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Monte Monfore

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Monte Monfore, an environmental swimmer

Monte Monfore (died 24 October 2017 in Rota) was a California open water swimmer, former water polo player from the University of California, Berkeley, and a humanitarian who organized and completed a number of charity swims in Asia. He also set a masters swimming world record in the 400m individual medley.

Charity Swims[edit]

  • He set a record swimming 3 km from Bali to Java in 1998 in 38 minutes across the Bali Strait.
  • In October 2006 in support of the United Nations Millennium Campaign he completed the first crossing of Lake Batur in the highlands of Bali.
  • He completed a double-crossing of the 4 km Bali Strait in May 2006 called the Bali Fight Hunger Swim.
  • He completed a 4-hours 12.5 km Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Swim to raise awareness and support for disaster victims.
  • He completed the Tsunami Swim in 3 May 2005.
  • He completed the Bali Swim For Peace and Against Poverty on 16 October 2006.
  • In 2007 he swam another WFP Fight Hunger Swim in Lombok.
  • He completed a UN Millennium Campaign Satu Hati Education Swim from Bali to Java on Indonesian Independence Day.
  • His 6 km Reverse Climate Change Swim from Serangan Island to Nusa Dua - another Millennium Campaign event - supported the United Nations Climate Change Convention in Bali in 2007.
  • He completed a 7 km Lombok Straight Fight Hunger Swim in Indonesia as part of the 13 May 2007, World Food Program Global Walk the World, an event supporting hungry schoolchildren throughout the world.

Personal History[edit]

  • Born in Fresno and raised in nearby Hanford, California, in high school Monfore was an honor student and All-American in swimming and water polo.
  • He received a bachelor's degree in Social Science from U.C. Berkeley.
  • A former private English instructor in Tokyo, Monte is single and speaks conversational Japanese.
  • His three sisters and father, a retired general surgeon, live in California, Oregon, and Hawaii.
  • His interests include surfing, free diving, classical music, opera, and ballet, art history, film, nature, and sports.


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