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11/10/2013 Breakwater by Jason Adelaars -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Fofo Gonzalez, Oleg Tsvinev
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:6:10 PM
Temp: 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 50FSW Avg Depth:  
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Met in the Breakwater parking lot for tasty treats and boisterous conversation with other BAUE members. It was great to see new faces, familiar faces, and finally put faces to names. After we had our fill of cookies and humus we convinced ourselves we were *actually* there to dive. Fofo, Oleg, and I formed a doubles team and hit the water about an hour after dark. We descended at #7 along the wall to some better than expected conditions (~15ft viz and few jellies). We kicked along the wall/sand interface to about 40ft - along the way I saw a China rockfish and a pair of young Bocaccio, among many other sub-adult rockfishes. We were followed by a black harbor seal, using our lights to forage. At 40ft (20min) we headed North into the sand into a garden of sea pens. Over the sand were many dozens of octopi! Also came across a large pleurobranchus californicus and even larger sea hare. We mosied back toward the beach, passed over some low-relief reef covered in sub-adult rockfish. Highlight for me was spotting a Thornback Ray in about 15ft of water - a first sighting for me! We surfaced in 10ft of water right where we entered - perfectly planned and executed dive!
6/19/2011 Breakwater by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, David Chamberlin
Visibility: 15' - 20' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 52F - 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 47FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time: 1:03 Total Time: 1:03
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What what? Who is this Dave character writing a trip report? Yes, after about 4 years only diving BC and Alaska, and taking the last 2 years off I finally got back into the Monterey waters.

We were pleasantly surprised to see how empty Breakwater was. For a good-weather weekend day there were surprisingly few people there.

First dive we just went out along the wall, headed over the sand and came back over the sand. Nothing particularly noteworthy, just a very pleasant, very relaxing dive. Except for the "fun" of hauling gear down to the beach (which was actually made much easier due to having my very own gear sherpa - thanks Clinton!), across the beach and doing a longish surface swim, you really couldn't ask for a better re-entry into Monterey diving.

Somewhat counter-intuitively it seemed that we were able to see more things over the sand than along the wall on the first dive, so for the second dive we decided to stay over the sand most of the trip. And we were well-rewarded.

We saw not one, not two, but three sarcastic fringeheads (though not nearly as sarcastic as the bunch at Phat Burger, but I'm getting ahead of myself). We also spotted a Pleurobranchaea californica nudi, which is one that neither of us had seen before. We also found a fair number of little octopi hiding here-and-there. And finally on the swim back we ran across a very sad fish with a hook in its eye. Poor fishy. :-(

Clinton got some good shots which you can see here.

Afterwards we met up with a group of folks over at Phat Burger. In attendance were Jim, Julia, Mike, Vanessa and Michael (nice to see one of my first DIRF students again!). As we joined them they had apparently just finished scaring away some poor, hapless visitors. Quite the rowdy collection there. It was fun seeing some new (to me) faces, and seeing some very old ones (with girlie shoulders) too. :-)

Great being back in the water again. Thanks for being a great buddy Clinton!
2/5/2011 Breakwater by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Masao Yoshimura, Dionna House
Visibility: 5' - 25' Time:5:30 PM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 55FSW Avg Depth: 36FSW
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It was a pleasure to co-organize a BAUE invitational dive with Ben Villao. If you ever need a site briefing, talk to Ben. Some folks decided to go on a boat, others got enjoyment out of night diving at the Breakwater. People that were present were, Fofo Gonzalez, Ken Yuan, Masao Yoshimura, Ben Villao. After taking pictures, joking around and laughing, we planned our dive.

We swam out to the Metridium Fields via the big pipe. For a short time the visibility dropped, then got better as we got deeper. The metridiums were all out and feeding. we saw the usual suspects. Once time to turn the dive and head home, Masao and I went south east and Ben and the others went back via the pipe. There was talk of seeing a big bat ray just next to the pipe. The wing span was the length of Ben's arms spread out for a big hug. ;-) 8-)

Masao and I saw two pretty good size octopi, big schools of tubesnouts, and a bait ball. The most unusual finding was a huge shrimp, actually looked almost like a lobster, that burrowed into the sand at 40ish(ft) There were little worms that were darting around in mid-water. We did see a blanket out in 35ft of water near the middle reef area. Wondering how it got there? Perhaps someone in a wetsuit wanted to stay warm underwater? Hopefully, there will be divers willing to pull the blanket out from the bottom someday. It always amazes me how different a night dive can be at the breakwater. Everyone came up with smiles on their faces and hungry for pizza at Gianni's

Thanks to Fofo, Ken, Ben and Masao for a fun experience.

1/29/2011 Breakwater by Kathy Dicker -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kathy Dicker, Fofo Gonzalez
Visibility: 25' - 40' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 49FSW Avg Depth: 38FSW
Bottom Time: 1:51 Total Time: 0:01
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Fofo and I planned to explore some of the outer Metridium fields at BW last Saturday. We could still clearly see the bottom at 15ft depth, so expected a great dive.

