Saturday, September 6, 2008

Surfing calendar September-October 2008

Surfing competitions

VSA Surf Jam 7

Saturday 13 September 2008, 1100 hrs SLT (1800 hrs GMT)

Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) Surf Jam 7 takes place 11am SLT Saturday 13 September 2008 on Majini Island, Bishara Resorts. Open to VSA members only.

Surfers contact: VW Sands

SLURL: Majini Island

ABSSL Surf Circuit (3rd stage)
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September 2008 1000 hours SLT (1400 hrs BRT)

The Associação Brasileira de Surf no Second Life (Brazilian Second Life Surfing Association) or ABSSL will hold the third event in its 2008 surfing event circuit on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September at Crab Island.

Surfers contact: leogarto Burt

SLURL Crab Island

Surf City Open
Sunday 14 September 2008, 1100 hrs SLT (1800 hrs GMT)

Surf City hosts the Surf City Open at Surf City South beach on Sunday 14 September 2008 starting at 11am. The competition will take place on Surf City South's double pipleline break and board-choice is wide open. The competition will also be judged by a panel of three real life surfers.

Surfers contact: monq Pinklady

SLURL: Surf City South

SLSA Shortboard Competition at Morant Cays
Saturday 20 September 2008 1100 hrs SLT (18 00 hrs GMT)

September's Second Life Surfing Association's (SLSA's) surfing competition for shortboards on the Epic wave at Morant Cays. This competition takes place at 11am SLT Saturday 20 September 2008. Only SLSA surfers may compete. Open for all spectators.

Surfers contact: Ashleigh Dickins

SLURL: Morant Cays

TCH Surfers Open 3

Saturday 27 September 2008 1215 hrs SLT (1915 hrs GMT)

The third TCH Surfers Open competition will take place at 12.15pm SLT on Saturday 27 September 2008 at Saba Island, TCH Estates.Competition open to all entries on a first-come-first-served basis.

Surfers contact: Locksley Blitzstein

SLURL: TCH Estates

VSA Surf Jam 8

Saturday 11 October 2008, 1100 hrs SLT (1800 hrs GMT)

Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) Surf Jam 8 takes place 11am SLT Saturday 11 October 2008 on Majini Island, Bishara Resorts. Open to VSA members only.

Surfers contact: VW Sands

SLURL: Majini Island

SLSA Shortboard Surfing Competition at Chi Island

Saturday 18 October 2008, 1100 hrs SLT (1800 hrs GMT)

October's Second Life Surfing Association's (SLSA's) surfing competition takes surfers back to where it all started: Chi Island, which hosted Second Life's first ever surfing competition in March 2007. This competition takes place on Saturday 18 October at 11am SLT on Chi's main pipeline surfing break. Only SLSA surfers may compete. Open for all spectators.

Surfers contact: Ashleigh Dickins

SLURL: Chi Island

TCH Surfers Open 4

Saturday 25 October 2008 1215 hrs SLT (1915 hrs GMT)

The fourth TCH Surfers Open competition will take place at 12.15pm SLT on Saturday 25 October 2008 at Saba Island, TCH Estates.Competition open to all entries on a first-come-first-served basis.

Surfers contact: Locksley Blitzstein

SLURL: TCH Estates

Surfing lessons

Bishara Surf School (weekly)

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 1000-1300 hrs SLT (1700-2000 hrs GMT)

Established two years ago now, Bishara Surf School (on the East side of Majini Island) offers open surfing classes with a maximum of two students per instructor. One-on-one coaching can be arranged by appointment. Instructors include long-time SL surfing instructor Slave Lacey, Bishara Estates Manager VW Sands, Vibrations surf team captain Buffy Munro or Vibrations co-captain QUENCH Spotter. Lessons are free, donations to the sim appreciated.

Surfers contact: Slave Lacey, VW Sands, Buffy Munro or QUENCH Spotter

SLURL: Majini Island

TCH Surf Classes (weekly)

Saturdays 1500 hrs SLT (2200 hrs GMT)

TCH Surf Classes have been designed to allow people new to Second Life surfing a chance to work with an experienced surfer to learn the basics of surfing. These classes cover general surfing skills, plus a few surfing tricks to help new surfers on their way to becoming competition surfers.

