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!
This past week, we said ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Aloha’ to our graduating students in the Internship and Surfers Leadership School.
The summer internship was composed of five students representing five different nations: Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia and The USA. It was the one of the most internationally diverse internships yet! The interns accomplished a lot over the past three months: book reports, essays, working with our Ulu Pono kids program, teaching surf and swim to at-risk youth and feeding hundreds of people each week. Topping all that off, was a 10 day outreach to the Big Island!
Surfers Leadership School also graduated five full-time students and two part-time students this week.
The SLSers completed three months of leadership training, which included apprenticing in an STN department, leading activity days, teaching leadership principles, book reports, a final project, and of course, their Big Adventure trip to the Big Island where they lived off the land for a week!
Our part-time students, Jonas and Ann-Sofie, from Sweden, made the leap and moved their whole family to Hawaii to work with STN! They participated in the SLS assignments while still balancing their family and work life.
Now with the three months of SLS behind them, these students are stepping into full time staff positions at STN.
We are so stoked to have new members in our Ohana and an amazing crew of new staff members!
This past week was a busy and bittersweet one, as we said our congratulations and goodbyes to some of our Ohana. This week was the graduation of our 10 Surfers Leadership School students and our twenty-nine interns. It was an exciting time for the students to reflect back on the three months of their time in Hawaii and celebrate their accomplishments. For the interns, that meant reading books, passing tests, and working hard in several different departments at STN, including Waianae surf and swim and Feeding the Hungry. Many of them are going back to different corners of the world: Sweden, Canada and all over the United States. The SLS students celebrated the completion of their leadership training and apprenticeships (not to mention their Big Adventure!) and they are pressing on in their full time staff positions for the remainder of the year.
We are so thankful for the interns and staff that have chosen to come to STN. You guys are what make us run and what makes this Ohana incredible.Thanks for giving back!
When it comes to adventure, Surfers Leadership School does not mess around. Surfers Leadership School (SLS) takes place during a staff member’s first three months of being on staff. Among reading books, writing papers on leadership, leading group lessons and apprenticing in a department, the ‘crown’ of the three month training is the Big Adventure.
For eight days, SLS students strap on 50-70 pound packs and hike into the Waimanu Valley of Big Island. There in the wilderness, they set up camp right next to a black sand beach and forage for food from the earth and sea. Hiking to waterfalls for water and keeping track of your water purification tablets becomes a number one priority.
The hike is strenuous, but for every painful step, the valley compensates with beauty, eclipsing the present discomforts. The time in the valley is filled with pristine star gazing, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, exploring untamed wilderness, and of course, taking everything learned about leadership and putting it into practice.
Here are are some of the photos captured on the trip: