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7/7/2012 Sobranes Wall aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava, Joakim Linde
Visibility: 5' - 50' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:21/35
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 

Out on the Escapade yesterday for some tech and rec diving. I waked up at about 7am and looked out and it was totally foggy. I could not even see Hwy 1 out from our house so it was not starting as the best day. The team gathered together and decided to go out to sea hoping the fog will clear as we motored out. Well it did not, so we decided to get close to shore and dive something that had some kelp on top so we could do our deco in there.

First dive was at Soberanes Wall. I dove this place first time in 1998 soon after arriving to California. I have meet some "crazy" divers that didn't believe in boat
diving so we would drive south on Hwy1, hike down a small trail, swim 400ft of shore to find the Kelp and do our dive. The worst part was hiking back to the car with you dark weight belt ;-). I still remember getting a second belt and hiding it at the water edge. I also remember taking Susan out of an diving date down to Soberanes. After that I was sure she was a keeper ;-)

A while after I learnt that there were very nice dive boats out of monterey and that they will go to the same places, but no hiking and good food was also provided. So Susan and I decided no more hiking and diving, and of we went to dive on the boats.

Soberanes wall goes from 40ft at the top, and there is a almost vertical drop to about 100-120 and then down to 150ft. The best part of the dive in btw 130 to 100ft with tons of life on the wall specially on the south end, and on the back side on the wall there is nice canyon full of metridiums that goes from 120 to 70ft, and half way on the canon there is a little rock stuck on it forcing you to ascend to go by. This is a perfect R3 or T1 dive.

There is a very nice set of bulb kept at the top which made it for a really fun deco scootering in and out of the kelp. We found some nice kelp crab handing in middle water.

Vis was crappy at the bottom, but really nice from 30ft up.

Second dive we headed back for Lobos Rocks to see if we could capture some GoPro video of the seal lions. However, the swells were a bit more than two weeks ago so it was more challenging to hand with them. The best action was btw 15-10ft but that was also were the breaking water were so it was tricky. After about 30min of playing there we were all about to puke our brownies so we head back to the boat, where most of us got a bit sick for the looping and spinning with the seals plus the boat movement on the way back.

Fun day out! I hope Kevin and Allison post some video clip :-)
2/21/2006 Sobranes Wall aboard Unknown Boat by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
This president weekend ended up being a great diving weekend. The weather report was not the best with cold & rain but we just ignored it, and it ended being pretty good. We had the barge project on Saturday, slept and eat on Sunday, and Monday we joined a small group of people that were going South on the Cypress Sea.
We started heading south and the weather was sunny but cold, with the seas flat and calm. We were able to locate and anchor at Soberanes wall. Most of us haven't been there in several years and we tried two weeks ago on the Escapede but strong current and big swells didn't work in our favor. Yesterday, was pay off day for us :-).
Once we anchored the top side view was so amazing that we almost stayed on the surface.... just kidding... but it's truly an amazing view. The big mountains, the blue ocean.....
As usual Clinton jumped first and this time there was minimal current. You could actually see the kelp resting at the surface, vs laying down on the reef as it was two weeks ago.
We dropped down and Susan found a nice big Wolf eel swimming resting on a ledge. We gathered around the eel, which inspired him to swim freely while Clinton captured him on video. Then we headed south along the floor of a small canyon. You could see Metridims 80-100ft away!!! That's the best visibility I've seen in a while. We found several lincods egg nests and their protector, numerous cowries, and several rock fish and tree fish. Clinton found a very small nudibranch, you almost needed a magnifying glass to see it.
Towards the end of the dive we found the lost anchor from two weeks ago, and rescued it with a bag, actually we had to attach two of them as the chain was pretty heavy.
For the second dive we drove North and anchored at Lobos Rocks. We swam half turn on the west rock. The rock is covered with all kind of life. Green anemonies, hydrocorals, corynactus, etc. We saw some big schools of rock fish.
We found a small section with many dead barnacles. It looked like the perfect apartment complex for small fish. We looked in the holes for grunt sculpins but not luck. We did find another pretty nice sculpin in one of the holes. On the way back we went shallow and hung onto the rocks while watching the surf crash on the wall creating huge, white clouds-- like a washing machine effect. Pretty amazing sight. We saw some big seal lions come in/out of the surf. It was amazing to see the surf exploding on the rock, and all the white water moving around!!!!
After a 10 minutes of this we swam away from the rocks and drifted for a short deco.
All in all one of the best diving days this year.
I'll take 38 degree mornings any time, if the ocean and vis are like that :-)

Video from this dive can be seen here.

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