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Aloha Friday- Help us with one click!

Happy Aloha Friday!

We are amazed at how businesses and individuals are coming alongside charities to help further the life-changing programs they offer.

Chase is one of those incredibly generous businesses and they are choosing charities that will share $2.5 million in grants. We would love to be one of the recipients that can use those resources to further humanitarian work in the community and worldwide. Continue Reading

Paddle for Daisy in Bali

On September 1st, people all over the US and beyond gathered to participate in ‘Paddle for Daisy’. Surfers from all over came to show their support and help raise the funds needed by the Merrick family to continue Daisy’s treatment as she fights cancer for the third time in her young life.

We believe this act fully embodies ‘surfers giving back.’ Continue Reading

Give Aloha revised!

If you are a Hawaii resident and you shop at Foodland, the Give Aloha gift matching program is an easy way to contribute to the work of Surfing the Nations.

At the checkout, you may pick the Hawaii non-profit charity of your choice to make a donation of up to $249, and Foodland will match that donation.*

Simple! Just let them know you are donating to Surfing the Nations, ID number 78555.

For more details visit:

http://www.foodland.com/our-community/give-aloha

Thank you for helping us bring positive change and hope to communities here and across the globe!

*PLEASE NOTE: Whoops! We weren’t completely accurate in our information on the give aloha program.

Foodland does NOT match donations dollar for dollar. Instead, this is how it works: (from the give aloha website):

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Hurricane Season/Hurricane Session

As early as pre-school, I remember bodysurfing in the Wilmington area of North Carolina. A few of my beach vacation memories are filled with warm sun, but more often than not, the clouds were ominous, the thunder ripped through the air and the waves were, what my sister and I called at that age,’angry’. This was because our family vacations always coincided with the East Coast’s hurricane season. My Dad is something of a nature lover, a man who meets it with awe and curiosity and taught us to do the same. Those two combined meant we were always set to ride out the storm when even the locals were boarding up and heading out. One day, while in Charleston, South Carolina during Hurricane Charlie, our Dad looked out the window and declared we were’ going for a walk to look at the waves’. We hoofed it through the wind and the trees whipping back and forth and joined the party of two that were already at the beach- the news anchor and her cameraman (Needless to say, ‘storm chaser’ was on my list of possible career choices, having gotten pretty comfortable with them.) Continue Reading

The XX and The Avett Brothers Full Albums!

What do the Avett Brothers and The xx have in common?  Well, you can listen to both of these new albums in their entirety courtesy of our friends at NPR! Head over to NPR Music First Listen. Continue Reading

Aloha Bangladesh 2012

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
-Lao Tzu

Today, we sent back 2 of our Bengali friends with a team of 10 STN staff for the 8th annual, month-long Bangladesh trip.

The journey all started eight years ago, when the founder of STN looked at a map and noticed that Bangladesh had the longest sand beach in the world.
Shortly after that, a handful of people touched down in Bangladesh, and through meeting one lone surfer in Bangladesh, the sport of surfing and the culture of giving back began to take roots in the country.

We’ve been going back to Bangladesh for several years, so what’s different about this year?

In the previous years, STN has been teaching surf to the locals and helped them establish a surf club. We’ve held an annual surf contest and provided food for the street kids involved in the surf contests. As the old proverb goes, we were able to ‘feed’ them temporarily, and teach them how to do some things for themselves. Now, the connections have been made, the club is established, and we see that it is vital to move into intently teaching them ‘how to fish’: rising up leaders of integrity to benefit the community and their whole country, one person at a time. Continue Reading