Miquel Suñer Comalat
From OpenwaterpediaMiquel Suñer Comalat (Miquel Sunyer) is an English Channel swimmer from Spain who has also completed the Strait of Gibraltar in 3 hours 32 minutes at the age of 31, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the Catalina Channel in 8 hours 11 minutes to become the 53rd member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming club and who is attempting the Oceans Seven.
He is the male record holder for the Menorca Channel in Spain. Sunyer swam 39.8 kilometers (21.3 nautical miles) in the Menorca Channel from the Balearic island of Menorca to the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea in 12 hours 19 minutes. He also completed a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar on 12 September 2008 at the age of 31 in 3 hours 32 minutes, starting from Almansa, Spain.
Miquel was born in Girona, on the 13 February, 1977 and is a Technical Engineer with ENDESA. He began swimming at the age of 7 and later became a backstroker and a water polo player with a deep love and appreciation for the water. "Swimming in the sea makes me feel free and alive, in intimate contact with nature. Swimming is my own private form of meditation. I rejoice in the silence around me and relax with the sound of my own breathing. The sea is marvelous, full of life; it is crucial for our own survival and well-being. It needs to be preserved."
Marathon Swimming Career
2008: Strait of Gibraltar (3 hours 32 minutes) for the 15th fastest time
2009: Menorca Channel (12 hours 19 minutes) setting the men's record
2010: English Channel (11 hours 54 minutes) as the 10th Spanish swimmer to cross
2011: Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (7 hours 38 minutes) finishing 6th position as the first Catalan to circumnavigate Manhattan
2102: Catalina Channel (8 hours 11 minutes)
He also swam the following open water swims to acclimate to cold water swimming:
2009: Palamós-St. Feliu de Guíxols (2 hours 48 minutes)
2009: Roses-L’Escala (3 hours 48 minutes)
2010: Illes Medes-Formigues (6 hours)