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12/7/2003 Outer Pinnacles aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov
Visibility: 50' Time:9:30 AM
Temp:   Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 98FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:37 Total Time: 0:57
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104,HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
After seeing some previous condition reports and weather predictions we were worried today would suck but our fears proved unfounded. Swells were a little bigger than we like to see but Jim was able to take us around the corner and anchor right on top of the rock. The surge there was pretty intense; it was easier to move by pulling along on the bull kelp rather than trying to swim. I led on this first dive and took us down the west side of the wall to the sand at about 93ft. Excellent visibility all around, really the clearest water conditions I've seen in months. We turned south and made a complete counterclockwise circuit around near the bottom. Even at that depth the surge was significant on the ocean side and I had to clear my ears every time a swell rolled by. Spotted a medium size ling cod, the usual spot prawns, a couple Cadlina luteomarginata, and a small school of what I think were adult yellowtail rockfish. When we made it back near our starting point (as marked by a single large bundle of giant kelp stalks) we gradually ascended the wall along a channel filled with the full spectrum of hydrocoral. The whole area was just carpeted with it. Made a gas switch right by the anchor on top of the rock at about 55ft, hung out there for a few minutes letting the surge toss us back and forth, and then worked our way up the line. A northwest current had picked up a little so we had to hold the line all the way up. Despite the surge it was overall a really fun dive and getting back in the water after being dry for a solid month felt great.