Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sock's spot of the week - Nymphs Beach

By Socks Clawtooth, Senior Furry Correspondent.

After talking with some people, apparently I've got the 'privateer' reputation down now. It's to the point that I've been told that the surf doesn't exist 'till I find it. Well, yeah, I spend a lot of time on Second Life looking for new breaks and new places to go, but come on... I can't have found them all!

I wrote the Rough Guide list as a live document, but even then I only put out an update every three months. A lot of cool places pop up in the meanwhile, and I'd like to share them before the guide updates again. So this isn't a full fledged review of a surfing location. Think of it as a postcard from the grid. A cool surf spot that deserves a little highlighting. Some of these will be 'old' places that are well underloved, some you can still get the new wave smell from the break. But either way, it's a fun place that makes a fun change of pace from your favorite sim.
So this week, I want to kick things off with an underloved sim that's been around a long time, Nymphs Beach.

I've known
Nymphs Beach for a long time, but every time I go nobody else seems to be there. It's a shame too, it's a spectacular surf area. Loaners are on the beach for new people, but no stores, no groups, just the waves. And at night there's a spectacular bonfire on the West side of the sim. In fact, this was the first place I'd ever been on a shortboard in Second Life, as a loaner.

The break runs diagonally, to get the most distance out of the pipe and fluffy. The pipes are also unsynched, so you can play around on them as they come to shore. Very much a no-nonsense surf sim. It's got a nice feel to it, quiet. If you need to practice your riding technique, this is a great place to do it and be left pretty much to your own devices. The area is also spectacular to hang out in too. A great retreat into the woods, some exploring will reward you with a nice waterfall, as well as a few other nice places. Oh, and the sim is still near Helio and Black River Harbor, so don't be afraid to look around there too.

Useful links
SurfWatch: Sock's Rough Guide to Second Life Surfing (July)

SurfWatch Surf Reports: Black River Harbor: surfing serenity (20 Mar 08)

Nymphs Beach
SLURL: Heliopolis
SLURL: Black River Harbor

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wilfrid widens his lead

Ranked just 18th at the end of the Second Life Surfing Association's 2008 Season I, Wilfrid DeCuir's first place at the Chi Shortboard Pro is now his second win in the Season II competition calendar. Wilfrid started Season II with a big win at Boneyard, but only secured 5th place at the next SLSA event at Morant Cays in September. However, his Chi win and the 1,000 points that comes with it has certainly helped consolidate his lead in the SLSA competition rankings.

Meanwhile, whilst Desirae Beaumont retains her second place in the SLSA rankings, there has been some movement in the rest of the table. Express Zenovka has jumped six places from 9th to take the number three position in the table. QUENCH Spotter has moved down from 3rd place to 4th place and Bobbi Laval has moved down from 4th place to 5th place in the Season II rankings.

The SLSA announced the post-Chi Surfboard Pro surf team table results on Sunday, with Team Tsunami rising up two places and knocking Reef Riders off from the top of the table. Reef Riders are now second place in the team table, with Vibrations Surf Team coming in third.

Useful links
SurfWatch Results: Chi Shortboard Pro Results
SurfWatch: Top surfers vie for Chi title (17 Oct 08)
SurfWatch: Registrations open for Chi Island event (11 Oct 08)
SurfWatch: SLSA 2008 Season II surf breaks announced (30 Jul 08)
SurfWatch Surf Reports: Chi, unique surf breaks with a touch of Zen
URL: SLSA 2008 Season II Rankings
URL: SLSA Team Table (SLSA Forum)
SLURL: Chi Island