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The Many Facets of Indo Jax

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Indo Jax Surf School is many things…

We are a surf school with private surf lessons and surf camps for anyone who wants to learn to surf or just have a great time at the beach.  We serve many kids and adults with our surf program and surf clinics at Wrightsville Beach and beyond.  Our experience, skill, training and equipment make us simply the best choice for surf schools in the Cape Fear Region or anywhere in the world for that matter.

We are a surf club for local kids that want to keep surfing and become more advanced in their skills.  Our surf club is an after school program that meets once a week for practice.  While this is not a learn to surf program, kids who participate in the club progress from beginner all the way to advanced.  Many start to compete in local surf competitions.  The after school program is designed for parents who don’t surf or want their kids to be around coaches and other surfers.  The cost for this program is much cheaper than our learn to surf programs since participants need fewer instructors and have their own equipment.  Within the surf club program we have a Team Rider program, The Indo Jax Team.  Once you get to this level, you are a competitor, an advanced surfer and working toward being an instructor for our surf school, eventually our surf charity.  The Team Riders are our elite surfers, but they have to exude the charitable nature of Indo Jax.  They must be of the mindset that they want to share surfing with others and help those that need it.

The program we are most proud of is our outreach program.  With this program we serve those that are less fortunate than us.  We use surfing to empower medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth.  Within this program we offer mission trips to other countries such as India and Nicaragua to help children in third world regions.  We hold camps for kids that are blind, orphaned, have autism, wounded warriors, children battling cancer, children with hearing impairments, inner city kids, the list goes on.  Our outreach program is leading the charge in therapeutic recreation and our program is world renowned.  We have been featured in many documentaries, magazines, and newscasts including American Way Magazine, TEDx Talks, etc and we have received many awards for our service to youth in our area and beyond.

Indo Jax is many things, but in all that we do we love to help people, have fun in the ocean, and surfing is our tool to do all of it!IMG_4186 (1)

Thankful

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

I love this time of year.  It’s that time of year where I reflect on all the things I am thankful for, and there are so many!

I am so blessed to have such a great wife and kids.  We live in a wonderful house and have such a great family lifestyle.  Our kids are doing great in their activities and school.  Our youngest, Finn, is doing well in school and becoming an incredible martial artist with his Jiu Jitsu.  Charlie our middle and adopted child has really assimilated into our family and has come a long way since he first arrived.  He’s doing great in school, straight A’s and getting ready for basketball season.   Gabby our oldest is doing well in school, also straight A’s, and going bananas in her surfing.  She finished this year’s ESA season as a 2 Division Champion, first in Girls Shortboard and first in Boys/Girls Longboard.  I am so proud of all the accomplishments of our kids.  But more important than that, I am proud of how they give back.  They have spent a lot of time helping those in need at our charity surf camps for kids with special needs.  That seems to be what they’re most into and that makes me happy.

At this time of year I am so thankful for our friends.  We have amazing friends that are doing amazing things in this world.  We are blessed to have such fantastic people in our lives, it makes the holidays that much more special!
At Indo Jax we are grateful as well.  As an organization, we have been blessed to be part of something really special.  Our outreach surf program in Wrightsville Beach, NC  has grown to a level we never dreamed of.  Our charity surf program in India is in its 7th year, that’s almost unthinkable!  Our surf school and surf camp program at Wrightsville Beach
has become the BEST you can find anywhere.  We have been blessed with the most incredible staff of instructors.  No where can you go to find more caring, attentive and skilled surf instructors!  In 2015 I was invited to to a TEDx Talk in Knoxville Tennessee, and our program is now gracing the pages of American Way Magazine, located in every seat back such of American Airlines Flights.

So when I think of things, all the things in my life, I can only Thank God and be thankful.  If it all ended today, it was an incredible ride.  We have been a part of so many cool things, I can’t even imagine what could be next.  We have become friends with so many great people that will always be a part of our lives.  Even the struggles have been worth it, because they brought us here.  Right here now, where we are so stoked to be, where we are so thankful.

I hope you all have a great holiday season.  I hope you all are thankful too, and we hope to see you all soon in the water!

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Jack, Family and Friends

ESA Surf Competition Season Comes to a Close

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

On Saturday, Halloween, the Indo Jax Surf Team had its final competition of the ESA series.  The Eastern Surfing Association, Southern North Carolina District started it’s season in March and held 6 contests along the Cape Fear Coast.  Each competitor accumulates points by their placings and hopes to make the podium at the end of the year and be invited to Regionals that will be held in April of 2016.  Indo Jax Surf School and Charities is a proud sponsor of the ESA and our Surf Team competes heavily in the local ESA events.

Our Surf Team surfers did fantastically.  Most all made finals, many solidified podium spots for the end of the year banquet, and a couple earned enough points to qualify for regionals.  I am so proud of how the Indo Jax Team Riders competed and feel strongly that we are poised to take over this area in competitive surfing, especially in the girls divisions.  Official season point totals are yet to be posted, and we can’t wait to hear the official word.  What’s even more impressive is that our team camaraderie and sportsmanship were outstanding, and showed me that our crew is a tight knit team of competitors.

