21 results for tag: international


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 ...

Stories to share from Central America

We have been going international since the start, it is in our DNA. Something beautiful seems to happen every time, stories of friendships created, and of giving back. We look back on these stories with a smile on our faces. Giving inspiration and telling what they experienced, we have a few people sharing their stories and favorite moments from our trip to Costa Rica and Cuba. This trip is apart of our Leadership Training Program, where we equip the students in leading an international trip. This team was ready to serve and to take one step further in order to meet the needs of the communities. Kalani:“Cuba and Costa Rica was so amazing! It ...

Global Pioneering School

Our new Global Pioneering School (GPS) is from May 8th - July 3rd located in Wahiawa, HI. This training school is for those who have been previously affiliated with STN and desire to serve internationally. Although GPS is geared towards equipping individuals to apply the Thruster Model, the curriculum can put in motion any dreams and passions you have related to implementing revolutionary businesses, non-profit work, and impacting communities abroad. GPS is not exclusive to working with Surfing The Nations upon completion.  Including dynamic coursework, world-class speakers and training from leaders with over 100 years of combined experience, ...

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 for this thrilling trip is at the bottom of the page. This is a groundbreaking, ...

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. If a picture is worth that many words, what about the memory that it encapsula...

Middle Eastern Adventures

Our stellar team is back from the Middle East and have countless stories of all their impactful experiences. It has been a pleasure to listen intently as they paint a beautiful picture of their journeys and we are excited to also share them with you!   As Told by Kaylen Wray, The goal of this trip for me was to see how Surfing The Nations surf culture influences the surf community in Egypt, specifically the Bianki Melt club. Surfing is the platform that allows us to actually connect with people and it was very obvious that Surfing The Nations has truly impacted the Egyptian surf community and is a huge part of the boys’ lives. The ...

Christmas Traditions Around The World

One of the most beautiful things about Christmas is the many diverse and unique traditions that create a lifetime of memories sometimes passed down through generations of families. We have the privilege of celebrating this season with people from all over the globe and share our treasured traditions with one another as an ohana. Representing six different countries, a few of our staff answered some fun questions about how they celebrate the Christmas season. Keep scrolling to view the Christmas in Hawaii, STN ohana style at the end of the interviews! Do you have a fake or real tree? Spencer Kaneda, Canada: “Real, we chop our own.” Aino ...

Road Tripping Through Australia

When years are spent dreaming about traveling to a new place, there is a strange mix of emotions that occurs when one finally arrives at said location. The excitement of being in a new place combined with the wonder of the unknown and a hand full of hopeful expectations is usually the trio responsible for the lovely endorphin rush a traveller experiences as he or she walks down the terminal. After leaving baggage claim and taking in that first breath of “fresh” air (usually a combination of car exhaust and jet fumes), he or she realizes it’s time to test whether the reality will live up to his or her imagination... Now, picture our ...

Make a Difference with Your Year-End Giving!

           Mele Kalikimaka to our friends and supporters, Every year, Surfing The Nations makes bigger goals, takes greater risks and meets heavier needs in the great adventure of transforming the city of Wahiawa and countless lives locally and in locations around the world. However, each mile of our journey is made up of many small, committed steps. As STN has continued to cover more ground, we have seen hope rise up in forgotten communities and light invade into dark and gnarly areas around the globe. In this season of giving and preparation for the new year, we invite you to be a part of the impact! Locally, STN has invested in and pursued ...

Sri Lanka: Girls Make Waves

From August 7 to September 7, 2015, a team from Surfing The Nations travelled to Sri Lanka. Read this first-hand account blog written by STN staff member, Meredith Jones! A team of eight individuals coming together with a mutual hunger for adventure is how this trip began. We really didn’t know what to expect as we headed off to the teardrop of India, Sri Lanka - we just knew our purpose was to be surfers that give back and make a positive impact. Sri Lanka has been voted as one of the best surf spots in southern Asia... so it’s really no surprise that STN has been sending a team to Arugam Bay for the past 11 years. The years of relationships ...