Thursday, June 11, 2009

SL Relationships - Ask Dr. Love

Editors note: Surfers...love...sand...sun...love...party...uh, love...ya, we know surfers love the wave and surfers love the beach bunnies and the beach boys. So along with the sims, the waves, the boards, the people, the fashions, etc., SurfWatch is dipping it's toes into the saltwater of SL looooove. We welcome Dr. Love to our staff to give us some advice and wisdom on our SL passion after surfing - love. It's all about da looOOoooove....

Letter from a reader:

Dear Dr. Love:

I have a bit of a dilemma. I have met the man of my dreams with the help of SL. It is heading further than just SL, and I hope we will be married in RL very soon!!

However, my dilemma is this: I come from a family of worriers! I am no child - I'm in my 20's - but that does not make my family worry about me any less. I wondered if you or anyone else out there can give me advice on how to tell your family that you are going to visit someone you have met off the internet. My family really do not understand SL either!

Help will be very much appreciated,
Anon Y Mous


Dear Anon:

First of all, you're lucky to have such a great family that care so much and worry about your well being. I can help you with this because I, too, have a personal family member who has done exactly what you're planning to do! Small world, isn't it, whether it be SL or RL.

You're a female and in your 20s and getting ready to travel to meet the person you have fallen in love with. From my experience, this is how you should approach this RL experience as a start. Have this man come to meet a few of your friends in a public place. Have him come to you, not the other way around! This is important, and it's simply a matter of using your better judgment! Your friends can meet this man, ask some questions, and just get a feel as to the type of person he is. If he is that serious about starting an RL with you, and he doesn't have a wife and kids at home, this will not matter to him one bit! He can spend the night in a hotel while you get together with your friends to discuss the meeting and make your decision. I would still suggest that you do not meet him alone in a private setting. If you choose to meet him the next day, bring a friend with you to a restaurant or some other public place. If the sparks are flying, set another date you two can meet and have some alone time.

Good luck with your SL man of your dreams, Anon! Hopefully, this romance continues into your RL! Tell your family you are having him come to meet you on your turf and that you will have friends evaluating this person for you. I think this approach will put them more at ease. Remember - he must come to you!!! Be cautious, be smart, use your common sense. If this is the right guy, you'll have your entire life together!
Dr. Love




Heat Draw for SLSA Final Comp of 2009 Season 1

The heat draws for the final competition of SLSA 2009 Season 1 to be held at Topanga Canyon on Saturday, June 13, starting at 11:AM SLT:

Heat 1:
Red - Desirae Beaumont
Blue - Bonheur Chenaux
Green - Abel Halderman
Orange - Robin Mapp
Purple - Bodhi Lowtide
Black - MarkFoo Waverider

Heat 2:
Red - SexyBoy Oh
Blue - Buffy Munro
Green - Noie Randt
Orange - Kimmy Jigsaw
Purple - Selina Otsuka
Black - Kohana Schimmer

Heat 3:
Red - Colleen Brennan
Blue - Cipriano Grut
Green - Mojo Manamiko
Orange - Jac Mornington
Purple - Dixson Martian

Heat 4:
Red - Bobbi Laval
Blue - Triston Mayo
Green - Kim Henig
Orange - Basalia Flow
Purple - Cymindra Deschanel

Heat 5:
Red - Wilfred DeCuir
Blue - Monq Pinklady
Green - Bo Ohmai
Orange - Sean Azambuja
Purple - Mateus Rieko

Heat 6:
Red - Sunrize Mornington
Blue - Quench Spotter
Green - Jes Luik
Orange - Sweetcajan Voom
Purple - Lynda Mimulus

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SL Relationships


Editors note: Surfers...love...sand...sun...love...party...uh, love...ya, we know surfers love the wave and surfers love the beach bunnies and the beach boys. So along with the sims, the waves, the boards, the people, the fashions, etc., SurfWatch is dipping it's toes into the saltwater of SL looooove. We welcome Dr. Love to our staff to give us some advice and wisdom on our SL passion after surfing - love. It's all about da looOOoooove....


By Dr. Love

Where to begin! Ok, all you gorgeous SL avatars, this inaugural little column is going to be strictly about relationships in SL. Whether you've been in SL for years or if you're a "noob", hopefully, this column will help clear up and explain relationships in SL. Most importantly, these relationships are REAL so don't kid yourself in thinking, oh, hell, this is only make believe, it's only a game! If you take that path, you are in for a rude awakening!

