Saturday, August 16, 2008

LIVE RESULTS -- Boneyard

7.30am SLT 16 August 2008 -- SurfWatch is reporting live from Boneyard Beach and Alternation on the SLSA Reaction Shortboard Pro Surfing Competition -- Starting Saturday 16 August 2008 from 1100 hrs Second Life Time (SLT or PDT) or 1800 hrs GMT.


Boneyard has quickly gained a reputation as the hardest, most dangerous surf spot in Second Life, with a double pipeline break rolling into a rock reef bay with rock hazards that stick out of the water. 40 surfers are taking part in the competition, which is expected to take place over a five hour period on Saturday starting at 11am SLT and ending sometime after 4pm. SurfWatch will post the latest competition heat draws, semi finals results and finals results for the Reaction Shortboard Pro Surfing Competition.

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Lag concerns dog Boneyard

Boneyard and SLSA comb the sim for scripts and objects

Lag concerns are top of mind with competition surfers ahead of Saturday's SLSA Reaction Shortboard Pro at Boneyard. 40 surfers are expected to take part in the surfing competition, which takes place on what is widely publicised as the most dangerous surf break in Second Life.

"Laggy. Riding through hell!" said one surfer practising at Boneyard on Friday. "This lag is gonna be a killer," added another surfer.

However, a lot has changed at Boneyard over the past 12 hours and sim owners and SLSA officials have been systematically going through objects on the sim to improve sim performance prior to Saturday's event.

"There have been numerous questions about extra scripts or objects that aren't needed for the competition, such as the falling coconuts, pool table, seagulls, sharks etc." said Radical Twang, SLSA director and co-owner of Boneyard Beach. "Things are being cleaned up for the competition to reduce lag. However, people need to remember it's also a public sim that needs to be presentable, and can't just take everything out so people can surf better on an empty sim of water."

"I've spent the whole day, working closely with Heather Goodliffe and Sally LaSalle cleaning up every script we can, the sim is now only using 0.7ms all up in scripts, which is reasonably low, the sim dilation is averaging 98 now, and the sim FPS is averaging around 40. Which is all a fair competition standard now," added Radical.

SurfWatch has also heard that the waves at Boneyard are running a little faster than before the weekend, meaning that surfers will have to make adjustments so as not to lose momentum on the wave and 'belly'.

"This will be like no other competiton, because of the hazards," comments Kimmy Leroux, whilst looking at her cuts and bruises. "More like real life that way. Makes me happy."

The contest starts at 1100 hrs SLT (1800 hrs GMT) Saturday 16 August 2008 at Boneyard Beach (spectators stands are on the adjacent Alternation sim).

Photo credit: Ashleigh Dickins

Useful links
SurfWatch: Heats drawn for first Season II event (14 Aug 08)
SurfWatch: Cautious welcome for new SLSA team rules (11 Aug 08)
SurfWatch: SLSA 2008 Season II surf breaks announced 30 Jul 08)
SurfWatch: Surf's up at Boneyard! (2 Jul 08)
SLURL: Boneyard
SLURL: Spectators stands for Boneyard

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Heats drawn for first Season II event

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) has drawn the heat line-ups for what is now called the Reaction Shortboard Pro surfing competition at Boneyard, which takes place at 1100 hrs SLT (1800 hrs GMT) Saturday 16 August 2008.

"Well... Boneyard will be tricky," said Desirae Beaumont (see pic, right), winner of the last event of 2008 Season I and ranked number two in the Season I table. "Surfers may have to concentrate more on control and less on tricks due to the conditions at Boneyard."

A number of surfers have harboured concerns about lag at Boneyard, although the SLSA has assured competitors that all unnesessary scripts will be turned off, the sharks will be scared off the reef and that Boneyard will be restricted to competitors and officials for the duration of the competition.

The full complement of 40 surfers are expected to take part in 2008 Season II's inaugural event, including 12 competitors new to the SLSA event circuit. Preliminary heats will be judged on three waves per competitor, while semi finals and final heats will be judged on four waves per rider.

