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 ...

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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 ...

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Summer Challenge: June 2018

As the first month of our Summer Challenge program comes to an end, we're sharing a mosaic of voices from the June session with photos from 17-year old Canadian, Halle, and reflections on the last month from the journals of two ladies from New Jersey and California. Kate, 20, from New Jersey appreciates what Surfing the Nations taught her this month - Summer Challenge has been one of the most life changing, fun, adventurous, and of course, challenging experiences for me. While the leaders took time to be intentional in all that we did, they were also so easy to ...

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Staff Snaps – Vol. 2: Emily Clark

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 legendary Emily Clark, staff of the month for January and current department head and captain of the ship for our Internship program. Emily loves quoting old movies, eating local food on the weekends, and is a fierce friend - this chick is all time! Born and raised? Tacoma, Washington. My parents even still live there. I'm loyal to my home roots of the PNW. Favorite part of the workday? Nap. ...

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Surfers Coffee: Rebranding Party

Like any proper party, the night didn't truly begin until the sun went down and the music filled the room. With a full house bubbling with conversation and music, Surfing the Nations Interns, Summer Challengers, staff, and unfamiliar friendly faces poured into Surfers Coffee throughout the evening. The anticipation for the night had been building all week, with last minute changes for the set up of Surfers Coffee, brand new signs on the windows and exterior, and fresh displays of the newly printed mugs. During my time on staff at Surfing the Nations, changes are usually ...

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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 ...

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Staff Snaps – Vol. 1: Madi Graham

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 get a glimpse of the lovely Madi Graham, current manager of Surfers Coffee and soon to be Internship staff. Sitting down to chat with Madi was a treat; she's an all around joyful individual with an infectious laugh who loves some quality time with good friends or her camera. Born and raised? Chicago, Illinois. I was born in the city, raised in the suburbs of Wheaton but I’m a city girl at heart. What’s your pick me ...

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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 ...

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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.

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Wahiawa Community Festival Spring 2018

As the day kicked off, the tents were standing, the lights were strung, the smell of food began to drench the air, and kids and families invaded. Our entire parking lot had transformed from a regular car lot into a colorful extravaganza. The course of the day went from from rainy torrential downpour to bright sun reflecting off the striped tents. This Saturday was an all hands on deck kind of day, with our staff and interns working together to keep games running. Throughout the day I wandered around, watching interns jump in the bouncy houses with storms of kids, was ...

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