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STN Named Outstanding Advocate For Children And Youth

Yesterday, Surfing The Nations was honored to be named as an Outstanding Advocate For Children and Youth in the state of Hawaii. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii State Representatives honored several other individuals and organizations as a part of Children and Youth Day, and Children and Youth Month. We are humbled and stoked to be a part of bringing hope to the next generation of Hawaii!          

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Meet Our New Staff Members!

Introducing an in-depth look at the up and coming staff members of STN! Right now they are going through their three month training in Surfers Leadership School. The new staff is compiled of three Americans and two Swiss misses! Get to know them better here, and stay tuned for  more on their leaders and their upcoming Big Adventure trip to Molokai! the A M E R I C A N S Name: Daniel Udell Age: 26 Born and raised: Dallas, OR Hidden talent: Handstands. A superpower you’d like to have: Flying and Regeneration! Favorite animal and why: Wolverines. They never quit. Ha...

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Philippines Photo Reel!

The Philippines team just returned from a 17 day trip to Siargao Island. After flights, taxis, boats and ferries, they arrived in the village of General Luna. The team worked together with our local Filipino friends and went to several different islands and villages, bringing donations of clothing, school supplies, and dental supplies. Getting to know the locals, volunteering at a local school,  a trash clean up and of course, surfing were also a big part of the trip. Here are a few photo highlights:    

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What To Buy In Indonesia

Indonesia, more recently known for its perfect waves, has been recognized since the 1500's for its prized export goods among traders and tourists. Although traveling to Indonesia no longer requires jumping on a Dutch merchant vessel, the unique items found there are still highly desired by those living in the Western world. On our trip to Indo, each team member is asked to bring 2 suitcases full of donations to give out while there, and use only a carry-on for all of his or her personal items.  Given this space limitation, we want to know which treasures the individuals ...

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On Our Bookmarks Bar: Charis Ifland

On My Bookmarks Bar: Charis Bauer Ifland, Business Director This week, we are sharing Charis Ifland's favorite bookmarked websites.  As a wife, business director and world traveler, this girl knows which websites are the best for helping her keep the many moving parts of her life in order! Take note, the next few websites you may want to remember!     1.  Mint.com is a great tool to organize and manage your finances! It brings your financial information to one place, you can create a budget, and set goals to plan for the future. It helps save and enjoy the ...

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Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival!

Last Saturday, Surfing The Nations got to participate in the 11th annual Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival! We had a fun day celebrating the little town of Wahiawa we proudly call home with the rest of our community.  From delicious local food vendors to an entire row of colorful bounce-houses, nearly everyone resident of Wahiawa came out on the sunny summer afternoon to take part in the festivities. The change that is occurring in Wahiawa is amazing and we love getting to be a part of it!  Enjoy the photo recap below and see yet another reason why we love Wahiawa....

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Philippines Here We Come!

For the first time since 2010, Surfing The Nations has sent off a team to the Philippines! A group of seven left Hawaii at the crack of dawn to meet up with our European and Aussie team members in Cebu.  From there, the team will head to their destination of Siargao island where they'll be for a little over two weeks. The team is stoked to build upon existing relationships in the surf communities and villages, and to help meet the needs that are there. They will also be connecting with local learning centers like Balikbayod. We'll have photos and updates coming your ...

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The Freedom Surf Contest

The anticipation is in the air when you show up at the beach in the morning. Your hoodie is still on because the Hawaii sun hasn’t lingered over Waikiki long enough yet. You see judges make their way to the scaffolding with coffee in hand. You’re about to surf Queen’s with just a handful of friends in a fun competition. Playing games in the sand, setting up your hammock and hanging out with friends while live music plays, are the few things on your schedule for the remainder of the day. These are just a few memories that people have made when over the past several ...

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Not Your Average Family Trip

Today's blog is from an extraordinary woman, Carla Hanes. This year, she and her husband and their three young boys are embarking on a life changing trip to Bali, Indonesia. It would be easy for this Alabama family to find a much easier trip to go on, especially with their youngest son being 4 years old, but Carla knows that this is an invaluable experience. Here, she shares with us why it's important for her family to do this, and what she's experienced through the process thus far. The Hanes household is officially on count down: Taylor, Carla, Jack, Luke and Tay have ...

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New Series: On Our Bookmarks Bar!

An organization is first of all, people. At Surfing The Nations, people from several nations, backgrounds and influences come, bringing with them a countless number of interests. One thing that we all have in common is that we all strive to live inspiring lives, and thus have our specific sources of inspiration. In this new blog series, On My Bookmarks Bar we introduce an STN staff member and their favorite websites that they've bookmarked and continually frequent to keep their creative juice flowing. We hope you find a few new favorites of your own, and get inspired! On ...

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