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1/30/2009 Ed's Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 50' - 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 53F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 225FSW Avg Depth: 180FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 2:00
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
 
Susan and I finally got a Friday diving day on Phil's Rib today. Friday with Phil has become a very popular activity to the point that people Google calenders are frequently check for hole on the roster. So today was our chance :-)

The weather was perfect for diving at Lobos. Sunny sky, high tide and very small swells. These conditions always call for a dive on the West side of the Park.

We dropped in the water to find a strong current so we pointed out scooter noses down and hit the trigger against the current.

We reached the top of the wall at about 130ft, and after a equipment issue was fixed we headed down to the bottom at about 220ft. We motored north for a little bit to see the terrain in that area and we found a ear-shape looking sponge. We looked inside for little creatures but not luck this time.

From there we headed south following the wall for long time. There were tons of rock fish on the wall: blues, vermilions, starry, china, tree fish, lingcods, sheephead, etc. At some point it was difficult to see your buddy with so many fish around :-)

On the way we checked out the East side of Naia wall and then followed the wall south for the rest of the dive

A large part of the dive was spent upside down looking at up. You could see the surface from the bottom.

Vis was btw 50-100ft and water 51 degrees most of the time.

We're loving this winter's diving. One of the best so far....


1/28/2009 Breakwater by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Clinton Bauder, Scott L.
Visibility: 20' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 40FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Inspired by recent conditions and Beto/Sue's night dive last week, Clinton and I headed down for a weeknight insanity dive. We had an out-of-towner (Scott) from Seattle with us who was also shooting macro.

Sue and Beto had reported seeing a sailfin sculpin last week which I've never seen before and badly wanted to see, so we decided to head out along the wall and poke around in the rocks before heading back over the sand.

The visibility was noticeably lower than the last time we did this, but it was still acceptable. Almost immediately after dropping I noticed a lone squid swimming around, and pretty soon the poor thing was surrounded on all sides by flashing strobes. I'm sure he'll have interesting stories to tell his squid friends about weird aliens with bright lights :-)

Not long after that, Clinton found the sailfin sculpin on the bottom near the base of the wall. We took turns with him before moving on. Other notable finds were a large lobster (first one I've seen up here) way up in a crack in the rocks (possibly the same guy Sue & Beto saw last week?), as well as several pricklebacks that Clinton found, but were too skittish to get on film (or flash-RAM as it were).

All in all, it was a fun dive, the only bummer being it was well after 1am when I got home and got the camera rinsed :-(

Pics here.
1/23/2009 Pinnacle Point Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Kevin Dow, Allison Lee
Visibility: 70' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,6up
 
Allison, Kevin and I had this Phil date booked for some time, and seeing as Allison missed out on our Monday dive, we decided to repeat her plan for a slightly deeper dive. We loaded up with 18/45 and a bunch of GPS #s and hit the water.

The water was super calm again, and after some discussion, we settled on diving PPW. The plan was to drop and spend sometime in the 170ish range and then work our way south-east and shallower to the 150ish range and then ending up on the 100'ish spot.

We dropped into almost zero current and in short order found ourselves on the reef in about 130' amidst a HUGE school of several hundered blue rockfish. We spent some time with the rockfish taking pictures and video, and generally taking in the experience before deciding to explore a little bit. We hopped a small sand channel to visit a deeper rock in the 160-170' range to the SW, but pretty soon decided to head back to the first rock because it was prettier, and well, had hundreds of rockfish around it. We basically spent the rest of our dive circling the rock not moving a whole lot.

While we were planning on travelling a bit on the scooters, there turned out to be almost ZERO current or water movement, and the spot we dropped in was jsut gorgeous, so we pretty much stayed put. We put up the bag leaving the reef at about 130' and according to Phil, he could almost immediately look down and see our tanks. We were with the anchor line on deco well into the 50' stop until phil pulled the hook. At one point from 70', we looked up and could see the boat with phil leaning over looking at us. Totally cool.

Some pics here:

1/21/2009 Breakwater by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:7:30 PM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 46FSW Avg Depth: 23FSW
Bottom Time: 1:10 Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Susan and I went for a night dive today. We were the only car at the breakwater just as the rain was starting. We headed out to the wall and had fun looking at creatures. The highlights of the dives were: sail-fin sculpin, lobster, red brotula and many little octopies all over the place.

