Saturday, August 29, 2009

SLSA Team Ladder Change

submitted by Abel Halderman
also posted on www.surfslsa.com

The SLSA recently made a change to the competition team ladder.  The SLSA asked SurfWatch to post the following information regarding this change:


We experienced a change in a team ladder. It's not a major change and it doesn't effect the current season team ranking at all, however I was asked to explain it.


Before:
Rank Points

In each competition top 3 of a team riders, being also among the 5 surfers designated by team captain to fight for team points, earned points for the team. Points have been given for a place they took in the final competiton ranking, and then cumulated for those 3 surfers. That way we got a competiton winner, runner up and 3rd placer. League points were what made a winner in the season ranking.

Example:

Team Y
Surfer A finished 3rd = 725 points
Surfer B finished 7th = 475 points
Surfer C finished 11th = 385 points
Total RANK POINTS for the team = 1585 points

Because another team (team Y) got more points, say 1700, they win the competition.

Also one of the other teams (team Z) got 1510 points, so they finished 3rd in the competiton.

So we've got

Team X - 1700 points - first place
Team Y - 1585 points - second place
Team Z - 1510 points - third place

Now, league points

They were given for one of the top 3 places in a competition.

So...

Team X gets 3 points for first place
Team Y gets 2 points for second place
Team Z gets 1 points for third place


Other teams get no score that would effect their ranking at all. In the former format rank points didn't matter as long as it came to a tie in league points. Then they were the decisive factor.

Now:

Because sometimes it happened that say team X had more rank points than team Y, and team Y had more league points than team X, and because the whole system was a bit confusing to surfers, we decided to make it more simple. Rank points only. That means, the best team at the end of a season is the one that got the most rank points, meaning had the most points given to the top 3 team riders in comps (of 5 selected by a team captain).

Therefore, if team X gets 11320 points in a season, and other teams get less than that, team X wins the season.

Why top scoring 3 riders from a team get team points? Or why team captains have to pick 5 riders fighting for team points in each comp? Just becasue there are teams that are smaller than others. We don't add all points from all competing team members just because for some teams it would be 3 riders, for some 8. No way to tell which one is a better team just by looking at a number of surfers competing.

IMPORTANT!!!

Team captains SHOULD send a list of 5 team riders that registered for a competition and are selected to fight for rank points for their teams IF the total number of team riders registered for the comp is above 5. It is very important for the captains to remember that because if they don't do that, their teams won't be ranked. Captains always recieve a reminder from one of the directors or officers to do that before the competiton begins, too.


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Director Candidate: SyntheticCynthia Zunimoor

SurfWatch is conducting interviews with the September 1, 2009, Director nominees to provide voters with an in-depth look at their candidates. Following is SurfWatch’s interview with prospective Director, SyntheticCynthia Zunimoor.

SW: You are not currently ranked for last season's SLSA surf rankings, and you say you’ve been surfing for a couple years. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What would you bring as a director and why are you running?
SZ: Fresh ideas. I feel I would listen to the surfers in general and work to simplify many things and help open up new avenues for the competitve surfing and also help make it all more fun. I am running because I feel that going back to the roots of the sport and helping to keep things simple would help increase the fun and popularity of the sport.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see?
SZ: I see ongoing improvement in the competitions. The popularity has increased also.

SW: What do you see as the top issues and what would be your first priority?
SZ: Top priority is more interaction in the non-surfing support for various events. More venues and some sort of large collaboration among the over 100 surf venues that exist in SL.

SW: Why should you be elected over any other candidates?
SZ: This truly is a silly question. All the candidate are capabale, intelligent and have a passion for surfing. We all have different ideas and views. My views don't matter, what matters is serving the surfing population represented by the SLSA and increasing the reach of the organization in general. If you must pick something it is because I have a cute butt...
SW:  Your views do matter, that's the whole purpose of this questionnaire - to give the voting members some idea of who you are and where you stand.  Your butt, however, does not matter. 

SW: What were you most dissatisfied with as an SLSA member in the past season?
SZ: Lack of a lower league that is competetive, but is not ELITE. I feel that there should be multiple leagues. And the logistics on that are something to be determined later.

SW: Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2009 Season 1 and possible issues moving into Season 2:

International Surfing Challenge
---great idea, would enjoying seeing other leagues

Pulling of the Thor Bishop Award
--Why pull it? Recognition and awards are inportant. Make more awards

The issue of "realistic" surfing vs. "gaming"
---realistic? hard to make it realistic when some people are surfing with net books and others are surfing with powerful desktops....it is fun, socializing and entertaining. The surf events I have been to in rl are all of those but the SL surfing will only be as 'real' as a virtual world will allow.

