Surfer, Veteran, and Nonprofit Founder
Hola, my name is Mario Ordoñez-Calderón I’m a Navy Veteran, Indigenous Mayan, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Outdoor Enthusiast. I’m inspired by humans' symbiotic relationship with nature. The mountains and oceans give us clarity, calm and connection and I believe it's our duty to protect and honor them. From that notion sparked the genesis of Un Mar De Colores (An Ocean of Colors), a 501c3 nonprofit focused on inspiring inclusivity and celebrating diversity through surf therapy for children of color and/or underserved youth. Un Mar teaches youth from North County San Diego the importance of protecting our coastal watersheds, oceans, and marine life while simultaneously building courage and young adults through the art of wave riding.