18 results for author: Rachel Bushong


Staff Snaps – Vol. 7: Junia Combrinck

On Staff Snaps we feature some of the all stars who make the good stuff happen behind the scenes at Surfing the Nations. Today on Staff Snaps we’re featuring Junia Combrinck, Swiss native who earned staff of the month for July when she played a huge role in leading our Summer Challenge program. While this woman is fierce and hardworking, she's also all about the people who make the hard work here at STN worth every minute. Read below to get to know Junia better!Born and raised? Born in Switzerland in a small town. I've been raised there until I was fourteen or fifteen, then we moved to another small town up in the mountains. We were only five ...

History In the Making!

History in the making is happening in Sri Lanka! With our Sri Lanka base pioneered in Arugam Bay by Tiffany and Cody Carothers, they've been integral to bringing surfing to the community, especially to women. An exciting step forward in breaking down cultural barriers took place when the Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka (SFSL) officially registered the Arugam Bay Girls Surf Club as the first female surf club in Sri Lanka. Tiffany Carothers has played a vital role in bringing the sport of surfing to the women she's spent years building relationships with while living in Sri Lanka. As STN bases continue to establish around the globe, we truly believe ...

6th Annual Surf Art & The Surfer is ON!

It's happening! In just two weeks Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3 we're hosting our sixth annual Surf Art & The Surfer art show at our base in Wahiawa, Oahu. When the event is in full swing, what was once our main parking lot will be transformed into a warm environment of intoxicating aromas from food trucks, twinkling lights strung between buildings and vendors tents, live musicians performing at the center of all of it, and the art and photo exhibitions just around the corner. This isn't just an art show - this is an evening to dress your best and bring a friend, with the live music filling the air and the art on display as the backdrop ...

Staff Snaps – Vol. 6: David Eriksson

On Staff Snaps we feature some of the all stars who make the good stuff happen behind the scenes at Surfing the Nations. Today on Staff Snaps we’re featuring the stellar Swede David Eriksson, staff of the month for June and exceptional leader for our Internship program. Dave is a joy to have around here, with an infectious laugh and a love for sharing stories, this guy is vital to the STN community. Read below to get to know Dave better! Born and raised? In Sweden, in a very small town called...I'm going to spell it for you, I'll text it to you later. I grew up in Töcksfors, it's about 10 minutes from Norway. I'd say it's the Midwest of ...

LTP – Fall 2018

While our summers here at our Oahu base are full to the brim, the Fall also holds its own kind of STN chaos with new faces of Interns as well as staff, Surf Art and The Surfer, and the Freedom Surf Camp. With our Fall session of Leadership Training Program underway, we've got six new STN staff going through three months of challenges to equip them as leaders. As always, there's a mixed crew from all over the world with one Swede, two Americans, two Canadians, and one Dane in this class. With this crew hard at work planning the upcoming Surf Art and the Surfer art show, they're also preparing for their pioneering outreach trip to Brazil in November. ...

Summer Street Outreach – Salt Lake City

With the team home from our first ever Summer Street Outreach in Salt Lake City, we want to share some firsthand experiences from Taylor Bond, surf and skate staff in our Outreach department. For seven days this crew of four men experienced life living on the streets with little to no money in their pockets, making friends and having their eyes opened along the way. See below for photos from Taylor's disposable camera and his words on how the trip impacted him.  The whole gang.Taylor and Anne on the last day. Charlie's set up for the night. Recently, I got the chance to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah and live on the street for a week alongside ...

Staff Snaps – Vol. 5: Amanda Bryant

On Staff Snaps we feature some of the all stars who make the good stuff happen behind the scenes at Surfing the Nations. Today on Staff Snaps we’re featuring the fierce Amanda Bryant, staff of the month for May and outstanding team player for our Outreach department and STN crew. Amanda is sold out for Surfing The Nations, working directly with the homeless community of Wahiawa every day, and loving and serving those around her with excellence. Read below to get to know Amanda better and see some photos snapped at a barbecue for the local neighborhood.  Born and raised? Ruidoso, New Mexico. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not born and ...

Ulu Pono Freedom Skate – Summer 2018

Although school is back in session, the chaos of summertime memories with no school and many adventures with our Ulu Pono kids is still fresh. A highlight of summer at our Surfing the Nations Oahu base is how the kids are always ready for a game of basketball or volleyball, or to simply skate around the parking lot or skate park. When our team takes some of the young teens to the skate park on a Saturday afternoon it's a wild time, but always worth it. These kids are rowdy, filling the vans with boards, knee pads, and helmets, and requesting songs to sing along to during the drive. They swarm a sacred skate park on the North Shore of Oahu like they ...

Cheers, McDaniel Family!

While many staff come and go, Rob and Gisele McDaniel have been a crucial part of the Surfing the Nations family for almost a decade. With Rob having eleven years on staff under his belt, and Gisele with eight, this couple has worked in a plethora of job roles at STN. Seeing this organization grow from the pioneering stages, to a thriving non-profit, Rob and Gisele have been an integral part of developing STN into the thriving organization it is today. The fierce South African beauty and Californian artist are the dynamic team who have influenced so many with their genuine hearts and faithfulness towards the community here, all while raising two ...

Staff Snaps – Vol. 4: Dave Winters

On Staff Snaps we feature some of the all stars who make the good stuff happen behind the scenes at Surfing the Nations. Today on Staff Snaps we're featuring our resident Aussie and staff of the month for April, Dave Winters. While Dave keeps our Oahu base property in mint condition with the help of his team, he's always sharing epic and hilarious stories, but what's more is this legend's heart for people. Born and raised? Southwest of Western Australia. The town I was born in is a place called Pinjarra. But Mandurah, that's where I grew up. Favorite part of the workday? Probably coffee, first thing in the morning. And working with ...