14 results for tag: Bangladesh


The Surf Community of Bangladesh

Bangladesh outreach is coming to an end for this year, we got to the chance to serve the community of Cox's Bazar. Jon Caliguire, current team member of the Bangladesh outreach, is giving his thoughts below on the trip (not to be confused with the guy on the featured picture). He is a creative and adventurous soul, always ready to talk story and share a joyful moments.Enjoy. Jon:"I would have loved to see my face 6 months ago, if you had told me that I would be judging the National Bangladesh surfing competition in Cox’s Bazar within the next year of my life. But here I am, sitting in my hotel bed after an obscenely hot and ...

Eric Arakawa Design

If you are into the surfing world - specifically the surfboard shaping world - “Eric Arakawa” is a name that probably rings a bell. An excellent surfer and world-renown shaper, Eric Arakawa shapes boards for all levels of surfers, all over the world. Growing up on the North Shore of Oahu, Eric started surfing at a young age, and very quickly became interested in shaping; at just 14 years old, he shaped his first board! Now, over 50 years later, Eric’s boards have been ridden to victory in countless Triple Crowns as well as WCT and WQS events worldwide, including Longboard and Big Wave World Tours. However, Eric Arakawa is more than just an ...

BRAC Chicken 1st National Surfing Tournament!

This year marked Surfing The Nations tenth year of traveling to Bangladesh! Since 2005 this trip has been made annually, and anyone who has been a part of it would be quick to tell you that there is always a new surfing adventure awaiting in Bangladesh. This trip was no exception; not only was it our ten-year anniversary, but it also marked the nation’s first surf contest planned by the newly-formed Bangladesh Surfing Association (BSA), and sponsored by BRAC Chicken.Held in Cox’s Bazar on April 27th and 28th, the “BRAC Chicken 1st National Surfing Tournament” was full of great waves, sunshine, and excellent surfers. We were privileged to ...

Bangladesh: 10th Anniversary Trip!

Surfing The Nations is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary with Bangladesh (que confetti and Bollywood music)! A team of 24 smiling faces will be leaving on April 8th to love this beautiful country and surf its waves. After arriving in the capital city of Dhaka, the team will make it’s way to the coastal city of Cox Bazar via 16 hour, wild bus ride. Once in Cox Bazar, the team will host a surf contest as well as a variety of outreaches in surrounding villages. A lot of planning has gone into making this year’s trip EXTRA special. It could not have been done without the generosity of the individuals and corporate sponsors who have donated ...

Surf Art and the Surfer Recap

On the nights of November Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd, we hosted our 2nd Annual Surf Art and the Surfer Art Show. The event was lead and coordinated by our Surfers Leadership School students as a part of their class project. Between both nights, over 350 people attended to see live art and the work of artists such as Paul Forney, Mark Brown, Leanna Duncan-Wolf, and many more. It was quite an extravaganza bringing the art community to Wahiawa. On Friday night, live music was provided by the Ron Artis II band, while Streetlight Cadence performed Saturday evening. Various vendors and foodtrucks participated in the event as well.  Awareness was ...

Bangladesh 2014

This Spring, Surfing The Nations embarks on their 10th annual Bangladesh Surfing Adventure, from April 9th until May 3rd. The team will be venturing to the outer island of St. Martin, as well as surfing Cox's Bazar, and holding the annual Freedom Surf Contest, the only surf contest in the country. In keeping with their mission of giving back, the team is collecting surf gear and clothing for the surf club in Cox's Bazar, and also bringing clothing and supplies to the Burmese refugee population. It is incredible to see how the sport has grown since STN first started to go to Bangladesh in 2004, and even more fascinating to see how surfing has ...

What To Buy In Bangladesh

One of the most intriguing things to do in a foreign country is to go shopping; browsing through the local shops, seeing what the people stock their homes with, trying new foods and drinks along the way, and of course, looking for little treasures to bring back. It's these little things that we carry back in our suitcase that remind us of the things we loved about the place we had to leave.  At STN, we are exposed to all kinds of new foods, smells, clothing, simply from what people bring back from their trips. But with only one carry-on bag for an entire month, what do people choose to take up their precious space? In today's blog, our creative ...

Update From Bangladesh!

Today's post is from our Bangladesh team member, Taylor Jones. Taylor just graduated the internship mid-April and after a few short days, took off for Bangladesh. She sent us a little update on what's been going on the first few days of being there. Next up, they'll be getting ready for the annual Aloha Surf Contest!  Enjoy, and check back for more updates from the team! "Well, where do I even begin! It sure was a long forty hours of traveling to Bangladesh. We had three flights, a few long layovers, and a crazy bumpy bus ride that I will never forget. We arrived in Dhaka with twenty-one suitcases, nine surfboard bags, and each of our two carry on ...

Get On Board With Surfing in Bangladesh!

Zach Trein, a native Floridian and avid surfer, joined Surfing The Nations almost three  years ago as a full time staff member. Zach's primary goal was to go to Bangladesh and develop the surf culture.  By providing the education and tools needed for the locals to produce and maintain their own boards, Zach has been doing just that. Here, he shares his account of the first time he heard about Bangladesh and the progress he's seen since arriving in the seaside town of Cox's Bazar. Enjoy!  "Surfing has taken root in Bangladesh. Jafar Alam, the country’s first surfer, is a national celebrity whose days are packed teaching  and promoting ...

Bangladesh Team Heading Home

It has been a quick yet fabulous month in Bangladesh and the team has been making their way back home to Hawaii. 12 hours on a bus from Coxs Bazar to Dhaka, an airplane through Thailand, and a couple more flights over the Pacific and I'm sure they will be sleeping for the next day just recovering from an exhausting travel. Rickshaws rides and elephants, surfboards and street-kids, three-pieces and board shorts. You can begin to realize the world of a difference the sport of surfing might pose in a country like Bangladesh. But after only 30 days, the 2012 Bangladesh team hosted a nation-wide surfing competition in Cox's Bazar, an all-girls surf camp ...