Training Programs


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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Finding Peace in the Deep Blue

Everything pertaining to water has fascinated me since I was a little kid. Growing up next to a beautiful lake, I had the chance to spend a lot of my time there. SALT was for sure the one thing that I was looking forward to the most in the leadership training program. I was daydreaming about how amazing it would be to live on a boat; just the ocean and your crew for five days straight. Before we took off to our second and last adventure trip, the class shared about how they feel being on a sailboat in the deep blue sea. Things like being anxious about seasickness, a shark ...

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A Letter To The Potential Intern

We ring in the new year with great excitement for all the adventures ahead of us. In just a few weeks we will be welcoming a rad new group for Spring Internship 2018! We are honored to share an excerpt from one of our former interns, Hope Litaker.   As we go through life, we often don’t realize in the moment the events that will shape us as individuals. Many times those precious, defining moments are swept over only to be appreciated in the future, once we have seen the harvest of what was planted earlier in our lives. Participating in the internship program ...

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Internship Reflections

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 ...

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Igniting The Stoke For Surfing

A swell of excitement began to build as our crew vigorously prepared for the Fall 2017 Freedom Surf Camp. This camp is one of the many highlights from this year and we are incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to celebrate all the keikis and ignite their stoke for surfing. Their enthusiasm was extremely contagious and filled the atmosphere with a sense of great thrill.   There was never a dull moment between several creative activities, team bonding exercises, and catching countless waves. Every keiki truly learned what it means to be a “Surfer ...

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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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Surf Art & The Surfer is BACK!

Savory aromas dance through the air. People stroll through The Gallery in awe of each art piece that embodies the unique creativity and talent of their creators, each telling their individual story. What is usually just a parking lot has been transformed into an ambient but lively environment.   On November 3rd and 4th, Surfing The Nations will be hosting the 5th annual Surf Art and The Surfer Art Festival.  It is an event that is focused on nurturing the arts and supporting Oahu’s local artists, while celebrating the transformation of lower Wahiawa. On ...

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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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Overcoming Fears in the Blue

Today's post comes from Surfers Leadership School Director and waterman, Robert McDaniel. Robert has been on staff with Surfing The Nations since 2007 (ten years!) and traveled on every single international trip STN offers! He's been part of every local outreach and pretty much every department at STN, and has been training new generations of our staff members for a few years. Here he writes about some of his experiences at sea and just how profound an impact the SALT trip has on young lives. My dad, a US naval veteran, once told me: “Under the right conditions, even ...

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Celebrating 2016

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!

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