El Matador State Beach

Monday, January 21, 2008 9:25 | Filled in Dive Logs

El Matador is located at32100 Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu, CA. 
We met at 9:30 am Sunday, January 2oth. 

I was particularly looking forward to finally getting in the water after calling a scheduled dive the day before due to obviously poor visibility at  Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.  White Point looked pretty bad too, so we opted to have a beer instead.  Good call.

 Another day of “craptacular” visibility, to quote my buddy Kyle.  The water seemed ok from the lookout at El Matador.  Not green and cloudy like we saw in San Pedro.  We donned our gear and hit the water around 10am.  I was diving a threesome with Kyle Newton and Brooke Olson two great buddies if you ever have the chance.  

We dropped in about 20 FSW just as we hit the first kelp line.  When we reached the sandy bottom, I could only see the dark outline of Brooke’s shadow about 8 feet away.  We quickly made our way south towards deeper water in search of better visibility farther from the shore break.  We came across a few large impressive rock structures, some lobster, a large female sheep head and all the usual suspects, but the visibility didn’t really open up until we were well past the last kelp bed.   Finally, we had descent viz but there was nothing to see but eel grass and sand, so we headed east for a bit and headed back towards shore (north).  Not more than 20 kick cycles into the return trip, Brooke spotted a rather large Bat Ray neatly camouflaged in the sand.  I was eager to finally take a picture, but by the time I powered up my camera and got the settings back to where they needed to be, the ray was gone.   I have yet to get a really great shot of a healthy bat ray. 

 On the way back to shore it was much of the same.  Pea soup visibility and nothing exciting to speak of.  I must say that the bat ray made the dive worth doing and I would do it again but overall the dive wasn’t much to write home about. 

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2 Comments to El Matador State Beach

  1. Neutral Dive Gear says:

    January 21st, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Just came across your site – fellow SoCal divers. Really dig the blog!

    Mind if we add you to our blogroll?

    _ndg

  2. admin says:

    January 21st, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Don’t mind at all. Thanks for stopping by.

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