We Rise Together – Coming Spring 2015

We Rise Together, as a first installment of this series, is a short film that aims to showcase the substance behind three of Southern California’s kind-hearted and fun-loving female surfers. Join the experience as we follow Eveline Van Brande, Taylor Nelson and Anna Ehrgott for a weekend at sea.  Our story explores the lives of these influential […]

Empowered Women at the 2nd Annual Philippine Wahine Classic

October 4 & 5, 2014, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora Philippines – The 2nd Annual StokedInc. Philippine Wahine Classic (PWC), created by The Surf Institute’s Carla Rowland, was presented this year by Ford Philippines, JackTV, and Solar Sports and hosted by Roy Angarra at Aliya Surf Resort. Bigger and better than its inaugural year, this year’s […]

Junior Women Empowerment Workshop Series

Young women encounter challenges everyday. Girls today experience far more oppression than previous generations. The media-saturated culture they are coming of age in exposes them to immense pressures to be beautiful and sophisticated. As they navigate a more dangerous world, young women are less protected and can find themselves in situations they are not prepared […]

TSI and SJL Therapeutic Learning Center – TEAM SURF 2014

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, the SJL Therapeutic Education and Management Learning Center (SJL TEAM) held its annual TEAM Surf in San Juan, La Union, Philippines. TEAM Surf is an annual free surfing experience event for children with special needs and their families. In its fourth year, the event joined forces with Carla Rowland of […]

Climate Change – The State of the Science

Our planet is vast. It is difficult to comprehend the scale. It is difficult too to comprehend the scale of humanity and the vast changes we’ve wrought in a lifetime. Population, production and consumption have grown exponentially. Roads, railways, airlines, shipping routes. The digital revolution. We’ve created a globally interconnected society. Evidence is mounting we’ve […]

Typhoon Haiyan – A Personal Account

When our crew arrived at the Alphaland hangar in Manila, we were unsure if we could board the plane because they were prioritizing relief goods to Guiuan. Luckily, since our filters did not weigh too much, we were allowed to board. We were accompanied by Father Edgar, who had just arrived from a 3-day journey […]

TSI Team Brings Clean Water to Typhoon Victims

PHILIPPINES – On November, 8, 2013 the small, tropical Philippine archipelago experienced the strongest ever-recorded typhoon, known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan, locally referred to as Yolanda. The eye of the massive category 5 typhoon passed over Eastern Samar and Leyte, decimating everything in its path. The death toll has now reached over 5,000 with over […]

Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Disaster Relief

Unconfirmed reports suggest at least 10,000 people died in the central Philippines province of Leyte after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region. At least 10,000 people have died in the central Philippines province of Leyte after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region, a senior police official has said. About 70 to 80 per cent of […]

Swatch Girls Pro China Set To Crown ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion This November

COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Thursday, October 17, 2013) – The city of Wanning on the small island of Hainan, in the South China Sea will once again play host to the ASP World Longboard Championships this November. For the third consecutive year the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion will be crowned at the Swatch Girls Pro China […]