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6/24/2005 Naia Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge: 2'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 200FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Well this week weather was so good that Sue and I decided on a Frid/Sat diving plan. We meet Capt. Phil at Point Lobos and headed south to see what the ocean looked like. It was 2-4ft swell with a south winds, perfect conditions to try some new sites. I had a selection on area to check starting very close to Sea lions rocks (just out side the park) and heading west from there. This is a tricky area as there are some serious breakers to be worry about while doing your deco, but Frid's weather was good enough that we opted for the GPS closest to the rocks. The site, Naia wall, is a 800ft wall that start at 80ft and it drops down to 180-190ft. The wall is 800-1000ft long and it runs 300 degrees. Our anchor line missed the pinnacle by the 10ft and it went all the way to the sand. As we followed it down we had a look at the top of pinnacle. There were 4 to 6 small kelps at the top, and a lot of invertebrates on the way down. Very nice pinnacle. We scootered following the wall for 5 to 8 min, and until we reached a canyon going up. We had to back-up and while doing that we run into a school of about 20 big vermillion rockfish. We checked each other for about 1min. I love how these rockfish are not afraid of divers and actually come close to check you out. We continued scootering for another 10min and reached the end of the wall on the opposite side. This area is quite deep 200-240ft so we kept our depth while looking down at the amazing wall.
The deco was pretty uneventful and we drifted away from the breakers :-)
Here is a map of the area. This site should only be dived in very flat seas and south winds.
BTW, we saw some risso dolphins while entering the water so that's the reason we called Naia (dolphin) wall.