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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
After his first trip with Surfing The Nations to Sri Lanka way back in 2008, Brendon Johnson is looking forward to leading the surf adventure to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. We accompany him down memory lane to his trip 6 years ago to the war-torn nation and hear his thoughts about what the next month in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka is going to bring.
I’m excited to go back and see the change from 2008. Sri Lanka is a really rugged environment and only the really adventurous tourists would go there. The trip was incredible back then: we really had that surf ...
Imagine yourself on a crowded ferry boat with about 200 other people all on the same deck. It’s late at night and there are bunk beds stacked all around you. Very few of them are being used, however, because everyone is mingling and conversing; sharing names and sharing stories, making a speedy transition from stranger to friend.
A guitar is pulled out and songs and laughter are exchanged. Food is passed around as if this midnight ferry ride is a family picnic. By the end of the trip, it is basically true because you’ve been welcomed into the hearts of many Filipinos ...
We love water, whether we are in it, on it, observing it or ingesting it.
As surfers, the interaction between our bodies, surfboards, and the wave is something we live for. However, as human beings, water is more than just something we enjoy playing in, but a critical part of everyday living. Unfortunately, access to clean water is a luxury often taken for granted.
Recognizing this reality, Waves for Water (W4W) decided to take action. W4W is a humanitarian, non-profit organization that helps provide communities around the world with clean water via portable filters. The ...
There are very few unexplored frontiers remaining in the world of surfing! These territories remain un-surfed primarily because of their remote and geographically hazardous locations such as Antarctica, West Africa and Eastern Russia. However, there is one country with a much more accessible location, having approximately 1,550 miles of coastline that have yet to be explored via surfboard - North Korea.
In 2003, STN was the forerunner of surfing and surf culture in Bangladesh. This year, we have a similar opportunity to pioneer the sport in the Democratic People’s ...
The month of May was history-in-the-making for Surfing The Nations as we took another big step towards Transformation Wahiawa! The much-anticipated demolition of an old brothel in the back of our property has finally come to pass. After years of being used as a house for illegal drug dealing and sex-trafficking, the plot of land has been flattened in order to rebuild a community center in its place. The "Outreach Training Center" (OTC), as it will be called, will include a food pantry, art & music rooms for our Ulu Pono Kids program as well as permanent offices for ...
It's hard to believe that 2014 marks Surfing The Nations' SEVENTEENTH trip to Indonesia!
In 1997, STN founder Tom Bauer pioneered the organization's first surfing adventure tour to this country of over 10,000 islands. On the brink of a new era of surfing about to flood Indonesia, he committed to go back every summer for the next ten years. Little did he know, that 'ten' would later turn into a 'twenty.'
Now, 17 years later, he is back once again with a fresh team of 21, ready to introduce them to all of the reasons why he is full of stoke for Indo. The team landed in ...
Surfers Coffee Bar Is Going Big!
Surfers Coffee Bar is now in its 4th year running and is thriving due to it’s recent makeover. Thank you to everyone who helped in the renovation of SCB and thank you to all our loyal customers for your patience and for supporting SCB through the transition. Since the renovations, SCB has had their most successful quarter ever and attribute it in large part to their increasingly famous Acai Bowls.
We are thrilled at how SCB is thriving. We are becoming better and better known for the quality of our caffeine ...