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    June 26, 2011

    Terranea Resort Dive And Debriefing Report

    The sun was out, the weather was hot and there was no wind when I left the Long Beach ghetto to dive Terranea resort; once I got to the Palos Verdes landslide area, the sky became cold and overcast.

    That didn’t deter me, but as soon as I saw Chipper, I knew dive conditions were going to suck – there’s a correlation between both of us showing up to dive and crappy dive conditions.

    The Cove At Terranea Resort

    The Point looked too hairy to enter from there, but the Cove looked manageable if you timed it right.

    Not New Chris and Chipper decided to try a dive; I was skeptical.

    Reverend Al and Nice Bob were undecided.

    I cracked a beer with Real Estate Mike, who started to tell me how the years have mellowed him out as he no longer stabs or smashes into people with his truck when he’s upset; that is good to know.

    Nice Bob decided to gear up, and then Reverend Al decided to join in the diving.

    Great, I’m suppose to be the psycho diver here, and I’ve opted to stay dry – maybe age is mellowing me out too?

    It just didn’t look like the water would be that great once I got out, but I decided to stick around and get their report.

    Everyone made a perfectly timed and flawless entrance, even three new divers that were there; apparently they dive out of ECO Dive Center.

    Their equipment seemed to be brand new, so I’m not sure if they’re new divers, or just new to diving this area.

    I was pleasantly surprised that Terranea actually has put stairs down to the rocks.

    About an hour later, everyone returned, making a perfectly timed expert exit.

    DM Kilani

    Kilani Dive Mastered their exit.

    The dive report went as follows – “62 degrees, with clear water on the top until you reach 10 feet, then the vis goes down from zero to eight feet.”

    One diver commented, “I just looked at the diver’s ass in front of me the whole time.”

    I probably needed the exercise, and in that respect, I regret not going.

    But as Dive Bum Don says, “Stay in shape to go diving, don’t dive to stay in shape.”

    That’s good advise.

    Gourmet Hor’se Divers

    The Budweiser was complimented with a gourmet plate of Hor’se Divers.

    Libertarian Diver

    One diver was showing his intelligence publicly – I’m glad this group isn’t a bunch of communists.

    Mush Kilani!

    Mush Kilani, Mush!

    Debriefing At Terranea Resort

    We invited the ECO Divers to hang out with “the cool crowd.”

    Reverend Al had mentioned that his wife told one of her friends that he dives Terranea Resort on a regular basis.

    Her friend asked, “Is he one of the guys that drinks beer in the parking lot?”

    I think we may be getting a reputation.

    Professional Debriefer Paul captured the spirit of the day in another potentially award winning YouTube video:

    To watch this video on YouTube, click here.

    June 19, 2011

    Terranea Dive Report For Father’s Day

    I had too good of a time Saturday night and really didn’t feel like waking up at 6:30 AM to actually dive – excuses, excuses, and I wonder why I’m turning into a porker.

    I did, however, feel good enough to show up for the debriefing.

    Tradition Debriefing

    We did Terranea Resort a favor by increasing the demand for their $5 parking spots.

    Al the free diver.

    We met Al Schnepershoff, who is the owner and founder of Baja Dive Adventures; he had just finished teaching a spear fishing class.

    Al has been free diving for decades and runs trips down to Bahia Tortugas, Mexico for spear fishing.

    Spear fishing.

    He said, “Everybody comes back with fish, even if I have to spear them myself.”

    His father was killed by a shark in the early 1970’s while he was on the boat, but witnessing that hasn’t kept him strictly on land.

    I would be more afraid of getting killed by Mexican drug cartels than sharks, but I’ve heard that’s all media hype.

    We’ve been diving here for years, and everybody has noticed the absence of fish that were once around these waters; efforts are being made to make this part of the Palos Verdes coastline a marine preserve.

    The consensus of dive reports was four to six or eight to ten feet of visibility – depending on where you dove – with one hell of a thermal cline that brought the water temperature down to 54 degrees.

    Last week was apparently a lot better.

    Kilani dodges cars.

    Kilani has a new hobby – car dodging.

    The topic of conversation eventually shifted to the “couple who do the most” – there seems to be two studs in particular, that are in our diving circle, who bang any female dive groupie they want.

    And, according to one of their reports, one of the females is so freaky that she would put even the most hard core porn actress to shame.

    I must find out their secrets of success – being macho and driving a Duster hasn’t been paying off with the women lately.

    I must get back into the water – maybe Wednesday?

    Last week, Professional Debriefer Paul made a short video of the Owl guy and conditions.

    This video is from June 12, 2011 –

    To view this video on YouTube, click here.

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