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Indo Jax Swag

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

summer is on the way and we have all  summer beach swag you need! Check out all the Indo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charities items that are currently available.  We have all sorts of new items for sale that commemorate an awesome time at our surf school and/or surf camp.  Indo Jax is the premier surf school, surf camp and surf lesson provider in the Wilmington/ Cape Fear Region, so our hats shirts, water bottles are hot items. As well we offer some of the most impressive charity surf camps on the planet. Our program which operates in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, and Oak Island NC, has some of the finest surf instructors anywhere, making us the most sought after surf school around.   So if you have participated in one of our surf programs or clinics or are planning to, all you have to do is call us at 910-274-3565 or email me at jack@indojaxsurfschool to order your Indo Jax Swag today!  New shirts and some new premier hats are on order and should be here any day, what little remains from last years shirts are on sale at $10 each.  Here is our item list right now…

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Last year’s shirts-$10

water bottles-$10

2014 hats/beanies-$15

Premier hats-$20

stickers, stadium cups, beach bags, pens-$3

sunglasses-$5

We look forward to seeing you in the water!

Jack

 

 

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

 

 

Thanksgiving 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I love Thanksgiving!  It is such a great time to reflect and focus on all the things we have.  It’s also a time to consciously not let all the negative stuff take up too much time in our heads.   It’s family time and nothing is better than that.  It always makes me realize that close friends and family are all that really matter.

Personally I am thankful for so many things.  Our kids are healthy and happy and doing  well in school, sports and music.  My wife and I are doing well and enjoying lots of family time these days. We feel totally blessed for all that we have.

At Indo Jax we are also thankful for so many things.  We love living in Wilmington NC where the Cape Fear Region beaches are so beautiful. We get to enjoy fantastic surf conditions the year round.   Summer here is awesome but so is the winter!  The crowds have gone, and  life returns to a nice slow but steady pace.

We are also thankful for the continuing success of our surf school.  Sure we’ve had some bumps in the road, but overall we have become the premier surf school in the area, and the locals choice.  We are also proud of the fact that we have earned a solid reputation in the area for helping people and other businesses.  Through our charity surf camps and sponsorship programs we help many.  We love being a positive business force in the area.  The other day a gentleman told me he was constantly hearing what a great organization we were, and that our reputation in the area is incredible.  It is always nice to hear that we are a valued business member of the Wilmington Community.

We are thankful too for all the people who have helped us along the way.  No doubt, that without customers, donors, and supporters we would not have made it this far.  So thank you!

We at Indo Jax Surf School and Charities would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays.  We hope you reflect on all the great things you have!

We hope to see you Friday night at the Hope From Helen fundraiser at the Blockade Runner.

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

2013 Off Season is Here!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Today really felt like the off season had arrived.  I dropped the kids off at school and headed to the beach to surf.  There was hardly anyone at the beach, the waves were glassy and nice, and the weather was perfect.  I wasn’t rushed, just got a chance to enjoy the day.  With no lessons for the first day in 4 months, I got a chance to surf myself.  And surf I did!  I surfed my short board for awhile, but switched to the long board as the tide rose.  Then once the tide had gotten a hold of it, I pulled out the hand plane and body surfed.  It was a fantastic morning!  For the next 8 months or so, this will be the story of Indo Jax Surf School.  We are still running weekend surf camps/clinics, private  surf lessons and our surf team, but the relaxing days of the off season are here!

Today gave me the chance to reflect on 2013.  What a year it was here at Indo Jax Surf School and Charities.  We kicked off the Charity Surf Camp Season with our annual Surf Safari to India.  This year we served nearly 100 orphan girls and introduced them to the wonderful sport of surfing.  Once home we dove into our Wrightsville Beach Charity Surf Program.  This year we posted the biggest numbers at our surf camps for medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth in our 7 year history.  It was a truly amazing summer of charity.  It never gets old watching these children catch their first waves and beam with joy and  and a boosted self esteem.  Our top notch surf instructors are phenomenal working with kids with special needs and they never cease to amaze at the way they work with children and change their lives for the better.  Time and time again they gave each child that came through our charity surf program the “best days of their lives!”

Our Surf School Programs grew to new heights as well.  Our surf camp in Wrightsville Beach was packed week in and week out, but our incredible staff of instructors kept the surf camps and surf lessons going strong through August. Our program in Oak Island really boomed after a so so season last year.  The new format we implemented worked really well and the numbers reflected a program that’s booming in Oak Island.  The efficiency and dedication of our fantastic surf instructors kept that program going full tilt through August.  Our Topsail Island Surf Camps and Surf Lessons (our newest location) also grew this year.  Our staff of highly skilled and trained instructors took on the biggest summer in our history with tons of energy and positive spirit.  From early June through August, our team was tireless and worked non-stop to make our surf program the best in the Cape Fear/Wilmington Region.  Our 2013 instructor team was by far the best Indo Jax has ever seen.  I’m stoked to know that year in and year out we attract the best surf instructors you can find anywhere.  I’m proud to be a part of this awesome crew.

