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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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Staff Snaps – Vol. 1: Madi Graham

On Staff Snaps we feature some of the all stars who make the good stuff happen behind the scenes at Surfing the Nations. Today on Staff Snaps we get a glimpse of the lovely Madi Graham, current manager of Surfers Coffee and soon to be Internship staff. Sitting down to chat with Madi was a treat; she's an all around joyful individual with an infectious laugh who loves some quality time with good friends or her camera. Born and raised? Chicago, Illinois. I was born in the city, raised in the suburbs of Wheaton but I’m a city girl at heart. What’s your pick me ...

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Power in Community: Relief for Kauai

Lizzy Fowler was one of the epic interns who graduated from the Spring 2018 class. While in Kauai these last few weeks, she's experienced firsthand how the community has bonded and come together during the rainstorms and floods, seeking to rebuild their communities and homes. Read on for some heartfelt and encouraging stories during her hands-on experience of the natural disaster. During my time at Surfing the Nations someone once said “adventure starts when everything goes wrong.” These past few weeks have proven this statement to be true. I never expected ...

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Agents of Change: Surfing the Nations by Surfer Magazine

We're stoked to share an installment from Surfer magazine's partnership series with Cobian, "Agents of Change." This week they featured an interview with longtime staff member, Robert McDaniel where he shared stories and impactful moments he's experienced traveling globally with Surfing the Nations. Special thanks to Surfer magazine and Cobian! Read the full article here.

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Wahiawa Community Festival Spring 2018

As the day kicked off, the tents were standing, the lights were strung, the smell of food began to drench the air, and kids and families invaded. Our entire parking lot had transformed from a regular car lot into a colorful extravaganza. The course of the day went from from rainy torrential downpour to bright sun reflecting off the striped tents. This Saturday was an all hands on deck kind of day, with our staff and interns working together to keep games running. Throughout the day I wandered around, watching interns jump in the bouncy houses with storms of kids, was ...

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Freedom Surf Camp Spring 2018

Being on staff for just over a year, this was the third Freedom Surf Camp I experienced; only this time I was keeping an extra eye on the rowdy and laughing Ulu Pono kids and teens I’d picked up at the crack of dawn. We were expectant for sunshine over the next two days but instead were met with an incessant downpour. With the volunteers on land seeking cover in the warmth of rain jackets or beneath tents, the surf instructors shivered even wearing the bright wetsuit tops in the water. While kids waited upon the sand for their turn to catch a wave, they wrapped themsel...

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Journey of Global Pioneering

These adventurous mountain men and the STN Sweden crew have been tirelessly preparing for the grand opening of STN Sweden and an adventure that is out of this world! Zach Ifland and Kevin Scott share about some of the challenges they've endured along with their excitement and passion through the pioneering process. Exciting things are happening in Särna, and this is only the beginning! If you have ever served with STN in Hawaii as a staff member, joined us internationally, or completed any of our training programs this Alumni Adventure is for you! The link to sign up ...

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Surfers Coffee Debuts Live Music Nights

The rich aroma of coffee filled the air and an excited chatter began building in anticipation for the first artist to take the stage. This would be the first of many more music-filled nights to come. Within a matter of thirty minutes, Surfers Coffee was full of people awaiting the introduction of each inspiring and creative artist. Some people were seated at different tables all around the room while others stood in groups conversating with one another. The mood was light and what ordinarily is a serene, cool coffee shop had become transformed by a thrilling new energy.  ...

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Life In Arugam Bay: Southeast Coast Of Sri Lanka

Anthony Perez and Meredith Jones are two of our devoted staff members who live and serve at STN Sri Lanka. Not only are they both incredibly selfless, but each has a deeply rooted passion and love for the people of Arugam Bay. Anthony and Meredith are extremely invested in the community here in Hawaii as well as Sri Lanka. We are incredibly honored and grateful to have them on our global team and are stoked for our teams to join them this summer! The journey leading to Sri Lanka and defining moments that inspired the pursuit to serve in Arugam Bay: Anthony: My ...

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Reaching A Community And Chasing Dreams

Joel Lowry is a current Surfing The Nations staff member who not only serves as a leader within the internship training program but has also taken charge of leading the community impact department. This man's heart for the community of Wahiawa and desire to build genuine relationships with every individual he encounters has already shown to have a profound impact. Last Saturday, Joel and a small group from the current internship went up to Leilehua Highschool to hang out and connect with some of the guys from the local sober living program. Many of the interns shared ...

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