Surfers contact: Locksley Blitzstein

SLURL: TCH Estates

Did Imelda Marcos surf?

By Socks Clawtooth, Senior Furry Correspondent.

I was over at Hedonism, just to get away from the crowds more than anything else. They have a bunch of custom boards for sale there, and some nice designs. I like to try to support surf sims by buying stuff at the vendors. It's weird logic, but it works for me. If I can't find a donation box, I donate indirectly. It works.

And as I was debating between two styles, it suddenly hit me. How many surfboards do I really need? I know, it's Second Life. Part of the fun here is buying stuff. I'm partially convinced a lot of people are here to play a high-tech version of 'dress up dolls' and wear clothing they either could never afford or never would dare to wear in real life. But that brings me back to the surfboards. How many does one
really, honestly, need?

The most correct answer is none, as most surf beaches have loaners there. But, that's no fun. If you ride SLSA, you only really need two. A long board, a short board, you're set for all seasons. But, ya know... It's never that simple. Never.

First night in Second Life, I was surfing on a loaner from The Weather Channel. It took a few weeks to find my next surf beach, which I think was Chi. And much to my horror, my
The Weather Channel surfboard destructed at Chi. But they had loaners, but I wanted my own. It took a few weeks of searching, camping, begging and pleading, but I scraped up enough to by my first board. Now the question was 'what to get?' I rode loaners after loaners, then spent three days tracking down a place tom buy the exact board I wanted: a Reaction 'Paint Spill'. And believe me, it was not easy at the time.

Then slowly, surely, I bought more boards. A Namiko, a Surfline longboard, an Analog. A few others that I regret now, but hey I thought they were bargains! Then around the time Havok-4 came about I was more involved in the competition side of things. Thanks to the SLSA I got my first shortboard, which was Havok4 friendly. And like anything else, you just pick up boards from here and there. You get some cash, you buy a cool new board. Placed high in a competition, get a board. I'm bored, get a board.

So now I've got boards that are graphics retro, have flames, have cool graphics and plain graphics, some that are just cool by their base look, woodies, foamies, fishes and guns, longboards, shortboards, really long boards... At my count I have about 24 now. And that's not counting unusable boards or copy boards that I rez to the water and not really out of my inventory. I save those for privateer rides, but that's another story. Not to mention the fun accessories, like the 'surfboard wax'.

But really, how many do I need? I mean easily 15 of those boards are dusty now, a few I never updated to Havok4, a few I just don't use because I like the newer shapes more. I'm not quite at the 'Imelda Marcos stage' (Google it, I dare ya!) but it's getting there. Do I need 24 surfboards? Well, yeah! It's kind of nice to invite a friend to try surfing anywhere on the grid, and be able to toss down a nice board for them to use. It's even handier to be able to convert it to 'beginner' mode for people who can't walk and chew gun at the same time. And even more importantly, it's nice to be able to paddle in to the beach and pull out a different board if your current one doesn't feel right while your riding.

But choices make for problems sometimes. In real life, I only own one snowboard for this reason. I grab it and go riding. If I had three, I'd spend way too long figuring out which one to take to the hill. Thankfully, in Second Life, I can take all by boards with me everywhere so there's no transport problem. But sometimes, I look at my inventory and try to figure out what I want to use, and I end up using one of a few I always love to.

That being said, I bought a new board at Hedonism. A woodie, I like a good woodie. Very retro and I'm into that. It was a toss up between the turtle and the shark. After finding out that Kamohoali'i taught man how to surf, I figured that was good enough reason to get the shark style! Hey, gotta give thanks in whatever way I can, ya know?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SLSA elects new directors

Tauri Tigerpaw and VW Sands join SLSA board

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) members voted in two new board directors this week. Tauri Tigerpaw and VW Sands will now join Ashleigh Dickins, Colleen Brennan and Sally LaSalle on the SLSA board, replacing outgoing directors Milo Voss and Radical Twang who have both now served their full terms.

