MELBOURNE BEACH, FL (April 8, 2007) — Nine years after introducing the Indo Board to the surf industry, the company’s exponential growth has propelled it into mainstream P.E. classrooms in schools across the country. Hunter Joslin, creator of the Indo Board, along with a team of education professionals, recently developed a unique instructional program for grades K through college, called the Indo Board Curriculum Guide and Lesson Plan. Available in both booklet form and on DVD, the Curriculum adheres to all of the National Standards for Physical Education. The new program combines the fun of surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding with the physical benefits of core conditioning, making it the perfect tool to get all students excited about fitness.
“I’ve talked with several high school P.E. teachers, coaches and athletic directors, who commented how 40% to 60% of their students have no desire to participate in traditional P.E due to their interest being in alternative sports, so it’s hard to motivate them,” said Joslin. “With the Indo Board, they can have a surf, skate, or snow experience with a huge fun factor, while getting the valuable exercise kids need.”
The Indo Board first gained popularity in action sports, but today, athletes from more than 40 countries worldwide participating in a broad cross section of activities—football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, running, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, soccer, hockey, climbing, martial arts—currently utilize it in their fitness and training routines. You’ll also find the Indo Board at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, where our country’s top athletes use them to develop core stability and as a key part of injury prevention and rehabilitation.
While the Indo Board offers a broad range of physical benefits, the primary attribute is development of core stability and balance. The Indo Board activates and strengthens abdominal muscles, which form the basis of good balance and core stability. “Today, core stability is an essential element in all athletic training and fitness programs,” said Joslin. “If you have a solid foundation of core fitness, you can excel in any physical pursuit. Although you’ll hear the term “core” used as a buzzword in many different training programs, core fitness is not a fad. It’s a realization that has changed the course of athletic awareness. Ten years ago, few talked about core stability, but now every major fitness regimen focuses on developing a sound foundation of core strength to build upon.”
Unlike traditional P.E. programs concentrating on team sports, the Indo Board Curriculum Guide focuses on the individual, allowing students to progress comfortably at their own pace. Moreover, because it simulates the experience of action sports, students who try the Indo Board become instantly hooked by how fun it is, motivating them to continue a regular fitness activity.
Annie Kim, a sophomore at Ballard High School in Kentucky, recently bought an Indo Board, and during her first session, she became enamored with it: “After 15 minutes, my brother, sister, and I had all gotten the hang of it and could roll back and forth skillfully. For the next four weeks, the Indo Board was all I could think about doing when I got home from school. It became an exhilarating obsession.”
Leighton Nakamoto, a P.E. teacher at Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School in Hawaii, found his kids experienced exactly the same obsession as Kim after purchasing an Indo Board and allowing students to try it. This led him to obtain a larger quantity of boards to begin incorporating them as part of his regular P.E. program. “The Indo Board was so well-received by my students, I approached the administration to further my purchase of additional boards,” said Nakamoto. “The coolest part is seeing those non-athletes having a great time, learning about core stability, and actually asking to do it more often.”
The Indo Board became such a sensation, Nakamoto and Joslin, along with education specialists like Dr. Julienne K. Maeda, a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, decided to develop the Curriculum Guide. So far, the program is garnering incredible feedback from students, teachers, and parents.
“Kalama’s P.E. department seems to be at the forefront of New P.E., as they continue to provide students with innovative, new tech, kid-friendly programs, which encourage all kids, no matter what skill level, to participate in some kind of exercise,” said Nancy Findeisen, the PTSA President at Kalama. “Every child I meet who is, or has been, a part of our P.E. programs actually wants to participate in some sort of exercise which shows a sense of confidence and trust in the P.E. department.”
Joslin debuted the Indo Board Curriculum Guide at the March 2007 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) convention in Baltimore. Numerous teachers, including Deb Walter, the 2007 National Secondary P.E. Teacher of the Year, picked up the Curriculum Guide and Indo Board to use in their classes. “My kids have gone crazy with my board—I can’t keep them off it,” Walter said. “I’ve written a grant for $1500.00, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be able to purchase a class set for my kids. As the 2007 National Secondary P.E. Teacher of the Year, I’ll be talking about this innovative product and how I’ll be incorporating it into my adventure physical education classes.”
In addition to the health benefits, the Indo Board’s non-intimidating and easy-to-use design also develops a student’s self-confidence, boosting valuable self-esteem important in all areas of life, not just sports and fitness. Curt Okimoto, a Health and P.E. Specialist in Hawaii’s Department of Education, is a key supporter of the Indo Board in Hawaii’s school system, and he believes this to be the ultimate benefit.
“Most importantly, when students can get on the Indo Board, balance themselves, and actually do several tricks, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and builds their self-esteem,” said Okimoto. “This is definitely moving our schools toward the New P.E., where we level the playing field to give all kids something they can participate and succeed in.”
For further information or to purchase the Indo Board Curriculum Guide & Lesson Plan Booklet and DVD, visit www.indoboard.com or contact Hunter Joslin at 321-777-6021 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.