25 results for tag: Hawaii


The True Island Experience

Today's blog is brought to you by an STN intern, Chloe Purpero, from North Carolina. Upon arriving in January, she shares a glimpse of her experience from working and serving at Surfing The Nations.    Since coming to Hawaii with Surfing the Nations, my perspective of the island has been completely shaken. Each day, my heart has been broken for something I have seen or by something that I have learned. Perhaps the splendor of the island masks and overshadows the true brokenness that people endure in Hawaii every day. The biggest blessing since being here has been working with the kid’s program Ulu Pono. Last week, we were able to ...

S. A. L. T.

I want you to close your eyes. Picture the rolling seas running past you and the spray of the ocean quenching your sun stricken face. Imagine witnessing the first initial glimpse of the sun over the Pacific Ocean as flying fish skip across the water. Our 2015 fall Surfers Leadership School Class experienced just this. For five days we embarked on a sailing adventure through the Hawaiian Islands on the “Makani Olu.” We charted the waters, navigated through channels, hoisted halyards, and guided the ship to each destination. A blog filled with detailed stories and adjectives couldn’t possibly portray such an experience. However, I’ll try my ...

Mahalo, Friends of Hawaii Charities!

The Hawaiian Islands encompass some of the most beautiful places on earth, and so it makes sense that, to most, Hawaii is widely portrayed as a perfect oasis. But those of us that call Hawaii home know that there is a whole other side to this tropical paradise: a side of homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other recurring issues. Fortunately, there has been a raised awareness locally around these issues and as a result Hawaiian non-profits dedicated resolve these needs have been on the rise. We are excited to highlight one charity in particular because not only have they substancially helped Surfing The Nations, but countless other organi...

Summer Challenge: A Photo Blog

The first semester of Summer Challenge 2015 has come to a close, but the memories collected throughout this program will last a lifetime. Picking up a suitcase, boarding a plane, and experiencing Hawaii for a month might be an intimidating thing to imagine, but Summer Challengers are what some might call 'free spirited'. Hawaii is a place of exciting unknowns; there are few things more enchanting to us than wandering through the jungle, discovering new and untouched waterfalls. Every day is a new adventure, and every sunset is worth watching. We believe coffee was designed for drinking on the beach with friends, and that each wave that rolls in is ...

Eric Arakawa Design

If you are into the surfing world - specifically the surfboard shaping world - “Eric Arakawa” is a name that probably rings a bell. An excellent surfer and world-renown shaper, Eric Arakawa shapes boards for all levels of surfers, all over the world. Growing up on the North Shore of Oahu, Eric started surfing at a young age, and very quickly became interested in shaping; at just 14 years old, he shaped his first board! Now, over 50 years later, Eric’s boards have been ridden to victory in countless Triple Crowns as well as WCT and WQS events worldwide, including Longboard and Big Wave World Tours. However, Eric Arakawa is more than just an ...

Groundswell Giveaway!

As you may already know, June 20th is International Surfing Day, and all of us at Surfing The Nations are getting stoked to shred. We want YOU to get excited too, which is why we’re partnering with the organization, “Groundswell”, for an Instagram Givaway! To enter, all you need to do is post a picture on Instagram before June 20 of how you give back to your community, tag and follow both @surfingthenations and @groundswellsupply, and hashtag #SurfersGivingBack. Thats all you need to do for a chance to win an awesome prize - we can’t wait to see your photos! If you’ve never heard of Groundswell and curious as to what this organization is ...

GO International!

Surfing The Nations - our name says it all. Read on to see why we go to the nations, which nations we're going to next - and how you can get involved! We go out to the nations not only with the purpose of experiencing surf in different countries, but to truly bring the heart of surfing to their cultures as well. By simply using this sport, we are able to break down cultural barriers, build relationships, and be a catalyst for change; through all of this, we have been able to open doors which allow us to meet needs all around the world. Aren't a surfer? Don't worry! These trips aren't exclusive to those who can surf; going internati...

Thank you, Whole Foods!

We can feel the excitement increasing for the Community Outreach Training Center, and the anticipation builds with each donation that comes in! We want to thank all of you who have financially partnered with us for the construction of the COTC; we still have a long way to go, but we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help. This week we would love to give a special shout out to one of our supporters: Whole Foods in Kahala! Whole Foods has been extremely generous to us and has played a huge part in helping this building progress. But what a lot of you probably don't know is that their generosity towards Surfing The Nations didn’t start ...

Dawn Patrol

One eyelid slowly cracks open as you reach to turn off the loud beeping that is your alarm. As you climb out what feels like the most warm and comfortable place on this planet, there is one word echoing through your mind: c o f f e e.  But as you stumble towards your caffeine machine, you catch a glimpse of your surfboard out of the corner of your eye. Suddenly, you remember why you woke up at 5:30am, and uncoincidentally you immediately have energy. You close your eyes and imagine the clean rolling waves of the North Shore, and then find yourself at your dresser hastily putting on the first swim suit that you find. As you rush out of the door with ...

Freedom Surf Camp

At STN, we never outgrow Spring Break! And this year, we got to spend it having fun in the sun and surf at our Freedom Surf Camp. Held at Ali’i Beach Park in Haleiwa, this was the first time hosting our annual surf camp on the North Shore… and it definitely won’t be the last! The idea of hosting a surf camp originated from our desire to get to know kids and families from all over the island and share what it means to be a “Surfer Giving Back”. 55 kids from all over Oahu came out to participate, many of whom got to experience riding a wave for the first time! Throughout the 3 days of surf and swim lessons, kids also learned about ocean ...