"I really want to thank Rad and Milo on behalf of the membership for sticking with it and keeping the SLSA going though some difficult times," said Sally LaSalle, SLSA director. "Those boys have done a lot of work behind the scenes, a lot of which goes unnoticed."

Rad and Milo were voted on to the SLSA board in March 2008 and helped steer the SLSA through the Havok4 code change in April/May, which proved to be a major upset for Second Life surfing, and through the SLSA's constitutional crisis in May, not to mention adjusting to the unexpected disappearance of Ritch Goalpost in March soon after he was elected.
Rad and Milo will be now be designated as 'SLSA Advisors'.

According to the SLSA, 39 eligible SLSA voters cast their vote this week. VW Sands received 38 votes, Tauri Tigerpaw received 30 votes and Rianne McCullough received 10 votes.

"I would like to thank the SLSA members for allowing me the chance to serve the surfing community as a director in the SLSA," said VW, who is also Bishara Estate Manager and Vibrations Surf Team Owner. "I´m looking forward to the challenges and I hope I can be as efficient as the directors that served before me. Thanks again!"

"Through working on interviews and articles for SurfWatch, I've gotten a front row seat from the players involved in the start up and continued growth of Second Life surfing," said Tauri (see pic right). "Charting the history of where it came from and looking forward with excitement to wherever it could be headed, I'm thrilled to be a part of it and honoured to be a part of the SLSA."

"I am really looking forward to working with VW and Tauri, both of whom are already great contributors to the sport, I'm sure they will bring some fresh ideas and enthusiam and it should be a really fun team to work with," added Sally. "Finally thanks to Rianne who missed out this time, but she is already doing a great job as an SLSA judge."

Updated 21.00hrs SLT, 3 September 2008

Useful links

SurfWatch: Tauri Tigerpaw (Blogger Profile)
SurfWatch: New SLSA constitution voted in (9 Aug 08)
SurfWatch: SLSA overhauls its constitution (29 Jul 08)
SurfWatch: INTERVIEW -- VW Sands (7 May 08)
URL: SLSA website

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Colleen clinches Surf Jam 6

Colleen Brennan won one of the closest surfing contests of 2008 at Majini Island last weekend, beating the competition by just a decimal place to take first place at the Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) Surf Jam 6. "The competition was incredibly tough, amazingly close, but a tonnes of fun!" confirmed Colleen (see pic, right) after the event.

Second place Crusader Arado was awarded one of the two highest scores in the preliminary heats (18.50) and then scored high again in the semi-finals with a 18.75, with Bonheur Chanaux Colleen both scoring 18.875. All three surfed consistently well throughout Surf Jam 6, but in the end there had to be a winner and Colleen managed to squeeze past Cru's finals score of 18.375 by 0.41 points, with Bon coming third with 18.00.

Colleen and Crusader came first and second respectively at the TCH Surfers Open earlier in August, although neither made the finals at the SLSA's first Season II event at Boneyard with Colleen getting knocked out in the heats and Crusader finishing in the semis. However, there must be a few people asking 'where the... did
Bonheur Chanaux come from?' Bonheur didn't compete in SLSA 2008 Season I at all, but was nominated as one of the Reef Riders Surf Team's five designated team scorers at Boneyard finishing with a sixth place and now taking a very respectable third at Surf Jam 6. One to watch out for in September's competitions!

1. Colleen Brennan ( 18.785 points)
2. Crusader Arado ( 18.375 points)
3. Bonheur Chanaux ( 18.00 points)
4. Carolin Gausman ( 17.25 points)

Photo credit: Wilfrid DeCuir

Useful links
SurfWatch Results: VSA Surf Jam 30 Aug 08 -- FINAL HEAT RESULTS
SurfWatch: VSA draws Surf Jam heats (28 Aug 08)
SurfWatch: Surfing Calendar - August-September 2008
SurfWatch: Buffy wins big at Surf Jam! (8 Mar 08)
SurfWatch: ONeill Crowned VSA Surf Jam champ! (2 Feb 2008)
SurfWatch: SURF REPORT -- Majini Island
SLURL: Bishara Beach (spectator area for the VSA Surf Jam)