International


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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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STN Sweden Base is a Reality!

Aloha! Today's blog is particularly exciting because not only does it announce the official launch of our base in Sweden but it comes from one of our awesome committed volunteers who is part of pioneering the base! Josefine Friberg is a student in our SLS program and upon graduation, she will be relocating back to her home country to make this long-held dream of STN's become a reality! As many know Surfing The Nations has always had deep and strong connections with the beautiful country of Sweden. From the beginning, Swedes have been an integral part of the founda...

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In Between Sets – Summer Recap

  Before the (only slightly) cooler days of Fall come upon us here in the islands, we are catching our breath from a whirlwind Summer Semester. It’s had its fair share of highs, very few lows, and has altogether been marked with that special sense that something great is happening in people’s lives.   International Trips We sent around 70 people to Indonesia to celebrate STN’s 20th Annual Trip - can you believe it? Tom Bauer has been on all 20 trips and has literally seen babies grow up into adults. That’s a full generation of locals and ...

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