22 results for tag: travel


A Story Of A Radically Impacted Life

The magnanimous Steven Butwell is a former Surfing The Nations staff member who unremittingly served both locally and internationally from September of 2008 until October of 2009. Not only is he an eloquent and captivating writer, but currently resides in southern California impacting countless lives through addiction counseling. We are inordinately grateful for the bountiful ways he has impacted and poured into every individual that he encounters. It is an honor to have him share his awe-inspiring journey. I have heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If a picture is worth that many words, what about the memory that it encapsula...

Eye-Opening Journey Through Israel

Many dream of embarking on a journey to The Holy Land, and for some, it is even considered to be a right of passage. Whether it is exploring one's affinity to gain further knowledge of the culture and history embedded in these breathtaking cities or embarking on a sacred trek, no individual returns the same. The journey truly changes you as a person and challenges you to see the wonder of other cultures, people, and places through a new lens. The team that recently returned home had endless opportunities to broaden their own perspectives and their stories paint a masterpiece of deeper understanding and the beauty that can be found amidst brokenness...

Middle Eastern Adventures

Our stellar team is back from the Middle East and have countless stories of all their impactful experiences. It has been a pleasure to listen intently as they paint a beautiful picture of their journeys and we are excited to also share them with you!   As Told by Kaylen Wray, The goal of this trip for me was to see how Surfing The Nations surf culture influences the surf community in Egypt, specifically the Bianki Melt club. Surfing is the platform that allows us to actually connect with people and it was very obvious that Surfing The Nations has truly impacted the Egyptian surf community and is a huge part of the boys’ lives. The ...

A Letter To The Potential Intern

We ring in the new year with great excitement for all the adventures ahead of us. In just a few weeks we will be welcoming a rad new group for Spring Internship 2018! We are honored to share an excerpt from one of our former interns, Hope Litaker.   As we go through life, we often don’t realize in the moment the events that will shape us as individuals. Many times those precious, defining moments are swept over only to be appreciated in the future, once we have seen the harvest of what was planted earlier in our lives. Participating in the internship program at Surfing the Nations, however, was not a defining moment to be swept over, and ...

Christmas Traditions Around The World

One of the most beautiful things about Christmas is the many diverse and unique traditions that create a lifetime of memories sometimes passed down through generations of families. We have the privilege of celebrating this season with people from all over the globe and share our treasured traditions with one another as an ohana. Representing six different countries, a few of our staff answered some fun questions about how they celebrate the Christmas season. Keep scrolling to view the Christmas in Hawaii, STN ohana style at the end of the interviews! Do you have a fake or real tree? Spencer Kaneda, Canada: “Real, we chop our own.” Aino ...

Reminiscing On Indonesia

This year will be our 20th year going back to Indonesia. Here is a tiny snippet into the hearts of some of our team members that have gone previously.. Tom Bauer: Founder and President of Surfing The Nations and has been to Indonesia 19 times with STN! What inspired you to made a 20-year commitment to go back to Indonesia annually? My opinion has always been that if you could go to only one place in your lifetime, Indonesia should be that place! It is the second largest surf destination in the world. It has incredible culture, food, shopping, surfing - it has everything. It’s a magical place. Charis ...

Celebrating 2016

2016 was an incredible year - Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2016 real, radical, and revolutionary!  Here's a look at the many different ways you helped make a difference through Surfing The Nations this year!

Road Tripping Through Australia

When years are spent dreaming about traveling to a new place, there is a strange mix of emotions that occurs when one finally arrives at said location. The excitement of being in a new place combined with the wonder of the unknown and a hand full of hopeful expectations is usually the trio responsible for the lovely endorphin rush a traveller experiences as he or she walks down the terminal. After leaving baggage claim and taking in that first breath of “fresh” air (usually a combination of car exhaust and jet fumes), he or she realizes it’s time to test whether the reality will live up to his or her imagination... Now, picture our ...

10 Days on Molokai

While everyone sees life from their own, unique perspective, it seems that photographers are gifted with an exceptional ability to catch details others cannot. Rachel Bushong, one of our talented interns, traveled with us on outreach to the island of Molokai and managed to capture some dreamy moments along the way in her journals and photos. Escape with us today and see a glimpse of the world through her lens...       10 days on Molokai and these are some snippets I remember: Making home wherever we went, quickly adapting to the nightly campfires and the sandy feet and salty hair tangled in sleeping bags. Waking up in ...

Sri Lanka: Girls Make Waves

From August 7 to September 7, 2015, a team from Surfing The Nations travelled to Sri Lanka. Read this first-hand account blog written by STN staff member, Meredith Jones! A team of eight individuals coming together with a mutual hunger for adventure is how this trip began. We really didn’t know what to expect as we headed off to the teardrop of India, Sri Lanka - we just knew our purpose was to be surfers that give back and make a positive impact. Sri Lanka has been voted as one of the best surf spots in southern Asia... so it’s really no surprise that STN has been sending a team to Arugam Bay for the past 11 years. The years of relationships ...