For starters, if you haven't noticed, everyone in SL - all us avatars - are 25 years old and drop-dead gorgeous! What this accomplishes is that we seek out avis that will talk to us, share niceties and maybe some RL personal thoughts so we can get to know the person behind the avi that much better without the, well, she or he is prettier than her or him syndrome! There aren't any "ugly" avis in SL - physically I mean (unless by choice!). There are "ugly" personalities, tho, so be careful. In most cases, early on in this "relationship, it's simply making friends, usually with someone of the opposite sex, unless you are something other than heterosexual, that's your choice, of course.

SL time flies at the speed of light, people! Get used to this! It will amaze every one of you with how fast a relationship moves. In my humble opinion, here's the SL timeline as compared to RL:

SLT 1 day = 1 week in RL
SLT 1 week = 1 month in RL
SLT 1 month = 3 months in RL

Okay, you get the idea, and you can do the math for yourself.

When you find "that" person in SL, the one you think about while you're not even in SL! YOU HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY THE SL LOVE BUG! Now you start asking for a RL picture so you can even further fantasize while you're spending time with your gorgeous, built like a woman from you wildest fantasy, SL avatar! Fellas, and ladies, you are so screwed - lol! Having said that, there is potential for an amazing, roller coaster love fest that even you can't imagine. This will take your breath away. If you're not careful, if you both don't talk and be honest with each other, you will crash...VERY HARD. Believe me, folks, the hurt is real!

Well, there's not enough room here or time in the day to completely explain this phenomenon but rest assured, if the powers that be allow this humble writer and experienced SL guy to continue with future columns, man, can I help you all! (smiles) Until next time, I take my leave with this thought for the day..."Be good humans and respect each other."


If you would like to submit a topic, question, or need advice on an SL love situation, contact Tauri Tigerpaw and we'll pass it on to Dr. Love for a future column or leave your question in the comments section - this is one place we will take your anonymous comments.

SLSA HALL OF FAME NOMINEES

2009 Season 1 ends with the Saturday, June 13th, Round 2 final competition of the season. The SLSA is now accepting nominations for the SLSA Hall of Fame. If there's someone you believe deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of their efforts in support of SL surfing, go to the SLSA website and submit their name. www.surfslsa.com.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Metaverse United Surfers Tour


Clarke Torok recently contacted SurfWatch with some breaking news on a new SL surfing tour and the organization running it, MUST, the Metaverse United Surfers Tour. Clarke is the winner of the December 2007 SL Triple Crown of Surfing - an event many newcomers to the SL surf scene may not be familiar with. SurfWatch sat down with the controversial Clarke to find out exactly what this breaking news was and to get some information on his SL surfing background and history.

SurfWatch: Tell us about the Dec 2007 SL Triple Crown of Surfing.
Clarke Torok: I had the idea kicking around for some time after surfing in several competitions and discussing it with Phelan James, Hedonism Isle owner whom I designed, built and ran the surf sims for, and the late Thor Bishop, may you R.I.P. brother, don't think you are forgotten. I had noticed many things that were very inconsistent and wanted to change them but felt the organization policies though say all members have an equal say, they really don't. So I had enlisted the help from some other very talented people of Action who I had grown close to in SL. Smooth Hammerer, Ashleigh Dickins, VW Sands and a few of the sponsors jumped in to help, as well as sponsor, like Misty Gentil (former Club Genesis) and Radical Twang (Reaction).

SW: Where did the concept of this tour originate?
CT: The SL Triple Crown of Surfing, the TC as we called it, originated from my idea while Smooth, Ashleigh and I were sitting around Smooth's bar at his house. I had brought it up once before while we were discussing other issues with Lazarus Longstaff of the former Heliopolis surfing sims.

SW: Who won?
CT: The Grand Finale held at Hedonism's Kahuna Beach, home of the fist epic waves in SL, proved to be just that - grand!! In a very heated, though very close fight for the right to be crowned King or Queen of the Crown, between Pieda Allen, Timbo Flanagan, and myself in the final stage of the 3 event series. Pieda and Timbo had both won an event, the Swell Suicide, first event at Hedonism Isle, went to Pieda. Timbo took the Pipe Thrasher at Majini (we asked for a special request of having the epics shut off for that event). I had just surfed very consistently with a 2nd and 3rd place finish. So the final had alot of suspense and lots of pressure. I stayed consistent and finished second in the event to Ashleigh Dickins (who had no factor on the outcome but surfed great) and edged Timbo who finished 3rd. Pieda missed one final round which proved costly to him winning with a 5th place finish.

