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Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

It’s that time again.  The off season, but prep time for our charity programs.  First order of business is to get India Surf Safari lV all ready.  There are many things to do.  We collect goods and much needed medical supplies, we ship any needed equipment for the surf camp, we coordinate logistics with Paul Wilkes of Homes of Hope, we coordinate with the needed instructors here.

Today is a Fundraiser, the first one of the year, at Ruby Tuesday in Mayfair.  This is a low key fundraiser where folks can come and eat any time throughout the day and we get 20% of the sales.  The great part is we can set up a table and get a chance to spread the word on our charity surf program and the many wonderful surf camps and lesson programs for children with medically fragile, special needs, and at-risk youth.

Indo Jax Surf Charity is a charity surf school that operates outreach surf programs world wide.  Our main focus is right here in Wilmington NC but our reach is way beyond the Cape Fear Region.  We work with many types of special needs children and young adults ranging from orphans in India to Wounded Warriors right here at Camp Lejeune.  We work with children with autism, visual impairments, diabetes, and hearing impairments to name some.  We also have a program for at risk children through the local Boys and Girls Clubs, and through a local church.  We have plans to add a program for cancer survivors and for Burmese refugees in 2013.  Our surf program is unique, in that we can work with all sorts of children that come from all sorts of situations.  Our instructors and methodology is second to none.  Our program is time tested and works to raise the self esteem in the children who participate in it.  Our instructors get  a ton of training for special situations.  Not only does this make us the most effective charity/outreach program, but those same instructors make incredible surf instructors for our surf camps and private surf lessons.  That is why our programs in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, Carolina Beach and  Oak Island ar e the most sought after surf programs you’ll find anywhere.

Our first charity event of the season is in April for orphan girls in India.  These girls have the most horrific stories you could ever imagine.  Our program builds their self esteem and helps them build a positive memory bank. It is one of the most remarkable surf events I have ever heard of.  Today’s Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser will help with this program.  If you can come on out to the Ruby Tuesday’s in Mayfair and enjoy a delicious meal and raise money for a good cause!

Jack

Happy Holidays

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

We are gearing up for the holidays here at Indo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charites and can’t help reflecting on what a great year we have had.  We would like to thank all of our supporters for such a great year in the surf school and our charity surf program.  In the surf school every week was sold out and in our charity program we served over 1,000 special needs children.  Additionally we had some truly great experiences that will be with us forever.

On the surf school side of things, all of our Wrightsville Beach Surf Camps were sold out.  We are honored that our program is as sought after as it is.  We work hard to make our programs the absolute best we can. We pay close attention to all the details to do this.  Our crew this year was the best we’ve had ever, and with almost all of them returning next year, we are looking very good!  We enjoyed working with your children and teaching them about the ocean and learning to surf.  Our surf camps in Topsail Island and Wrightsville Beach are the areas best.  Our private surf lesson program is one of a kind as well, operating out of Oak Island, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island.   At Indo Jax Surf School, we realize that your children are your most prized possession and we treat you and them as such.  We really look forward to seeing you all next summer.

On the charity side, we smashed all of our own records.  With over 1000 children served this year alone, we have become a powerful force for the betterment of the children we work with.  Every one of our outreach camps was packed beyond our goals for the year.  We stayed true to our mission and even with the high numbers we turned no one away. Our volunteer crew of instructors is as strong as ever with nearly 20 volunteer instructors.  As with the surf school, we  constantly strive for the highest quality outreach surf camps possible, with complete attention to detail and safety.

None of our surf programs

Indo Jax Surf Team

Indo Jax Surf Team

would be possible without your help and support.  We thank you all for your business and financial support of our charity.  We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, and a happy new year!  See you all in the water in 2013!

Indo Jax Surf School and surf Charities

Another Fantastic Day of Surf

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

We are so lucky to be living in the Wilmington Wrightsville Beach area!  My daily routine gets me to the beach every day around 8.  No matter what the conditions I go for a surf or paddle, do my daily surf lesson with Alexandre from 10-11, then head to the office for a couple hours before picking up the kids from school.  It is a magnificent life, and the mornings at Wrightsville  Beach are nothing short of magic!

This morning there were dolphins swimming around and fantastic waves.  Clean, fast, lines.  The rides were short but exciting, fast and occasionally hollow enough to get a little barrel.  The air temperature the last few days has been pleasantly warm, and the tide in the morning has been low enough to make for some fast breaking waves.

I’m in my office now, stoked to have gotten a daily surf in.  My arms are a bit tired, in a good way and my mind is clear from being out in the ocean.  After surfing, I feel productive and focused and can get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.

I’m looking forward to Summer 2013 and the start of our new surf season at Indo Jax Surf School.  I really enjoy seeing our past students coming back for more waves and more instruction from our incredible staff of highly trained and professional surf instructors.  I also enjoy seeing the new faces of those just getting started in the fantastic sport of surfing.  The Wrightsville Beach/Topsail Island Carolina Beach area is perfect for learning to surf.  And we at Indo Jax have everything you need to enjoy  the best resource the Cape Fear Region has to, the Atlantic Ocean.

