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American Resident of Bali Monte Monfore Celebrates Indonesia Independence Day by Swimming the Bali Straits – Twice!


46-year-old American and Bali resident notched another record in his long list of swimming achievements when he celebrated Indonesia's Independence Day on August 17, 2007, by swimming from Java to Bali and back again.

Originally scheduled to depart from Tanjung Pasir Beach near Banyuwangi in East Java at 7:00 a.m., large waves caused the amphibious Californian to advance his departure 3 hours, departing before dawn at 4:00 a.m..

Followed by a safety boat and members of the press, Monte dove through and under the large waves managing to make the initial west to east 4 km crossing in around 30 minutes. After resting briefly at the lighthouse at Tanjung Pasir, near the Balinese port of Gilimanuk and still in the dark of night, Monte began the return swim to Java.

Encountering strong currents and treacherous waves, the return trip required 1.5 hours to complete before the intrepid swimmer came ashore at Watudodol beach in Java where a traditional Gandrung Orchestra played to celebrate the historic moment.

Monte Monfore uses his regular series of record-setting swims to bring attention to humanitarian issues related to childhood education, hunger and world peace.

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