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Reunion Surf Day a Huge Success

Friday, October 24th, 2014

After an incredible 2014 Summer Surf Season for Indo Jax Surf School and Charities, we decided to hold a Reunion Surf Day on October 4th at our location in Wrightsville Beach NC.  It was a roaring success.  With perfect ocean conditions, warm air and water and over 60 of our outreach surf camp participants, WE RIPPED!  Just about all of our 30+ instructors and another 20 volunteers were on hand, it was a day for the ages.  It was also a day we celebrated a new two year partnership with United Health Care and their Do Good, Live Well Program.

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2014 has been our best year by far, no doubt about it.  Our morning and half day surf camps were maxed out all summer, and our charity surf camps grew to numbers we never thought possible.  Our Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island and Oak Island Programs all expanded.   Our goal is, and always has been, to serve as many children as possible, this year exemplified why Indo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charities are the premier “Learn to Surf ” Programs in the Cape Fear Region, maybe worldwide.

So many great moments from 2014…Sponsorship from the Helen Keller Foundation, 5th Annual Homes of Hope Surf Camp for orphan girls in India, 4th annual Surf Camp for the University of Tennessee Swim Team,, Bound By Sea purchased by a distributor and will be on Net Flix by the holidays, our visually impaired surf camp video made it into Cucalorus Film Festival 2014, receiving the Razor Walker Award and E-Town Awards, revitalizing our Wounded Warrior Program so more wounded vets can participate.  It was truly an inspirational and incredible summer.   We received so many new Camp Sponsorships that helped us crank out an unbelievable season, sponsorships from Ogden Car Wash, Northstar Group, Trot Nixon and Family,  Synergy Medical,  Alerttile, George C Foundation, Hope From Helen, Grass Monkey Holdings, First Bank and The Eye Care Center.  Our partnerships with Homes of Hope, Surfers Healing, Mauli Ola, Boys and Girls Club, Boys and Girls Home of Waccammaw, and other non profits grew ever stronger.  The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Surf Contest was another huge success with over 100 girls participating.  We are stoked to head into 2015 and keep all this going!  The biggest news of all though, was the new sponsorship from United Health Care.  The grant we received from them will ensure we can continue to grow, continue to use the best equipment, continue to hire the best staff, and continue empowering medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth through our amazing surf program. Thank you all for your support in 2014!

And it’s not over!  The Indo Jax Surf Team program is posting the biggest numbers we’ve ever seen with over 20 kids joining us every Friday to take their surfing to the next level.  These kids are ripping, even when it’s big, competing in contests, and volunteering for our charity surf camps and clinics.  The Fall Surf Team Program culminates with a trip to Nicaragua.  With a full house of 11 surfers and their families, we will be whooping in up at Rancho Santana to experience some exotic waves in warm water this November.

See you in the water!

Jack

 

2014 Razor Walker Award

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Indo Jax is proud to announce that owner of Indo Jax Surf School and President of its charity program, Jack Viorel,  will be awarded the 2014 Razor Walker Award this year by the UNCW Watson School of Education. This award goes to people in our community that walk the “Razor’s Edge” when it comes to helping the children of North Carolina.  Jack was a teacher for 20 years, before retiring to run his North Carolina based surf school and charity full time.  His last 5 years of teaching were in NC  at St Mary School in downtown Wilmington.  It was during his years at St Mary that he won the prestigious Lewis Award for Teaching Excellence.  Jack also founded Indo Jax Surf School and Charities in 2007.  Since starting Indo Jax his surf school and charity surf program has grown to what it is today.  An outreach surfing program that serves thousands of children every year with FREE surf camps and surf clinics for medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth. The program is based in wilmington and mostly works with children in the Cape Fear Region but runs surf camps abroad as well.   Over the years these surf camps have served wounded warriors, children with AIDS, Boys and Girls Clubs, orphans in India, children with autism, Burmese refugees, Visually Impaired children, Hearing Impaired Children, children with Juvenile Diabetes, children with cerebral palsy, to name some.  In 2012, a documentary called Bound By Sea was made of Indo Jax’s worldwide program to help children.  It was during that year, that Jack and his then 9 year old daughter, traveled to all 4 oceans (including the Arctic) to serve some of the neediest children in the world with their surf program.  On May 1st, Jack will be presented with this award at UNCW.  To learn more about their program that operates in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, and Oak Island, visit their web-site at www.indojax.com.Autism

