Saturday, February 16, 2008
Burning surfboards were seen on the beach outside the new TCH Extreme Sports store together with a sign encouraging Action surfboard owners to burn their Action surfboards! The fire and sign board, which read "PUBLIC BOARD BURN PILE, SAVE A SURFER, BURN AN ACTION SURF BOARD TODAY", were spotted by SurfWatch during the past few days. At time of posting it is believed that at least 15 Action surfboards have already been burnt.
"I put the bonfire on the beach to burn Action surfboards, because I don't believe in Action's product or its business practices," said ATown Fall, CEO of TCH Enterprises. "However, this is just a bit of fun, we have our new range of boards on show inside the store and are launching a board exchange program for people to exchange their old boards for new ones: even Action surfboards!"
Action Surf&Sk8te makes and sells mens and womens clothes, skins, hair and accessories, plus Action surfboards and skateboards with a big showroom located on Bushido Bay. According to some it is an enterprise founded on copying others' designs, scripts and business practices. Allegations against Action include copying designer clothing, surfboards, shop fittings and even advertising. "Action has continually ripped and taken things that Kaysha Sion and I have done," said Radical Twang, founder of Reaction, about his designs and those of Kaysha Sion's WRONG. "It all started with some guy in my roof saying 'Who the f**k is Radical Twang", 'You're all a bunch of nerds and fags', 'I know where you live' and other such language."
Obviously not put off by controversy, Action's hardhitting "Why Action Boards Rule!" signs appeared in its showroom last year comparing its boards with Namiko, Reaction, G&S and SJA boards. 'SUCKS' is written in red across the columns for the non-Action boards.
"They've tried to rip off board designs from several designers" said Radical. "However, I think its all been for nothing really: anyone who has tried an Action board knows what they are like."
Meanwhile, TCH Extreme Sports store offers only L$25 for Action surfboards as part of its second hand surfboard exchange program (for surfers buying new boards from its store). The store was careful to point out that it reviews its product sales every week and determines the current exchange rate on old boards and that the exchange rate does not reflect the quality of the board itself, rather sales trends and customer demand.
bobn4uyes Winkler, owner of Action Surf&Sk8te, was asked by SurfWatch for comment on this story and here it is: "How old are you? Burning boards? Don't involve me in kindergarden crap. Go stroke someone else while I spend my weekends on my local surf spot in RL not SL. (P.S. please don't let this stop your post, SLSA is known for noobs and wanna be surfers and this story fits)."
Update: 2130 SLT, 19 February 2008
Action Surf&Sk8te has now started its own bonfire outside the main Action Surf&Sk8te store, burning TCH surfboards! Enough said.
SLURL: TCH Extreme Sports
SLURL: Action Surf&Sk8te
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) directors announced via IM on Tuesday night that the SLSA Monkeh Barrel surfing competition scheduled for this Saturday 16 February had to be postponed. Forty surfing competitors, plus SLSA officials and spectators were expected to descend on Monkeh Barrel beach this weekend. Citing 'real life obligations and requirements' and its intent to provide the best experience for surfers, the association postponed the event until Saturday 23 February.
"Due to unexpected real life conflicts with a number of directors and supporting help we were concerned about the ability to provide a quality and enjoyable competition," Sierra Sugar, one of the SLSA directors explained to SurfWatch after the announcement. "As directors of an organisation that represents a large community its quite important to maintain a high standard for SLSA events. Unfortunately, real life does interfer with SL sometimes. Rather than completely let the surfers down with a botched event, we postponed it."
The VSA has now rescheduled its 20-competitor Surf Jam event that was scheduled for February 23rd at Majini Island to March 8th. "Surf Jams are a fun way for VSA surfers to stay on top of their game in between SLSA events and therefore we always try to remain flexible so as to best serve our surfers," said VW Sands, VSA Surf Jam organiser. "The event will now take place on Saturday 8 March. No worries!"
Story updated 0200 hrs SLT
URL: SLSA competition calendar
SLURL: Monkeh Barrel
SLURL: Majini Island