Our Surf Instructor of the Year was Shane Wall.  Shane is a 3rd year employee who developed our surf team, worked every charity camp this summer, and along with Matt V held down the Oak Island Surf Camp program.  90% of our staff was returners while a small 10% was new.  Our new crew members rocked as well, catching on quickly and putting their heart and soul into all aspects of our surf program.

We hope you all have a great off season too and hope to see you next year for more surfing fun!

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Although we at Indo Jax are tired from an incredible summer packed full with surf camps, surf lessons, and charity surf camps, we can’t help but to look forward to 2014.  It’s hard to imagine but I bet it will be even better!

 

Summer is Almost Here!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

At Indo Jax we are stoked on summer!  Summer is right around the corner and we are ready to start our  “one of a kind”  summer surf program.  It’s simple, there’s nowhere else to get surf lessons or join a surf camp than Indo Jax Surf School. If you’re vacationing in the Cape Fear Region, Wilmington NC come see us for all your surf lesson and surf camp needs.  We have surf camp programs in 4 locations, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island,  Oak Island and Onslow Beach.  And we do surf lessons just about anywhere including Carolina Beach, Figure Eight Island and Masonboro Island.

Our surf camps and lessons are second to none.  We have the finest instructors you’ll find anywhere.  Our instructors are great with kids and safe in the water.  They are First Aid and CPR certified and great surfers themselves. We staff our camps at a 2-1 student to instructor ratio.  Our equipment is the safest and highest performing you can find for surf lessons and surf camps.  Our methodology is tried and true and  our prices are the best for what you get.   You get way more for your money at Indo Jax!

Although our popular surf program has been around for 6 years, we have some great new programs.   Like our Minnows Camp, a “learn to surf ” program for little ones and those new to the ocean.  In this program each child has their own instructor so they are always safe and having fun.DSC_0891

All of our surf camps are open so feel free to register via our web-site’s registration page or call us at (910)274-3565 if you have any further questions.  We hope to see you this summer!

Jack

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I am stoked to announce that the Wahine Contest is back!  Every year since we moved to Wilmington, my daughter Gabby surfed in the East Coast Wahine Surf Event at Wrightsville Beach.  She absolutely loved participating with all the other little girls from near and far.  Indo Jax Surf School as well, was always very supportive of this event that was such an important part of female surfing in this area.  We sponsored the event every year, and I even directed it one year.  Last year the event didn’t happen, never heard why, it just vanished.  Gabby, and I’m sure other girls like her, was crushed.

Soon after, Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp contacted me to see if I wanted to help her revive the all women’s event.  I was 100% in.  Since that time we have worked hard to do our part to bring it back.  As partners in Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic Inc Jo and I are doing just that.  We now have our incorporation, a new name and logo, an event site on Facebook, and a press release.  the press release comes out this week.  the event is scheduled for August  17 and 18.  It’s going to be a fantastic addition to the Wilmington/Cape Fear Region

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

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. There will be some great divisions ranging from novice to pro categories, and the crowd favorite Guppy division to an all new SUP division.  There will be cash prizes for professional participants and prizes for all other divisions.  Our goal is to bring back a great Wrightsville Beach tradition.  We want to provide a positive venue for females to excel and enjoy the sport of surfing.  Stay tuned or go to www.wrightsvillebeachwahineclassic.com for contest information.

Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

It’s that time again.  The off season, but prep time for our charity programs.  First order of business is to get India Surf Safari lV all ready.  There are many things to do.  We collect goods and much needed medical supplies, we ship any needed equipment for the surf camp, we coordinate logistics with Paul Wilkes of Homes of Hope, we coordinate with the needed instructors here.

Today is a Fundraiser, the first one of the year, at Ruby Tuesday in Mayfair.  This is a low key fundraiser where folks can come and eat any time throughout the day and we get 20% of the sales.  The great part is we can set up a table and get a chance to spread the word on our charity surf program and the many wonderful surf camps and lesson programs for children with medically fragile, special needs, and at-risk youth.

Indo Jax Surf Charity is a charity surf school that operates outreach surf programs world wide.  Our main focus is right here in Wilmington NC but our reach is way beyond the Cape Fear Region.  We work with many types of special needs children and young adults ranging from orphans in India to Wounded Warriors right here at Camp Lejeune.  We work with children with autism, visual impairments, diabetes, and hearing impairments to name some.  We also have a program for at risk children through the local Boys and Girls Clubs, and through a local church.  We have plans to add a program for cancer survivors and for Burmese refugees in 2013.  Our surf program is unique, in that we can work with all sorts of children that come from all sorts of situations.  Our instructors and methodology is second to none.  Our program is time tested and works to raise the self esteem in the children who participate in it.  Our instructors get  a ton of training for special situations.  Not only does this make us the most effective charity/outreach program, but those same instructors make incredible surf instructors for our surf camps and private surf lessons.  That is why our programs in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, Carolina Beach and  Oak Island ar e the most sought after surf programs you’ll find anywhere.

Our first charity event of the season is in April for orphan girls in India.  These girls have the most horrific stories you could ever imagine.  Our program builds their self esteem and helps them build a positive memory bank. It is one of the most remarkable surf events I have ever heard of.  Today’s Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser will help with this program.  If you can come on out to the Ruby Tuesday’s in Mayfair and enjoy a delicious meal and raise money for a good cause!

Jack