Cozumel Surfing and the Flowrider

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

We all just returned from a great family vacation and have reopened the Indo Jax offices.  It was great to get away for a week and we had a blast!  For the first time asa family we went to Disney World.  The crowds were very low and we enjoyed both the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Parks.  From there we headed to the coast and went on a 7 day Caribbean Cruise with our good friends the Forts.  It was incredible!  The ship, “The Freedom of the Seas” was fantastic and it had so many cool things including the flow rider.  The food and service were absolutely awesome.  We had some fantastic shore excursions as well and Gabby and I even found some surfboards and a local guide, “Nacho” to take us out for a few great waves.  All in all, it was a wonderful vacation!

I am stoked however, to be back in the office and gearing up for our 2014 surf camps, surf lessons, and charity surf camps and clinics.  This year is already looking like an all time year!  With quite a few sign ups already for private surf lessons, morning and half day surf camps we are looking to expand.  Although our Wrightsville Beach surf programs are always at capacity, we are gearing to expand, our Topsail Island Surf Program and Oak Island Surf Program.  As well our charity program is definitely getting more interest than ever.  With just about every instructor returning, Indo Jax Surf School and Charities is looking stronger than ever in terms of our staff. I am so proud and honored to be able to work with our crew of incredible instructors, that keep our surf camps, surf lessons and charity surf events fun and safe!  Our sponsorships are improving as well.  This year we already have sponsors for our Belarus Surf Camp (Synergy Medical), our Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired Surf Camps (Alerttile and Helen Keller Foundation), and our Boys and Girls Home of Waccammaw (Trott Nixon and Family).  Right now everything is open so feel free to register via our website’s registration page or call/email me with any questions.

In other exciting news, Bound By Sea is up for Best Local Independent Film in Encore Magazine’s The Best of Wilmington.  Also, I just found out that I am a finalist for the Razor Walker Award through UNCW’ education department.  I am so honored and stoked!  We have a couple fundraisers coming up…Feb 8th at Michael’s Seafood Restaurant in Carolina Beach and March 9th our annual Pennies 4 Pins Bowling Fundraiser.

We hope to see you all in the water!

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Happy New Year 2013/2014

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

DSC_0282_editIndo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charities would like to wish all of our customers, supporters, family and friends a Very Happy New Year.  We have had a fantastic season and are really looking forward to an even better 2014.  We would like to thank all of our volunteers, surf instructors, donors, and supporters for helping us have such a successful 2013.  We are so grateful for all of our blessings, here are a few…

1. To be members of the incredible Wrightsville Beach Surf Community.

2.  To be able to work with so many children and adults through our surf programs, surf camps and surf lessons.

3.  For our incredible staff of surf instructors

4.  For our volunteers, donors and supporters of our charity surf program.

5.  for our partnerships with other organizations

Thank you all for being part of Indo Jax.

In 2013 we served a record number of children in our surf programs.  It’s hard to even fathom where we are today considering where we started.  Over the years we have no doubt experienced our share of ups and downs.  Even 2013 saw some bumps in the road.  Nevertheless we just keep getting better!  Our program of surf camps, charity surf camps, surf lessons and affiliate surf programs are some of the best in the Cape Fear Region if not anywhere  in the world.  Our surf instructors are some of the best anywhere I’ve seen, allowing us to provide some of the best surf lessons and camps money can buy!  Our programs at Wrightsville Beach, Oak Island and Topsail Island have grown steadily over the years.  Our reputation in the Wilmington Area is second to none.

We look forward to our 2014 outreach surf camp season and what it brings.  This next season is already looking brighter than ever.  Our Belarus Surf Clinic is already funded.  We have a commitment form AlertTile and The Helen Keller Foundation to sponsor both our Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired Surf Camps for the next 3 years.  Along with The Eye Care Center that program sponsorship is stronger than ever.  We have a commitment from the Nixon Family to sponsor a new program, a surf camp for the Boys and Girls Home of Waccammaw.  And we should hear soon from a couple of other committed donors on our surf camps for autism and juvenile diabetes.  Currently we are gearing up for our 5th India Surf Safari for Orphan Girls in April to kick off our 2014 surf camp season.

