Ariel Quintana was born in the Canary Islands, Spain. When he was a child, his family had a summer house in Salinetas Beach and at the age of 5 he started snorkelling and catching octopus as well as little fish. He was always impressed by older spearos who caught large prey and that feeling made him want to evolve. When he bought his first speargun at the age of 12 and started going after groupers he was instantly hooked to the sport. He educated himself by going to the sea a lot and by reading magazines featuring giants such as Pedro Carbonell - ring any bells?. At the age of 19 he enrolled into medicine in Madrid and stopped spearfishing as there were no beaches out there. 7 years later he returned to his hometown where he got to start again. He became friends with legendary Rayco Garcia Habas, one of the Spain’s best spearos, and that relationship was crucial to him getting better. They are still buddies and spearfish together most of the time. He is at sea three to four times per week, and if you’ve seen his Instagram, you know this guy means business.