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STN Global – Thruster Model

 Surfing The Nations is breaking new ground in 2019 and establishing new bases around the world! Surfing The Nations is going global! While our founding base is established on Oahu, global directors Zach and Charis Ifland are implementing our vision to see Surfing the Nations planted internationally. This means seven STN bases established around the world and you can be a part of it! With foundations already set in the South Pacific, Sweden, and Sri Lanka, we're still in the pioneering stages of establishing bases in North America, Africa, South America, and Oceania. The common thread between each of our global bases will be implementing ...

STN Global – Särna, Sweden

Longtime staff member Teka Gabaldon experienced the launch of our base in Sweden firsthand this past winter in the small mountain town of Särna. Read below to get excited for what's ahead for our Sweden base and how you can get involved! Growing up in Southern California, I’ve never experienced a proper winter before. I, unlike my peers growing up more North, did not have memories of making snowmen or bundling up like the kid in A Christmas Story. Not being a huge fan of the cold, I wasn’t particularly sad about missing out. However, when I was invited to join the pioneering of our first out of country base in Sweden during the arctic ...

Internship Summer 2018: Sri Lanka

With photos and words from Madi Graham, one of our Internship leaders, we get an inside look at the impact of this Summer Internship team's outreach to our base in Sri Lanka. As this was our second international Summer Internship outreach, it's compelling to see the beautiful photos and hear powerful stories of how our team connected with the people of Aragum Bay. "Even though our languages were different, with one glance into their kind eyes, I knew we had more in common than we ever needed words to express."   A friend once told me that we as humans all have things in common, some connections are just a bit harder to form than others. ...

Global Pioneering School – Summer 2018

With our first-annual Global Pioneering School class recently graduated, we get a chance to hear from longtime staff member Teka Gabaldon about her experience as a student of Global Pioneering School and the long-term benefits of going through a school geared towards making dreams a reality. We live in a generation of passionate people, ready to make a lasting impact on the the world. We’re excited to join a cause, do something we believe in and create a legacy that far outlasts our lifetime. Still, the one thing we seem to be lacking is a plan and the initiative to start. Growing up I lacked commitment and the will to stick something out if ...

A Glimpse of Bangladesh: Cox’s Bazaar, April 2018

With our team's return from Bangladesh earlier this month, each team member came back full of life-changing stories and moments experienced during the trip. Today we not only get a glimpse of Bangladesh seen through the eyes of staff member Aino Palmer, but also a chance to read how time spent in Bangladesh has impacted her life. My morning routine consists of approaching every day with an attitude of “anything can happen.” It’s uncomfortable to plan to have no plans, but I’m learning how this mindset is really the simplest way. I’m back in Bangladesh for the second time, fully immersed in a culture which is at first strange ...

Power in Community: Relief for Kauai

Lizzy Fowler was one of the epic interns who graduated from the Spring 2018 class. While in Kauai these last few weeks, she's experienced firsthand how the community has bonded and come together during the rainstorms and floods, seeking to rebuild their communities and homes. Read on for some heartfelt and encouraging stories during her hands-on experience of the natural disaster. During my time at Surfing the Nations someone once said “adventure starts when everything goes wrong.” These past few weeks have proven this statement to be true. I never expected to experience a natural disaster in one of the most beautiful islands in the ...

Agents of Change: Surfing the Nations by Surfer Magazine

We're stoked to share an installment from Surfer magazine's partnership series with Cobian, "Agents of Change." This week they featured an interview with longtime staff member, Robert McDaniel where he shared stories and impactful moments he's experienced traveling globally with Surfing the Nations. Special thanks to Surfer magazine and Cobian! Read the full article here.

Global Pioneering School

Our new Global Pioneering School (GPS) is from May 8th - July 3rd located in Wahiawa, HI. This training school is for those who have been previously affiliated with STN and desire to serve internationally. Although GPS is geared towards equipping individuals to apply the Thruster Model, the curriculum can put in motion any dreams and passions you have related to implementing revolutionary businesses, non-profit work, and impacting communities abroad. GPS is not exclusive to working with Surfing The Nations upon completion.  Including dynamic coursework, world-class speakers and training from leaders with over 100 years of combined experience, ...

Finding Peace in the Deep Blue

Everything pertaining to water has fascinated me since I was a little kid. Growing up next to a beautiful lake, I had the chance to spend a lot of my time there. SALT was for sure the one thing that I was looking forward to the most in the leadership training program. I was daydreaming about how amazing it would be to live on a boat; just the ocean and your crew for five days straight. Before we took off to our second and last adventure trip, the class shared about how they feel being on a sailboat in the deep blue sea. Things like being anxious about seasickness, a shark attack and a whale jumping on our boat were all things that came up. Above all, ...

Wahiawa Community Festival

WAHIAWA COMMUNITY FESTIVAL Wahiawa is fun - Fishbowl toss, dunking booths, tasty food and performers from all around the island. Fun activities for the young and young at heart. Sounds rad? Come and celebrate with us as we host the first Wahiawa Community Festival! Surfing The Nations is excited to host the first-ever Wahiawa Community Festival on this year's Easter weekend. The event will be held on March 31st from 11 am - 8 pm in Surfing The Nation's parking lot, so write it on your calendar and get stoked!  The purpose of this event is to bring people from central Oahu to Wahiawa to gather and have fun together. Throughout the day there will ...