We are also really looking forward to our 7th year in business in the Wilmington Area, with our high quality morning surf/ beach camps and lessons for 2014.  With new and better equipment on the way and 95% of our staff returning our surf camps and surf lessons this year are going to be awesome!  The movie Bound By Sea premiered at Thalian Hall in Wilmington and was well received, we are excited to see where it goes from here.  The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic made a comeback this year and was a huge success.  Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Indo Jax Surf School worked together to make this happen, and it was an honor to work with Jo on this surf competition.  We look forward to a continued relationship with The Surf Club, Surfers Healing, The Mauli Ola Foundation, University of Tennessee, Rip Curl and many others.  It really is amazing the friends we’ve made and affiliates we have that have contributed to the quality and success of our surf program.

All in all 2013 was fantastic year for both our charity surf program and surf camp program.  We are extremely grateful for the opportunities we’ve had.  Here’s to an even better 2014!

Jack

 

 

Surfing Wrightsville Beach

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Surfing Wrightsville Beach is one of my favorite things to do!  This week was a great example of why.  On Tuesday it was really small so I took the longboard out and caught a few waves surfing with a great friend of mine, Allen.  We surfed and laughed and enjoyed the beautiful 80 degree day.  Afterward I had a surf lesson with Alexandre, a child with autism who surfs with me for therapy year round. We had some great rides together.  All in all it was a fantastic day of waves, friends and sunshine.

I took Wednesday to volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class, but was back on Thursday for one of the most enjoyable days of surf I can remember.  The ocean surface was perfect glass.  Nice A-Frame peaks were coming in up and down the beach and peeling in both directions for hundreds of yards in either direction.  I couldn’t understand why no one was out but I enjoyed nearly 3 hours of surf all alone on this beautiful 80 degree day in flawless conditions.  Small but perfect.

Friday I went back to Wrightsville Beach Access #10, the wind was up so the surface was a little choppy, but the waves had bumped up a few feet in size and were looking ripple.  It was a good workout paddling in and out with the choppy sea surface but the wave faces were fantastic and long, walled up, racy rides were served up over and over.  Again to my surprise, there wasn’t anyone around.  Overnight the wind turned offshore and by Saturday morning we had almost perfect surf for Saturday.  The crowds were bigger but there were still plenty of glassy lined up waves to go around.  I surfed until my arms nearly fell off before heading home.

Today, Sunday, I got the chance to surf with my daughter Gabriella.  Together we had an absolute blast.  We had a cold wind, choppier conditions, and really small waves, but the day was beautiful.  Although the conditions were much worse than earlier in the week, to be out surfing with Gabby, the day couldn’t have been better.  Gabby, star of the documentary Bound By Sea, surfed great.  For her age she is an awesome surfer and seems so confident in all types of ocean conditions.  She has become a fantastic surf instructor and has helped in nearly all of our surf camps in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island and Oak Island.  She has helped with all of our charity surf camps in the Cape Fear Region and has become so compassionate toward children who have special needs.  She has become a special part of our surf school here in NC.  She has also become a competitive surfer competing in the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic for several years. Bound By Sea explores our charity work and Gabby’s involvement in our surf programs.  It explores our travels and the special relationship we share.  bound By Sea makes its World Premier on Saturday November 16th at Thalian Main Stage for the Cucalorus Film Festival 10 am to noon.  I can’t wait to see what people think of Nate Daniels movie.

 

 

University of Tennessee Swim Team Surf Camp/BBQ

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The University of Tennessee Surf Camp and BBQ was a fantastic time this year.  We had some pumping surf and 60 world class swimmers on hand for a 4 day surf camp at Wrightsville Beach.  The swimmers and Indo Jax Surf School instructors had a great time and caught some great waves.  The BBQ at the end of the camp was fun as well.  We got to mingle with the swimmers and coaches, share some laughs and watch one of Indo Jax Surf Charities latest videos “My Name Uncle.”  This was our 3rd year working with Matt Kredich and his Volunteer Swim Team.  The Vols have become family and we really enjoy having them at our Surf School and our house to share great times.  We wish them well as they embark on their 2013/14  Swim Season.

