The Castellanos family is at the core of Surfing Missions. 20 years ago, the popular TV news anchor (Salvador), his pretty preschool teaching wife (Mayi) and their 3 teenage kids (Rodrigo, Marcelo and Andrea), started building the first El Salvador Surf Houses property called Villa Surf, in the El Tunco beach area, La Libertad. They began hosting faith groups that wanted to surf great waves and serve the neediest. A few years later, the Castellanos moved from the city to the beach to accomplish their fate: “Love God, Serve All”. Eventually they founded La Red (The Net), a nonprofit Christian organization devoted to facilitate transformational development opportunities in the coastal communities of El Salvador. Now, Salvador, Mayi, their now grown children and grandchildren, keep loving God and serving all, devoting time and effort to Surfing Missions along with other La Red projects.
After many years serving in different Christian ministries, the Castellanos Family founded the first mission of Christian Surfers International organization at the beach of El Tunco in 2006.
Having contact with the surfer community allowed the family to discover and unravel more about the poverty, illnesses, vulnerability and social exclusion that prevail in the Salvadorean beaches.
To address this, Surfing Missions began carrying out activities with the purpose of spiritual growth and social work in some of the local beaches. These activities had and continue to have the support of different people, institutions, and churches both from El Salvador as well as other countries such as the Unites States.
Surfing Missions was established to host and take care of mission teams from different organizations, churches, and universities from around the world. Every month, travelers visit Surfing Missions for a once-in- a-lifetime trip that consists of surfing and contributing talents and resources to the organization’s projects for El Salvador.
Surfing Missions, El Salvador is a social enterprise. Part of the income generated from our efforts goes to La Red Foundation, a non-profit Christian organization which has been in operation since 2004 and was officially established in 2015. Our mission is to help the impoverished people of El Salvador while enriching Surfing Missions volunteers and guests with amazing surf, lasting friendships and experiences they will never forget.