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 ...
During this year's kickoff conference our staff had the honor of being hosted by Colonel Ryan and participated in leadership training, military style. The morning began with a decently extensive workout and by the end, most of us had received a reality check about the importance of exercise and maintaining one's physical health. It was a great reminder of what it means to strive for excellence even in the things that are seemingly mundane. Colonel Ryan also spoke about the importance of being a leader who embodies characteristics such as loyalty, integrity, honesty, ...
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 ...
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!
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On a warm November night the eve of Thanksgiving, we hosted our annual Thanksgiving Luau. It was with grateful hearts that we celebrated the year of 2017 with our local community. An ambient glow and aroma of the savory Thanksgiving meal filled the property. Every individual that attended instantly felt welcomed and were served a hot meal. Several of our local military families also volunteered to prepare and serve meals throughout the evening. It was truly a night to remember filled with intentional conversations, newly formed relationships with others in the community, ...
A quiet calm has settled over the STN base as our last intern has officially left the building. Its a time for reflection and thoughtfulness. A time to rest and gather our resources as staff. But for many interns who've just departed, it's also a time to put into practice all that they have learned. And these three months have been nothing if not a non-stop, adventurous, challenging classroom of lessons in life. How will they choose to live out the things they've learned? It's something we all look forward to with bated breath. And while they figure that out, its also ...
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.
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 ...
Get stoked mamas and keiki! The preparations for Spring 2017's Freedom Surf Camp have officially begun! This is a very special year for Surfing The Nations as we celebrate our 20th anniversary as an organization, and so we are making this year's camp better than ever.
We will be teaching your kids the important motto of “Surfers Giving Back” by learning the importance of enjoying the beach and the ocean in a safe and respectful manner, being an encouraging and loving peer to fellow surfers, and lastly, having fun while learning the sport of surfing. Our volunteers ...
2016 was an incredible year - Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2016 real, radical, and revolutionary! Here's a look at the many different ways you helped make a difference through Surfing The Nations this year!
“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” CHEE!
Christmas is officially around the corner and you all know what that means. Joy. Laughter flooding the atmosphere and warm snuggles. Plentiful amounts of eggnog, the sweet smell of peppermint and colourful stockings hung above blazing fires.
You know what the real magic is behind Christmas though?
It’s watching someone's face light up when they receive the perfect gift. That is the joy behind Christmas. It’s not about a store bought gift or how many ...