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8/15/2009 19SUR aboard Unknown Boat by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Joseph (Karl) Haywood, Marc Hall
Visibility: 60' - 60' Time:10:30 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 160FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:45 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Our first Big Sur trip of the year was on Aug 15th :-). We spent a lot of time planning and organizing the trip so it was great to finally “go diving" :-).

We boarded the Cypress Sea at 5:30am and the boat left the dock on time at 6:00am.

We arrived at the Banks to find reasonable weather conditions. The fog was high on the sky, swell were in the 4-5ft range and the current did not look too bad at the surface. What else can you ask for?

We have decided to conduct 3 dives instead of 4 in order to relax the schedule and allow for more time to set the hook, and get the divers in and out of the water.

The target for the first trip was Sur 19. This is the most colorful of the pinnacles in the area so it made sense to dive this one first and increase the changes of getting down and doing some documentation work.

The divers on the first shift were Clinton/Nick and Matt/JohnH. The teams were dropped upstream on the down-line and they were able to reach the ball and head down without major issues. After surfacing they reported very little current, great visibility and a large wolf eel in the open, as well tons of rock fish including adults and juveniles.

After such a report the second shift of, Karl/MarcH/Beto and Allison/Robert/Kevin got on the way for their dive. In order to limited the dives to 3 the second shift did a longer bottom time (but only one dive). 45min was the set bottom time for the divers and they spend quite a lot of time taking photos and video of the site. A large school of rock-fish rushing down from the top of the pinnacle was one of the high-light of the dives, as well as the amazing hydro-corals at the shallow peaks.

Here is a link to photos from the trip as well as a short video clip.

We’re looking forward to the second trip of the season.