10 results for tag: STN Staff


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, ...

Take More Risks!

During this year's kickoff conference our staff had the honor of being hosted by Colonel Ryan and participated in leadership training, military style. The morning began with a decently extensive workout and by the end, most of us had received a reality check about the importance of exercise and maintaining one's physical health. It was a great reminder of what it means to strive for excellence even in the things that are seemingly mundane. Colonel Ryan also spoke about the importance of being a leader who embodies characteristics such as loyalty, integrity, honesty, accountability along with many others that one should possess. A powerful idea that ...

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 team. These are just a few of many things his co-workers have to say about his ...

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 ...

On the Other Side of Go: INDO

This month, for our "On the Other Side of Go" blog series, we are being guided around the land of perfect waves by photographer, Kara Donovan. The daughter of a surfboard shaper in sunny San Diego, Kara has a passion for surfing and a heart to give back which made her the perfect addition to STN's Indonesia trip last summer. Read below as she shares her recommendations of the best places to go in Bali & Lombok and consider joining us this July! (More info here.)         All photos taken by Kara Donovan. To see more of her photos click here! Kara is currently an intern with us at Surfing The ...

Home for the Holidays?

Christmas is a holiday marked with a plethora of traditions. From opening all of your presents on Christmas eve to eating Christmas brunch instead of having a large dinner, the holiday is celebrated with customs unique to each family and individual. To get a taste of this variety, we asked a couple of our staff what their plans were this holiday season, along with a tradition. Heading home for the holidays, Camie Abernathy of Paso Robles, CA, shares, "I am looking forward to being home and sitting by the fire. My immediate family meets up with the community of friends I grew up with (about 5 families in total) and we get ridiculous hats and musical ...

Ulu Pono Teens

Today's blog is from our amazing Ulu Pono Kids Director, Katie Connor.  This woman has an amazing (and patient!) heart for the kids on our street - and in my opinion, one of the toughest jobs at STN!  She is constantly striving to make the program the best it can be and provide the children with every opportunity possible.  However, there is one thing she cannot do - stop the kids from growing up! In today's guest blog, she explains her plans and hopes for the Ulu Pono Kids program as its members become too old to be called "kids." "Ulu Pono Teens" - to this day, the name of this 4 month old program cracks me up. But let me set the stage before I ...

What To Buy In Indonesia

Indonesia, more recently known for its perfect waves, has been recognized since the 1500's for its prized export goods among traders and tourists. Although traveling to Indonesia no longer requires jumping on a Dutch merchant vessel, the unique items found there are still highly desired by those living in the Western world. On our trip to Indo, each team member is asked to bring 2 suitcases full of donations to give out while there, and use only a carry-on for all of his or her personal items.  Given this space limitation, we want to know which treasures the individuals on the trip decided to bring back to Hawaii!  Below are a few of our staffs' ...

On Our Bookmarks Bar: Charis Ifland

On My Bookmarks Bar: Charis Bauer Ifland, Business Director This week, we are sharing Charis Ifland's favorite bookmarked websites.  As a wife, business director and world traveler, this girl knows which websites are the best for helping her keep the many moving parts of her life in order! Take note, the next few websites you may want to remember!     1.  Mint.com is a great tool to organize and manage your finances! It brings your financial information to one place, you can create a budget, and set goals to plan for the future. It helps save and enjoy the important things in life!       2. My google account is ...

Aloha to long term staff member, Chris Rehrer!

Surfing The Nations bids farewell to its long-term staff member, Chris Rehrer. After eight years, three cities and over 15 countries with STN, he has left his mark on the character of this organization and impacted many lives around the world. Read to end to see where he’s off to next (ok, it’s Australia!) and all the fun bits in between to get the insider's look at what it means to be a long-term staffer with STN. -GP   GP: What was your very first full day at STN like? CR: I arrived on June 15, 2005 at Honolulu airport. I borrowed a cell phone to call the office (I’m old enough to not have owned a cell phone by the age of 21!). I was ...