surfer's Leadership School (SLS)? (Don't let the 'school' part scare you!) It's an adventurous, team building & character shaping 3-month program that all of our staff participate in before they join our team full-time. Read below as Danielle Posthuma and Teka Gabaldon, two of our current SLS students, share more about the program and the amazing class they get to experience it with!  Seven Americans, two Swedes, one German, and one Canadian; we are the eleven individuals who make up this year’s Spring class of STN’s Surfer’s Leadership ...

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