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    October 27, 2013

    Divevet’s 47th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

    Update – October 29, 2013

    PDP’s excellent video of this event can be found here:

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving Redondo Beach 2013

    October 26, 2013

    OK, it probably isn’t the 47th time this event has happened, but nobody has kept track – it probably is the seventh or eighth time this event has happened.

    Conditions were ideal, even though it was a little overcast.

    This year is the first time the Divevets, ECO Dive Center and Pacific Wilderness all competed against each other.

    I just was going to be an observer – I’m tired of losing every year – and the contest is pretty much fixed so that Divevets is going to win.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #453

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    Veterans Park
    Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees, colder at depth
    Air Temperature: 70 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 25 minutes or so

    I entered the water without issue, submerged in 15 feet of water, and trolled for carvers…

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving

    Underwater pumpkin carving

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving

    After I captured a few shots of pumpkin carving, I decided to head down the canyon.

    I made it down to 80 feet and kept going for a bit.

    I think the last “Beach Re-nourishment” project screwed up the canyon; it seems to level off for a bit at 80 feet.

    I turned around and started singing to myself – the only place I can do this without annoying other people.

    Well, I did pass some other divers, and when I noticed, I stopped.

    When I made it back to shore, I made an easy exit.

    The Pumpkins await judging
    The Punpkins Await Judging

    Unlike in years past, the judges were actually adults – with Dan from Divevets as the head judge.

    Dan had a big box of prizes to pick from.

    I noticed the dive light that I left on the boat on the last lobster trip was in the box – I rescued it before judging began.

    As you can expect, the Divevets won, ECO came in second, and Pacific Wilderness came in a distant third.

    The Budweiser I brought was gone pretty quickly.

    One of the participants remarked, “I was going to bring some beer, but my wife was against it.”

    Really?

    Here are the winners, in no particular order…

    Underwater Pumpkin Carving Winners

    Pumpkin carving winner

    Pumpkin carve winner

    Another winner!

    Walt is a winner!!

    Mik C and his hot girlfriend.

    Congratulations to the winners!

    October 22, 2013

    Diving In Poland Epic Is Now On YouTube!

    My hour long epic of Diving In Poland – broken into 17 parts – has now been uploaded to YouTube.

    See the people I met, the places I stayed, the dives I went on and best of all – see and hear my drunken attempts at speaking Polish!

    I must warn you, even though I spent a lot of time editing this video, I am still a crappy video editor.

    Please skip over the parts that are boring to you.

    If I had a lot of money, I would have hired a Real Video Editor.

    The epic is available here:

    Diving In Poland

    Enjoy and feel free to give feedback/

    Sorry, PETA, but there was no lobster hunting in Poland.

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