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7/31/2011 20SUR aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 50' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 55F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 170FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:45 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
This weekend we had the first calm conditions in a long time. The swells were 1 -3 and the wind was slow with patch fog but the fog was high on the sky. We were also lucky to have two tech charters schedule for the weekend so we set sailed for Big Sur Banks.

On Saturday the group dove Sur 19. Pretty pick and purple hydro-corals were the main attraction of the day. Sur 19 is the best hydrocoral dive in the coast with big large bushes of these colonies covering the top of the pinnacle. The depth ranges from 150 to 120 allowing team to spent quite a lot of time at the site. T2 teams dive about 50min of bottom time, while T1 team did about 30min. Visibility was about 50ft at the bottom with a green layer from 50ft to the surface. Joakim, Matt, Susan, Rob, Nick, Ted and Ben were on Saturday trip.

On Sunday after a long discussion about the target site, we settled for Sur 20. This is a sister pinnacle to Sur 19. Sur 20 has more relieve, with the bottom at 170 and the top 130 range. There is a nice canyon that crosses the pinnacle and it's usually full of vermillion and yellow eye rock fish. On sunday we thought we were going to have a kick ass dive, but we were actually ass-kick by the current. There was a 1.5 knot current going by and our deployment was pretty challengeing and pushed every body skills and capacity. Once at the bottom the vis was great 40-50ft and we had a very nice time going around the pinnacle and enjoying the terrain, and again the pretty hydrocorals. Mark, Dionna, Kevin, Allison, Susan and Beto were on Sunday trip.

BSB diving season is open!