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Pennies 4 Pins 2014

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Two days left and we bowl.  We bowl to raise money for our charity surf program that serves literally thousands of medically fragile, special needs and at-risk youth.  This program empowers and uplifts children and gives them a sense that if…”I can do this, I can do anything!”  Children and families walk away from these camps knowing their future holds fantastic things and that they don’t need to be discouraged by their circumstance, they just need to go for it!  Our charity schedule is impressive to say the least and 2014 is looking to be one of the biggest ones yet, check this out!…

April 4-18 Homes of Hope, India
May 27-29 Boys and Girls Clubs Wilmington
June 23-26 Children From Belarus
July-Helen Keller Foundation Month
July 14-18 Visually Impaired
July 28-31 Hearing Impaired
August 11-14 Boys and Girls Home Waccammaw
August  18 Surfers Healing-Autism register at www.surfershealing.org
August 19-21 Autism surf Camp
August TBA Mauli Ola Foundation-Cystic Fibrosis register at www.mauliola.org
September 13  Wounded Warrior Day
Summertime Surfing

Dyan O’Campo “ripping” in the Visually Impaired Surf Camp

This has got to be the only place in the world for all these children to get a chance to surf!  We also allow sibling to surf side by side with their brothers and sisters.  They rarely if ever get to participate together  but at Indo Jax Surf Charities they do!  So please, give us a hand, throw a few pennies our way and we’ll do some serious good with it!
Thank you!
Jack

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

 

 

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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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

 

 

Thanksgiving 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I love Thanksgiving!  It is such a great time to reflect and focus on all the things we have.  It’s also a time to consciously not let all the negative stuff take up too much time in our heads.   It’s family time and nothing is better than that.  It always makes me realize that close friends and family are all that really matter.

Personally I am thankful for so many things.  Our kids are healthy and happy and doing  well in school, sports and music.  My wife and I are doing well and enjoying lots of family time these days. We feel totally blessed for all that we have.

At Indo Jax we are also thankful for so many things.  We love living in Wilmington NC where the Cape Fear Region beaches are so beautiful. We get to enjoy fantastic surf conditions the year round.   Summer here is awesome but so is the winter!  The crowds have gone, and  life returns to a nice slow but steady pace.

We are also thankful for the continuing success of our surf school.  Sure we’ve had some bumps in the road, but overall we have become the premier surf school in the area, and the locals choice.  We are also proud of the fact that we have earned a solid reputation in the area for helping people and other businesses.  Through our charity surf camps and sponsorship programs we help many.  We love being a positive business force in the area.  The other day a gentleman told me he was constantly hearing what a great organization we were, and that our reputation in the area is incredible.  It is always nice to hear that we are a valued business member of the Wilmington Community.

We are thankful too for all the people who have helped us along the way.  No doubt, that without customers, donors, and supporters we would not have made it this far.  So thank you!

We at Indo Jax Surf School and Charities would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays.  We hope you reflect on all the great things you have!

We hope to see you Friday night at the Hope From Helen fundraiser at the Blockade Runner.

Jack

Surfing Wrightsville Beach

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Surfing Wrightsville Beach is one of my favorite things to do!  This week was a great example of why.  On Tuesday it was really small so I took the longboard out and caught a few waves surfing with a great friend of mine, Allen.  We surfed and laughed and enjoyed the beautiful 80 degree day.  Afterward I had a surf lesson with Alexandre, a child with autism who surfs with me for therapy year round. We had some great rides together.  All in all it was a fantastic day of waves, friends and sunshine.

I took Wednesday to volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class, but was back on Thursday for one of the most enjoyable days of surf I can remember.  The ocean surface was perfect glass.  Nice A-Frame peaks were coming in up and down the beach and peeling in both directions for hundreds of yards in either direction.  I couldn’t understand why no one was out but I enjoyed nearly 3 hours of surf all alone on this beautiful 80 degree day in flawless conditions.  Small but perfect.

Friday I went back to Wrightsville Beach Access #10, the wind was up so the surface was a little choppy, but the waves had bumped up a few feet in size and were looking ripple.  It was a good workout paddling in and out with the choppy sea surface but the wave faces were fantastic and long, walled up, racy rides were served up over and over.  Again to my surprise, there wasn’t anyone around.  Overnight the wind turned offshore and by Saturday morning we had almost perfect surf for Saturday.  The crowds were bigger but there were still plenty of glassy lined up waves to go around.  I surfed until my arms nearly fell off before heading home.