Vis was at least 50ft and there was not swell to speak of.

Susan called the dive on hunger ;-)
1/19/2009 Naia Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 40' - 60' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time: 0:15
Max Depth: 175FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:05
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,5 up
 
Kevin and I had a date with Phil today and took advantage of the calm sea conditions to get in at a spot we've been trying to hit for a couple trips now, Naia's Wall.

The wall is a sheer vertical drop from 60' at the top to about 190' at the sand and gets deeper toward the NW. We dropped down and cruised the wall for a bit heading NW, stopping a few times to take pictures. The base of the wall is undercut in many places and the inverted sections of the wall are fairly well populated with invert. life.

Turning around, we cruised up a little shallower and followed the wall back SE for awhile around 150' just taking in the huge scale of the vertical face. Around the 25 minute mark, we cruised further up the channel until the sand got as shallow as 130' and turned around working our way through deep stops back along the reef. We were able to stay on the wall through our 60' deco stop (sweet :-)) before we put up a bag and drifted off.

Deco was mostly uneventful except for several times I heard the whales singing. I looked around, but couldn't locate the source of the whalesong (duh). It was warm and calm enough that we elected to push the 10' stop a few minutes and just hang out as we were in no hurry at all to get out.

Lunch with Beto and Sue at a great new taco stand in Seaside.

Some pics here.
1/10/2009 Mount Chamberlin aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 80' Time:9:48 AM
Temp: 49F - 51F Surge:  
Max Depth: 208FSW Avg Depth: 78FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:42
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
6,6,6,6,6,14,7off,7up
 
6 people out on the Escapade today. Nick, Clinton, Sue, Beto, Dionna, and Mark. It was a bit nippy starting out but once out on the water the sun warmed us up. A bit of a chop as we motored out to the site but once we arrived it had settled down considerably. Sue and Beto were in first with their scooters, Dionna and I next, with Clinton and Nick jumping in after us. There was a bit of a surface current but it was possible to kick against it without drifting past the downline. As we descended we could not really make out anything till about 120' or so. Light was filtering down pretty good so once we arrived at the pinnacle we could see what was around us. Where we were at it looked to be about 170' and dropped off to the West. We kicked out West passing a few fish like the China, Gopher, and Copper Rockfish. I did not see any schools of adult fish at all. I did see a couple of small schools of juveniles and solitary juveniles here and there but overall not a lot of fish. Large Gorgonians were plentiful and 4 or 5 Simnia snails (Delonovolva aequalis) were on a couple of the bushes. Other than that I did not see any unusual small creatures. We dropped over a lip and stopped at about 200' before leveling off and making our way around the bottom part of the pinnacle. After we were part way around the current started pushing against us so we turned around till we encountered the current on the other side. At this point Dionna called the dive at about 26 minutes. We ascended to 120', shot the bag and did an uneventful deco. After we returned to K Dock the afternoon crew were waiting to board so we quickly retrieved our gear, or at least most of it, thanks Rob, and had lunch. A nice sunny day of great diving, looking forward to the next tech boat.
1/10/2009 Mt Chamberlin - South Wall aboard Escapade by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Allison Lee, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:2:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 160FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,5 up
 
The afternoon crew was lucky enough to have super-calm conditions allowing us to make it back down to Yankee Pt. for our dive. After a little discussion, we settled on the South Wall of Mt. Chamberlin for a site. Allison, Kevin and I splashed first and headed off on the scooters toward the big drop-off.

We slowly worked our way W along the wall eventually choosing a canyon to head N along. John, Matt and Joakim caught up to us after awhile, and we slowly worked the reef until until the remainder of our BT expired. Visibility was decent, but not exceptional; somewhere in the 40-60' range, but it was a very pleasant dive nonetheless. Deco was boring and uneventful.

