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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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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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Freedom Surf Camp

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  Thank you for your interest in the Freedom Surf Camp! All spots are currently filled. Please email lara.hamilton@surfingthenations.com to add your name to the waiting list. Mahalo! Surfing The Nations' 3rd Annual Freedom Surf Camp! Ages 5-15 | Ali’i Beach Park | Monday, March 16th-Wednesday, March 18th The Freedom Surf Camp is a three-day surf camp which encourages children to be “Surfers Giving Back” through surf and swim lesson, fun games, and beach activities. STN believes in using the sport of surfing to change communities, ...

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Alumni Wave – “Where Are They Now?”

Get your boards ready, the Alumni Wave is rolling in! This month we are bringing to you a travel-savvy South American who’s living up her dreams around the world! Meet (or remember!) Belen Del Canto. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Belen was with Surfing The Nations for four years (2007-2011), holding a couple different positions during her time. Some of you Alumni might remember her as Cindy’s assistant, or you probably saw her cruising with international department! Today, Belen currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale and works (and travels the world I might add) ...

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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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Flavor of Internship

Every three months, young adults from all over the globe arrive for a healthy dose of adventure, outreach, and hearty character development! Everyone who comes brings their own personality and flavor that complements the experience. During this time, you’re going to be living with quite a few people from a MULTITUDE of cultures. Living ‘dorm style’ can seem a bit hectic when you don’t give yourself alone time. “The biggest difference between here and home is that I live with seven others guys and there are always people around. I strive to stay positive ...

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C O T C

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Character 15

While everyone is busy trying to set (and keep) their New Year's resolutions, we want to invite you to join us on ours here at Surfing The Nations! Every year, STN sets a theme to encourage and inspire our "ohana" to raise the bar in how we serve the communities we love here in Hawaii and internationally.  For 2015, we have chosen the simple, yet powerful theme of "Character." Each month we will focus on different character traits and make it our goal to refine these in new ways, both personally and as an organization. See the list below to follow along and be a ...

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