About Me

My name is Diego Lopez and I am a globally-minded entrepreneur and marathon 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. This blog is focused on my swimming adventures. For articles on geopolitics, finance and travels, please visit Global Islander.

As of January 2019, my accomplishments in the Open Water Swimming world include:
- First person to swim one of the most challenging events in each of the seven continents (Continents Seven)
- First Spaniard to swim at least one kilometer without a wetsuit in Antarctica (waters at -1.4C)
- Triple Crown (Manhattan, English Channel, Catalina) #195 World, #8 Spain, #1 Canary Islands.
- Current US Winter Swimming National Champion in 100 and 200 freestyle.
- 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 full CV in the Open Waters can be found in the OpenWaterPedia and in MSF (swims of 10K and over only).

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.

Please connect with me and follow my progress throughout 2019 in the social media channels below: