Even as a small child, Anesti Vega has been mesmerized by all the things this amazing world (and universe) has to offer. Being born in New Orleans in 1982, he proceeded to travel around the world with his family to further his worldly perspective. After settling down in Florida, Anesti was involved in sports such as soccer and wrestling, but was still a bit socially awkward and spent most of his time reading. His main topics of interest were history, philosophy and world religions. Wanting more than just reading and seeing pictures in books and encyclopedias, the motivation to go out and experience as much as possible was subdued by strict parents. When Anesti was 12, he attended his first martial arts class at a Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do academy, that evolved into a lifelong dedication to the martial arts.
At the age of 16, Anesti became homeless, sleeping in the backseat of his car, bouncing from couch to couch and struggling to graduate high school on time. Once he did graduate in 2000, he joined the US Army to help improve his difficult life. This led to some great travels, sights, and experiences… but not under the best of circumstances. Along that path, Anesti discovered a natural talent for marksmanship in many different weapon systems, as well as a passion for recreational skydiving after his time as a paratrooper. After serving his time in the Army in 2004, Anesti returned back home to Florida where he continued his training in the martial arts, and became involved in independent film as a fight choreographer and eventually as a cinematographer. His indie action films he produced and directed have gone on to win multiple awards at film festivals including Best Film, Best Choreography/Best Action, Best Cinematography and more.
Then he had a complete shift in paradigm when he had children. By 2010, Anesti gained new focus on the success he wanted his children to have, the lifestyle he wanted to provide for them, and most importantly, the legacy he personally wanted to leave behind. New hobbies were developed that his children could experience with him, such as fishing, shark tooth hunting on the beaches of Florida and treasure hunting with metal detectors. Great emphasis was also placed on embracing cultural and indigenous roots such as Capoeira and archery. Once Anesti discovered the world of SCUBA diving, he found his personal passion in life. After his certification, he knew he would eventually go on to become an Instructor and increase accessibility to underwater exploration for youth to become the next generation of ocean ambassadors. He relocated to California in 2013 to be with his love, Crystal Galindo, and expand his opportunities in ocean sciences, conservation, and SCUBA.
As a member of the Tupinambá in Brazil, Anesti takes a decolonized approach to environmental conservation efforts through Indigenous sovereignty and stewardship. He supports Indigenous leaders being at the forefront of environmental justice and just transition movements to educate and guide them as the original stewards of these lands and waters. Anesti leverages his adventures and experiences toward Indigenous youth leadership development in environmental sciences and conservation.
Anesti is very blessed and thankful for the success so far and continues to stay motivated and utilizes the confidence, discipline and respect learned from his elders and his experience toward everything that he will continue to do. His dedication to leaving the world a better place builds a strong foundation for not only his family, but for his community and future generations as well.