I love this time of year. It’s that time of year where I reflect on all the things I am thankful for, and there are so many!
I am so blessed to have such a great wife and kids. We live in a wonderful house and have such a great family lifestyle. Our kids are doing great in their activities and school. Our youngest, Finn, is doing well in school and becoming an incredible martial artist with his Jiu Jitsu. Charlie our middle and adopted child has really assimilated into our family and has come a long way since he first arrived. He’s doing great in school, straight A’s and getting ready for basketball season. Gabby our oldest is doing well in school, also straight A’s, and going bananas in her surfing. She finished this year’s ESA season as a 2 Division Champion, first in Girls Shortboard and first in Boys/Girls Longboard. I am so proud of all the accomplishments of our kids. But more important than that, I am proud of how they give back. They have spent a lot of time helping those in need at our charity surf camps for kids with special needs. That seems to be what they’re most into and that makes me happy.
At this time of year I am so thankful for our friends. We have amazing friends that are doing amazing things in this world. We are blessed to have such fantastic people in our lives, it makes the holidays that much more special!
At Indo Jax we are grateful as well. As an organization, we have been blessed to be part of something really special. Our outreach surf program in Wrightsville Beach, NC has grown to a level we never dreamed of. Our charity surf program in India is in its 7th year, that’s almost unthinkable! Our surf school and surf camp program at Wrightsville Beach has become the BEST you can find anywhere. We have been blessed with the most incredible staff of instructors. No where can you go to find more caring, attentive and skilled surf instructors! In 2015 I was invited to to a TEDx Talk in Knoxville Tennessee, and our program is now gracing the pages of American Way Magazine, located in every seat back such of American Airlines Flights.
So when I think of things, all the things in my life, I can only Thank God and be thankful. If it all ended today, it was an incredible ride. We have been a part of so many cool things, I can’t even imagine what could be next. We have become friends with so many great people that will always be a part of our lives. Even the struggles have been worth it, because they brought us here. Right here now, where we are so stoked to be, where we are so thankful.
I hope you all have a great holiday season. I hope you all are thankful too, and we hope to see you all soon in the water!