We love water, whether we are in it, on it, observing it or ingesting it.
As surfers, the interaction between our bodies, surfboards, and the wave is something we live for. However, as human beings, water is more than just something we enjoy playing in, but a critical part of everyday living. Unfortunately, access to clean water is a luxury often taken for granted.
Recognizing this reality, Waves for Water (W4W) decided to take action. W4W is a humanitarian, non-profit organization that helps provide communities around the world with clean water via portable filters. The idea is to make clean water available to those in need through an exponential community effort rather than a one-time mass donation. With this mindset, W4W has partnered with Hurley International to create a DIY volunteer program called Clean Water Couriers (CWC).
CWC provides a platform for globetrotters from different backgrounds and interests to give back to the various communities they encounter by distributing water filters. This opportunity was one that STN could not pass up, and has now become an official Clean Water Courier through W4W.
Adding to their ingenuity, filters are very simple to manufacture and transport. All that is required are paint buckets, a knife or any tool to make holes, and the spigots and ceramic-drip filters that W4W produce. STN had a first-hand experience with the filters on its last outreach trip to Bangladesh. “We set up the filter in a school from a poor area,” said Zach Trein, International Outreach staff member. “Taking the water filters to Bangladesh for a trial run went amazing, so we’d love to bring them on all our international trips.”
Next up for STN’s international outreach trips is North Korea (Check out our recent post about the trip: http://surfingthenations.com/from-north-shore-to-north-korea-2/, and the video of when W4W went to North Korea: http://www.wavesforwater.org/project/north-korea). W4W introduced the filters to North Korea in October 2012 and will partner with STN this month to bring even more filters. A single filter costs $25-50 and can provide approximately 100 people with clean water for up to five years. At STN, our long-term goal is to raise $5,000 for 100 filters in order to bring several on each of our trips. That could mean clean water for over 10,000 people around the world.
Part of what connects humanity despite differences in interests, backgrounds, communication styles, etc, are our basic human needs. Not everyone surfs, but everyone needs clean water to drink. Help us reach across barriers and show love, in North Korea and around the world, through alleviating the need for the most basic element of life.
If you are interested in helping to create clean water waves through our International Outreaches, donate here through the W4W website: http://www.wavesforwater.org/courier/surfing-the-nations-impacts-local-and-international-communities-through-the-sport-of-surfing-selfless-service-by-meeting-needs-and-changing-lives
Learn more at: http://www.wavesforwater.org
There are very few unexplored frontiers remaining in the world of surfing! These territories remain un-surfed primarily because of their remote and geographically hazardous locations such as Antarctica, West Africa and Eastern Russia. However, there is one country with a much more accessible location, having approximately 1,550 miles of coastline that have yet to be explored via surfboard – North Korea.
In 2003, STN was the forerunner of surfing and surf culture in Bangladesh. This year, we have a similar opportunity to pioneer the sport in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (a.k.a. North Korea) through an invitation to host two surf camps…which we, of course, could not pass up.
At the end of July, our team of 19 STN members from around the world (including countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia and the USA) will be working in conjunction with Pyongyang Ocean Sports Club and other non-profit humanitarian organizations who foster community development and relief work. The surf camps will be held on the east coast of North Korea in the East China Sea, a region of water surrounding North Korea previously inaccessible. Now, however, we have been given the opportunity to enjoy the waves at STN’s surf camps: one at Shijung beach and the other at either Wonsan Bay or Majung.
Google satellite images show potential for epic (and completely empty) surf spots, revealing sneak-peeks at sandy-bottomed beach breaks and point breaks striped with an endlessly rolling lineup. In addition to taking a traditional tour of the capital city, Pyongyang, the team will spend the majority of the two week trip ‘giving back’ by sharing their passion for the sport of surfing. STN will also be bringing surfboards, wetsuits, and other surf gear to give to the “new” North Korean surfers to keep up their stoke for surfing after our team departs. Along with establishing a long-term surf community, we are hoping this trip will build a bridge between STN and the people of North Korea and allow us to return annually in the future.
Be part of this trip! Send your support of surf gear or finances, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit surfingthenations.com/donate.
