STN Stories: Jamielynn

“Confident.” “Sporty.” “An awesome sister!” “Really funny.” “She always spices things up.” “Full of life.” Jamie Lynn. The name itself brings me so much joy. I can’t help but let out a laugh and paint a smile across my face. When I asked people to describe her in one adjective, they couldn’t help but do the same. Through a wide smile and laughter, volunteers at Surfing the Nations spit out adjectives such as “confident,” “full of life”, “sporty,” “witty”, “compassionate,” and “hilarious.” We could go on ...

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S. A. L. T.

I want you to close your eyes. Picture the rolling seas running past you and the spray of the ocean quenching your sun stricken face. Imagine witnessing the first initial glimpse of the sun over the Pacific Ocean as flying fish skip across the water. Our 2015 fall Surfers Leadership School Class experienced just this. For five days we embarked on a sailing adventure through the Hawaiian Islands on the “Makani Olu.” We charted the waters, navigated through channels, hoisted halyards, and guided the ship to each destination. A blog filled with detailed stories and ...

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Make a Difference with Your Year-End Giving!

           Mele Kalikimaka to our friends and supporters, Every year, Surfing The Nations makes bigger goals, takes greater risks and meets heavier needs in the great adventure of transforming the city of Wahiawa and countless lives locally and in locations around the world. However, each mile of our journey is made up of many small, committed steps. As STN has continued to cover more ground, we have seen hope rise up in forgotten communities and light invade into dark and gnarly areas around the globe. In this season of giving and preparation for the new year, we ...

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3rd Annual Wahiawa Thanksgiving Dinner!

For 2 years in a row, Surfing The Nations has hosted a fall Thanksgiving event for the community of Wahiawa... and we couldn’t be more excited to host our 3rd! Mark your calenders and spread the word because this is an event that you won’t want to miss out on! This year we are planning to bring the traditions of both the classic American Thanksgiving with that of the local Hawaiian community. Our motto here at STN is “Surfers Giving Back” and there is no better time than Thanksgiving to show our amazing community just how much we love and appreciate them. Our ...

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Surf Art and the Surfer 2015

Take a moment to think of that place you go to be inspired... where the creative atmosphere gets the imaginative juices flowing. Do you have it? I think you know the place; the writers have their coffee shops, romantics have that prime spot for every sunset, children look up to the sky where the clouds come alive, and surfers have their favorite break where they wait on their boards, anticipating that perfect wave. Here’s another question: where do you go to inspire others? For a moment let’s make an assumption: we all want to inspire others, or leave our mark on the ...

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Freedom Surf Camp

Surfing The Nations 2nd Bi Annual Freedom Surf Camp " To empower & equip the youth of Oahu to be a community of Surfers Giving Back."  Ages 5-15  |  Ali'i Beach Park  | Saturday November 21st - Sunday 22nd --CLICK HERE TO APPLY!-- What does it mean to be a surfer giving back? To us, it means being a well rounded individual who takes the needs of others into consideration and does whatever it takes to meet them. We will help nurture this in our students over the course of the two day camp by doing a harbor/beach cleanup, hearing from guest speakers who live a ...

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Mahalo, Friends of Hawaii Charities!

The Hawaiian Islands encompass some of the most beautiful places on earth, and so it makes sense that, to most, Hawaii is widely portrayed as a perfect oasis. But those of us that call Hawaii home know that there is a whole other side to this tropical paradise: a side of homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other recurring issues. Fortunately, there has been a raised awareness locally around these issues and as a result Hawaiian non-profits dedicated resolve these needs have been on the rise. We are excited to highlight one charity in particular because not only ...

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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 ...

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Alumni Wave: Emily Jones

Photo: JusticeRising.com Where Are They Now? After living in South Carolina, England, Hawaii and LA - and having countless international travels in between - it is safe to say that Emily Jones (a.k.a. EmJ) could tell you a few stories from her mere 27 years. From helping to pioneer our Ulu Pono Kids program and working as STN's creative director, EmJ made a major impact during her five years on staff at STN! Unbeknownst to her at the time, each endeavor was a vital piece of the puzzle to help her reach for her ultimate goal: getting to the Congo. A goal ...

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Skimming through North Korea

When you daydream about where you would LOVE to travel to... what country comes to mind? For STN staff member Zeke Conner, his answer was far from typical; his thirst for adventure and desire for change took him to a closed nation that most people wouldn't even consider... Click HERE to read an interview by Skim Magazine about how journeying with Surfing The Nations has led Zeke to be the first-ever skim boarder in North Korea!

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