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Old 01-20-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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Default 1/19/2009 Naia Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee

1/19/2009 Naia Wall aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee -- [View in Reports Page]

Bottom Team:Robert Lee, Kevin Dow
Visibility:40' - 60'Time:12:00 AM
Temp: Surge: 
Scooter:X-scooterBurn Time:0:15
Max Depth:175FSWAvg Depth:160FSW
Bottom Time:0:30Total Time:1:05
Bottom Gases:18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config:Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
5,3,2,2,3,10,5 up
 
Kevin and I had a date with Phil today and took advantage of the calm sea conditions to get in at a spot we've been trying to hit for a couple trips now, Naia's Wall.

The wall is a sheer vertical drop from 60' at the top to about 190' at the sand and gets deeper toward the NW. We dropped down and cruised the wall for a bit heading NW, stopping a few times to take pictures. The base of the wall is undercut in many places and the inverted sections of the wall are fairly well populated with invert. life.

Turning around, we cruised up a little shallower and followed the wall back SE for awhile around 150' just taking in the huge scale of the vertical face. Around the 25 minute mark, we cruised further up the channel until the sand got as shallow as 130' and turned around working our way through deep stops back along the reef. We were able to stay on the wall through our 60' deco stop (sweet :-)) before we put up a bag and drifted off.

Deco was mostly uneventful except for several times I heard the whales singing. I looked around, but couldn't locate the source of the whalesong (duh). It was warm and calm enough that we elected to push the 10' stop a few minutes and just hang out as we were in no hurry at all to get out.

Lunch with Beto and Sue at a great new taco stand in Seaside.

Some pics http://www.baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/090119/">here.
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