Pablo Fernández Álvarez

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Pablo Fernández Álvarez, nominee for the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Award
Pablo Fernández Álvarez's 100 km ocean solo swim was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category
Pablo Fernández Álvarez
The Great Shark Swim course along the warm Agulhas Current runs along the east coast of South Africa that is formed by the confluence of the warm Mozambique Current and East Madagascar Current, which meet southwest of Madagascar

Pablo Fernández Álvarez is an open water swimmer and the co-founder of from Madrid, Spain.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

On 30-31 January 2022, he set a Guinness World Record for the Longest continuous swim in a counter-current pool conducted in an Endless Pool in Clicars, Madrid, Spain after swimming 36 hours 0 minutes 19 seconds.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Fernández's 100 km ocean swim was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award as follows:

With an overriding goal of completing several unprecedented open water swims around the world, Madrid swimmer Pablo Fernández Álvarez has completed swims from Senegal to Gambia and from U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico, and participated in the Great Shark Swim in South Africa and completed a 5 km shackled swim in California. But an incredible amount of oceanographic, meteorological and logistical planning was necessary for his longest swim to date: Fastest Solo 100 km Open Water Swim. His team located a point well off of Jupiter along the eastern coast of Florida where he took advantage of the roaring currents of the Gulf Stream. For swimming the world's fastest solo current-assisted 100 km open water swim called the Century Swim in the Gulf Stream, in 12 hours 21 minutes, for documenting and filming the attempt in such a remote location to share as an inspiration for other adventurers, for creating and achieving such a focused goal despite its myriad obstacles, the Guinness World Record 100 km ocean swim by Pablo Fernández Álvarez of Spain is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Century Swim in the Gulf Stream

Pablo Fernández Álvarez swam the Fastest Solo 100 km Open Water Swim called the Century Swim in the Gulf Stream on 30 July 2019 to set a Guinness World Record.

Senegambia Open Water Challenge Video

Pablo Fernandez swim video courtesy of Marathon Swimmers Federation

Strait of Gibraltar Crossing

Completed in 4 hours 58 minutes on 14 September 2017, a film by Ben Walsh.

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Swimming With Sharks

Great Shark Swim Participants

1. Jean Craven, Swimmer and Project Leader
2. Herman van der Westhuizen, Swimmer
3. Emil Berning, Swimmer
4. Greig Bannatyne, Swimmer
5. Samantha Whelpton, Swimmer
6. John Dickerson, Swimmer
7. Mark de Klerk, Swimmer
8. Ryan Stramrood, Swimmer
9. Milton Brest, Swimmer
10. Nadia Cooke, Swimmer
11. Owen Scheftz, Swimmer
12. Duncan Kukard, Swimmer
13. Trevor Lundt, Swimmer
14. Andrew Ford, Swimmer
15. Ben Enosh, Swimmer
16. Luc Chetboun, Swimmer
17. Oded Rahav, Swimmer
18. Doron Amosi, Swimmer
19. Ram Barkai, Swimmer
20. Andy Pfaff, Swimmer
21. Pablo Fernandez, Swimmer
22. Nic Burden (Paddler co-ordinator)
23. Gordon Spalding, kayaker
24. Mike Halliday, kayaker
25. Paul Nixon, kayaker
26. Rob Tucker, kayaker
27. Dr Jean Harris, Expedition Leader, At-Sea Team Leader and boat skipper of the Research Vessel Angra Pequena from the Wild Oceans Program
28. Roland Mauz, At-Sea Co-Leader and boat skipper of Avatar from African Dive Adventures (semi-rigid inflatable boats)
29. Emil Pirzenthal, boat skipper of Anon from Aliwal Shoal Adventures
30. Fafa Pretorius, boat skipper from South African Police Search & Rescue
31. Glen Preston, boat skipper of God’s Girl Medivac
32. Nicolene Steynberg, Onshore Project Co-ordinator
33. Kamini Moodley, On-water Project Co-ordinator
34. Lisa Guastella, oceanographic and weather forecasting)
35. Derrick Fraser, At-Sea Co-Leader, Swimmer and kayak safety
36. Dr. Sean Gottschalk, At-Sea Co-Leader, Medical

Great Shark Swim

The Great Shark Swim was a planned 100 km charity swim organised by Madswimmer in the Agulhas Current along the KwaZulu Natal Coast in South Africa. The team stopped after 28.24 km and 9 hours 3 minutes due to stings by blue bottles on 2 December 2017.

Pablo Fernández Álvarez in the Gulf Stream

2021 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

He was nominated for the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Award by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The winners and nominees include:

Winner: Paul Georgescu (Romania)
First Runner-up: Neil Agius (Malta)
Second Runner-up: Joel Matos Ortiz (Puerto Rico)
4. Josef Köberl (Austria)
5. Dr. Jaiprakash Duble (India)
6. Pablo Fernández Álvarez (Spain)
7. Stève “Seal” Stievenart (France)
8. Simon Griffiths (Great Britain)
9. Bogusław Ogrodnik (Poland)
10. Joseph Zemaitis (USA)
11. Damián Blaum (Argentina)
12. Florian Wellbrock (Germany)
13. Stéphane Lecat (France)
14. Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary)
15. Andre Slade (Australia)

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