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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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I am stoked to announce that the Wahine Contest is back!  Every year since we moved to Wilmington, my daughter Gabby surfed in the East Coast Wahine Surf Event at Wrightsville Beach.  She absolutely loved participating with all the other little girls from near and far.  Indo Jax Surf School as well, was always very supportive of this event that was such an important part of female surfing in this area.  We sponsored the event every year, and I even directed it one year.  Last year the event didn’t happen, never heard why, it just vanished.  Gabby, and I’m sure other girls like her, was crushed.

Soon after, Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp contacted me to see if I wanted to help her revive the all women’s event.  I was 100% in.  Since that time we have worked hard to do our part to bring it back.  As partners in Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic Inc Jo and I are doing just that.  We now have our incorporation, a new name and logo, an event site on Facebook, and a press release.  the press release comes out this week.  the event is scheduled for August  17 and 18.  It’s going to be a fantastic addition to the Wilmington/Cape Fear Region

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

. There will be some great divisions ranging from novice to pro categories, and the crowd favorite Guppy division to an all new SUP division.  There will be cash prizes for professional participants and prizes for all other divisions.  Our goal is to bring back a great Wrightsville Beach tradition.  We want to provide a positive venue for females to excel and enjoy the sport of surfing.  Stay tuned or go to www.wrightsvillebeachwahineclassic.com for contest information.