Today, Sunday, I got the chance to surf with my daughter Gabriella.  Together we had an absolute blast.  We had a cold wind, choppier conditions, and really small waves, but the day was beautiful.  Although the conditions were much worse than earlier in the week, to be out surfing with Gabby, the day couldn’t have been better.  Gabby, star of the documentary Bound By Sea, surfed great.  For her age she is an awesome surfer and seems so confident in all types of ocean conditions.  She has become a fantastic surf instructor and has helped in nearly all of our surf camps in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island and Oak Island.  She has helped with all of our charity surf camps in the Cape Fear Region and has become so compassionate toward children who have special needs.  She has become a special part of our surf school here in NC.  She has also become a competitive surfer competing in the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic for several years. Bound By Sea explores our charity work and Gabby’s involvement in our surf programs.  It explores our travels and the special relationship we share.  bound By Sea makes its World Premier on Saturday November 16th at Thalian Main Stage for the Cucalorus Film Festival 10 am to noon.  I can’t wait to see what people think of Nate Daniels movie.

 

 

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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University of Tennessee Swim Team Surf Camp/BBQ

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The University of Tennessee Surf Camp and BBQ was a fantastic time this year.  We had some pumping surf and 60 world class swimmers on hand for a 4 day surf camp at Wrightsville Beach.  The swimmers and Indo Jax Surf School instructors had a great time and caught some great waves.  The BBQ at the end of the camp was fun as well.  We got to mingle with the swimmers and coaches, share some laughs and watch one of Indo Jax Surf Charities latest videos “My Name Uncle.”  This was our 3rd year working with Matt Kredich and his Volunteer Swim Team.  The Vols have become family and we really enjoy having them at our Surf School and our house to share great times.  We wish them well as they embark on their 2013/14  Swim Season.

My Name Uncle was well received by the Volunteer swimmers.  This documentary by Matt Batchelor highlights our 4 year ongoing program in India for orphans.  It will be playing at Cucalorus this year, so if you haven’t seen it come on out.  In addition to My Name Uncle, Bound By Sea will be making it’s world premier at Cucalorus this year.  This film highlights our charity surf programs around the world as well as right here in the Wilmington/ Cape Fear region. 1209205_10201304694714062_180509993_n We hope to see you there.

Jack

University of Tennessee Swim Team Annual Surf Camp at Indo Jax

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

So stoked that we are gearing up for the 3rd Annual University of Tennessee Swim Team Surf Camp at Indo Jax Surf School.  Next week 60 world class athletes will be converging on Wilmington NC to train, compete and surf ,YES SURF!  Indo Jax Surf School is honored to be hosting these swimmers at Wrightsville Beach for 4 days of surfing in between training sessions and competition.  Both the men’s and women’s swim team will be here along with coach and good friend Matt Kredich and his incredible staff of coaches and trainers.  All of our surf instructors are pumped for this event.IMG_0869

This surf camp is one of my favorite events of the year.  Working with athletes of this calibur is an incredible experience, and it’s amazing to see how quickly they’re up and riding.  Being so comfortable in the ocean, makes learning to surf easy.  It seems most in this group quickly progress from total beginner to intermediate in a few tries.  It isn’t long before they are catching their own waves, paddling into bigger and steeper waves, and generally doing thing you don’t see from beginners.

The swimmers will be competing agains the University of North Carolina Wilmington swim Team while here.  The event will culminate with a BBQ at our house.  Last year’s event was a great time and we look forward to hosting them for another surf event!

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Great day of surf today, I hope y’all got in the water!  It’s been good all week.  Gotta love September and surfing everyday til my arms are falling off.

So stoked that this year Indo Jax Surf School partnered with Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp to bring back an all female surf contest.  Under new management and a new name, The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic was a super successful surf event.  Held in August of this year, over 100 female surfers and paddlers came out to compete.  We had great sponsorship and feedback and both Jo and I are already looking forward to next year and making this event even bigger and better.

The Indo Jax Surf Team girls had fantastic turnout and performance, with all girls advancing.  A few of the Indo Jax girls made it to the finals and one girl won her division.  We are proud of our surf team and the progress they are making toward becoming serious surfers.bilde