Photo Credit: http://www.arcticsurfblog.com/2012/07/surf-guide-to-north-korea/
Written By: Akela Newman
The month of May was history-in-the-making for Surfing The Nations as we took another big step towards Transformation Wahiawa! The much-anticipated demolition of an old brothel in the back of our property has finally come to pass. After years of being used as a house for illegal drug dealing and sex-trafficking, the plot of land has been flattened in order to rebuild a community center in its place. The “Outreach Training Center” (OTC), as it will be called, will include a food pantry, art & music rooms for our Ulu Pono Kids program as well as permanent offices for our staff.
As exciting as this is, we still need your help! As grants trickle in and needs continue to grow, we ask that you consider partnering with us as we continue to take steps towards making this block a better place for the youth of Wahiawa to grow up.
It’s hard to believe that 2014 marks Surfing The Nations’ SEVENTEENTH trip to Indonesia!
In 1997, STN founder Tom Bauer pioneered the organization’s first surfing adventure tour to this country of over 10,000 islands. On the brink of a new era of surfing about to flood Indonesia, he committed to go back every summer for the next ten years. Little did he know, that ‘ten’ would later turn into a ‘twenty.’
Now, 17 years later, he is back once again with a fresh team of 21, ready to introduce them to all of the reasons why he is full of stoke for Indo. The team landed in Denpasar, Bali on the 30th of June and have already made their way through the beautiful chaos of Kuta, the picture-perfect bungalows of Bingin and the remote fishing villages of Lombok. Stopping at world-class surf breaks along the way, including Impossibles, Padang-Padang, Uluwatu, Desert Point (ranked 3rd best wave in the world) and Scar Reef, the team is now making their way through the Indian Ocean via a large outrigger boat and continuing on to Gili Island and Nusa Lembongan.
All the amazing once-in-a-lifetime sites aside, why do we continue to return to Indo? The answer is simple – relationships. Each member of every Indonesia team is encouraged to live out the trip’s catchphrase, “make a friend for life.” The friendships we make are founded on long-term mindsets and built with short-term goals. Our heart is to show the people we meet that we care and are committed to seeing them thrive not only during the few short weeks we are in Indonesia, but for life!
Check out these Instagram posts from the trip so far!
Surfers Coffee Bar Is Going Big!
Surfers Coffee Bar is now in its 4th year running and is thriving due to it’s recent makeover. Thank you to everyone who helped in the renovation of SCB and thank you to all our loyal customers for your patience and for supporting SCB through the transition. Since the renovations, SCB has had their most successful quarter ever and attribute it in large part to their increasingly famous Acai Bowls.
We are thrilled at how SCB is thriving. We are becoming better and better known for the quality of our caffeine as well as the humanitarian heartbeat behind it. In May, SCB crew participated in the First Annual Hawaii Coffee Festival where barista, Katie, won second place in the Brewer’s Competition. SCB was also given a booth at Turtle Bay Resort’s Independence Day celebration where they served coffee and promoted STN to participants in the festivities.
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SCB is stepping it up in their retail department and working on some new t-shirt designs. We hope to increase SCB’s coolness factor (literally and figuratively) by installing a few air conditioning units sometime in the following months. The traditional Wednesday night Open Mic events are also getting kickstarted back into action.
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While it is no longer a secret that Instagram may be one of the biggest blessings (and curses) of this generation, we thought we would take a moment and help channel the daily flood of photos to just eight of our favorite Instagram accounts. Here’s to hoping that these photos may inspire you to get off your phone (or computer in this case) and go on an adventure - specifically in our beloved backyard, Hawaii!
P.s. Follow us on Instagram @surfingthenations
Two brothers, Nainoa and Makana, capturing their exploration of their Hawaii Nei through the air, on land and in the sea.
Designer and adventurer. A Hawaii local capturing the beauty of his surroundings and friends.
The man who made the unique beauty of shore-breaking waves and the fantasy of Hawaii visually accessible to the ravenous masses.
An account that boasts “the best photos of Hawaii”. They repost, give shout-outs and promote the beauty of the Islands through the camera lenses of its people.
Hawaii’s Oahu-based, no-cost surf magazine connecting local surfers with local stories, local businesses and local events.
A young fashion designer and lifestyle trend-setter living on the North Shore of Oahu and living “a life that demands an explanation”.
Shark attack survivor, surfer, environmentalist and photographer.
Aerial photographer based on the North Shore of Oahu. Check out the amazing videos on his vimeo account as well https://vimeo.com/94588380
(Written by: Akela Newman)