Giselle Carrillo is the founder of Los Courage Camps. In addition to being a surfer, she is a fantastic role model and a powerful force for good in our community. Her passion is admirable, and her positive energy is contagious.
Although she was born and raised in Los Angeles, Giselle did not grow up surfing. As a child of immigrants, she focused on her education and helping her parents. When she was young, Giselle did not know any Latinx surfers and believed surfing might not be for her.
As an adult, Giselle challenged herself and learned to surf in Venice Beach. Despite her lack of surfing role models, she was brave and pushed herself to try. Despite the challenges, surfing became a passion, and she developed a love of the ocean.
Giselle wanted to share the joy she experienced surfing. In particular, she wanted to help children from the community she grew up in connect with the ocean. Los Courage Camps combines her love of surfing with her desire to help others. In addition to surfing, the organization also offers skateboarding, martial arts, fitness, and nutrition classes.
We are proud to call Giselle a friend and are always excited to work with her.
John Acevedo is a Latino surfing pioneer with decades of experience in the water. He frequently volunteers with Los Courage Camps and is a fantastic mentor.
When John first learned to surf, he did not know many Latinx surfers. Some members of his community even doubted if he should be pursuing the sport. Back in the day, it was less common to see people of color in the waves. Despite this, John followed his passion and became a surfer. At Los Courage Camps events, he often shares stories about his surfing adventures.
Beyond his surfing expertise, John is an engaging speaker. He effortlessly connects with the participants and generously shares his knowledge. John always urges them to be courageous and reminds them there is no limit to what they can achieve.
When he is not in the water, John is a family man, nature lover, and real estate agent.
John Acevedo knows first-hand the challenges of surfing and the rewards it can bring. He inspires participants and encourages them to try their best.