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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

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!

 

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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