Monte Monfore is a California open water swimmer, former water polo player from the University of California, Berkeley, and a humanitarian who does charity swims in Asia. He also set a masters swimming world record in the 400m individual medley.
He set a record swimming from Bali to Java in 1998 in 38 minutes. 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 also completed a double-crossing of the 4-kilometer Bali Strait. He completed a 4-hours 12.5 km Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Swim to raise awareness and support for disaster victims. In 2007 he swam another WFP Fight Hunger Swim in Lombok and his 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.
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.