I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this wonderful place we call home!

Indo Jax Surf School Ratios

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Indo Jax Surf School is a high quality surf program in many regards.  We use the best soft surfboards on the market, INT, and we have highly trained professional surf instructors, but maybe our most important safety feature is our student to instructor ratio in our surf camps at Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island.  Generally our camps have a 2-1 ratio, that is only two students per instructor.  The industry standard seems to be three or more, but we maintain a true 2-1.  Additionally we have a director and often times an assistant (nanny) on the beach so that in the event a child gets out of the water, our ratio stays the same.  As you search for a surf school safety should be your first concern, and Indo Jax Surf School leaves no stone unturned when it comes to safety.  Our surf camps, lessons, and clinics are first and foremost safe.  A safe learning environment means we can have a great time while learning to surf.  You can look around but, with our high standards, you will not find a safer, more enjoyable program for your kids than Indo Jax.

Indo Jax is currently in the process of updating our programs and web-site.  We are going to be offering a Minnow Camp this year for young children or children unfamiliar with the ocean environment.  This program will be run like a camp, but have a 1-1 ratio so that children can learn about the ocean, build confidence around the sport of surfing, and have the time of their life.  More details coming soon!

Bound By Sea

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

One of the coolest things I could have ever imagined was traveling the world with my daughter, surfing and helping people along the way.  That’s what Gabriella and I did in 2012.  What’s remarkable is that Gabby is 9 years old.

Our first trip was Kochi, India and the Indian Ocean.  I was really nervous about this one as India is no joke when it comes to travel.  I had already been twice, putting on a surf camp for orphan girls and knew how tough travel is to this part of the world.  Gabby was a champ and traveled well.  She collected and delivered tons of donations from her school, surfed and encouraged the orphans we worked with, and didn’t once fall apart, even during difficult times.  She came home tired, overwhelmed and infested with lice, but still talks about going back.

Second, we went to California to surf the Pacific Ocean in my home town of Half Moon Bay.  During this trip we got a chance to work with children with autism, and again Gabby’s ability to connect with children who have special needs and low self esteem was truly amazing.  She worked hard at encouraging and empowering the little kids that were surfing for their first time.  She also got to see some of her old friends she hadn’t seen in a few years.

The Atlantic Ocean part of the project took place all summer.  Gabby is incredible at helping children overcome fear and apprehension and try something new.  She has a way of helping scared children rise up and face their fears and succeed at something difficult and thus help build their self confidence.

After having surfed three oceans, we had one left, the Arctic.  We talked, did some research, and decided to go for it.  We found a surf school in the northern reaches of Norway, above the Arctic Circle, further north even than Iceland.  We worked closely with a surf school in Unstad Norway called Unstad Camping and put on 3 days of charity surf camps in the Arctic Ocean.  We also surfed and hiked in some of the most remote, exotic, and coldest places on earth.

So we’re home now and often reflect on what an amazing year of travel, surf, and charity it was.  I am so proud of my daughter Gabby and how she handled herself this year, on the road and here at home.

Currently Nate Daniel and Matt Batchelor are making a documentary of the 4 Oceans Project, called Bound By Sea.  I get to see a rough cut to the trailer of Bound By Sea on Friday…I can’t wait!

Great Things in October and Halloween

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Recently many great things have taken place for Indo Jax Surf School and Charities.  Our Pennies 4 Pins was a huge success, even more than we expected with nearly $45,000 raised.  We never imagined we could break the record we set last year and if collections go well, we smash it!   The Star News put out a fantastic article of our Norway surfing adventure, highlighting Gabriella and her travels around the globe to help needy children in all four oceans.  We were a nominee for the Chase Giving Program, didn’t win, but were so honored to be involved.  And most recently we were a finalist in the Verizon Technology Innovation Awards that took place in Raleigh last week. There was great feedback about our surf school and surf camps in Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island.   Out of 75 + applicants, we were one of 12 finalist, and one of 6 that were mentioned.  Again we didn’t win, but made a great showing and it appears we turned some heads with our work with special needs children.  All these great things tell us we are on the right track with our work, that’s exciting for us!

Over the weekend we had the great pleasure and honor to have Rupert Isaacson, of the Horse Boy Foundation and Movie, visit us in Wilmington to discuss future plans to work together providing horse/surf camps for children.  Our 2012 pilot camps in Half Moon Bay and Wrightsville Beach  went fantastic and we have started to map out a program to improve and grow these surf and horse programs next year.  It’s especially rewarding to learn more about how to help more children in new and better ways.  Plans are in the works to go back out to Texas to participate in more trainings and to formalize and improve our surf programs and surf lessons.  For 2013 these combo horse/surf camps will be on our schedule.

Although our surf camps and surf lessons have wound down, our surf team in Wrightsville Beach is going strong and will continue for a few more weeks.  The kids in this program are really improving and showing that consistent practice  makes a huge difference.  These little rippers are getting very independent in the water and learning some advance skills in the water.

