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.

Open Water Swimming accomplishments include:
- 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).
- Triple Crown (Manhattan, English Channel, Catalina) #195 World, #8 Spain, #1 Canary Islands.
- Have raced in oceans, rivers and lakes of c. 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).

During 2018, I am in the process of becoming the first person to complete a major, iconic, challenging race in each of the seven continents including Rottnest Channel (OZ), Robben Island (ZA), Lake Titicaca (BV), English Channel (UK), Catalina Channel (US), Clean Half (HK) and Ice KM in Antarctica. See press releases of WOWSA and SwimSwam.

To date, only 10 people have swum in the South Pole, and I will be racing for the 1,000 meters in  0C / 32F degrees waters with no wetsuit in November. I will be doing so 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 2018 in the social media channels below: