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North Coast For The WIN!

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by Peter_C, May 2, 2011.

  1. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

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    With all the crappy vis we keep hearing about in Monterey, it was a no brainer to stay local, and investigate the Sonoma Coast. The spot chosen was Gerstle Cove. The comments of "Where is everyone; look at these conditions" came up numerous times.

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    Since my regs are apart and the warranty parts from Scubapro have not returned, I brought my kayak and headed out to explore the ocean, while the ladies went for a couple of dives. We were amazed to find clear calm water, and no one at the beach. Once prepped we headed into the water together and began our wet adventures. I headed South towards Timber Cove, looking straight down the kelp stalks as they descended into the depths to their fast holds below. On the way back the swells kicked up BIG for a few minutes, causing me to stop and asses passing between the rocks with a wall of water coming thrashing between them. Just as fast the ocean settled back down, allowing me to quickly pass between the rocks. As the afternoon wore on the swells became smaller and smaller, which is exactly what the forecast called for. We met up back on shore and some other visitors go "A whale!". Of course this was a "close encounter" yet we were on shore. The whale was INSIDE Gerstle Cove. I jumped on my kayak and pedaled out as fast as possible and only caught a shot as it passed between the rocks on the North side of the Cove.

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    The ladies headed back out and I followed this time, in a wetsuit carrying a snorkel with me. WHAT? Yes I said a wetsuit and a snorkel (I do wear a wetsuit for exposure protection when kayaking too). I spent an hour freezing my butt off in 48* water, roaming around Gerstle Cove. The water was so calm I could be in 2 feet of water and not worry about being tossed into a rock. I saw crabs, a ling cod, rock fish, a few greenlings, and lots of abalone and starfish.

    Once we were packed up we made a bee line for the Timber Cove Lodge. They have a nice spot on the back patio to hang out and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

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  2. btroxell

    btroxell Angel Fish

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    Nice. My wife and I were there last weekend and had fantastic vis; greater than 20'. It wasn't as calm as you had but very nice conditions none the less.

    Ben
     
  3. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

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    OMG!!!

    Thanks for rubbing it in that I had to do family stuff this weekend.

    That looks like insane conditions.
     
  4. mikemikethepike

    mikemikethepike ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing! It sounds like you had a good time, even without diving.
     
  5. kathydee

    kathydee Instructor, Scuba

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    Looks like a nice day :). Your conditions look beautiful! What was the vis?
     
  6. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

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    From my kayak on the surface? Miles and miles!! I could see pretty far down the kelp stalks and in some places right to the bottom. My depth sounder read 25ft and I could see the bottom.

    Funny as the tide came back in the vis deteriorated. That seems to be the trend in Gerstle Cove.
     
  7. Hinalo

    Hinalo Instructor, Scuba

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    Glad you had such great conditions! It's a beautiful place with a bit of vis and some sunlight to brighten up the coraline algae in the cove.
     
  8. micboucher

    micboucher ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That sounds like a great day at Gerstle Peter! Do we have a newly certified diver in the group? :D
     
  9. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

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    As a matter of fact yes. Julie did a great job getting Adeline certified. Since we felt she deserved a nice bonus, we gave her a Freedom Plate that is headed to Fiji for three months of diving. They both were all smiles.
     
  10. micboucher

    micboucher ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Tell her I said Congratulations and I can't wait to dive with her!
     

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