Training Programs


The True Island Experience

Today's blog is brought to you by an STN intern, Chloe Purpero, from North Carolina. Upon arriving in January, she shares a glimpse of her experience from working and serving at Surfing The Nations.    Since coming to Hawaii with Surfing the Nations, my perspective of the island has been completely shaken. Each day, my heart has been broken for something I have seen or by something that I have learned. Perhaps the splendor of the island masks and overshadows the true brokenness that people endure in Hawaii every day. The biggest blessing since being here ...

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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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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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Alumni Wave: Where Are They Now?

For this month’s Alumni Wave, we are featuring a lovely lady from S W E D E N: Anna Strandberg. Keep reading to see how this former STN Staff member is doing now, and what she’s doing to pursue her dreams! Anna Strandberg first came to Surfing The Nations in January of 2011, and - although her intentions were to stay for a 3 month internship program - Anna ended up staying for over a year, making the move back to Sweden not until April of 2012. During her stay, Anna worked hard to improve the internship program as the Internship Coordinator. “It was amazing to meet ...

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Summer Challenge: A Photo Blog

The first semester of Summer Challenge 2015 has come to a close, but the memories collected throughout this program will last a lifetime. Picking up a suitcase, boarding a plane, and experiencing Hawaii for a month might be an intimidating thing to imagine, but Summer Challengers are what some might call 'free spirited'. Hawaii is a place of exciting unknowns; there are few things more enchanting to us than wandering through the jungle, discovering new and untouched waterfalls. Every day is a new adventure, and every sunset is worth watching. We believe coffee was ...

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S.A.L.T.

After 8 years of dreaming- and months of preparing- the first ever S.A.L.T. trip was successfully pioneered by the students of the Spring 2015 Surfers Leadership School! So, what is S.A.L.T., you may ask? Surprisingly, the "S" has nothing to do with surfing, but rather - SAILING. S.A.L.T., an acronym for Sailing Adventure Leadership Training, turned out to be the perfect description for what the students experienced over their five days at sea. Between high waves and beautiful Hawaiian islands, this journey was the experience of a lifetime. Modeling the quote ...

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INTERN-Island Hopping!

This weeks blog post is brought to you by one of our interns, Celina Thornton! This California girl made her way with 16 of her fellow interns to the beautiful island of Maui for our annual outreach trip. Read below as she briefly shares about her team's amazing time!   Every spring, STN sends a crew of interns to either Maui or Molokai to give them a chance to apply all that they have been learning. Interns will do a variety of things including food distribution, property restoration, farming, and spending time with local kids. However, for me, the ...

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Surfer’s Leadership School: A Look Inside

Heard about our Surfer's Leadership School (SLS)? (Don't let the 'school' part scare you!) It's an adventurous, team building & character shaping 3-month program that all of our staff participate in before they join our team full-time. Read below as Danielle Posthuma and Teka Gabaldon, two of our current SLS students, share more about the program and the amazing class they get to experience it with!  Seven Americans, two Swedes, one German, and one Canadian; we are the eleven individuals who make up this year’s Spring class of STN’s Surfer’s Leadership ...

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