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Posted by Kathy K. on June 24, 2005 at 10:45:16:

This post comes courtesy of the kindness of Tim F., who's been helping promote a Dive Festival TOMORROW AT MALAGA COVE that will help out 19-year-old Travis Robinson, son of local dive legend John "Jocko" Robinson. Travis has high medical expenses following a swimming pool accident that left him paralyzed - but there's hope for great improvement - Travis is a very good candidate for surgery, and the local dive community's been wonderful in stepping up to get him there. Read on and please come to the Cove to shop for gear, have a burger, get a t-shirt, play underwater p.oker, or just enjoy the sunshine - (thanks, Chris, for the promotional space, too) -

Hiya fellow divers,

Just a quick update, with 24 hrs to go....well, actually 23 hrs and 15 minutes to go; no, 14 minutes...ack, 13 minutes; dang, 12 minutes...well, you get the idea. All factors are "GO" for a great day of fun, diving and charity tomorrow!

The swell is down, and from the southwest, and will stay that way through tomorrow. For those of you not usually into the "beach diving scene", this means that Malaga Cove, which is protected from the southwest, first by Catalina, and then by "The Hill", is set up for some GREAT dive conditions today and tomorrow, with next to no surf and (plankton bloom, permitting)good viz. Yes, surfers hate it, but you can't please everybody, eh?

And the weather prediction is everything the Chamber (of Commerce, not the Hypeberic), could want......sunny, highs in the mid-60's to low 70's, etc.....meaning you've got a great chance to work on your tan, but not roast like a turkey in your wetsuit between dives!. And the BBQ magicians with DiveVets will have plenty of food and drink there (how often do we have THAT at our dive sites?)....AND don't forget the DiveVets "sherpas" being provided to haul your gear up and down the Malaga hill for you! In other words, beach diving just doesn't get any cushier!

And the charitable cause is one of the best around......the chance to help one of our own. Think back: how many times has Jocko come through for us when we NEEDED a piece of gear? Time for a little payback, don't ya think?

Divers should be there around 8-ish to sign waivers and paperwork; bargain hunters should be there at least that early to check out the deals on the swap meet table....

So bring your checkbook (or cash); bring your SPF 40, bring your old dive gear for the swap meet, bring the family for a great day of fun, sun and diving, and we'll see ya there!

Tim F.

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