Mike Castillo

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Mike Castillo is a veteran Baja pilot, well known in the surfing industry.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

He was mechanic and pilot for an amphibious aircraft, the Grumman Albatross, for Billabong,[4] which he piloted for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Project for GreenLandOceanBlue.[5]

He was the engineer and pilot for the 2010 Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables.[6]

He specializes in vintage, amphibious aircraft recovery, repair, and restoration.[7]

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.


  1. ^ Justin Cote. 2008. "Nothing Goes According to Plan", Transworld Surf. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  2. ^ The Big Wave Blog. 2009. "Offshore of San Diego" Archived 2009-09-27 at Archive.is, The Big Wave Blog. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Chris Dixon. 2011. "Book Extract: Ghost Wave", Adelaidenow Book Extract
  4. ^ Evan Slater. 2010. "Billabong's Albatross", Surfing Magazine. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Steve Lawrence. 2009. "Success is Not a Place", GreenLandOceanBlue. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Expendables, 2010", IMDb.com, Inc.
  7. ^ "Mike Castillo: LinkedIn Profile", LinkedIn Corporation

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