Turned into a delightful kick out the pipe to incredible vis. My conservative estimate is 40ft?, but it could have easily been more.

It was so extraordinary, that I felt compelled to share. So at the risk of embarrassing myself, I spliced together some footage from my new little camera.

Please excuse the occasional image movement; itís only my third time ever diving with a camera ;-).

Here's a little video:

5/25/2009 Breakwater by Matt Vieta -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Matt Vieta, Leah Wadler
Visibility: 5' - 20' Time:9:00 AM
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Max Depth: 41FSW Avg Depth: 33FSW
Bottom Time: 1:10 Total Time:  
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After attempting to get into Lobos, and checking out CRB, Leah and I ended up a the Breakwater. The parking lot was almost empty and we decided to check out the wall.

We had a mother and baby otter pass within 10 feet of us on our surface swim out to the 7 marker. We dropped down in the sand and almost immediately came upon a huge number of Hermissendas. I don't think I've ever seen so many in such a small area. There must have been at least 50 in a 1M square area. We also spotted a Dendronotus iris on our way to the wall.

We wandered up and back on the wall finding lots of slugs such as:

Polycera atra
Okenia rosacea
Limacia cockerelli
Triohpa catalinae
Flabellina trilineata
Hermissenda crassicornis
Dendronotus iris

We also saw the usual complement of dorids. This was my first time finding a Polycera atra! We were buzzed by a sea lion on the way home.

Great dive!

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
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Max Depth: 40FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
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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.
1/21/2009 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
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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 ;-)
4/29/2007 Breakwater by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Robert Lee
Visibility: 5' - 15' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 64FSW Avg Depth: 48FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:43
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After practicing on Saturday with some BAUE members, Robert Lee and I went out Sunday for a FUN dive. The goal was to get out to the Barge and look for critters along the way. It was a lot cooler top side and sea conditions look liked it calmed down from yesterday. The Cruise Ship had sailed out to higher seas. After our GUE EDGE, we trudged in to the waters at the Breakwater. Along the wall, there seemed to be lots and lots of tube anemones with Dendronitis Iris eggs attached. We did see several Dendronitis Iris nudes. We found the cinder block and I tied off and ran a spool to the line. Vis was about 10ft. While following the line, Robert and I visited his Sarcastic Fringehead friend. He had big eyes, like a bug!!! We got to the end of the line and saw two Hermissenda Crassicornis. Robert tied off his reel and we kicked out to the Barge. We took turns with the reel. While on the Barge, we saw Four Triopha Catalinae, three of them were on top of eachother and the fourth one off to the side. Survival of the Fittest in action. There were some Rockfish, but, not the schools that like to hang vertical in the water column. There was a slight current pushing us south west. It was noticeable when we stopped kicking. We hung out for awhile and looked into cracks and crevices. Saw the usual suspects. It was time to head back. On our way back on the line we saw three divers kicking out with stages and split fins. After we passed them, visibility went from 10ft to 3-5ft. We had the line and compass as our guide. We arrived at the spool that took us back to the cinder block. Once on the wall, I saw a Chestnut Cowry. We usually see them in Carmel. Also saw a pretty good size Octopus that didnít want to come out of his den. Next time I wonít shine my light on him to much. We cruised back on the wall at 30-40ft looking for critters. I invested in a VEST for warm and wanted to do a weight check. Felt good to be WARM again. Max depth was 64 feet. Average depth was 48ft. Total dive time was 103minutes. Thanks for the dive Robert.
3/23/2007 Breakwater by Ben Villao -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ben Villao, Dionna House
Visibility: 5' - 15' Time:3:00 PM
Temp: 51F - 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 65FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:10 Total Time:  
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Got seduced into an afternoon dive by dive buddy Dionna.... The surface conditions didn't look too good... the wind was blowing pretty hard and was blowing spray onto the wall.... vis didn't look too promising either... But for therapeutic purposes we pushed thru...

We got in the water and scootered out along the wall... hitting the landmark at 10 mins... did a quick S-drill (did I mention vis was bad when we entered?) then pushed to the barge... At the barge the usual characters were present a couple of Clown Nudibranch (Triopha catalinae) and a Diaulula sandiegensis (uhmmm white O's nudi)... a gang of rock fish also kept us company.

After kicking around a little bit I used my not so superior navigation skills to miss the Metridium fields and end up in no mans land between the Met fields and middle reef. The Large square moorings gave me a not too comforting feeling that we were a bit off... I knew we were close to the "Canon" and the geocache that we usually hit on the way back... pretty soon middle reef and then the upslopping sand into the student area.

We finish off the dive with Valve drills at 20 and at 15... (What good mentor doesn't set challenges)... I muddled thru mine okey... we then surfaced, debriefed and then scootered in.

I would have opted for a night dive also if didn't have to drive back. Oh plus I had a leak in the DS so I was sloshing around in the boots and starting to get cold.

With the loss of Kawika everybody is feeling pretty it was good to get out and enjoy a nice relaxing dive with a good friend.

Go call your buddies up and go diving!

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