Ed Esquenazi

Born in Bogota, Colombia, founder and current CEO of Sirenas Marine Discovery, Eduardo Esquenazi moved to Florida at 8 years old. As a surfer, scientist and cancer survivor, Ed leads a inspirational lifestyle allowing him to influence our community by being totally obsessed with the sea.

Marine organisms, having evolved over billions of years in highly complex, unique and competitive environments, rely on very potent, complicated bioactive metabolites to communicate, compete and deter predation. Ed’s groundbreaking work within the world of Western medicine and cancer research follows the belief that these marine organisms are the ideal raw material to inspire new advances in small molecule therapeutics for the most complex diseases.

We at Korduroy believe that sometimes Western medicine is the best way to go, but you should know that there are many other treatments to cancer that are illegal in the US yet have proven highly effective. Check out an article about these alternative cures on our blog: http://korduroy.tv/2014/american-cancer/.

Is there someone of ‘legend’ status in your hood? We’d love to know! Submit their photo and a description to local-legendz.tumblr.com/submit or #local_legendz on Instagram and Twitter. We will be giving away a limited-edition Leatherman tool to the best submission of the week!

Local Legendz is an exploration between Korduroy and Leatherman Sport into communities around the world through the guidance of deeply connected individuals who are quietly changing the world from their backyards through hard-work, innovation, craftsmanship and creativity. Through their commitment to this community, this person has gained breadth of wisdom and knowledge which they use in guiding us to a better understanding of place and self, much like the legend on a map.

Producer Reis Paluso
Camera/Edit Cliff Kapono
Additional Footage Jensen Sik
Music "ED" by Cliff Kapono