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8/8/2009 Naia Wall aboard Escapade by Matt Vieta -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Jim Capwell, Matt Vieta
Visibility: 60' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F Surge:  
Max Depth: 152FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:05
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
5, 2, 2, 3, 3, 8, 8 + 3up
 
The plan for Saturday was to go out to Naia's wall on the Escapade. It is a site Clinton and I had never been to before, and came highly recommended by Jim - who was getting wet! We were joined on the boat by the kitties and Karl/Marc Hall.

Driving into Monterey there was quite a bit of fog, and I was worried it might not bode well for a trip just south of Lobos. It started to clear out as we were loading the boat, and as we rounded point Pinos, it looked like less of a concern.

The seas weren't quite as calm as last weekend; at one point a set of doubles decided to make an unannounced departure from their resting place. The wind stayed down, the fog cleared up a bit, and we dropped the ball at Naia's Wall.

The vis had cleared up substantially from last weekend. The water was nice and blue as we headed down the line. The wall itself goes from about 70' down to 200', the topography is pretty spectacular. Most of the invert life is above about 130'. There are interesting overhangs and bulges further down.

We saw the kitties as we shot our bag at 70' on the top of the wall. Deco was uneventful. We motored back to the bay for our SI, and ended up deciding to forgo the second dive in favor of whale watching. (Hoping I'd actually get to see a breach this time) We found a couple of whales, and a big mola mola hanging out on the surface. Most people were out of their drysuits by then, but Rob and Allison were still suited up and jumped in for a visit. The mola actually hung around for a while and Rob managed get a decent picture of it.

Here are some pictures from the morning