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    The Divevets’ 5th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

    Logged Dive #315

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1300 psi
    Max depth: 68 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: About 58 degrees, colder at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 40 minutes

    Having gotten burned by the judges at the last underwater pumpkin carving contest, I decided that I would try for the “worst pumpkin” prize.

    Nobody needed a buddy, so I planned to just carve my pumpkin really quick, return to shore and go back out again for a leisurely dive.

    Me with my virgin pumpkin.

    It rained for a short period of time, getting my pumpkin and SCUBA gear wet – I was so pissed!

    I entered the water with the help of a Pacific Wilderness Divemaster, who held my pumpkin as I entered – the swells were so flat.

    I submerged in 15 feet of water and started carving; not even two minutes later, I had the winner!

    The Divevets underwater pimpkin carving contest.

    I returned to shore to drop off my entry and reentered the water to do some photography.

    Heading to the shelf, I ran across two divers working on a pumpkin…

    Two divers carve a pumpkin.

    A couple pictures later, and I was on my way to hopefully find TwinDuct and a few more carvers – unfortunately, it’s hard to find people underwater sometimes.

    Underwater pumpkin carving.

    I found another dive team working on their creation.

    A traffic cone off of Vets Park!

    I came across an orange traffic cone!

    I was so excited!

    I swam down the canyon and ran across “The Monument…”

    A toilet at the monument.

    The newest addition to the cinder blocks and miscellaneous trash is a toilet.

    Realizing that I never refilled my Spare Air because of a slow leak (sort of like not wearing your seat belt on the freeway), I headed up to shallower water.

    At the lip of the shelf, visibility got really bad…

    Carving a pumpkin underwater.

    Through the silt, emerged three divers’ silhouettes.

    More underwater pumpkin carving.

    …Ah, Ha! Three more underwater pumpkin artists!

    I made it back to shore without incident when I got discouraged that I couldn’t locate my friends.

    The Pacific Wilderness Underwater pumpkin carving contest.

    We shared the ocean and park with the Pacific Wilderness Underwater pumpkin carving contest; I think we had more chicks at our event.

    Who I took pictures of, I really don’t know – they could be from Divevets or Pacific Wilderness; everyone looks the same underwater.

    Dan from Divevets put a hot dog that fell on the ground in the mouth of my pumpkin.

    He said, “That will make it either the best or the worst… you’ll get something.”

    The judges judge the pumpkins.

    The judges judge the pumpkins.

    From left to right, a traditionally carved pumpkin, my pumpkin and TwinDuct's 'drowned pumpkin.'

    From left to right, a traditionally carved pumpkin, my pumpkin and TwinDuct’s ‘drowned pumpkin.’

    My brother showed up to cheer me on and help us debrief.

    It came time for the awards!

    The winner for the worst pumpkin…. was Me!

    Montana bestows my prize for worst pumpkin.

    Montana bestows my prize for worst pumpkin – a crab hat and the book “Fitness For Divers.”

    First place.

    Good2BFit won first place.

    Second and third place.

    A couple coincidentally wins second and third place.

    Fourth place.

    The fourth place winner.

    Fifth place.

    Good2BFit takes fifth… wait!

    A double entry?

    I’ll have to remember that strategy next year!

    A barbecued gourmet meal!

    The event included a gourmet meal cooked on an outdoor stove.

    Debriefing is in full swing!

    Another great debriefing with a lot of non-divers and family members.

    Someone yelled, “Beer down! Beer Down! I smell bacon!”

    A cop rolled up and hassled us…

    The cops pull up and hassle us.

    Someone had a dog and the cop told her to get the dog out of the park.

    Wow! Dog Police?

    The festivities wrapped up by 2 PM; I left the grounds triumphantly with my worst prize prizes!


    1. Looks like fun. Sorry we missed it. I am going to work on photos and a post today about our trip to Santa Barbara Island on Saturday.
      It was a good day.

      Comment by Jill — November 3, 2008 @ 11:08 am

    2. It really looks like a fun and happening Halloween for you. Thanks for sharing.

      Comment by Ren — November 4, 2008 @ 6:50 am

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