The Family Behind The Program

The Castellanos Family is the core of Surfing Missions. Founded in 1990, the Castellanos Family moved from the city closer to the beach to accomplish share their faith and serve the neediest. Surfing Missions is a result of a spiritual journey that began because of the Castellanos Family’s two passions: the sea and desire to help those who need it the most.

The Beginning

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 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.

SALVADOR CASTELLANOS is the Surfing Missions founder and Director, he is the president of the La Red humanitarian nonprofit, a board member of Christian Surfers, and the founder of in El Salvador. He is a highly recognized TV journalist and newscaster, 2x Emmy Award Winner, and works for international and national networks such as UNIVISION, Christian Broadcasting Network, and more. He is also an independent video producer, media consultant and trainer. With over 42 years of surfing experience, Salvador is an ISA certified surf judge, a scuba diving instructor, as well as a first aid and CPR trainer.

MAYI CASTELLANOS is Salvador’s wife for over 30 years. With her degree in Education, Mayi oversees all administrative duties of Surfing Missions, as well as the kid’s and women programs at the humanitarian nonprofit La Red. Mayi takes care of all guests that are part of the Surfing Missions program – handling every request and need!

ANDREA CASTELLANOS is the Missions Coordinator for La Red Ministries and the Country Director for Filter of Hope. For the past several years, Andrea has been serving the beach communities of El Salvador by creating educational programs for local students, discipling neighborhood youth groups, and coordinating development projects in partnership with U.S. churches and nonprofits. Andrea enjoys traveling to new countries, surfing, and discovering new adventures with family and friends.

MARCELO CASTELLANOS is the middle son of the Castellanos Family. Surfing for the last 20 years, Marcelo was a 2x national surf champion and is currently a professional surf coach, certified by the International Surfing Association (ISA). His accolades also include being certified by the Peruvian Navy in aquatic rescue, first aid, and CPR as well as being a scuba diver. As part of Surfing Missions, Marcelo manages the surf operations such as the surf academy, trips, and camps, as well as leads the Sharing Waves program which uses surf as a way to prevent violence and promote positive lifestyles among local children and youth.

RODRIGO CASTELLANOS is the oldest son of the Castellanos Family. He works as captain and flight instructor for AVIANCA airline. Rodrigo is an avid body boarder, scuba diver, and with his wife Issa and his daughters Valeria and Ariana, assists with various programs of La Red.

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