2013 Off Season is Here!
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!
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!
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