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STN Named Outstanding Advocate For Children And Youth

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our New Staff Members!

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

L-R Katsu, Dan, Casey

Name: Daniel Udell

Age: 26

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.

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Name: Casey Marissa Daniels

Age: 20

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.

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 Name: Kathrine Sue (Katsu) Relph

Age: 28

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

The Swiss Misses!
Mirijam (L) and Doris (R)

Name: Mirjam Schneider

Age: 25

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.

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Name: Doris Lüthi

Age: 23

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!

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

What To Buy In Indonesia

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 Our Bookmarks Bar: Charis Ifland

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!

 

 
 

2. My google account is more than just my email,
but  keeps my work, documents, and personal life together!

 
 

3. Surf News Network not only gives you local surf related news,
but also the greatly appreciated swell report.

 
 

4. Simply Recipes has great and easy recipes to cook.
It has helped in my first year of marriage to make awesome meals!


Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival!

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.

 

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

The Freedom Surf Contest

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!

Register for the FSC here.

Any questions? surf@surfingthenations.com

Not Your Average Family Trip

Today’s blog is from an extraordinary woman, Carla Hanes. This year, she and her husband and their three young boys are embarking on a life changing trip to Bali, Indonesia. It would be easy for this Alabama family to find a much easier trip to go on, especially with their youngest son being 4 years old, but Carla knows that this is an invaluable experience. Here, she shares with us why it’s important for her family to do this, and what she’s experienced through the process thus far.

The Hanes household is officially on count down: Taylor, Carla, Jack, Luke and Tay have 28 days to raise $10,000 so that we can join the 15th annual Surfing the Nations trip to Bali! The Bali adventure is a dream that’s been a long time coming. My husband, Taylor and I, have talked, planned and dreamed of taking our boys on an outreach trip for years. Jack and Luke are 9 year old twins and Tay is 4.

We firmly believe that the sooner children can see the world on a global scale, the better. Shaping our kids’ worldview is one of the most important jobs we are tasked with as parents. I grew up traveling internationally, joining my parents and three younger sisters in far-flung nations from China to Russia to Tahiti. As my sisters and I often say, once adventure travel is in your blood, there’s no escaping it. The experience of traveling and being exposed to foreign cultures and diverse people groups is an education unlike any other.
 
It’s true that taking children under a certain age into foreign countries can seem a bit daunting. When the voices of those challenges seem a little louder than the excitement and reward of the adventure, I’m reminded that anything of significant and lasting value requires a leap, a risk, an embracing of the unknown. The other night as we were tucking our boys into bed, Luke said, “Mom, I’m excited because I know that we are going to get to help people and change their lives, but most of all, our lives are going to be changed.”
 
There are also the life lessons that have come from having to write support letters and hold car washes to raise the needed money. Learning the value of earning money to spend it not on oneself but on others takes the idea of selflessness to a new level – especially in the mind of a 9 year old. It has been especially rewarding to watch Jack and Luke’s friends come alongside and support them with their time, energy and allowance. These are the life experiences that shape a boys’ character – these are the lessons that remind us all to take the focus off ourselves and put it on others – when we do that, we are all nourished and we all grow.
 
We look forward to sharing stories of our adventures in Bali – not just this summer but for many to come! -CH

If you would like to help the Hanes family reach their goal and be a part of sending them to Bali, please email robert@surfingthenations.com and put in the subject line ‘Hanes Family.’

Jack, Luke and Tay are ready for an adventure!

Carla and Taylor

New Series: On Our Bookmarks Bar!

An organization is first of all, people.

At Surfing The Nations, people from several nations, backgrounds and influences come, bringing with them a countless number of interests.

One thing that we all have in common is that we all strive to live inspiring lives, and thus have our specific sources of inspiration.

In this new blog series, On My Bookmarks Bar we introduce an STN staff member and their favorite websites that they’ve bookmarked and continually frequent to keep their creative juice flowing.

We hope you find a few new favorites of your own, and get inspired!

On My Bookmarks Bar

Kirstin Anderson, Graphic Designer

From Naples, Florida, USA

 


1.) For all things design, I love to get inspiration from this site:

 

 2.) Radiolab is my source of food for thought. The podcasts are full of creative and interesting stories based on science. I like to mix it up and listen to this instead of having music on while I work.

3.)  I use these two websites to keep up on upcoming concerts. BAMP keeps me in the know with what shows are coming to Hawaii, and with songkick, you can search for shows in cities across the globe.

 

4.) I love getting new music from the Roxy Blog. Roxy is a brand that reflects the surf lifestyle and I can always find something I like from their picks.


5.)Refinery29 is one of my favorites to keep up on the trends in fashion.

feature photo: cultofmac.com