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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

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

Summer is Coming!

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The 2015 Season is upon us!  On March 30th we open our doors for the season with two back to back Spring Break Surf Camps!  These camps will run Monday through Friday from 10-noon.  We provide everything including wetsuits!   Our Spring Break Surf Camps are a great way to get a jump start on summer.  We still have a few slots available so register now for this awesome surf camp.

On April 13th, our Charity Surf Camp Crew leaves for Kochi, India to bring the orphan girls of Homes of Hope on a miracle surfing trip to Varkala Beach.  10 days of surfing, swimming, and great times for these girls who have had tragic lives, for once they get to have a childhood experience and memory.  We return on April 25th and then it’s ON!

Our Wilmington, NC private lessons and surf camps will then be getting underway.  We are expecting record numbers this year as registrations have been pouring in already.  Our Cape Fear area programs look to be packed at all our locations, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Beach and Oak Island.  Our Wrightsville Beach Surf Program will start the 1st of June and run through the last day in August. Our Wrightsville Beach location offers 5 day surf camps and private lessons.  Our Topsail Beach and Oak Island Surf Clinics will run from mid June to Mid August and offer 1 day and 3 day surf camps.  Although our Topsail and Oak Islands Lessons and Camps don’t usually fill up until the last minute, our Wrightsville Beach Surf Program does.  Get your registrations in early so you don’t miss out on  the Wilmington Area’s absolute best surf school program.  There really is no other choice when it comes to surf camps and surf lessons than Indo Jax Surf School.  Our attention to safety, professionalism and detail is unmatched by any other local surf school.  Our staff is highly skilled, trained and certified and is unparalleled by the other surf programs in town.  We put our heart and soul into our surf teaching program, and we hear it all the time, “Indo Jax is far superior to the others!”

Finally, our outreach surf program, Indo Jax Surf Charities, WOW, what can be said.  This program is probably the finest there ever has been in the entire world.  This year’s schedule is going to be the greatest charity surf camp schedule anyone has ever seen.  With 12-15 Week Long Charity Surf Camps for medically fragile, at risk and special needs youth and young adults, we are the premier outreach surf program in the world, no doubt about it.  No other surf program is capable of doing what we at Indo Jax can do.  We serve the widest variety of special needs participants in the surf.  Our camps are 3-5 days long giving participants the chance to really experience the exhilaration and uplifting qualities of the ocean and learning to surf.  Our numbers are growing exponentially and we allow siblings to participate side by side with their brothers and sisters.  An experience that is unmatched anywhere for these kids and young adults!  Every penny we raise goes to serving more and more children!   Our schedule is set and posted so please visit indojax.com to register for any of our surf camps, surf lessons, surf clinics, or outreach surf camps that suit you.  There really is no other choice than Indo Jax!TedxUTK-5dsc_0337_edit_hearing_im2013_day3DSC_0072_edit

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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!

 

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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