Owner, Surf School Instructor, Charity Surf Camps Director
Jack and Aileen Viorel have been owner /operators of Indo Jax Surf School since 2007. They are proud to be members of the Wilmington area surf community and always strive to be a business that helps the Cape Fear Region be a #1 travel destination.
Jack is from California and cut his surfing teeth in the frigid waters and enormous surf of Half Moon Bay (home of Mavericks). He spent most of his life surfing some of the most humbling, if not deadly waves you can find anywhere. Jack can say this with confidence, because when not surfing his home waters of Nor Cal, he was off traveling the globe in search of great waves. He has been lucky enough to visit some of our planets most exotic locales and ride some of the world’s most beautiful and perfect waves. Besides the staple surfing trips like Baja, Costa Rica, and Bali. Jack has gone on some truly incredible surf safaris. Sumatra, The Andaman Islands, Ireland, Portugal, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Barbados and the Philippines name but a portion of the places he’s traveled. Jack’s surf travel experience has even been featured in a couple books, Worst Case Scenarios Travel Edition, Worst Case Scenarios Extreme Edition and The Escape Artists by author Josh Piven. Simply put, surfing is his passion and he’s spent most of his life in pursuit of great waves.
“ I am thankful for my travels, not for all the incredible waves I’ve caught, but for what I learned on those trips. I learned to not only appreciate the things I have, but to be compassionate enough to share those things with others who have less.”
Jack and Aileen moved to the Wilmington Area in 2006 and fell in love with the incredible weather, beaches, and friendly people. Since then, they have had another son Finn, and adopted a third Charlie. They are a surfing family and spend their summers at Beach Access #10 enjoying the beautiful Wrightsville Beach surf.
Indo Jax Surf School has become the premier surf school in the area, maybe anywhere. Staffed with incredible surf instructors and a 2-1 ratio their surf camps are known for being the best and safest around.
The motto of the surf school is…”We’re nothing if we don’t give back!” and they mean it. They have developed one of the most incredible surf charity programs anywhere in the world. Their program serves special needs and at risk children with conditions ranging from autism, visual impairments, wounded warriors, orphans to name a few.
The Indo Jax® Mission:
“We are nothing if we don’t give back”
Indo Jax® is truly a one of a kind surf school! We are different from the others for many reasons. First of all, our qualifications set us apart from any surf school you’ll find anywhere. Our instructors are certified teachers with extensive surfing backgrounds. Our ocean experience, safety training and teaching background is unparalleled. With our qualifications we can provide a “learn to surf” experience that the others just can’t. In addition, our prices are quite a bit lower than the industry standard. We could charge much more, but we don’t, because we love to teach people to surf! Our most unique feature, however, is we give back! We have an impressive outreach learn to surf program. We donate our time and money to local charities, we sponsor local charity events, as well as offer free surf camps to various groups ranging from children infected with HIV, to children with autism. The motto at the school is simple, “We are nothing if we don’t give back!”
Our ultimate goals are:
- teach people to surf in a fun and safe learning environment
- bring surfing to people who might otherwise not have a chance to do so.
- use the stoke of wave riding to build self-esteem in people
- promote a love of the ocean environment
- set an example of charity for others to follow. All while having a great time!
Hours of Operation
- Reservations, registration and information available year round.
- Private lessons available May - September. Reservations are required. 24 hour notice preferred.
- Summer surf camps weekly June, July and August.
- Closed on Sundays
When it comes to staff our goal is simple…we want to be the best surf school there is. We realize it takes great instructors to achieve this goal, and so we seek out the best! Indo Jax Surf School is able to attract the absolute finest surf instructors around, because of our outstanding reputation for providing high quality surf camps and lessons. We are always looking for instructors that fit our high standards. Our instructors are great in the water, excellent teachers, and attentive to detail. Because of our extensive charity surf camp component, instructors need to be able to work well with children who have special needs. We train our instructors in both First Aid and CPR, and many are also lifeguard certified. We compensate our instructors/directors well and as follows…
- Directors - $100 per day based on an 8 hour day, Directors work 3-5 days a week depending on the program they direct.
- Instructors - 1st year $12/hour, 2nd year $13.50/hour, 3rd year $15/hour, 4th year $15.50, 5th year $16.00, 6th year $16.50, 7th year &17.00
- Office staff/Nanny - $10/hour
If you are interested in employment with Indo Jax Surf School please call Jack at (910) 274-3565 or send a e-mail to email@example.com