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Philippines Here We Come!

For the first time since 2010, Surfing The Nations has sent off a team to the Philippines!

A group of seven left Hawaii at the crack of dawn to meet up with our European and Aussie team members in Cebu.  From there, the team will head to their destination of Siargao island where they’ll be for a little over two weeks.
The team is stoked to build upon existing relationships in the surf communities and villages, and to help meet the needs that are there. They will also be connecting with local learning centers like Balikbayod.
We’ll have photos and updates coming your way soon from them!

STN Philippines Trip 2010

STN Grows a Mo

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During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

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WHY MOVEMBER?

  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • Every 2.1 minutes, a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Every 18.6 minutes, a man dies from prostate cancer
  • In 2012, more than 242,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 28,000 men will die from prostate cancer.

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GROW YO’MO!

How can you get involved?

Learn more and sign up at Movember.com
And stay tuned for exciting STN x MOVEMBER give-aways

STN in Mexico City

Hola World!

Jeremy Seick, Zack Williams, and Renee Arnold from Surfing The Nations are here in Mexico City recruiting. We are being hosted by the amazing Maria “Nana” and Paola in one of the craziest cities we’ve ever been in. Here are some highlights from our first couple days. One of our first stops was Maria and her brother Rodrigo’s school Beraca, in Saint Jeronimo. We chatted it up with passionate young people, one of our favorite being Emilio who gave Zack a tech deck to “remember him” by.

Then it was off to Transformacion Urbana located in Chimalhuacan, 2 hours away from our home base but amazingly still within Mexico City (this place is massive). After being led through at least an hour of shanty homes and towns we reached the organization, and were given a tour of their programs. Transformation Urbana is an organization that equips and educates people in low-income communities. This education spans from local government to healthy eating and living through Zumba and soy supplement cooking classes. Oh and for lunch Zack and I got the pleasure of eating breaded pigs feet.

More of our adventures have included 2 AM taco runs with the whole family, mariachi sessions, dogs with dreadlocks, eating ram, cactus, pigs womb, horchata, and socially acceptable pork rinds. Probably the highlight spontaneous moment of the trip happened during a quick lunch stop at Arroyo. While looking for the mens room Jeremy stumbled upon a bull fighting arena. While watching for just a moment he saw what was a young boy no older than 10 fighting a massive bull. During a maneuver the bull’s horn lifted him up and threw him to the ground Hulk Hogan style, leaving the boy frozen on the ground bleeding. Jeremy ran back to find us and we returned to witness this young boy return to the ring after being bandaged, and having lost the use of one arm, to dominate this beast. He returned with dignity, passion, and confidence like none I’ve seen. He commanded the mariachi’s “Musica!” and defeated the massive bull to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

STN Goes To California & Mexico

…And they’re off!

Last night we sent out five of our staff to California, thus beginning our 2012 California/Mexico Recruitment Tour. I had a chance to peek at their schedule and it looks pretty packed with visits to Azusa Pacific University, Point Loma, Hurley International and the Dane Williams Memorial Surf Festival – and that’s just in California. Continue Reading

Bangladesh Team Heading Home

It has been a quick yet fabulous month in Bangladesh and the team has been making their way back home to Hawaii. 12 hours on a bus from Coxs Bazar to Dhaka, an airplane through Thailand, and a couple more flights over the Pacific and I’m sure they will be sleeping for the next day just recovering from an exhausting travel.

Rickshaws rides and elephants, surfboards and street-kids, three-pieces and board shorts. You can begin to realize the world of a difference the sport of surfing might pose in a country like Bangladesh. But after only 30 days, the 2012 Bangladesh team hosted a nation-wide surfing competition in Cox’s Bazar, an all-girls surf camp and outreaches to the neighboring country of Myanmar. Continue Reading

Surfing Lanikai

The beautiful beach community at Lanikai, Kailua will play host to a surf film festival, surf fair and stand-up-paddle race at the 2012 Lanikai Surf Festival on October 19th & 20th. Continue Reading

Help Josh Build A Studio

I hope that you enjoyed Josh Garrel’s free album last Friday. If you have not, his newest album Love & War: B-sides and Remixes is available online and you can read up on it in our recent post.

Amazingly enough, Josh Garrels has written, recorded and produced all of his albums, including Love & War & The Sea In Between, from home, outside of the “ideal” studio-space. And with the next full-length album on the horizon, Garrels has chosen the route of building an adequate studio – a space that would cater to his recording needs and be used to create limitless albums for many other musicians. Continue Reading

Josh Garrels, Year of Jubilee

Josh Garrels does it again. If you have not already checked it out, Love & War: B-Sides & Remixes is available for free download.

This second free download album was sparked as a celebration of what was deemed a Year of Jubilee.

In ancient times, the Year of Jubilee would fall at the end of seven cycles (the 49th year), and on this year debts were forgiven, slaves were set free, property was restored to its original owner, and the land was given rest as it was a year for the people to rest from their labors as well. And in 2011, Garrels did just that. His recently released album “Love & War & The Sea In Between” was made available as a free download and all proceeds from album sales were donated to non-profits, musicians, missions and ministries. Continue Reading

Paddle For Daisy

At age 8 after 6 surgeries, 22 rounds of chemotherapy and 2 courses of radiation, Daisy Love Merrick is facing cancer for the 3rd time and is in a battle for her life. The next steps of Daisy’s treatment include, chemotherapy and stem cell transplant with progressive treatments in America and Israel. The estimated cost not covered by insurance will total close to half a million dollars.

In June, Al Merrick met with Dean Plumlee, the national director of Christian Surfers US, who suggested a paddle-a-thon to raise money for Daisy’s medical treatments. This event hopes to provide both emotional and financial assistance to Daisy and her family. Essentially, the paddle-a-thon asks groups to paddle a pre-set distance to raise money and awareness.

On Sept 1, 2012 at 9 am surfers everywhere will come together to support Daisy Love Merrick as she battles cancer. The goal is to raise funds and encourage Al Merrrick, his granddaughter Daisy and the whole family by hosting paddle-outs in over 33 locations around the world Continue Reading

Surf and Serve.

Ask Julie Nelson if dreams come true and her response will be an adamant, “yes.” This past week I picked up a copy of Surfer Magazine and smack-dab in the middle was an article written by our very own surfer/journalist, Julie Nelson. Here’s the deets: Julie reigns from the beautiful west coastal town of Cannon Beach, Oregon. This girl grew up surfing the waves off the Oregon coast and has salt in her blood to prove it. With a passion for writing, Julie went to school for journalism. But since coming out to STN in September 2010, Julie has been dedicated to living out STN’s motto of ‘surfers giving back.’ So when given the opportunity from Bryan Jennings and John Cobian to write for Surfer Magazine, she was all about it.

Here’s a tad shmidge of what she had to say in the article about STN, surfing and giving back: ”Surfing is simply our language we choose to speak, but our message stays the same; meet needs, change lives and instill the principal of ‘surfers giving back.’ Continue Reading