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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)

Happy New Year From Indo Jax Surf School and Charities

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Indo Jax and the Viorel Family would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!  We hope that you had a great 2015, and wish you the very best for 2016.

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As we move into the 2016 Surf Season, we are stoked on what the future holds for both the Surf School and our Surf Charity.  Coming off an incredible season of serving medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth with our Outreach Surf Programs and Charity Surf Camps, we are gearing up for the biggest charity surf season we have ever had.  With that being said, we are seeking more sponsorships, more grants and funding, more donors.  Indo Jax Surf Charities has one of the biggest and most impressive outreach programs in the Wilmington, Cape Fear NorthCarolina Region.  We serve literally more than 1,000 kids a year with our 3-5 day long surf camps.  Our camps have been growing rapidly every year and so have our expenses.  For those of you who donated in the closing days of 2015, thank you so much!  If you’d like to get involved in helping us serve kids who needs this, please give us a call at 910-274-3565 or email me at jack@indojaxsurfschool.com.

Sincerely,

Jack and the Viorel Family

2015 Surf Season—A Huge Success!

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

As our 2014/2015 surf season comes to a close, I can’t help but to reflect back on the most amazing season we have had yet!  It’s almost impossible to fathom the many accomplishments of our surf program.  Our impact on the world through surfing is impressive to say the least!

Let me recount…

In October of 2014 we received a $30,000 grant from United Health Care for our incredible surf charity program.  The grant which earmarked much of the money for equipment not only gave us a huge boost, but really showed us that surfing is a viable and effective program that helps medically fragile, special needs an at risk youth!  Indo Jax is forging the way in impressive fashion on this front and it’s no wonder why we are simply the best choice when it comes to surf lessons or surf camps!

In November 2014 we held our first Indo Jax Surf Trip to Nicaragua.  It was a spectacular surf trip for the 15 or so folks who went.  Some got surf lessons, some got surf coaching, others just chilled, but ALL got first class accommodations, food, and excursions!  It was world class and we head back in February 2016 can’t wait!

In February 2015 I gave a TED Talk at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  What an incredible experience it was.  Unreal to think that our outreach program has become so popular that we are getting asked to speak at huge venues like TED!

In April we provided our 6th annual surf camp for orphans in India!  No that’s not a misprint that the truth, 6 years in a row!  When I think back to all it took to start and keep this program going, I am speechless.  No one does what we do and we are proud of our accomplishments!

The summer of 2015 was the absolute best yet, in spite of all the sharks, we cranked through.  Although our Oak Island program died, we grew in Topsail with our new location at Topsail Beach. We are the only choice for Topsail Beach surf Camps and Surf Lessons.  The others simply can’t compete with our quality.   Our surf camps, surf lessons and surf clinics in Wrightsville Beach grew to new incredible heights, that we only dreamed of a couple years ago.  We are the only choice  for Wrightsville Beach Surf Camps and Surf Lessons as well as our instructors, equipment, commitment to safety, attention to detail, and quality are unmatched.  Simply put we are the best surf school money can buy.

Our charity surf camps in 2015 as well went bigger than we ever dreamed.  Armed with new equipment and support our program hosted more kids than we ever had before and we were already serving tons of kids.  The highlight of the summer was a huge event surrounding our Visually Impaired Surf Camp.  Blind professional surfer Derek Rabelo and  the niece of Helen Keller attended our camp and helped us host the party of the summer at Wrightsville Beach.  We closed out the summer with our biggest Autism Surf Camp yet!  I think we are the most incredible Charity Surf School on the planet.

Finally our Surf Team Program really came together this year, and  provided a great stage for young surfers to improve, compete, travel and excel.  Our Team Riders performed well and got great results in local competitions.  While it is still evolving, our Surf Team Program is a force and we are looking forward to continuing on with it!

