Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, along the central coast of California on the west coast of the United States of America. The bay is south of San Francisco and San Jose, between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey.Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, along the central coast of California. The bay is south of San Francisco and San Jose, between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey.
The Monterey Bay Area, or sometimes just Bay Area, are local colloquialisms sometimes used to describe the whole of the coastal communities of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. The Monterey Bay Area is also part of the larger area known colloquially as the Central Coast.
Open Water Swimming
- 1980: Cindy Cleveland became the first open water swimmer to cross Monterey Bay without a wetsuit in 15 hours 21 minutes in September.
- 2010: Bruckner Chase completed a 25-mile adventure swim (with a wetsuit).
- 2012: Night Train Swimmers crossed the bay on its way during the SF to SB Relay.
- 2014: Patti Bauernfeind attempted the same crossing four times before being successful on 25 August in 13 hours 0 minutes.
- 2014: Kimberly Rutherford crossed Monterey Bay on 6 September in 22 hours 6 minutes.
- 2017: Amy Appelhans Gubser crossed Monterey Bay on 23 September in 17 hours 49 minutes.
- 2019: John Zemaitis crossed Monterey Bay on 5 June in 17 hours 20 minutes at the age of 36.
- 2020: Catherine Breed crossed Monterey Bay on 22 September in 12 hours 42 minutes 14 seconds at the age of 27.
- 2020: Joe Zemaitis crossed Monterey Bay on 5 October in 13 hours 29 minutes 55 seconds at the age of 40.
- 2021: Sarah Roberts crossed Monterey Bay on 9 July in 16 hours 17 minutes 42 seconds at the age of 37.
Monterey Bay Swim
2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
"Three times was no charm for Patti Bauernfeind across the 28-mile (45 km) Monterey Bay. For 34 years, no one had replicated Cindy Cleveland’s once-in-a-generation non-wetsuit, non-protective gear swim across Monterey Bay. Bauernfeind, an accomplished channel swimmer in other venues around the world, tried and tried again and again. It was not the cold, the currents or the distance that defeated her. It was the swarms of jellyfish that she encountered and the venom that she endured which was too much for her. Failure to reach the other shore seemed to be her only option. But on her fourth attempt after innumerable false starts under the guidance of Joel Wilson and her tireless crew, lathered up with Safe Sea jellyfish lotion, the 47-year-old finally swam from shore-to-shore in the northern California waters after 13 painful hours. For her never-give-up mindset and dedication over the years to see her goal to fruition, for her willingness to raise money and awareness for Trust in Education, for her successful battle against the elements, Patti Bauernfeind’s crossing of the Monterey Bay is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."
- California Pioneer Cindy Cleveland
- 2020 WOWSA Awards – World Open Water Swimming Man Of The Year Nominees
- 2020 WOWSA Awards – World Open Water Swimming Performance Of The Year Nominees
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- John Zemaitis Describes Swimming To His Own Beat On WOWSA Live
- When Jellyfish Replace Sharks
- Foggy But Patti Bauernfeind Can Visualize The Shore
- Patti Bauernfeind Making Good Progress In Monterey Bay
- From Shore To Shore, Beautiful Moments In Monterey Bay
- Third Time Is A Charm For Kimberly Rutherford
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
- 2014 WOWSA Awards Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees
- Four Years, Four Attempts To A Really Beautiful Moment
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- Coastal Signs Lead To Questions
- Cindy Cleveland Honored By The Hall Of Fame
- Northern California Open Water Swimming Association Start
- World Open Water Swimming Association
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