DNOWS Header

Image Map

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bali To Java, An American Favorite

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Back in the 1990s, four Americans swam the 3 km between the closest points between Bali (northernmost point on White Beach) to Java.

After two Americans crossed in 1996 in 2 hours, International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer David Yudovin had set the record in 1 hour 36 minutes in 1997. But then Monte Monfore made his first attempt at a charity swim for causes in July 1998.

It was to set off a decade of goodwill swims.

The then 37-year-old water polo player and ocean swimmer from Hanford California describes how he did it. “A sailor and a surfer advised to make the swim on the half moon as this would be the period of least tidal movement. I decided that the swim should be made before the windy season, but at a cool time when I would not experience body overheating. I estimated from Bali to the closest point on Java was 3 km and the swim would take 45 minutes to 90 minutes.”

But the currents pushed him unexpectedly further and faster than he anticipated. “The current was stronger than I anticipated and I ended up 6 km further south than I anticipated,” Monfore described. “While I swam the extra distance, I was assisted by the current.”

He sure was. Monfore swam between the two islands in 38 minutes. His rapid crossing set in place another decade of charity swims on a variety of causes.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program