For dive 2, we headed back toward the bay, and after some discussion decided on Strawberry Peak. I don't think anybody on-board had ever dived here before. The site was interesting and had a fair amount of structure. Visibility was great; perhaps even better than we had on Mt. Chamberlin... but the surge in the top 20' along the peak was absolutely incredible. At one point, it picked up our entire team and moved us about 15' in either direction in a matter of seconds. Unable to escape from the washing machine, I got caught in the backwash and was somersaulted and slammed into the reef and managed to put a decent-sized gouge into my dome-port shade :-( (while the camera was clipped off to me like a stage and with my arms around it trying to protect it)

Thankfully, other than a few bruises and some cosmetic scratches to the shade, no lasting damage.

Some pictures here:

http://www.baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/090110/
1/4/2009 Pt Lobos by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility:   Time:10:42 AM
Temp: 50F - 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 73FSW Avg Depth: 51FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:14
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Dionna and I were successful getting into Lobos today without a reservation. The parking lot was a ghost town at 9am with only 1 team in the park, and they were just sitting in their car. The tide was coming in, the swell looked minimal, and there was no wind to speak of. We geared up with me taking my video camera and my double 85s. Kicked out to the rim of the cove and dropped down as usual. The vis was not too bad at the surface but the bottom 10-15' was milky. As we made our way to hole in the wall, I spotted a large Leopard Shark sitting in the sand. I signaled Dionna and got my video ready. As I was futzing with the camera I spotted another large Leopard shark just ahead of it. Both of them obviously saw me readying my video and decided to screw with me and took off. I cursed under my breath, slowly getting my video lights into position. By this time I was pointing South toward the cove and happened to look up and see a large whale tail make three swoops and disappear into the cove. What the hell ... it took a few seconds for that one to register. Did I just see a freekin' whale ... Holy smokes... Anyone know the sign for a whale underwater? I sure didn't as I tried to convey to Dionna something big this way passed. Unbelievable things were happening, its like I just saw the Loch Ness Monster and the battery on my camera died. Anyway, the rest of the dive was fun, with us swimming past the Lone Metridium and a couple of pinnacles West of there before turning around and coming back in. Unfortunately no sharks or whales to be found on our return.

On our second dive, Beto joined us and we essentially did the same route with me shooting some video again, and of course nothing spectacular happened. What a day! Those two Leopard Sharks are definitely around and should not be too hard to find again. Not so sure about the whale.
1/2/2009 Mount Chamberlin aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Allison Lee, John Heimann
Visibility:   Time:8:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 160FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,5 up
 
Starting the year off on the right foot, John set up a date with Phil for a short dive on the first work day of 2009. The conditions were pristine when we met at Lobos, and Phil soon overruled John's pleas for E3 and headed around the corner.

After much juggling of numbers and scrutiny of the depth sounder readings, we finally settled on an anchorage in 80' that promised quick access to 170'. As we dropped the anchor, it seemed like we could see the downline almost all the way down (w00t).

We dropped into no surface current and amazing viz (50-60'+ ?), but as soon as we hit the reef, we were in a fairly brisk bottom current. We worked the reef which turned out to be the backside (W/SW) of the K2 pinnacle until our fleeting bottom time expired.

Deco was mostly uneventful, save for a close Mola encounter at the 10' stop; we had a ~6' beast swim within 10' of us headed for the depths. As much as we wanted to chase it, it wasn't meant to be :-(

In any case, a great way to start off the new diving year. A few pictures here:

http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/090102/

12/20/2008 Ballbuster aboard HarryB's Boat by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Harry Babicka
Visibility: 20' - 60' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 51F Surge:  
Max Depth: 95FSW Avg Depth: 67FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:50
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
Harry and I, with Dionna out with a cold, decided to take Harry's boat out to Ballbuster considering the great conditions. The sun was shining, the water was flat, and the parking lot was half empty. What more could you ask for? Harry's boat fired up with a hitch and we motor'd out to Ballbuster with the wind in our hair/toques. I took my video out as it hadn't been in the water for a while and was glad to see the vis was cooperating. We did a couple of loops of the pinnacle with Harry posing for some shots as I tried to keep a steady hand. Video is posted here: http://mlloyd.homedns.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=61
Or just go to mlloyd.homedns.org and click on the video on the left hand side. After the dive we chowed down on sandwiches at the deli and prepared for our second dive at Trevors/Aumentos. Vis was comparible to the last dive and gave us a bit of time to brush up on our tech 2 bottle juggling while coming back up the anchor. Great diving... I love the California winter !

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