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A Chance To Surf, A Chance To Dream.

Surfing The Nations has been working  for several years with the kids from a transitional housing shelter in Waianae, teaching surf and swim lessons every week. The kids that participate are living through some unstable and challenging situations and need something to give them hope, and  more importantly, someone to be there for them and believe in them.

Throughout the years, Surfing The Nations has seen the Waianae Surf Club  grow and thrive. Cobian sandals came alongside the Waianae Surf Club and TJ Barron taught at the first Waianae Surf Camp last year. Ever since then, our partnership with Cobian has given the kids some amazing opportunities.

This weekend, for the second year in a row, kids from the Waianae Surf club will be participating in STN’s Freedom Surf Contest. Cobian has sponsored five contestants from the club, giving them the chance to use everything that they have learned to compete. The big picture is to not only enable the kids to compete, but to inspire them to dream without limits and view themselves and their futures with hope, despite the hardship and poverty that they’ve experienced.

 

Check out the Cobian video with TJ Barron at the Waianae Surf Camp, and come to the contest to cheer them on this weekend!

 

Summer Recap!

Fall is officially here! Some people know it’s fall by the changing of the temperature or the leaves changing color (or the return of pumpkin spice everything) but at STN we know it’s fall because of the new arrivals! We’ve started a new SLS class with five new students from Switzerland and the United Sates and this weekend we welcome 35 new interns from all over the globe!

Alas, although the season has changed, summer is not soon forgotten! Summer 2013 was one for the books. To give you some proof of that, we’ve put together a little video for your enjoyment.

Thanks to all who participated in the trips, internships, and summer challenge!

Philippines Photo Reel!

The Philippines team just returned from a 17 day trip to Siargao Island. After flights, taxis, boats and ferries, they arrived in the village of General Luna. The team worked together with our local Filipino friends and went to several different islands and villages, bringing donations of clothing, school supplies, and dental supplies. Getting to know the locals, volunteering at a local school,  a trash clean up and of course, surfing were also a big part of the trip. Here are a few photo highlights:

Our amazing hosts!

 

Stoked for the overnight boat ride! Bunking with the locals and their chickens.

Tricycles drivers reppin’ STN in Cebu

 

Cloud 9

Trash clean up in GL!

The kids getting stoked and helping out!

Never a dull moment with the kids of GL

Dako Island

General Luna home life