SW: What board types and waves?
CT: We used epics and pipes which was most common at the time and left boards to HG scripted boards. One event was shortboard, one was long, and one was surf your favorite.

SW: Who were the judges?
CT: VW Sands was the head judge and Sizz Ling was the other but due to the holidays as the event was contested over the first 3 Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we had to have a replacement for VW in the final event provided by one of our sponsors for the day. Sheep Cheney replaced VW as judge.

SW: What kind of scoring system was used?
CT: The scoring system was a best 3 of 5 wave total based on a 1-10 point scale in Round 1 and 2. The final round of each event, the points were doubled for the final 5 surfers at all 3 competitions, so it paid off to make the finals. This gave all surfers 3 total scores which were then added together for the series total. Highest 3 event total became King or Queen of the Crown.

SW: Who participated?
CT: I would love to name everyone but I'm already talking alot, and we have alot more to cover. The TC by the numbers had 66 surfers register, 53 of which surfed in at least one event of the series. 28 surfed all 3. It was not required to surf all 3, but if you wanted to win prize money, you had to surf at least 2, one of which had to be the final.

SW: Why was this event non-SLSA sanctioned?
CT: There was no need to have sanctioning. We had a smaller crew of people who pulled off the highly doubted yet highest spectator total and highest surfer registration and participation yet to be recorded in SL.

SW: What do you mean by, it was the "largest and most open" surf event?
CT: What I mean is just that - there is no need to limit ourselves here or anywhere for that matter, in SL or in RL lives, so why do it? Fear is why. Fear the unknown, fear of change, fear of the new. Any real surfer knows that if you fear what you are doing, you end up a sitting duck in the water. So I set goals for the TC to accomplish. The largest event was one which it was and still rivals the records of any other surfing event. And the best part: we did it between the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there was no room for error or not having things ready. I'm a perfectionist and an artist on the water when I surf in RL, so why wouldn't I be here? I also opened the doors for global surfing representation in one event, breaking language barriers at the same time. Another goal was to invite the best surfers from all parts of the globe, and we had a huge influx of Japanese speaking surfers thanks, in part, to the JSLSA and Analog Jun of Analog Surf. I came up with a babbler relay system for the announcements to be made in Japanese as well as English and any other language surfers chose to hear them in. The TC also introduced the electronic scoreboard system as seen to this day at almost every SL surfing competition held.

Most of the concepts, ideas, and a large part of the philosophy of the Triple Crown were later adopted by the SLSA in a key moment where they almost died as an organization by Ashleigh Dickins. She used the knowledge she learned from the TC to make a difference. Yet not to brag about her, but its massive impact in saving the SLSA has brought them the longest lasting surfing organization in SL, though their refusal for enough change and adaptation limited her efforts and still limits them today!

SW: How were you crowned "king" of the SL Triple Crown of Surfing?
CT: I beat the world of SL's best surfers, not just the ones from SLSA or VSA or JSLSA or even the Brazilian Surfing Association, but the best from all of them at the time. And I have a goal of doing it some more. I have yet to retire from surfing in RL or SL and probably will never retire. As long as I can paddle out and pop up on that beautiful board deck and shred some water then ride it out to the beach, I'm in heaven.

SW: Where have you been since that time (Dec 2007)?
CT: I was in RL building up my young company to get it ready to sell.

SW: Why come forward now?
CT: I had kept in close contact with Smooth Hammerer as we have other businesses we are partners in, and he asked me to come back to finish what we set out to do with the TC, which we will also be discussing.

SW: What is the Metaverse United Surfers Tour?
CT: It's all in the name. Most of the questions will be answered in the press release.

