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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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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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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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Alumni Wave- “Where are they now?”

This month for our Alumni Wave, we introduce to you... Sanna Myers! After bringing the ‘fire’ to Surfing The Nations in 2010, Sanna has been quick to carry the torch onto her new clothing company, "SPARK," that is soon to set the fashion industry ablaze. (Are we punny yet?) Sanna Myers, who many of you remember as Sanna Parker, moved to Hawaii from Sweden and soon became a valued member of our STN staff.  Although she served in all of our outreaches and spent countless hours working in our office, for Sanna, Surfing The Nations was much more than just a job. ...

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S.A.L.T.

After 8 years of dreaming- and months of preparing- the first ever S.A.L.T. trip was successfully pioneered by the students of the Spring 2015 Surfers Leadership School! So, what is S.A.L.T., you may ask? Surprisingly, the "S" has nothing to do with surfing, but rather - SAILING. S.A.L.T., an acronym for Sailing Adventure Leadership Training, turned out to be the perfect description for what the students experienced over their five days at sea. Between high waves and beautiful Hawaiian islands, this journey was the experience of a lifetime. Modeling the quote ...

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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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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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“Project Serve” Recap!

Today's blog is written by guest author Erin Himes of Pepperdine University! Last Saturday morning around 5 AM, a group of 13 college students gathered in a dark parking lot to drive to the airport and board a flight to Honolulu. Now, one week later, a group of 13 friends are scattered across the Surfing the Nations property waiting to fly home. We want to tell you the story of our spring break. We are a part of a program called Project Serve at Pepperdine University. Basically, that means that earlier in the year, we were placed on a team and told we would be ...

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