We had the good fortune of connecting with Mario Ordonez-Calderon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mario, how does your business help the community or world?
Un Mar De Colores is bridging the socio-economic gap in the sport of surfing by providing an accessible and inclusive space for children of color and/or underserved youth to build courage and community while connecting to the ocean. As a non-profit we offer free surf instruction, surfboards, and transportation which are the obstacles that prevent some families from enjoying the beach. We celebrate diversity and create an all welcoming space that helps progress the movement of social equality and we hope to create a future generation of ocean stewards through the connections we create with the kids and the ocean.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. 
What I’m most excited about today is a short film I’ve been working called Cycle of Ancestry. It’s about the 1500 mile bicycle adventure I did through the heart of Mexico in order to touch back to my Mayan Indigenous roots. I was lucky enough to have my friend Ryder England come along who filmed the entire trip. It has been such an intimate and intimidating experience writing a personal narrative for the film. I have to express enough of myself to keep the viewer interested but at the same time it’s the most I’ve ever shared about myself to an audience. The story will be about the preservation of culture, the beauty of Mayan Indigenous practices, and the classic tale of brotherhood adventure. We have some really exciting partnerships in the works with Latino Outdoors and REI that will really help take the film to the next level! Keep an eye out for Cycle of Ancestry February 2021. Teaser: https://vimeo.com/442911347

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting Encinitas we’d have to start of the weekend with a little morning surf somewhere along San Elijo Campgrounds. Then probably cruise on over to Zumbar coffee in Cardiff for the best later and almond croissant in town. The afternoon would probably be spent with a bike ride over to Beacons and then some lunch at Fish 101. I really enjoy live music so in the evening a stop over at Moonage would be the call.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would be where I’m at today without the support of my friends, family, and community. It has truly taken a whole village to lift off Un Mar De Colores to the successful and impactful organization that it is today. Everything from the volunteering to the networking has all been thanks to the willingness and efforts of my community and it has truly made me appreciate being a part of the North County area. Personally, I’d like to give a moment of appreciation for my girlfriend Kat Reynolds who has helped me bring balance and flow to my life. She has gracefully stepped into the role of co-founder for Un Mar De Colores and I credit her to most of the organizations success. I can’t end this section of the interview without thanking my brother, Ryder England for always encouraging me and helping me realize how limitless my potential truly is.

Website: mar-de-colores.org
Instagram: @marrioo ; @un.mar.de.colores
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mario-ordonez-calderon-27a0831a6

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