About

My name is Diego López and I am a globally-minded entrepreneur and extreme swimmer based in New York City. Born and raised in the small Canary Islands in Spain, my curiosity about the world grew with time and at age 37, I have lived in 8 different countries and visited over 80 of them in the seven continents. This blog is focused on my swimming adventures. For articles on geopolitics, finance and travels, please visit Global Islander.

As of March 2019, my accomplishments in Marathon Swimming include:
- Only person to swim one of the most challenging events in each continent (Continents Seven) in a single year.
- Only Spaniard to complete the Triple Crown (Manhattan, English Channel, Catalina) within a year.
- Hold the 10th fastest time in history and the Spanish record in the loop of Manhattan Island (48K).
- Have raced in oceans, rivers and lakes of over 20 countries, all in podium positions.

My accomplishments in Ice Swimming (waters below 5C / 41F) include:
- World Champion 35-39M in the Ice KM in Murmansk, Russia (March'19).
- Current record holder of the Ice KM in both Spain and the USA (14'23'').
- Current US Winter Swimming National Champion in 100 and 200 freestyle (Feb'18).
- Only Spaniard to have swum at least 1 KM without a wetsuit in Antarctica (waters at -1.4C).

My full swimming CV can be found in the OpenWaterPedia and in MSF.

[UPDATE] My new project is called Oceans Grand Slam, which is the equivalent of the Explorers Grand Slam (Oceans Seven + Antarctic + Arctic).
I swim as an Ocean Ambassador with a purpose: keeping the waters clean of plastic waste. My fundraising page for Ocean Recovery Alliance is here.

You can connect with me and follow my progress in the social media channels below: 

            

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