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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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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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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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Thanksgiving Luau

This year, Surfing The Nations is once again preparing to host a fall Thanksgiving event for the community of Wahiawa. This year’s event is luau themed! We are planning to bring the traditions of both the classic American Thanksgiving with that of the local Hawaiian community. Our motto here at STN is “Surfers Giving Back” and what a better time than Thanksgiving to show our amazing community just how much we love and appreciate them. Our heart for this event is to provide a safe and loving environment where residents of our local community who might not have a ...

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California, Here We Come!

It's that time of year again! STN founder Tom Bauer and our stellar staff member Ryley Snyder are in California and they want to see YOU! Here's how you can make that happen: November 1st- STN Reunion Day at Huntington Beach Pier, Southside Pier from 10-1 !  Everyone is welcome. Come bring what you would like to eat and we will have a simple BBQ. It's a time to catch up, talk story and surf! Lunch will be at 12, but feel free to come any time between 10 and 1! November 7th-  There will be surf sesh/gathering for people that are interested in coming out to STN at ...

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The Youth Of Wahiawa Thrive in Ulu Pono

Today's blog post comes from Ulu Pono director Brittany Southwick. The Ulu Pono program has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and with the continued support of local charities and volunteers, so have the kids! Brittany writes about the amazing summer that the Ulu Pono kids an teens had and tells us what's happening this school year   "The summer of 2014 brought deeper relationships, more fun and education to the Ulu Pono Department at Surfing the Nations. Over the months of June and July, we traveled all around the island every Wednesday and Thursday ...

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Hurricane Playlist: Pepa Knight

I sat in the Surfers Coffee Bar on an ordinary work day, trying to think of a band to write about for a weekend music feature.My friend, Tyler, was visiting from California and plopped down next to me as I stared blankly at my screen, weary from browsing. Seeing the chance to get some fresh ideas, I asked him to tell me a good band that I may have not heard of before. He grabbed his phone, scrolled through some music and threw out a name that was to become my new favorite band: 'Jinja Safari'. Fast forward to a few years later: Still growing in popularity and stretching ...

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Falling In Love With FTH: A California Girl’s Story

STN’s Feeding the Hungry (FTH) program is 16 years in the running and one of the biggest food distribution productions in Hawaii. FTH has been featured on several news channels and in multiple news publications. Throughout FTH’s two main locations for food distribution, we distribute 30-40,000 pounds of food donated by the Hawaii Food Bank and Aloha Harvest to over 2,100 individuals in need. Regardless of how the numbers continue to grow, it’s the personal stories and individual experiences that keep us loving this life of service.   Rachael Andersen came to STN ...

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