We are entering our off season right now.  This is the time where we start to plan our programs for next year’s surf camps and pump up our fundraising efforts for the upcoming charity season.  It’s nice to take a step back and put ideas into action for next year.

We hope you all have a great Halloween tomorrow.  Please be safe and enjoy!

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 Surf Charities Is Now Accepting Corporate Sponsorship

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Indo Jax Surf Charities is now accepting corporate sponsorship for our 2012 3rd annual Surf Camp for the orphan girls of Homes of Hope in India.  To date we have 4 corporate sponsors of this huge event for us,  South End Surf Shop, Indo Jax Surf School, Holiday Inn Express and Hope From Helen.  Special thanks go out to Tony Butler of Hope From Helen for offering to give us a helping hand on this trip!

The people who have reached out to help us, either by sponsoring a bowler at our Pennies 4 Pins Fundraiser, or by sponsoring an instructor going to India, are very special.  It is people and companies like the above mentioned that make these types of outreach surf programs possible. If you or your company would like to sponsor one of our instructors going to India please contact me at (910) 274-3565 or e-mail me at jack@indojaxsurfschool.com

We look forward to working with all of our sponsors, current and new, in the coming 2012 season.  We have so many incredible Outreach Surf Camps scheduled, it going to be one incredible season!

Thanks!

Jack

Indo Jax 2010 Surf School Programs

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

We are finalizing our 2010 Surf School schedule and it will be posted on the surf school page soon.  It will look something like this…

Spring Break Surf Camp–Wrightsville Beach–Indo Jax Surf School

Spring Break is a great time to learn to surf or improve your surfing skill.  The weather and water are starting to warm up, but the crowds are still small.   Get a head start on the summer by joining Indo Jax Surf School for a week of Spring time surfing at Wrightsville Beach.  Our Spring Break Surf Camp is one of a kind!  First of all, we are the only surf school/camp around that provides a group surf camp during Spring Vacation.  We  provide wet suits free of charge for all participants.  Finally, we offer a pre-season discounted price.  This  surf camp is conveniently run in conjunction with local schools Spring Vacation.  This surf camp will run Monday through Friday March 29-April 2, from 10 am -noon.  All students will receive 10 hours of professional surf instruction, The Indo Jax Ocean/Surf Guide, environmental beach tote, Indo Jax Surf School sticker,  and the time of their life!   Cost per person, only $250.

Summer Surf Camps–Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach–Indo Jax Surf School

During the months of June July and August, Indo Jax Surf School runs week long surf camps.  Summers on the Cape Fear Coast are unreal!  The weather is beautiful, the water is warm and the waves are perfect for learning to surf.  Most days here in the summer you’ll feel like you’re in the  crystal blue waters of the Caribbean.  Our summer surf camps are absolutely the best surf camps you’ll find anywhere.  Our instructors are highly trained, skilled in the ocean, great teachers and very personable.  Our Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach Surf Camps run Monday through Friday from 8-10 am.  All students receive 10 hours of professional instruction, The Indo Jax Ocean and Surf Guide, environmental beach tote and Indo Jax Surf School sticker, and the time of their life!  These surf camps are held at both Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach.  All necessary equipment is provided and included in the price.  Cost per person, only $290 per person.

Summer Surf Camps–Oak Island–Indo Jax Surf School

Oak Island is a wonderful town in Brunswick County with beautiful beaches.  Indo Jax Surf School operates 3 day Surf Camps in Oak Island in conjunction with the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department.  Our Oak Island surf camps run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5 pm.  Students receive 6 hours of professional instruction, the Indo Jax Ocean/Surf Guide, an environmental beach tote, sticker, and the time of their life.   All necessary equipment is provided and included in the price.  Cost per person, only $155.  or $55 per day.

Fall Weekend Surf Clinics–Wrightsville Beach–Indo Jax Surf School

Summer’s over, but the water is still warm, the weather gorgeous, and the waves are perfect.  This time of year is an incredible time to be a surfer.  The waves can be at their best, without the crowds of the summer. Fall is a great time to take your skills to the next level.   Every weekend during September and October Indo Jax Surf School holds weekend surf clinics.  These 2 day long camps run from 9-11 am on Saturday and Sunday.  All equipment is provided and included in the price including wetsuits when necessary.  Students receive 4 hours of professional instruction, The Indo Jax Surf and Ocean Guide, environmental beach tote , Indo Jax Surf School sticker and the time of their life.  Cost per person, only $120.

Private Surf Lessons–Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island, Figure Eight Island

Indo Jax Surf School also offers private surf lessons year round.  A private surf lesson is a great way to get up and riding in a short amount of time.  In our private surf lessons you will be working 1 on 1 with one of our talented and highly trained surf instructors.  All equipment is provided and included in the price including wetsuits when necessary.  All students receive 2 hours of professional instruction, The Indo Jax Surf and Ocean Guide, environmental beach tote, Indo Jax Surf School, and all the waves they can handle.  Cost per person,  only $80.

*Private Group Lessons include all the things the other lessons include, but are priced on a case by case basis*

So Give Indo Jax Surf School a call or shoot us an e-mail, let us get you up and riding!