HEAT 1 - 11:00 am
Pova Rustamova (RED)
Carolin Gausman (BLUE)
Socks Clawtooth (GREEN)
Fungus Kamachi (ORANGE)
Dharma Austin (PURPLE)

2 - 11:25 am
Desirae Beaumont (RED)
Mick Lunasea (BLUE)
Mateus Rieko (GREEN)
Egon Zimminy (ORANGE)
Jes Luik (PURPLE)

3 - 11:50 am
Colleen Brennan (RED)
Cipriano Grut (BLUE)
Express Zenovka (GREEN)
Monq Pinklady (ORANGE)
Rachelle Seetan (PURPLE)

HEAT 4 - 12:15 pm
Abel Halderman (RED)
LeahJane Cazalet (BLUE)
Kimmy Leroux (GREEN)
WickedV Carver (ORANGE)
Kim Henig (PURPLE)

HEAT 5 - 12:40 pm
VW Sands (RED)
Wilfrid DeCuir (BLUE)
Selina Otsuka (GREEN)
Mychel Daviau (ORANGE)
Cymindra Deschanel (PURPLE)

HEAT 6 - 1:05 pm
Desne Aabye (RED)
Carlos MacAlpine (BLUE)
Alexsurfer Hirons (GREEN)
Aimee35 Mandel (ORANGE)
Bonheur Chenaux (PURPLE)

7 - 1:30 pm
Bobbi Laval (RED)
Crusader Arado (BLUE)
Mysti Trevellion (GREEN)
Countess Decosta (ORANGE)
Robin Mapp (PURPLE)

8 - 1:55 pm
QUENCH Spotter (RED)
Buffy Munro (BLUE)
Jaay Zymurgy (GREEN)
Aspen Parx (ORANGE)
Sunrize Mornington (PURPLE)

Notes: The (COLOUR) in brackets denotes the colour of the surfer's competition shirt. The heats draw may always be subject to last minute changes.

Surfers contacts: Milo Voss

Photo credit: Tauri Tigerpaw

Note on heat draws: changes have been made to the heat draws listed above and the updated list will be available on SurfWatch Results Saturday morning SLT (16 Aug 08).

Useful links

SurfWatch: Cautious welcome for new SLSA team rules (11 Aug 08)
SurfWatch: SLSA 2008 Season II surf breaks announced (30 Jul 08)
SurfWatch: Surf's up at Boneyard! (2 Jul 08)
SurfWatch: INTERVIEW -- Desirae Beaumont (19 Jun 08)
SLURL: Boneyard
SLURL: Spectators stands for Boneyard

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cautious welcome for new SLSA team rules

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) announced in its online forum Sunday that teams would be admitted from the first SLSA 2008 Season II competition at Boneyard next weekend. Reactions from Second Life competition surfers have been mixed. Surfers contacted by SurfWatch agreed that officially recognising teams was a good first step for the SLSA, although some had some reservations about different aspects of a team league table.

"I feel, while teams bring people together and deepen the sense of community here in the Second Life surfing world, that forcing teams to compete against each other for rankings and bragging rights highlights things that are counterproductive to the overall feeling that we as a community are trying to create," said Craig Stallion, Misfit Ring Leader and former SLSA director, who was careful to point out that his comments were personal opinion and not made on behalf of his whole team. "I just hope that we do not see an atmosphere that could foster the wrong kind of competitiveness in the surfing community."

New SLSA team competition rules

Whilst the regulations for recognising teams were published in the proposed - and since adopted - SLSA constitution on 29 July 2008, the event rules on team participation in competitions and the awarding of scores to teams seem to have appeared for the first time in Sunday's forum post (see text, above).

Teams have been requested by the SLSA to register no more than 5 members each for the next competition. Scores from the top three highest scoring competitors from each team will then be aggregated to calculate a team score for the competition. In the case of a tie, the winning team will be decided by the team with the highest placed surfer. First, second and third place teams scores will now be routinely announced at 2008 Season II competitions.

"Well, it's great news, but there are some obvious concerns," said ONeill Auer, Cornish Surf Team Captain. "In principle, it might be good for surfers to win points for their team. However, what's stopping all the 'best surfers' joining the 'best team' in the future? Second Life is a small world. For me, surfing is fun as a team surfer or a stand alone surfer and so I hope that surfing teams stay fun. Only time will tell, so let's wait until next year and see how many teams are left."

"I think it is a step into a right direction. Seeing teams competing against each other will add a new level of sport excitement to the SLSA events," said Abel Halderman, co-captain for Team Tsunami.

"I was one of the supporters of recognizing surf teams all along. For Reef Riders this gives us another chance to represent Project Children, the charity organisation we represent, so I am very excited about that," said Bobbi Laval, Team Captain for the Reef Riders. "By only scoring top three finishers from each team, that gives smaller teams like ours a chance to compete equally with the bigger teams. Only letting the first 5 team members that register be eligible to score points, I am not sure how well that will work out. Only time will tell, but it is a great start and I am happy about it."

Useful links
SurfWatch: New constitution voted in (9 Aug 08)
SurfWatch: SLSA 2008 Season II surf breaks announced (30 Jul 08)
SurfWatch: SLSA overhauls its constitution (29 Jul 08)
URL: Team competition rules (SLSA Forum post)
URL: New constitution (PDF file)
URL: SLSA Website