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Mike Castillo is a veteran Baja pilot, well known in the surfing industry. He is credited for spotting the world-famous surf break, Cortes Bank, by air in 1990 while flying over the coast of Southern California with photographer Larry "Flame" Moore.
He is mentioned in the book Ghost Wave, a book by Chris Dixon, as a "gonzo surfer and bush pilot" that flew his Cessna alongside a giant, "mutant" wave as photographer Flame took pictures of the now famously dangerous surf break Cortes Bank.
He specializes in vintage, amphibious aircraft recovery, repair, and restoration.
Flew 1944 Consolidated PBY 5A with Bob Franicola from Johannesburg, South Africa to San Diego, California December 2012.
Co-founder Seaplanes Panama, 2015. First commercial seaplane service in Central America in over 55 years.
- Justin Cote. 2008. "Nothing Goes According to Plan", Transworld Surf. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- The Big Wave Blog. 2009. "Offshore of San Diego" Archived 2009-09-27 at Archive.is, The Big Wave Blog. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- Chris Dixon. 2011. "Book Extract: Ghost Wave", Adelaidenow Book Extract
- Evan Slater. 2010. "Billabong's Albatross", Surfing Magazine. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- Steve Lawrence. 2009. "Success is Not a Place", GreenLandOceanBlue. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- "The Expendables, 2010", IMDb.com, Inc.
- "Mike Castillo: LinkedIn Profile", LinkedIn Corporation
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