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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

 

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

 

 

Surfers Healing and Mauli Ola

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

One of the coolest things about Indo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charities is being able to work with other surfing organizations and non profits.  Two of my favorites are Surfers Healing and The Mauli Ola Foundation.

For the last 6 years Indo Jax Surf School has acted as the official “In Water Support Team” for Surfers Healing.  That is, we help them take children with autism surfing on that glorious day.  The Surfers Healing Event held in Wrightsville Beach is one of the biggest, serving close to 300 children.  Without Indo Jax Surf School and our  highly trained and experience staff of surf instructors, The Surfers Healing Crew would not get through that many children.  We are honored to be the surf school chosen for this.

For the last 3 years, The Mauli Ola Foundation has chosen Indo Jax as their “go to” surf school for their Wrightsville Beach event.  Last summer we got the chance to surf with some famous surfers, including Sunny Garcia, on the day they held their Surf Experience Day for children with Cystic Fibrosis.

Indo Jax is proud to be able to help these wonderful organizations that share our mission of helping children in need.  We look forward to many more summers with Surfers Healing and  Mauli Ola.

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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!

 

Pennies 4 Pins

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

After an incredible 2012 season, we are back at it with our 3rd annual Pennies 4 Pins fundraising event.  The event happens on October 21st, noon at Cardinal Lanes Beach Bowl, and is our biggest fundraising event of the season.  It funds the bulk of what Indo Jax Surf Charities does and so we are putting a lot into this event.  We have 7 teams of bowlers and all are out trying to get pledges for how many pins they knock down in 3 games.  Additionally it is a costume party.  It is a great event so please pledge for a bowler and come check out the event!

We have a lot to be proud of at Indo Jax Surf Charities.  Coming off our biggest season ever we have big shoes to fill.  In 2012 we served over 1000 medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth with our charity surf program.  We stayed true to our mission of “Empowering medically fragile, special needs and at-risk youth by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf.”  We also served kids in all 4 oceans of the world with a program loosely called the 4 oceans project.  Although the bulk of our efforts were put down right here in Wilmington NC, we planted seeds with other surf schools and surf camps in other parts of the world to make a difference the way we do, with charitable surf camps for needy kids.  It was a success all the way around.  A documentary film is being made of the endeavor, called Bound By Sea.

We also just found out the video, made by Matt Batchelor, of the Norwegian leg of the 4 Oceans Project, will be showing in the Cucalorous Film Festival.  This is a real honor since thousands of people enter  from all over the world and many do not make it.

We just found out we are a finalist in the Verizon Wireless Innovation Awards.  The winner will be announced at the end of October in Raleigh.  What’s cool about this is, we get judged on our merits, not how many votes we can generate.  Stoked on that!

To pledge to one of our bowlers just go to our web-site and click on the bowling icon.  It’s easy, takes about 30 seconds, and cheap.  5 cents a pin ends up being around $20.  Please consider helping us, help needy kids through surfing!

Thanks! Jack

Indo Jax Continually Strives To Improve

Monday, February 20th, 2012

We at Indo Jax always strive to improve.  No matter how good we feel our surfing programs are.  We know there’s always room for improvement.  Whether we are researching new equipment, making program improvements, or learning new methods, we work hard to get better and provide the best experience possible for you and your families.

This past weekend, I got a chance to spend a little time with a great guy, Rupert Isaacson of the Horse Boy Movie and founder of the Horse Boy Method.  Their organization has a well thought out and developed program of teaching horses to work with children with special needs.  What an experience it was to meet and watch and listen.  Definitely there is a lot of crossover between surfing and horse riding and both are very effective therapy for children with special needs.  More importantly, I saw where Indo Jax Surf Charities can improve it’s methods and techniques and take our camps several steps further.  Although The Horse Boy organization works primarily with children with autism, one of their premises was that what’s good for autism is good for all children.  After witnessing their program, I believe that to be true and am super excited to add new and more effective activities to our surfing program.

This visit was a very valuable experience for our charity surf camp programs as we head into 2012.  It will also help us as we serve and work with other charity programs like, Homes of Hope, Boys and Girls Club, JDRF, and Surfers Healing.   I’d like to personally thank Rupert, his wife and crew for their hospitality and patience with me as I absorbed as much as I could. My children had a blast the whole way through and especially at the  Sunday evening “play date.”   No doubt I’ll be back to learn more and ride those wonderful horses!

Surfer Chick

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Beautiful post about one of our surfer chicks:

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Surfers Healing – Wrightsville Beach

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Indojax participated in Surfers Healing this year at Wrightsville Beach.  Despite the weather, it was a fun and moving experience.  Check out awesome pics from Logan MB.


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