The Family Behind The Program
The Castellanos family is at the core of Surfing Missions. Almost 20 years ago, the popular TV news anchor (Salvador), his pretty preschool teaching wife (Mayi) and their 3 teenage kids (Rodrigo, Marcelo and Andrea), built the Surfing Missions property called Villa Surf in the El Tunco beach area, in La Libertad, El Salvador. They started 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 Others”. Eventually they founded La Red, a nonprofit Christian organization devoted to inspire, teach, and facilitate positive and sustainable lifestyles in the coastal communities of El Salvador. Now, with an empty nest, Salvador “Chamba” Castellanos and Mayi Castellanos keep loving God and serving others, 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 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.
RODRIGO CASTELLANOS is an airline captain and flight instructor for Avianca Airlines. He is an avid bodyboarder and scuba diver. He is married to his wife Issa, and they have two beautiful daughters, Valeria and Ariana.