From Openwaterpediaopen water swimmer from New York, United States. He has taken part in a number of open water swimming events on the East Coast of the United States, as well as abroad in Muscat and Dubai. His most notable swims are the Strait of Gibraltar (5 June 2010, 4 hours 12 minutes, Tarifa to Punta Cires) and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (23 June 2012, 8 hours 8 minutes, anticlockwise).
He swims in Seattle, Washington and is training for a cold water swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming
Malinak was one of the architects of the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming.
Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt 2013
In July of 2013, Andrew (now a resident of Seattle) attempted to become the 8th person to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. After 6 hours 10 minutes, the swim was ultimately called short due to adverse currents and water temperatures between 46 and 50 degrees F, but the planning process that went into it and media attention the event gathered was no small feat in its own. The swim was written up by Andrew along the way covering the challenges of planning a complex marathon swim from scratch. The write-up, along with other entertaining material, can be seen at Please tap on the glass.
- Please tap on the glass: a personal blog of one man's attempt to become an aquarium animal
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim interview by King 5 Seattle
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim interview by KOMO News Seattle
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim article by Peninsula Daily News
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: swim updates by Peninsula Daily News
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: post-swim article by Peninsula Daily News
- Strait of Juan de Fuca attempt: pre-swim coverage on crew member's blog
- Andrew Malinak's MIMS website
- Andrew Malinak's USMS Blog on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
- NYC Swim bio
- Poughkeepsie Journal: Malinak Trains For Marathon Swim
- Greenpoint News: Andrew Malinak Around Manhattan Island
- MSF Rules Of Marathon Swimming Announced
- Time Will Tell How Changes Impact Open Water Rules