Ken 'The Beast' Mignosa is a 55-year-old American open water swimmer from Santa Clara, California.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- On 12 July 2017, he completed a 34.2 km crossing of Lake Tahoe in 14 hours 38 minutes 18 seconds at the age of 53.
- On 21 September 2017, he completed a 20.2-mile Catalina Channel crossing against very strong eastward currents, 5-11 knot winds, and hours of 2-5 ft white-capped waves in 17 hours 18 minutes 31 seconds, escorted by the Bottom Scratcher, Cathy Harrington and escort kayakers Jax Cole, Tony Chapman and Russ Kenny, at the age of 53.
- On 28 October 2017, he swam from the California mainland to Anacapa Island in 9 hours 3 minutes 58 seconds to complete the California Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming at the age of 53.
- On 8 July 2018, he completed a 16.1 km Round Trip Angel Island swim from Aquatic Park to Angel Island and back in 10 hours 54 minutes 37 seconds at the age of 54.
- On 13 August 2018, he finished 4th in the 28.8 km Lac Massawippi race in 12 hours 4 minutes 29 seconds at the age of 54.
- On 9 September 2018, he finished 10th in the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim around New York City in 7 hours 55 minutes 21 seconds at the age of 55.
- On 21 September 2018, he finished a 41-mile (65.98 km) two-way crossing between Santa Cruz Island and the California mainland in 29 hours 22 minutes. He swam the outbound leg via east and south Anacapa Island, for the second longest solo marathon swim in California Channel Islands history. The swim was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award.
- He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination
Mignosa's Two-way Santa Cruz Island Crossing was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award: Ken Mignosa, known as The Beast, is one very tough, very hardened channel swimmer. Near two-meter white-capped waves did not stop the 54-year-old during his 17 hour 18 minute Catalina Channel crossing and neither did an unprecedented two-way crossing between Santa Cruz Island and the California mainland with an extra swing around Anacapa Island. His 29 hour 22 minute channel swim was the second longest channel swim off the American West Coast in history and the first two-way Santa Cruz Island swim that painstakingly totalled 65.98 km. For successfully completing the second longest solo marathon swim in California Channel Islands history, for swimming so far with a heartfelt appreciation of his crew and a positive mindset and broad smile, and for quietly compiling an impressive list of channel swims in his 50’s, the Two-way Santa Cruz Island Crossing by Ken Mignosa of the USA is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
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