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Ulu Pono Freedom Skate – Summer 2018

Although school is back in session, the chaos of summertime memories with no school and many adventures with our Ulu Pono kids is still fresh. A highlight of summer at our Surfing the Nations Oahu base is how the kids are always ready for a game of basketball or volleyball, or to simply skate around the parking lot or skate park. When our team takes some of the young teens to the skate park on a Saturday afternoon it's a wild time, but always worth it. These kids are rowdy, filling the vans with boards, knee pads, and helmets, and requesting songs to sing along to during ...

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Cheers, McDaniel Family!

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 ...

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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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Staff Snaps – Vol. 3: Emma Catherine Nolley

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're featuring the unstoppable Emma Catherine Nolley, staff of the month for February, and woman in charge of our Campus Life department. You can call her E.C., this joy-filled Texan gal's love for others runs deeps and it shows in the way she cares for our property and all of us who live here, whether staff, service team, Intern, or Summer Challenger. Born and raised? Born in Austin, Texas but I grew up a little outside of ...

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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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Global Pioneering School – Summer 2018

With our first-annual Global Pioneering School class recently graduated, we get a chance to hear from longtime staff member Teka Gabaldon about her experience as a student of Global Pioneering School and the long-term benefits of going through a school geared towards making dreams a reality. We live in a generation of passionate people, ready to make a lasting impact on the the world. We’re excited to join a cause, do something we believe in and create a legacy that far outlasts our lifetime. Still, the one thing we seem to be lacking is a plan and the initiative ...

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Summer Challenge: June 2018

As the first month of our Summer Challenge program comes to an end, we're sharing a mosaic of voices from the June session with photos from 17-year old Canadian, Halle, and reflections on the last month from the journals of two ladies from New Jersey and California. Kate, 20, from New Jersey appreciates what Surfing the Nations taught her this month - Summer Challenge has been one of the most life changing, fun, adventurous, and of course, challenging experiences for me. While the leaders took time to be intentional in all that we did, they were also so easy to ...

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Staff Snaps – Vol. 2: Emily Clark

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're featuring the legendary Emily Clark, staff of the month for January and current department head and captain of the ship for our Internship program. Emily loves quoting old movies, eating local food on the weekends, and is a fierce friend - this chick is all time! Born and raised? Tacoma, Washington. My parents even still live there. I'm loyal to my home roots of the PNW. Favorite part of the workday? Nap. ...

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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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