Indo Jax Surf School is a learn to surf program located in Wrightsville Beach.  We offer high quality surf camps and private surf lessons in the Wilmington area.  Indo Jax Surf Charities is an outreach program for medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth.  Indo Jax Surf Club is our after school surf program that serves kids that can already surf, but want to improve their surfing and possibly get involved in our charity and into competitive surfing.  Indo Jax Team Riders is our program of sponsoring and promoting surfing at a high and competitive level.

At Indo Jax we have it all when it comes to surfing!  Our surf instructors and surf coaches are second to none.  If you want the best in surfing, come to Indo Jax!

 

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Happy New Year 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Happy New Year!

We at Indo Jax Surf School hope you had a great holiday season and are off to a great 2015.  We sure are here.  The holidays are a great time to be with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and gear up for the new one.  We did just that.  As I looked over the past Indo Jax Year of surf lessons, surf clinics, surf camps and charity surf camps I can’t help but to be so grateful for such an outstanding and successful year.  We served more children and adults than ever before.  Our surf camps and outreach surf camps were maxed out, and we had the best staff of surf instructors ever.  2014 was the year of sponsorship too!  So many great sponsors joined in to support our program.  The Helen Keller Foundation, Eco Media, United Health Care, Alert Tile, Ogden Car Wash, First Bank to name but a few.  It was clear to us in 2014 that we have become the Cape Fear Regions absolute best surf school, and that our charity surf school is world class.  Families are literally coming from all over the country to participate in our high quality surf programs.  We are honored to know that we are held in such high regard and that we attract so many people to our area for their vacations.  We know that this helps the local economy as well as brings so much joy to the families we serve.

As we move into the 2015 surf season we are stoked to announce what’s new!  First off We have a new Indo Jax truck. We are in the process of doing some work to the Indo Bus so you may notice some upgrades there.   The new Tundra will help us carry more boards and instructors so that we can serve more children in our surf camps.  We have a new format for our Topsail Beach Surf Camps, they will now run exactly like our Oak Island 1 day and 3 day surf camps.  We have on-line registration for our charity surf program, in fact almost all new 2015 dates for our charity surf camps are posted on the charity surf page.  All of our new surf camp dates for Wrightsville Beach, Oak Island and Topsail Beach are posted on the surf school page, and more folks than ever are already signing up for another great Indo Jax experience.  So check out our website for new updates and news, join our FB page and stay current on the daily happenings.

We hope to see you in the water soon!!!

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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

 

Indo Jax Staff Party

Monday, September 15th, 2014

jax-party-IMG_8015Last Sunday  we held our Indo Jax Staff Party at the Skate Barn in Hampstead.  We surfed, BBQ’ed and skated all eve, it was awesome!  Indo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charities has incredible instructors and every year we seem to get better.  This year we served more children in both our summer surf camps and charity surf camps than ever before.  Our surf instructors go above and beyond all the time, and simply put, are the best you’ll find anywhere.  It’s no doubt why our surf camps, surf clinics and surf lessons are always in high demand.   At all of our locations in the Cape Fear/Wilmington NC Region, Wrightsville Beach, Oak Island and Topsail Beach our instructors continually provide the highest quality surf instruction money can buy!  Here’s to a great 2014!

 

Summer Surf Camps are Open!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Indo Jax Surf School is open for business!  We are currently taking registrations for all of our surf camps, surf clinics, and private surf lessons.  We still have availability at all of our locations Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, Carolina Beach and Oak Island.  Although some weeks are filling, all still currently have available slots.  Indo Jax Surf School has the highest quality surf camps and surf lessons money can buy.  Our instructors are highly trained, professional and certified, we use the highest performing soft boards on the market which means your child will be safe, and we have a 2-1 student to instructor ratio.  Simply put there is no other choice for your “learn to surf” needs than Indo Jax Surf School. So if you’re in Wilmington NC or anywhere in the Cape Fear Region give us a shout!  Feel free to call us at (910)274-3565 or email us at jack@indojaxsurfschool.com to register.

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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

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

 

 

The Helen Keller Foundation, Alerttile, and Indo Jax

Friday, February 21st, 2014

photo 2Indo Jax Surf School and Charities is stoked and honored to be partnering with The Helen Keller Foundation and Alerttile for the next three years for our Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired Surf Camps.  This past week, myself and Alex Munroe (owner of Alerttile) met to sign the deal.  We are so excited about this partnership, as we feel this will greatly increase our ability to serve Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired children with our outreach surf program.  Indo Jax Surf School and Charities has an impressive outreach surf program.  We offer FREE surf camps, clinics and lessons to children who are medically fragile, special needs or at-risk.  One of our best and most popular programs is our program for children with visual impairments. This is a program we’ve been doing for 6 years and running.  It started with 5 children years ago,  and has built and grown every year, with last year’s camp hosting some 30+ families.  We are incredibly excited and look forward to our 2014  Visually Impaired Surf Camp in Wrightsville Beach NC  running July 14-18 from 5-7 pm at Beach Access #10.  You can register for this camp on the registration page of our website www.indojax.com.