Diego López Dominguez

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Diego López Domínguez before his English Channel crossing on 6 July 2018 in 11 hours 4 minutes at the age of 36
36-year-old Diego López Domínguez at the finish of the 25th annual 22 km La Prueba Reina - Reto III in Acapulco, Mexico
Diego López Domínguez was the fastest bioprene swimmer in the Nadando Cerca del Cielo in Lago Titicaca, Bolivia on 12 May 2018

Diego Lopez Dominguez is a 48-year-old Spanish open water swimmer from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, known as the Global Swimmer or the Spanish Bull. He was a former competitive swimmer in high school and college, focusing on the 200m butterfly, 400m IM, and 1500m freestyle who came up with the concept of Continents Seven. He achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in August 2018.

López was educated in Spain, Italy and at the London School of Economics. He has lived in Europe, the Middle East and Africa ranging from Madrid, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and New York City. He is a passionate advocate of globalization and writes a blog of economy called Global Islander after living in 8 countries and visiting over 80 countries during his swimming and business career.

Swimming Career Highlights


He wrote two books on his Continents Seven achievement:

Islands Seven

The Islands Seven is a solo multi-channel swimming challenge by López in his native Canary Islands where he will swim between the 8 major islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Graciosa. The distance of the channel swims is from 2 km to over 90 km. Three of the channels have never been completed before (i.e., 68 km La Palma-Hierro Channel, 60 km Hierro-Gomera Channel, and 90 km Fuerteventura-Gran Canaria Channel.

Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim

Heading through the Southern Ocean en route to Antarctica to the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim

44-year-old Samantha Whelpton of South Africa successfully competes in the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim held on 24 November 2018 in Port Lockroy along the Antarctic Peninsula together with 41-year-old Alexander Brylin of Russia, 55-year-old Yunfeng Wang of China, 44-year-old Leszek Naziemiec of Poland, 52-year-old Paolo Chiarino of Italy, 54-year-old Andrey Agarkov of Russia, and 51-year-old Sergio Salomone of Argentina.

45-year-old Clinton Le Sueur of South Africa, 46-year-old Diego López Dominguez of Spain, 42-year-old Wyatt Song of Australia, 42-year-old Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, 25-year-old Victoria Mori of Argentina, 46-year-old Madswimmer founder Jean Craven of South Africa, and the 61-year-old International Ice Swimming Association founder Ram Barkai of South Africa completed the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim in Mikkelsen Bay in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic Peninsula on 25 November 2018.

Swim Around Lido Key

Continents Seven

Continents Seven is a series of 6 different, self-directed solo open water swims that is completed in all of the seven continents of Planet Earth either (1) within one year, or (2) over the course of one's career. The swims must be performed in all of the world's main continuous expanses of land: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia (or Oceania), Europe, North America, and South America.

2018 Continents Seven Project

2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

He was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:
Diego López Dominguez of the Canary Islands is a global thinker. He made a plan to participate in competitive races and across channels in Haiti, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Bolivia, England, France, Turkey, Hong Kong and Antarctica throughout the year - and successfully completed 16 swims totalling 256 km on 6 continents. He called his unprecedented feat, the Continents Seven. The 11-month tour of the globe required tenacity, logistical planning, significant financial resources, stamina and a huge appetite for travel and doing swims in severe jet lag. He crossed the English Channel and Catalina Channel; he swam in Lake Titicaca in the Andes, and won races in Hong Kong, Haiti, New York, Arizona and culminated in an ice kilometer in Antarctica. For being a friendly, personable, accessible ambassador on literally every continent in the world, for making friends with and serving as a mentor for swimmers of all ages, and for envisioning and completing the first Continents Seven, Diego López Dominguez of the Canary Islands is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim

Diego López Dominguez, the Global Swimmer, completing the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim in Mikkelsen Bay in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic Peninsula on 25 November 2018 together with Clinton Le Sueur of South Africa, Wyatt Song of Australia, Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, Victoria Mori of Argentina, Jean Craven of South Africa, and Ram Barkai of South Africa in -1.2°C water.

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