For the next ten days, Surfing The Nations is collaborating with SOL (Stoked On Life) to bring you some limited edition “Surfers Giving Back” apparel and promote the idea of using your talents and passions to make a positive impact!
100% of the sale proceeds go to Surfing The Nations along with all of the merchandise on SOL’s website (solsunglasses.com) for the next ten days. Visit teespring.com/surfersgivingback to check out the limited edition t-shirt, tank and hoodie!
In the end of 2013, STN went on their first ‘pioneer’ trip to Turkey. Today, staff member Gisele Pitot shares a little about the trip:
“When I think of a pioneer I picture a David Livingstone-esque character: grizzly and sweaty, hacking through the jungle with a machete while mosquitos feast on him. I picture safari hats and lot of khaki. But on an STN pioneer trip, things look a little different (although we still had some grizzly men!). Skateboards, stickers, cameras, GPS signals and the odd map were our tools in our very first trip to the Eurasian country of Turkey.
We left the American turkeys behind us as we flew out of Hawaii on Thanksgiving Day last year, setting off on a 25-day adventure to this foreign land. Our crew of 11 came from as far as Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Hawaii, North Carolina and Canada but we all had the same question in common – is Turkey a place where the message of “Surfers Giving Back” can thrive? And besides the lack of waves (this is where the skating came in) the answer was a resounding ‘yes’!
There are only 25 surfers in the entire country of Turkey. The surf community is slowly growing and their enthusiasm for surfing cannot be matched. In places where the surf industry is already booming, there are also negative habits and lifestyles that often follow. Yet, Turkey remians untouched by the dark sides of surf culture. The surfing lifestyle there is healthy and positive. When the waves weren’t good, we grabbed skateboards and spent time hanging out with locals, skating any ramp or street we could. The friends we made were not only passionate about board riding but also about using their passion of surfing to bring unity and positive change in their communities.
From the epic history of Istanbul and Ephesus, the beautiful relationships built with the surfers of the Black Sea and the Danube Surf Academy, all the way down to the sunny southern Mediterranean city of Alanya, this was a trip to remember. We are stoked to return to Turkey and give back through surfing in 2014!” -GP
Here are a few photos from the trip. View the entire set on our Flickr!
Yesterday, Surfing The Nations was honored to be named as an Outstanding Advocate For Children and Youth in the state of Hawaii. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii State Representatives honored several other individuals and organizations as a part of Children and Youth Day, and Children and Youth Month.
We are humbled and stoked to be a part of bringing hope to the next generation of Hawaii!
Introducing an in-depth look at the up and coming staff members of STN! Right now they are going through their three month training in Surfers Leadership School. The new staff is compiled of three Americans and two Swiss misses! Get to know them better here, and stay tuned for more on their leaders and their upcoming Big Adventure trip to Molokai!
the A M E R I C A N S
Name: Daniel Udell
Born and raised: Dallas, OR
Hidden talent: Handstands.
A superpower you’d like to have: Flying and Regeneration!
Favorite animal and why: Wolverines. They never quit.
Hardest thing about moving to HI: The heat.
Greatest thing about moving to HI: The beautiful ocean!
Why you chose SLS: I want to grow and challenge myself.
What are you stoked for about SLS: The coming challenges and opportunities.
Name: Casey Marissa Daniels
Born and raised: Tacoma, Washington
Hidden talent: Turning strangers into friends.
A superpower you’d like to have: Teleportation
Favorite animal: A flamingo
Hardest thing about moving to HI: Leaving my Mom, my little brother and southern cooking.
Greatest thing about moving to HI: I live 15 minutes from the nicest beach in world!
Why you chose SLS: Because I knew if I want to really change the world, I would have to change my life first.
What are you stoked for about SLS: Living in the wilderness for seven days.
Name: Kathrine Sue (Katsu) Relph
Born and raised: San Diego, CA
Hidden talent: Construction
A superpower you’d like to have: To shoot wet noodles out my fingertips.
Favorite animal and why: A giraffe; it’s tall like me.
Hardest thing about moving to HI: Road trips are kind of difficult…
Greatest thing about moving to HI: Food! Poke!
Why you chose SLS: Utilize my strengths and grow in my weaknesses.
What are you stoked for about SLS: Teachings and adventure trips.
the S W I S S
Name: Mirjam Schneider
Born and raised: Müchenbuchsee, Switzerland
Hidden talent: I’m a ventriloquist
A superpower you’d like to have: Teleportation
Favorite animal and why: Horses. There’s a feeling of freedom when I ride them.
Hardest thing about moving to HI: To leave my family, friends and the language.
Greatest thing about moving to HI: Having the ocean and warm weather.
Why you chose SLS: Being changed and changing lives.
What are you stoked for about SLS: Learning by doing and adventures.
