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Music For Your Monday: The Restoration

As I was reviewing music, I found myself getting a bit disheartened after hearing a lot of the same laid-back, ethereal sounds. I liked it, but there was a part of me that wasn't satisfied; something about it that was making me bored (and this is coming from someone who can listen to Debussy all day long). I knew it wasn’t the slow pace of the music, it was that somehow the chill music that sounded so great, at some point started to sound apathetic. No, I didn’t think everyone should be raging screamo or dubstep re-mixing everything, but I did search for songs with ...

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An Insider’s Look At The Internship

Hundreds of people all over the globe have gone through the Surfing The Nations Internship program. Most of them are surprised upon arrival to see they're living on an urban street notorious for its high crime activity. The internship is full of experiences in the ocean and nature of Hawaii, but the heart of the internship is to grow in character, learn to live beyond yourself, and bring positive change to people and communities in need; whether that's through teaching surfing, skating, or simply handing out food. Surfing The Nations had the privilege of welcoming Leah ...

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A Win For Deaf Surfers

On the first week of February, 2013, deaf surfers from all over the world met at Ma'ili Point for the HSA Deaf Surfers World Championship. It was amazing to see this global community unite in the water, but we were there to see one man in particular: Ido Dar-El. When I first met Ido two years ago, it was a cold evening in Tel Aviv. We were standing across the street from the Mediterranean and he was offering us sahlab, a warm, creamy drink found in the Middle East. Surfing The Nations had found a kindred spirit in Ido Dar-El: Here was a man who shared our heart to use ...

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Weekend Jam Returns: Tokyo Sunrise by LP

I haphazardly stumbled across this song on a Spotify playlist this past week, completely unprepared for what I was about to hear. It hit my ears with a surprise force that made me want to run and hide underneath a bed, and then at the next second, crawl back out and get as close as possible to it, drenched in curiosity. The song: Tokyo Sunrise by LP and her amazing band. LP, born Laura Pergolizzi, is a native New Yorker. She got her start with the band 'Lionfish' and since the early 200os has been producing and performing her own work, as well as writing for other ...

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STN in the Middle East!

2013 has just begun, but the 2012 Middle East trip is still fresh on our hearts and minds. Take a peek into what the trip was like from our very own staff member and middle east traveler, Gisele Pitot: Surfing The Nations’ Middle East outreach for 2012 was a blast! The team returned just before Christmas and we were spoiled with  adventure in Egypt and Israel. Six of us from three continents met up in Cairo and spent a week taking in the chaos, sounds of revolution, camel rides, pyramids and – most importantly – the friendship of our Egyptian friends.We were ...

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Get On Board With Surfing in Bangladesh!

Zach Trein, a native Floridian and avid surfer, joined Surfing The Nations almost three  years ago as a full time staff member. Zach's primary goal was to go to Bangladesh and develop the surf culture.  By providing the education and tools needed for the locals to produce and maintain their own boards, Zach has been doing just that. Here, he shares his account of the first time he heard about Bangladesh and the progress he's seen since arriving in the seaside town of Cox's Bazar. Enjoy!  "Surfing has taken root in Bangladesh. Jafar Alam, the country’s ...

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The Grommom

Some blogs – admittedly – can make us feel less than thrilled with our own lives: all that we see featured is the best of the best, the good times, the perfect images, the things to be proud of. If anyone has a unique and blog-worthy life, it’s The Grommom's Monica Swanson. Living on the North Shore of Oahu, Monica blogs about her life as she raises and home schools four energetic board-riding boys. You can imagine that she has a lot to blog about on any given day, and Monica could easily make her life look perfect, but she chooses to write with a fresh transparency ...

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Weekend Jam: Amanda & Rasmus

Surfing the Nations headquarters is swarming with a huge population of Swedes. Lucky for us, Swedes seem to be pretty on top of it in the style, fashion, design, music, and other creative realms. We are constantly presented with the opportunity to glean from their ways: some things we've adopted (fika, Swedish chocolate balls, and of course, a love for IKEA) and some things we've  just left to the Vikings (watching Donald Duck to celebrate Christmas..?) All that to say, you don't have to look much farther than Scandinavia land for something fresh and rad. This weekend's ...

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Weekend Jam: Black Cab Sessions

When I found the 'Black Cab Sessions', three thoughts went through my mind: 1. I would love to be a passerby at a stop light witnessing what this looks like from the outside. 2. Is this what people did on road trips before radio? They must have. 3. This is amazing. The Black Cab Sessions is basically some rad musical artists piling in the back of a black cab in the UK (and there's also USA sessions) and taking a drive whilst playing and recording a song. Brilliant. There are literally hundreds of sessions to choose from. Don't you feel like you're right there with ...

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Non-fiction

  If you're anything like me, documentaries can be a bit dangerous. I just watched a great documentary called This Way of Life about a family in rural New Zealand overcoming obstacles and living a simple, yet satisfying life. The whole hour and twenty minutes of the film caused me to suddenly want a farm with six kids, fifty horses and a few dogs here and there. I felt that I had to go swim in the river on horseback and walk through wide open fields every day. Then I  saw the trailer for the documentary Blood Brother which tells the story of a young man who ...

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