At Indo Jax we are on fire with some of the most incredible surf programs you’ll find anywhere.  We are your best choice for surf lessons and surf camps in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Beach, the Cape Fear Region, maybe worldwide.IMG_2931

TEDxUTK

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

So stoked to announce that I will be a TEDx speaker on February 21st in Knoxville TN.  This is a real honor and I am stoked to have this opportunity.  I have my speech written and I feel really good about it.

It is a story of my teaching career that lead me to start Indo Jax Surf School and the charity surf program we have built for medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth.  It is a really incredible story of a dream, persistence, and many many failures before ever getting anywhere.  It’s a story of struggles… struggles that children go through, struggles a charity goes through, and my own personal struggles.  The almost unbelievable story of getting voted out of my own surf school, by the guys I brought in.  The story of how I nearly threw in the towel because of the outright crime those guys committed against my family and me.  The story of how I decided to fight back for the things that were rightfully mine, and how in the end, fighting back was the best thing I ever did in my life.  The story of how comeback from what those guys did to my family and me is a a better story than I could have ever scripted. Only God can write stories this unbelievable.  The story of how Indo Jax persevered and is stronger than ever, serving more kids than we ever imagined.  It is a story of breaking down cultural barriers in India.  It is a story of breaking down societal beliefs about blind children, children with autism, wounded warriors etc.  It’s a story of shattering the status quo!

It is also a story of courageous children.  It is a story of orphan girls in India surfing, building self esteem and overcoming incredible odds.  It is a story of blind kids surfing and shedding limiting beliefs along the way.  It is a story of families getting a touch of normalcy.  It is a success story of unbelievable proportions.

It is a story of surfers changing the world, who would have thought?  It is a story of being in touch with nature and God’s creation.  It is a story of the healing powers of the ocean.  It is a story about faith in God, doing Gods work, and laying everything on the line to help others.  It is a story about how we are all in this together, and that what happens to one,  happens to us all.

Now while the speech is written, my delivery needs a lot of work.  I’ve been practicing everyday but I still have a long way to go to get this thing to where I want it.  Apparently I’m one of the main speakers, I’m not sure if they get this but I am not comfortable giving speeches, especially in front of adults.  I’m fine in front of 1st graders, I’ve done that for years, but adults no thanks!  Nonetheless, I’m pumped and new experiences make you, improve you, are the essence of living life to the fullest!  So I’m going to keep practicing, keep improving, keep getting better and going after it!

So TEDxUTK Feb 21st it is, let’s crush this thing!!!

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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Surf Team Nicaragua

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Indo Jax Surf Team just returned from Rancho Santana in Nicaragua.  It was an amazing experience filled with great waves, great lodging and food, and great times for all of our surfers who went.  The Indo Jax Surf Crew surfed twice a day at several local surf breaks.  We rode horses, zip lined, hiked, snorkeled you name it-we did it!  We even got the opportunity to help a little village try to save a beached Blue Whale.IMG_2215  Traveling and surfing go hand in hand and our surfers really made progress while on the trip.  Surfing bigger, Pacific Ocean waves built their confidence.  Working with an unfamiliar coach gave them new perspective.  During surf clinics held at surf breaks in Nicaragua, surfers learned new techniques and became familiar with unfamiliar waves.  Traveling to a third world country gave them compassion.  We had 5 Star accommodations and meals.  The service was incredible.  It was truly a lifetime experience.  We plan to make this an annual event for our surf team and surf camp in the future!IMG_2127

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!

 

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

Spring Break Surf Camp!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

It has been so great to have a few really nice days of sunny warm weather and fun surf.  Been able to drive the bus around and start gearing up for our Spring Break Surf Camp.  Although I’ve been surfing all winter, even on cold days, this weather makes me think of surfing more than anything!  Our Spring Break Surf Camp takes place at Beach Access #10, our normal Wrightsville Beach location, from 10-noon, April 14-18.  This is usually a very small surf camp with maybe 8-10 participants.  This surf camp is a great way to get a head start on summer and for 10 hours of surf instruction it’s a bargain.  you can register for the camp via our website www.indojax.com or call me at 910-274-3565.  Enjoy the sunny weather and we hope to see you at the beach!

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