My Name Uncle was well received by the Volunteer swimmers.  This documentary by Matt Batchelor highlights our 4 year ongoing program in India for orphans.  It will be playing at Cucalorus this year, so if you haven’t seen it come on out.  In addition to My Name Uncle, Bound By Sea will be making it’s world premier at Cucalorus this year.  This film highlights our charity surf programs around the world as well as right here in the Wilmington/ Cape Fear region. 1209205_10201304694714062_180509993_n We hope to see you there.

Jack

Bound By Sea—Coming Soon!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Gabby exhausted in India

Gabby exhausted in India

By now many of you have seen the FB page for Bound By Sea and some of you may have seen the web-site and trailer.  If you haven’t seen them you can check them out by going to www.boundbysea.com  There you can see the extended preview, meet the director and videographer and learn a little about the making of this documentary.  I am still in shock that we were able to, not just surf, but put on charitable surf camps in all 4 Oceans of the world.  I’m more shocked that my 9 year old daughter was able to enjoy this experience with me.  Now that it’s over I reflect on our travels, experiences, and photos.  No doubt this year took a physical toll on all of us, especially Gabby, but she talks about how much fun she had a long the way.  I am looking forward to seeing her in the documentary.  She has been a great addition to the charity we do, and she shined as we worked with disadvantaged children throughout the world.  I can’t wait to see her shining and inspiring in Bound By Sea.

Gabby and I have talked at length about the upcoming year.  Both of us look forward to India in April, but also look forward to a slower pace, spending more time at home and with the family.  We both are anxious to work hard here at home at our surf camps in Wrightsville Beach, Oak Island, Carolina Beach and Topsail Island.  We look forward to the surf lessons right here at the Surf Club at Access #10.  We look forward to the smiling faces of the children learning to surf for the first time.  We look forward to showing those kids in our charity surf camps that not only can they surf, they can do anything!  Traveling is great, Gabby and I really enjoyed that time together on the road, but being at home is great too!

Here’s to an Indo Jax summer right here at home.

Bound By Sea

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

One of the coolest things I could have ever imagined was traveling the world with my daughter, surfing and helping people along the way.  That’s what Gabriella and I did in 2012.  What’s remarkable is that Gabby is 9 years old.

Our first trip was Kochi, India and the Indian Ocean.  I was really nervous about this one as India is no joke when it comes to travel.  I had already been twice, putting on a surf camp for orphan girls and knew how tough travel is to this part of the world.  Gabby was a champ and traveled well.  She collected and delivered tons of donations from her school, surfed and encouraged the orphans we worked with, and didn’t once fall apart, even during difficult times.  She came home tired, overwhelmed and infested with lice, but still talks about going back.

Second, we went to California to surf the Pacific Ocean in my home town of Half Moon Bay.  During this trip we got a chance to work with children with autism, and again Gabby’s ability to connect with children who have special needs and low self esteem was truly amazing.  She worked hard at encouraging and empowering the little kids that were surfing for their first time.  She also got to see some of her old friends she hadn’t seen in a few years.

The Atlantic Ocean part of the project took place all summer.  Gabby is incredible at helping children overcome fear and apprehension and try something new.  She has a way of helping scared children rise up and face their fears and succeed at something difficult and thus help build their self confidence.

After having surfed three oceans, we had one left, the Arctic.  We talked, did some research, and decided to go for it.  We found a surf school in the northern reaches of Norway, above the Arctic Circle, further north even than Iceland.  We worked closely with a surf school in Unstad Norway called Unstad Camping and put on 3 days of charity surf camps in the Arctic Ocean.  We also surfed and hiked in some of the most remote, exotic, and coldest places on earth.

So we’re home now and often reflect on what an amazing year of travel, surf, and charity it was.  I am so proud of my daughter Gabby and how she handled herself this year, on the road and here at home.

Currently Nate Daniel and Matt Batchelor are making a documentary of the 4 Oceans Project, called Bound By Sea.  I get to see a rough cut to the trailer of Bound By Sea on Friday…I can’t wait!