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  • July 29, 2007

    Freediving At Malaga Cove With Ed

    Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, CA

    Free diving With Ed

    Max depth: 15 feet
    Waves: 1-5 foot swells
    Visibility: 5-8 feet, sort of silty
    Water Temperature: Maybe about 60 degrees, but chilly at depth
    Total Ocean Time: 35 minutes or so.

    My girlfriend Jane asked if I was going SCUBA diving today.

    I said that I was going free diving with Ed.

    She asked, “Free diving? Like they did in the movie ‘The Big Blue’?”

    “Well,” I said, “we’re not going to free dive to 500 feet, just 15.”

    “Oh, so you’re just going snorkeling.”

    I told Ed what Jane had said, he laughed. “Yeah, I guess we are only going snorkeling!”

    We arrived at Malaga Cove and geared up by 9:15 AM.

    We decided to walk down to the sandy beach and hunt for Halibut.

    The water off the rocks looks slightly rough and muddy.

    We entered with no problems and trolled above the sandy bottom and occasional reef that that lays 100 yards out between the sandy beach and rocks at Malaga Cove.

    I almost was run over by three true snorkelers who were in the water with just bathing suits.

    One I think had on a shorty.

    Not expecting to find any fish, I submerged every so often after resting to see how long I could stay down.

    The more I dove, the longer I could stay down.

    My best guess is that I could stay down about a minute at 15 feet while kicking along the bottom.

    That’s no world’s record, but probably better than a lot of people.

    After 35 minutes or so, Ed said he couldn’t find any fish and was going back in.

    Worrying that he was going back to drink all the beer, I followed.

    I later remembered that I was carrying the car key.

    Ed exited on the rocks because the waves were calmer than on the sandy beach.

    I exited the sandy beach, because I hate crawling over rocks.

    Once up and in the parking lot with a few cold beers in our hands, we started talking to a surfer who was packing up.

    I guess the waves weren’t spectacular for surfing and the vis wasn’t great for diving, but as this guy put it, “So what?

    “The surfing and diving aren’t great today, but you’re out in the sunshine enjoying the outdoors with nice people.

    “It’s a lot better than sitting at home, watching TV and stuffing your face with potato chips.”

    Amen to that!

    This is my Sunday service!

    Nick and his girlfriend Jill pulled up to crash our party.

    We all wound up at Redondo Pier eating seafood and drinking beer.

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