The mission of Indo Jax Surf Charities is to empower medically fragile special needs and at -risk youth by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf.
Located in Wilmington, NC, Indo Jax Surf School and Charities began in 2007. Founder Jack Viorel was looking to combine the concepts he learned as an avid surfer and teacher to provide a free therapeutic surf program for kids with mental, physical, or financial challenges. His first camp was for children born with HIV/AIDS and was a tremendous success. By 2009, they were serving children on the autism spectrum, those with visual impairment, diabetes, wounded warriors, and more. When the charity component outpaced the surf school’s budget, they started the non-profit Indo Jax Surf Charities.
Nearly 10 years later, Indo Jax serves nearly 1,000 children per summer with their free therapeutic, self-esteem building surf camps. They boast a base of 35 highly skilled and trained instructors. They have equipment that has been specially made and in many instances designed or modified in-house for the specific challenges of their students. Indo Jax has expanded to a program in India for orphan girls and a program in California for children with various special needs. The bulk of our program is in Wilmington, NC where they hold camps for hundreds of children each summer who are at-risk, medically fragile, or have special needs. Children who go through our program inevitably go from a place of reluctance and fear to a sense that… “If I can surf, I can do anything!”
To learn more visit indojaxsurfcharities.org