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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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A Story Of A Radically Impacted Life

The magnanimous Steven Butwell is a former Surfing The Nations staff member who unremittingly served both locally and internationally from September of 2008 until October of 2009. Not only is he an eloquent and captivating writer, but currently resides in southern California impacting countless lives through addiction counseling. We are inordinately grateful for the bountiful ways he has impacted and poured into every individual that he encounters. It is an honor to have him share his awe-inspiring journey. I have heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. ...

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Cheers Sam!

This 25-year-old stud comes to Surfing The Nations all the way from the Land of Fin. He looks like the forever handsome Fabio when he shaves his beard. He turns everything into a challenge and usually wins. He falls asleep during 90% of the movies he watches. He is the hard-working, the adventurous, our 2017 Staff of the Year... Mr. Samuel Snellman Sam is quite the man. He exemplifies selfless service on a day to day basis and is incredibly generous, especially with his time. It is a pleasure to work alongside him and we are so thankful to have him as part of our ...

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