SW: Who is a part of that organization?
CT: Anyone who surfs in the metaverse. The metaverse is not just SL. It includes all virtual reality world games such as Legend City, OpenSim and many others and will include everyone within each. Some worlds allow SL link thru for transferring currency in either direction and even same name transfer capabilities. So we didn't want to limit ourselves to just SL when we chose the name. Besides, why set limits when possibilities are endless? It's for the surfers, by the surfers. All group members can create proposals and vote on them. But a proposal is just that - proposed - and a vote doesn't mean it'll fit the "open vision". So if it puts a limit on the future growth potential albeit marketing, competition rules or any other aspect, it will be tossed in the trash no matter what the vote outcome. We are creating a realistic surfing tour much like the ASP and the ISA do, only with less rules and alot more fun thru our progressive formats that will be introduced and tour set up.

SW: Who are the sponsors of this event?
CT: We are still going thru our choosing process from all of the sponsor requests we have been given. We aren't here to chase anyone to sponsor, but if you would like to make a request, please feel free to contact me via IM and drop me a notecard or an email: clarke.torok@gmail.com.

SW: Will this event be sanctioned by the SLSA, VSA, or any of the other established surfing organizations?
CT: I'm not sure how this question makes sense but no (laughs). Are you serious? MUST has no concern with the SLSA or VSA. It is a much bigger thought-out attempt at a larger scale with pure visionary goals in mind. It would serve no purpose to be sanctioned when we are licensed and trademarked. So what exactly would they be sanctioning again?

SW: What are the future plans of this group?
CT: The near future holds the completion of our website being professionally designed as we speak, the sponsor pack deliveries and registration, and the release of our event schedule which will include a sponsor selection showcase at the end of June, date and time TBA (contact C. Torok for more information.)

SW: What exactly is the "tour" going to consist of?
CT: All encompassing, the Metaverse World Tour level surfer competes for money, is sponsored, and they or their sponsor pays their tour annual membership and entry fee. So it pays to surf for sponsorship! And the World Tour Qualifying Series is the free level of competition. Surfers will enjoy the same benefits of world tour surfers for the competition. The only difference is they don't have proposal creation or voting rights since they don't have to be group members for this level of competition, tho it is recommended. They can always upgrade their membership by earning their way in since the top 3 from the WTQS season points total will be given the minimum sponsor contract for the following season in the World Tour.

SW: Who are the officials running the comps and will there be just one venue or several?
CT: It's a world tour, self explanatory. The officials will be a sponsor selected committee, none of which can be or will be surfers.

SW: You referred to new realistic surf boards and waves. Who designed these?
CT: Nothing we are using is new, just something new to competition for years until the SLSA tried it due to, once again, the will of Ashleigh Dickins and the continued barraging from many others who wanted it to happen. The designers from Action Surf & Skate have been creating the most realistic waves and boards in SL. It is their vision to see them be taken into a competition system like this one we have created due to its realism.

SW: What is different about these?
CT: They have realistic attributes, customization for personal riding style and, well, have you ever seen a surf competition where surfers actually touched the water in RL with zero wipeouts? I haven't and, quite frankly, it's impossible to judge people's abilities surfing on a surf board with no margin of error other than bellying due to lag, whether it be from the client (themselves and their pc), the network (their connection), and the server (the sim) when everyone does the same thing on the boards cause they are very limited and only offer a difference of where you trick on the wave. So how do you judge for lag? Well, you can't. So what's next - margin of error? But wait, there is none cause we can't wipe out. Guess what, folks - now you can!

For more information on the Metaverse United Surfers Tour, contact Clarke Torok.





MUST Comments continued...

Some comments to the MUST blog were too long to fit in the comments section, so we are posting here:


Comment from Bobbi Laval:
Memory and the passage of time always changes the way we see things. Add to that the frame of reference in which we see things, and the way we remember things can be quite colored. I don't remember the Triple Crown quite the same way Clarke does, but I don't have the same frame of reference he does, either. Here are my memories and thoughts about the Triple Crown event.

Clarke and the other Triple Crown organizers, Ashleigh and Smooth, had a great idea and vision. A short intense off season series, much like the real Triple Crown, open to all with different rules and scoring. Nobody can really deny that more surfing and more events isn't a good idea. And it was clear that Clarke wanted to present and test some ideas and showcase them to the surfing community. SLSA was really still in its infancy, still is in many respects, and things were changing fast. And like any community, not everyone shared the same ideas or had the same vision of how things should be. I'm not sure at the time that the founders and directors of SLSA paid much attention to a new surfer who arrived on the scene midseason to surf in the last few events.