Name: Doris Lüthi
Born and raised: Rothrist, Switzerland
Hidden talent: Acting
A superpower you’d like to have: To be invisible
Favorite animal and why: A donkey. They’re cute, intelligent, and live in herds.
Hardest thing about moving to HI: Leaving my family, friends, dogs, and the forest .
Greatest thing about moving to HI: Endless summer and rainbows.
Why you chose SLS: It’s the best place to grow personally.
What are you stoked for about SLS: Unfolding my talents and gifts
In just one week, these students, along with their fearless leaders will embark on a trip to the wilds of Molokai. Living off the land and under the stars for 7 days! Check back for updates on their journey!
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:
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’ favorite Indonesian finds.
1. Balinese Dancer Carving. The art you can find in Indonesia is unreal! This carving is of a Balinese dancer, a traditional form of dance in Indonesia. From carvings to paintings, there is so much artistic talent in Indonesia.
2. Batik Sarong (Pareo). Another traditional Indonesian art form, is the practice of batik fabric dying. This sarong (known here in Hawaii as a “pareo”) is just one of the hundreds of variations in color and pattern you can find Indonesia.
3.Sunnies. With all of the Aussie tourists in Bali, we started to adapt to the culture and began to call sunglasses “sunnies”! You can find knock-offs on every corner for about $2 a piece.
4. Bracelets on Bracelets on Bracelets… If you go to Indo and leave without buying a bracelet (male or female) our hat is off to you! Vendors all over Indo love to make these and often recruit their adorable children to help them in the selling process – gets us every time.
5. Shells. One of the only souvenirs in Indo you won’t have to bargain for.
6. Bali Girls’ Shorts. Attention women: These funky shorts are the most comfortable and useful pair of shorts you will ever own. You can wear them to shop/ surf / sleep /travel – almost anything! One size fits all and you can bargain them down to 30.000 rupiah ($3!)
7. Seaweed Flavored Lay’s Potato Chips! I know many of you may read this and think, “yuck!” However, if you love sushi (as most Hawaiians do!), you would love these! If you go to Indo, this is a must try!
8. Batik Backpack. Just another amazing item you can get made out of batik fabric.. Perfect for day trips in Indo.
9. Bow and Arrow. Katniss would be in heaven if she saw all the beautifully carved bows you can find in Indo. We can’t guarantee their straightness or proper weighting, but they are pretty cool to hang on your wall!
10. Bali Mens’ Shorts. Men, this one is for you! They may run a little short, but almost every male on our trip came home with a pair – and then some! We recommend them for swimming / surfing, but we’ve definitely caught a few wearing them around our office at STN!
11. Rupiah. Have you ever wanted to be a millionaire? Well, if you have more than $100 to your name you already are in Indonesia! The current rate is 10.000 to 1! Careful though – you’ll spend it faster than you would think!
12. Trucker Hats. Last, but not least, trucker hats! We decided we couldn’t leave Indo without a little something to shamelessly represent it once we got back to Hawaii.
*Not featured: Beng-Bengs!! If you’ve been to Indo, your mouth should be watering right now just at the thought of them! For those who haven’t, this is Indonesia’s version of a Kit-Kat bar .. None made it back because we ate them all!
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!
Last Saturday, Surfing The Nations got to participate in the 11th annual Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival! We had a fun day celebrating the little town of Wahiawa we proudly call home with the rest of our community. From delicious local food vendors to an entire row of colorful bounce-houses, nearly everyone resident of Wahiawa came out on the sunny summer afternoon to take part in the festivities. The change that is occurring in Wahiawa is amazing and we love getting to be a part of it! Enjoy the photo recap below and see yet another reason why we love Wahiawa.
To learn more about the Pineapple Festival click here.
For the first time since 2010, Surfing The Nations has sent off a team to the Philippines!
The anticipation is in the air when you show up at the beach in the morning.
Your hoodie is still on because the Hawaii sun hasn’t lingered over Waikiki long enough yet.
You see judges make their way to the scaffolding with coffee in hand.
You’re about to surf Queen’s with just a handful of friends in a fun competition.
Playing games in the sand, setting up your hammock and hanging out with friends
while live music plays, are the few things on your schedule for the remainder of the day.
These are just a few memories that people have made when over the past several years of the Freedom Surf Contest.
This September, we are bringing it all back to you!
September 27-29th, The seventh annual Freedom Surf Contest is happening at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki. This year’s contest will also be featuring The Surf Garage Hawaiian Nose-Riding Championship and the ITSA Prom/AM Tandem Hawaiian Classic.
The Freedom Surf Contest is one of our favorite weekends because it really is fun for everyone! Three different surf contests, live music and entertainment, all in a family-friendly environment.
Come enjoy the weekend with us as we celebrate a drug-free Hawaii and promote a positive image of surfing. Bring your surfboard, your hammock, your volleyball, your friends, your family and get ready to make some great memories!
See you there!
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