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Monterey Conditions

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by AndrewJD, May 18, 2007.

  1. RS

    RS SoCal DIR

    Hey RoyN,

    The way I read 'em, none of the above comments weren't meant to be derisive, just trying to help out a relative newbie!

    And with my pitiful 11 dives since March, I'm junior to you! Looking forward to getting up to your level. You should see the way I blow through a tank.:D

    Hope to see you around.



    AndrewJD, thanks for the great videos. I was looking for exactly that a few days ago while laying on my couch hacking up phlegm the consistency of peanut butter.
  2. rhlee

    rhlee Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Bay Area, CA
    Pictures here:

  3. zen_man

    zen_man Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NorCal
    Did you fall asleep in pic 11? :wink: j/k, Thanks for sharing the pics Robert. They're beautiful. If I may ask, what kind of camera are you shooting with?
  4. Ben_ca

    Ben_ca Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SF Bay Area
    Roy I apologize if I have offended you. I meant no harm.

    To all sorry for the Hijack... maybe a Mod can clean up.
  5. Hinalo

    Hinalo Instructor, Scuba

    I have to chime in with a report from inside the bay from yesterday. Sanctuary, two dives: Hopkins Deep Reef and Eric's Pinnacle.

    Hopkins deep reef
    temp at depth 54
    Depth 80

    We descended to Hopkins at 8:59 am into vis that opened up at the bottom to about 25 - 35 feet. The huge granite rock pile was covered with large metridiums, and it was fun to swoop down and through the canyons and really see where you're going.
    Saw a Leopard Shark resting on a rock.

    I talked my buddy into making a 3 min stop at 40' on the way up.

    Back on Sanctuary fo SI, and a couple of women on the dive had gotten really very cold. I felt for them as they poured hot water down into their wetsuites. It didn't seem to help, but after an hour ande some they were ready to go back in.

    During SI the swell seemed to pick up a bit, and because the wind was out of the west it was blowing the boat so that the swell was hitting us abeam. Someone got seasick with all the picthing side to side.

    Other boats, including Monterey Express, were in the bay and we were all sort of competing for spots. Suddenly Sanctuary was on the move to get to Eric's Pinnacle for a nice degassing dive spiralling slowly up the structure.

    Eric's Pinnacle
    Entry: 11:09 am
    depth 57
    temp 50

    Again vis was excellent even though during the dive some sediment seemed to be getting kicked up, maybe from incoming tide and swell action which continued to increase while we were down. A little colder here, and I could feel my fingers beginning to chill about halfway through the dive.

    But conditions were still tremendous, and the specatcle of this big rock pyramid, covered with strawberry anemone, sunflower star, large crabs, and schools of fish was simply overwhelming. My buddy and I had our lights on and the colors that revealed with the light beams were saturated beyond belief. There was not a single sq inch of rock that didn't have some living thing attached to it.

    At the bottom there is a sheer wall on what I think is the north face of this mount that had lots of little nooks and crannies which we explored thoroughly.

    We did a leisurly spiral, like climbing a long circular staircase up around the structure going leftward around the narrowing pinnacle. Finally at the top there were two little peaks at about 20 ft where we hovered for a safety stop, again taking the time to inspect all the little anemones and other brightly colored thingies festooned all over the rock.

    This was my first experience of a great Monterey dive spot in truly fine conditions, and I have to say that it was just unearthly beauty everywhere. It was worth being a little cold near the end to see such a rich marine environment, and this was what has brought me back to Monterey after getting my cert. (I'm one of those new guys who get their cert up here and then people ask, "where are they?") I'll be easy to find up here after a weekend like this one.
  6. rhlee

    rhlee Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Bay Area, CA
    Thanks. Using an Olympus point and shoot. If you like those, you should dig around for some of Clinton's or Kawika's pictures. Those will blow your mind.

  7. CALI68

    CALI68 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Jose, CA
  8. boomx5

    boomx5 DIR Practitioner

    We lucked out and scored a reservation for Lobos yesterday. Though the swell was starting to kick up, the vis outside the cove was easily 60+ feet. Unfortunately, I had equipment issues about halfway to Montana and had to turn the dive early, but it was still a great day in the water and I had the chance to meet several nice people. :)
  9. Jim Ernst

    Jim Ernst Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Sacramento CA
    Buck .. His wife says that is all he ever does is SLEEP!!!!!LOL
  10. zen_man

    zen_man Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NorCal
    :rofl3: He just looks sooo comfy!! :rofl3:

    "Oh look! it's a pretty Nudi........zzzzzzzz"

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