So the Triple Crown became a reality. The effort the TC organizers put into it was evident. The logos, website, rashies, sponsorships - all very well done. Anyone who has ever been involved with putting on a surf competition understands the effort to achieve all this was tremendous. But just like the SLSA or any new organization or venture, it did not go off without its pains and glitches.

For me, this is what the Triple Crown was and was not.

"In a very heated, tho very close fight for the right to be crowned King or Queen of the Crown, between Pieda Allen, Timbo Flanagan, and myself in the final stage of the 3 event series. Pieda and Timbo had both won an event, the Swell Suicide, first event at Hedonism isle, went to Pieda. Timbo took the Pipe Thrasher at Majini (we asked for a special request of having the epics shut off for that event). I had just surfed very consistently with a 2nd and 3rd place finish. So the final had a lot of suspense and lots of pressure. I stayed consistent and finished second in the event to Ashleigh Dickins (who had no factor on the outcome but surfed great) and edged Timbo who finished 3rd."

I guess I wasn't there, tho I kinda remember being there. Seems like I remember coming in third overall and winning the Finale at Hedo. Maybe I'm wrong, but I got a couple of cool cars as prizes from it, a pocketful of lindens, and some jet skis which I'm not sure ever got delivered. The prize package I think has to be the most generous I have ever seen. I only wish that there would have been a trophy or simple plaque. Is kind of hard to hang the car on the wall. The way I think it went, Pieda Allen won the first event, Suicide Swell, and Ashleigh won the second event, Pipe Thrasher. The overall winners from first thru fifth were Clarke, Timbo, myself, Pieda, and Ashleigh.

"I had noticed many things that were very inconsistent and wanted to change them but felt the organization policies tho say all members have an equal say, they really don't."

I don't really think this was true back then or even today. I feel everyone in SLSA has an equal say, but that's all it is. Having an equal say doesn't mean that you always get your way. Having an equal say doesn't mean that what you say will override anyone else that has an equal say, also. I think any director past and present will listen to any one of us. But our community does not have a unified opinion on everything. We vote the Directors in to serve us and hopefully do the greatest good for the most of us they can. To this end, I think they have done a remarkable job - that's as true then in 2007 as it is today in 2009. Other than the organizers of the TC, I don't think anyone had a say in how the competition would work or run. I think it was pretty clear that it was Clarke's event, and he had the last and final say on everything. After the second event, when Pieda brought out some issues regarding fairness of the scoring system, those voices fell on deaf ears. Even tho I thought that among the competitors and one of the organizers, there was some consensus that the scoring system was not quite right.

"We did it between the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there was no room for error or not having things ready."

The scheduling for the Triple Crown worked out great for me. Tho because of the holidays, some that could not make all the events did not enter. It was my understanding that it was an all or nothing deal. The TC was one event spread out over three weeks. But it was during the SLSA off season and many of us were chomping at the bit for a chance to compete. Tho without error or having things ready, I am not so sure about. The first competition was a marathon and was plagued with major delays and lasted well into the middle of the night. The computer based scoring system was not working right, and Clarke furiously worked to fix it while Ashleigh worked to keep us all calm and informed. But there was no backup system for scoring and for some reason scoring the old fashioned way by notecard was not an acceptable alternative to keep the event moving along. The second event was not without its delays and glitches either. Most notable was a long delay while Robin Coche was caged on the beach. I remember feeling a bit embarrassed to be a member of a community where two people could not come to an agreement, compromise, or understanding to prevent this delay. I think this incident drew as many spectators as any of the surfing did.

"The TC also introduced the electronic scoreboard system as seen to this day at almost every SL surfing competition held."

It's true that the TC introduced the first electronic score system, tho it had its glitches as mentioned above. I don't believe it had any or much influence over the HUD based system Sally developed. Seems to me in a virtual world where everything is done on a computer anyway, that an electronic score system is a natural outcome. It would have happened anyway but Clarke was the first to do it.

"I also opened the doors for global surfing representation in one event, breaking language barriers at the same time. Another goal was to invite the best surfers from all parts of the globe, and we had a huge influx of Japanese speaking surfers thanks, in part, to the JSLSA and Analog Jun of Analog Surf."

It was cool to be able to surf with the Japanese surfers. But language still proved to cause difficulties. Babbler is not perfect. We could not understand them and they could not understand us, except for what could be translated thru Babbler. I don't remember a "huge influx", I only remember two or three of them being at the first event and less at the other events. I don't believe any of them were very competitive, tho.

