Alvaro de Marichalar
Alvaro de Marichalar is an Ocean Adventurist who jet skied across the Atlantic Ocean. Álvaro founded TeleSat in 1984, one of the first companies to supply systems for satellite television reception in Spain and France. Presently he manages his own mobile-phone sales and recycling company in Spain and other European countries. His passion is sailing; an activity he combines with his business commitments. Since 1982 he has carried out 39 maritime expeditions, winning twelve World navigation Records. With his sea crossing expeditions he raises humanitarian aid for NGO, such as Mensajeros de la Paz or Tierra de Hombres. He also writes books, produces documentaries (for National Geographic Channel, among other TV channels) and lectures at conferences around the world. His is the Golden Anchor winner from the Royal Spanish Naval League, and has won a Medal from the City of San Petersburg.
As an author, Alvaro has written the book Rumbo al Horizonte Azul (Heading to the Blue Horizon), and as a pilot, he has served two years in the Royal Spanish Air Force. He lectures on his adventures, based on his experiences at sea, where he is often fighting against all odds, and has to conquer fear. He has been the first to cross the Atlantic in a sea scooter (65 days) from Rome to Florida, and also solo from Southern China to Tokyo, and from Spain to the Ukraine.
Alvaro talks about ocean preservation and the spirit of friendship; about sports and a healthy life, and this is what makes him an Ocean Ambassador. He is an inspiring story teller who can captivate any audience with his stories of successful management and execution of extraordinary feats.
He works with Ocean Recovery Alliance to help spread the word about the marine environment through sports and other activities in his daily life.