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Paddle for Daisy in Bali

On September 1st, people all over the US and beyond gathered to participate in ‘Paddle for Daisy’. Surfers from all over came to show their support and help raise the funds needed by the Merrick family to continue Daisy’s treatment as she fights cancer for the third time in her young life.

We believe this act fully embodies ‘surfers giving back.’ Continue Reading

Give Aloha revised!

If you are a Hawaii resident and you shop at Foodland, the Give Aloha gift matching program is an easy way to contribute to the work of Surfing the Nations.

At the checkout, you may pick the Hawaii non-profit charity of your choice to make a donation of up to $249, and Foodland will match that donation.*

Simple! Just let them know you are donating to Surfing the Nations, ID number 78555.

For more details visit:

http://www.foodland.com/our-community/give-aloha

Thank you for helping us bring positive change and hope to communities here and across the globe!

*PLEASE NOTE: Whoops! We weren’t completely accurate in our information on the give aloha program.

Foodland does NOT match donations dollar for dollar. Instead, this is how it works: (from the give aloha website):

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Aloha Bangladesh 2012

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
-Lao Tzu

Today, we sent back 2 of our Bengali friends with a team of 10 STN staff for the 8th annual, month-long Bangladesh trip.

The journey all started eight years ago, when the founder of STN looked at a map and noticed that Bangladesh had the longest sand beach in the world.
Shortly after that, a handful of people touched down in Bangladesh, and through meeting one lone surfer in Bangladesh, the sport of surfing and the culture of giving back began to take roots in the country.

We’ve been going back to Bangladesh for several years, so what’s different about this year?

In the previous years, STN has been teaching surf to the locals and helped them establish a surf club. We’ve held an annual surf contest and provided food for the street kids involved in the surf contests. As the old proverb goes, we were able to ‘feed’ them temporarily, and teach them how to do some things for themselves. Now, the connections have been made, the club is established, and we see that it is vital to move into intently teaching them ‘how to fish’: rising up leaders of integrity to benefit the community and their whole country, one person at a time. 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

Bed. Breakfast. Bike. Board.

It’s like a dream.

One of those dreams where you find out you’ve been a royal all your life and have a rich inheritance and a crown waiting for you. Or you’ve won the lottery and you’re driving your dream car down a road to your home with an oceanfront view. But then, it’s not a dream, it’s a reality that, perhaps unbeknownst to you, you have a home on the coast of France!

That home has a name and it is ‘Surf Hostel Biarritz.’ Most hostels I’ve been at through my travels in Europe that are within a certain student-esque budget will offer you the following: the comfort of a sturdy bunk bed, and a breakfast of toast and jam with some coffee or tea. Those accommodations live up to most travelers’ expectations of a value hostel. But Surf Hostel Biarritz, founded by Aussies, has chosen to go above and beyond. They are opening up the doors of their five-bedroom rustic converted basque farmhouse and handing you a board, wetsuits, and a bike, not to mention breakfast and a bed! (It seems like a bed would just be obligatory after they’ve given you everything you need to go spend your energy surfing and cruising the town). Surf Hostel Biarritz also offers two large lounge areas and a dining room where you can hang out and get to know other travelers, or simply chill out on the couches with a DVD or cruise the free internet. When hunger strikes, you can cook yourself up a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, which is open from 10 am to 10 pm. But don’t worry about breakfast- you can expect a cooked breakfast every morning of your stay (no need to sneak Mom in your carry on).   Continue Reading

We’re Back

Thanks for your patience while the blog has been under construction!

We’ve been up to a lot during this time, so be sure to catch up on all the things that have been happening here!

Go ahead and bookmark this page now to keep up with the contests, music, videos, stories, photos and more fun stuff that we’ll be filling this space with.

We are stoked to be back and here to stay!

Aloha,
Your STN Ohana

Transformation: A Story Worth Telling

I first saw Abdoul Aziz three years ago while watching the documentary ‘Gum For My Boat.’ He was speaking his native language of Bengali at a beach in Bangladesh and still very much a boy. This morning, I saw Aziz as a grown up man, sit in front of a large group of people in Hawaii and tell his story to a large audience in English.

How do things like this happen? How can a boy that used to throw his books in the bushes on the way to school and go crabbing instead, be captivating an audience in a place and a language that he could never grasp a year ago?

Transformation. It’s a big word, it evokes big dreams, yet ever the paradoxical thing, it always starts small.

STN started going to Bangladesh almost a decade ago. The dream began when Tom Bauer saw that the longest sand beach in the world was in Cox’s Bazar. A few people took off to check it out, and after meeting the first Bengali surfer, connections were made and the forming of the Bangladesh Surf Club took shape. This surf club is made up of boys and girls with stories and Aziz was one of those boys. Surfing is the thing that connected him to these strange foreigners and through his friendships with them, he began to observe that the lives of the surfers he met were different: they came to give and not to take. They acknowledged and cared for those that society had ignored. Aziz’s life slowly started to change: at first with just one board, one wave, one friend.

Through the tireless persistence of those closest to Aziz  and the generosity of many, Aziz got the chance to come to the surfing mecca of Oahu, Hawaii and do an internship with STN. It was there that he began to learn not only more about surfing, but primarily about leadership and what a big role serving plays a part in that. But the story doesn’t end in Hawaii. With the new leadership skills and the hope that has born, Aziz is going back to invest in his country, which is first of all, people.

This video of ‘Transformation’ shows only a small part of Aziz’s story and we hope that it will inspire all of you to take small yet committed steps to bring hope and change to someone’s life.

This video highlights what STN is doing globally. After you check out the video, find out how you can be a part of the vision to bring transformation to the town of Wahiawa through the GIVE 2012.

 

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GIVE 2012: Be a History Maker

To really bring about radical change, one must have a certain percentage of courage. Most world-changers in history looked like fools in the world’s eyes. Many people can see where there is need for transformation, but not so many are willing to take action to set change in motion.

This year, join us in our GIVE 2012 campaign by being your creative self! Between December 1st and January 31st our goal is to raise $20,012 towards the remodel of a broken down brothel in to a thriving outreach training center, which will house our weekly social programs serving the community of Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Our property storefronts located in Wahiawa are being rented to community minded businesses. We see this as an important step in bringing transformation to an area once ridden by the sex-industry. Our next step is to create a permanent home for our outreaches and operations. This building will be the new home of our Feeding The Hungry program that impacts over 2,000 individuals weekly, Ulu Pono Kids, our after school at-risk youth program and countless other community training programs.

 

We need YOU to reach this goal!

Simply pick something and get people to support you in your fundraising. Here are some ideas:

  • Flash mob!
  • Dress up in costume to; play football,Christmas shop, surf, etc
  • Shave your head/dye your hair/moustache
  • Host a gathering, dinner, party, art show, open mic night, etc.
  • Make a New Year’s resolution that you will ‘donate’.

What do you love? What are you known for? What do you do on a regular basis that can become extraordinary?
Start your campaign and join GIVE 2012.

Then share your photos or videos with us via Instagram at #GIVE2012