"The scoring system was a best 3 of 5 wave total based on a 1-10 point scale in Round 1 and 2. The final round of each event, the points were doubled for the final 5 surfers at all 3 competitions, so it paid off to make the finals. This gave all surfers 3 total scores which were then added together for the series total. Highest 3 event total became King or Queen of the Crown."

It was great to have two throw-away waves. This takes a bit of the pressure off. In the early days of timed heats, sometimes even getting one throw-away wave didn't happen. This system also took care of concerns some had over the fairness with having a large winning bonus in points, tho this system raised fairness issues of it's own because judging and scoring doesn't remain consistent and constant from event to event. No system is perfect - each has its pros and cons. This system was just different. It did reward consistency, but it also rewarded performance higher in some events more than others. In the end, I don't know how much it mattered.

"I beat the world of SL's best surfers, not just the ones from SLSA or VSA or JSLSA or even the Brazilian Surfing Association, but the best from all of them at the time."

I would consider this a bit of a stretch myself. Certainly Clarke won the TC and finished with the highest point total. But I would note that none of the top 5 surfers from the 2007 SLSA season competed in the TC. I was the only top 10 surfer that competed in the TC (finished first season in 10th). And only 2 surfers who would go on to be top 10 surfers in the next 2008 season surfed in the TC (Desirae and myself). I don't think it would be fair to say Clarke beat the best at the time without including TK, Ritch, Craig, Pova, Colleen, Devinna or VW. But that's just me and my opinion of who was the best at that time.

"Most of the concepts, ideas, and a large part of the philosophy of the Triple Crown were later adopted by the SLSA in a key moment where they almost died as an organization by Ashleigh Dickins. She used the knowledge she learned from the TC to make a difference. Yet not to brag about her, but its massive impact in saving the SLSA has brought them the longest lasting surfing organization in SL, tho their refusal for enough change and adaptation limited her efforts and still limits them today!"

Most and massive maybe would not be the adjectives I would use. But certainly the TC did have an impact and influence on SLSA. How could it not? For the most part, the surfers that surfed in TC also are part of the SLSA community and the larger surf community. SLSA had just finished its first season and was still learning from its mistakes and making improvements. I think SLSA learned just as much from the failures of the TC as it did from the successes the TC had. Concepts, ideas and philosophy within SLSA are always changing just as members of the surf community come and go, just as its directors come and go. Many of the ideas and concepts used in the Triple Crown had been being discussed and kicked around within the SLSA membership already, maybe the TC was the first to incorporate some of them. I don't know if I could say which ideas, concepts and philosophy from the TC have been adopted, but I am sure a few have been. I fully agree that Ashleigh is a saint. She went thru hell during her time during the TC and during her term as director. She was always the voice of reason and an effective mediator and SLSA was lucky to have her. But SLSA has never come close to dying. Never! SLSA is a community for and by the surf community. Not everyone likes it, but that's the way communities are. Yeah, SLSA has had its ups and downs, but there always has been those willing to step up for the greater good of the community. I believe this will always be the case. The only way SLSA will ever die is if the surf community decides its time for it to die.

The Triple Crown happened at a great time in the history of Second Life surfing. And even tho many notable surfers were absent, it still has a lasting impact on the surf community. A lot of up and coming surfers of the time cut their teeth competing in the TC. I had my first breakthru there and it remains one of my most memorable events. The TC was a proving ground for the development of new boards like Radical Twang were working on. Likely, it was the spark for Pieda and the development of his shark boards. It is where Desirae started getting her competition experience and honing her skills which later led to her remarkable results in the first 2008 season. It was an intense competition during an intense highly emotionally charged time. Thor had just recently passed. Heather had just introduced sculptie boards. Passions were high, surfers were hungry to compete. Surf teams were recruiting members furiously. New surf sims seemed to be popping up by the dozen. And the Triple Crown was a colorful part of our surfing history.

Clarke has a grand vision with MUST. I sincerely wish him the best of luck with it. Certainly the idea of competing with surfers across different platforms is a great one. I hope it works. Only time will tell if the surf community will embrace it or not. I have my own opinions and they do not matter so much. But we need visionary dreamers like Clarke. Love them or hate them, they enrich our lives.