5 results for tag: International Outreach


Bangladesh Team Heading Home

It has been a quick yet fabulous month in Bangladesh and the team has been making their way back home to Hawaii. 12 hours on a bus from Coxs Bazar to Dhaka, an airplane through Thailand, and a couple more flights over the Pacific and I'm sure they will be sleeping for the next day just recovering from an exhausting travel. Rickshaws rides and elephants, surfboards and street-kids, three-pieces and board shorts. You can begin to realize the world of a difference the sport of surfing might pose in a country like Bangladesh. But after only 30 days, the 2012 Bangladesh team hosted a nation-wide surfing competition in Cox's Bazar, an all-girls surf camp ...

Bangladesh Team Update!

As promised, the Bangladesh team update! Get a glimpse of what it's like to be there through the eyes of team member Kirsten Jackson, as she shares her perspective on the country, the people, the experience.   After 3 days of flying and a 14 hour bus ride, we finally made it to beautiful Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. We've got an awesome team out here! So much has happened in such a short time. Our days are filled with early morning dawn patrols, promptly followed by breakfast at the local hotspot "Poushee" (Our absolute favorite)! ¬†Next, we cruise around Bahatchurat, the town the surf club boys live in. There's so much to see and experience ...

STN Sweden and Ireland Trip

On July 16th -August 18, founder of Surfing the Nations Cindy Bauer and two STN staff members, Renee Arnold and Julie Nelson, took off on a trip to Sweden and Ireland. STN Sweden is in its early days of forming and developing so Cindy, Renee and Julie went over to meet with the Swedish staff, help cast the vision and equip the leaders. Renee and Julie jetted off to Ireland for a week to get to know the people there and scout out a place where STN Sweden could send teams to for humanitarian and surf outreaches. Here is an excerpt from Julie that she wrote as the trip was coming to an end: (more…)

Aloha Bangladesh 2012

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime'' -Lao Tzu Today, we sent back 2 of our Bengali friends with a team of 10 STN staff for the 8th annual, month-long Bangladesh trip. The journey all started eight years ago, when the founder of STN looked at a map and noticed that Bangladesh had the longest sand beach in the world. Shortly after that, a handful of people touched down in Bangladesh, and through meeting one lone surfer in Bangladesh, the sport of surfing and the culture of giving back began to take roots in the country. We've been going back to Bangladesh for several years, so what's ...

Transformation: A Story Worth Telling

I first saw Abdoul Aziz three years ago while watching the documentary 'Gum For My Boat.' He was speaking his native language of Bengali at a beach in Bangladesh and still very much a boy. This morning, I saw Aziz as a grown up man, sit in front of a large group of people in Hawaii and tell his story to a large audience in English. How do things like this happen? How can a boy that used to throw his books in the bushes on the way to school and go crabbing instead, be captivating an audience in a place and a language that he could never grasp a year ago? Transformation. It's a big word, it evokes big dreams, yet ever the paradoxical thing, it always ...