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6/28/2008 Castle Rock aboard Unknown Boat by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, Jonathan Derosier
Visibility: 50' - 60' Time:8:16 AM
Temp: 50F - 50F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 141FSW Avg Depth: 73FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
2's up to 20 and 10 on the bottle
 
The wave conditions were perfect today for a run down to Big Sur on the Cypress Sea. Perfect that is except for the smoke from the fires along the big sur coast reducing the air quality to something on the south side of unpleasant.

It wasn't too long of a ride before we passed the Bixby bridge and pulled up to our first dive spot of the day. Jonathan and I suited up and jumped in the water. There was a bit of a current on the surface but nothing too bad and we quickly started scootering down the anchor line.

Once we arrive at the wall we briefly stopped to watch the other half of team kitty mess with a bit of gear before giving them an okay and heading out.

Viz at depth was at least 60 feet though a bit dark. We headed out southish along hte wall and dropped down to around 120 for a bit of a cruze. The wall itself has numerous overhangs that start around this depth, with some of them large enough for someone to scooter under. After a short while we jumped a small gap in the wall and came to a crazy beautiful mini pinnacle that was covered in pink and purple hydrocoral.

After circling the pinacle for a bit and exploring some of the cracks that jut off from it we circled back and jumped to the other side of our wall for the ride back. Along this side, the structure was covered in walking kelp and formed more of a shelf for the wall on west side. After running back for a bit, we jumped back onto the west side to find our anchor and worked out way up to 70' before calling it a dive and heading up to deco.

Truly a spectacular site, and I hope to visit again on future Big Sur trips.