The DQ decision
--no opinion

The new organizations, competitions, boards and waves
----More, More, More and did I say more?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Director Candidate: GiavannaMarie Melody

SurfWatch is conducting interviews with the September 1, 2009, Director nominees to provide voters with an in-depth look at their candidates.  Following is SurfWatch's interview with prospective Director, GiavannaMarie Melody.

SW: You are currently ranked 35th for last season's SLSA surf rankings and you've been surfing for Reef Riders. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What would you bring as a director and why are you running?
GM:  I am running for the SLSA board because I love SL surfing and am committed to the long term success of this organization. I bring to the SLSA both my experience as a pro rider and a strong work ethic. Whatever I take on, I give myself to the task at 100%. My close friends know that I am a problem solver and love to listen and offer advice. I believe that this and my organizational skills will help benefit the SLSA. As the newest member, I bring a fresh perspective and will strive to contribute new ideas.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see?
GM:  I would love to have more input and dialogue with the surfers in the competitions. After all, they are the ones competing. I would like to see ongoing and open discussions on possible improvements in the areas of: venues, types of waves, times of competitions and boards used. I feel the riders could offer some inovative ideas, and we could do so in a mature manner. As far as the issue of times of competitions being at the same time, I feel that it is important to have them at different times if possible since many of the competitors are from all parts of the world. I know there are some riders who cannot compete because of time restrictions.  Having a better mix of times would generate more interest I feel.

SW: What do you see as the top issues and what would be your first priority?
GM:  As I just noted in my previous response, there are many issues which we should open dialogue on including: venues, types of waves, times of competitions and boards used. I feel that I am reperesenting the surf community, and I would love to get their feedback on these and other issues.

SW: Why should you be elected over any other candidates?
GM:  I know I am in great company with the other candidates. I feel that I should be elected because I am willing to work very hard for this organization, remain neutral in my decisions and listen to my constituents and fellow Board members as we all work together to continue a strong SLSA for the community of surfers.

SW: What were you most dissatisfied with as an SLSA member in the past season?
GM:  I came in partway through the season but learned so much. I think the way the season ended on a sour note kind of killed the mood of the season. But as we embark on the new season, I feel the past is past and the present and the future are the main focus.  Never forgetting the past ,but rather build from it to improve the SLSA.

SW:  Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2009 Season 1 and possible issues moving into Season 2:
GM:  One thing I would hear as a new person last season was how there were issues with tricked out boards. I know its how you surf and how you use the waves, but I thought about it and figured if there is a possible solution to this, it would be to have sponsered boards.  Everyone rides equal boards provided by SLSA. So far this season, I havent heard such issues coming forward, but I would listen to the SLSA community and try to solve any issues by providing solutions and listening to what solutions the SLSA community would like to have.

International Surfing Challenge:
I love the idea of competing against other surfers and getting our league notoriety. Anytime you can bring different surfing associations together only strenghens our relationship with other organizations

Pulling of the Thor Bishop Award
I understand why it was done. But it is still important to recognize our surfers. I feel that a new award should be created possibly after our fallen brother, Blood Klotzel.

The issue of "realistic" surfing vs. "gaming"
I am on the side of realism. I am a real surfer and my own surf technique on SL is to attemp to have a realistic look to my surfing. I do know this is a game to others and don't wish to disrespect them. SL gives everyone the oppurtunity to do things they may not be able to do in real life.

The DQ decision
I know this is a hard decision. But there are rules that must be followed. I expect if I did anything to violate the Code of Conduct, that I would be subject to being disqualified. The reason we have rules is to make sure our organization runs efficiently, and that is something I personally support 100%

The new organizations, competitions, boards and waves
I believe in a free world.  If that means new organizations, then so be it. But SLSA to me is the best and where all the top SL surfers come to showcase their talent. As for boards, I think having SLSA sanctioned boards provided at the competitions may solve some issues, but I would want the feedback from all SLSA members first. Waves, ahh yes, those lovely waves.....I love the new format we just did at Mori. It made it very interesting. I feel that kind of mix challenges the surfers.




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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Director Candidate: Desirae Beamont

SurfWatch is conducting interviews with the September 1, 2009, Director nominees to provide voters with an in-depth look at their candidates.  Following is SurfWatch's interview with prospective Director, Desirae Beaumont.

SW: You are currently ranked 1 for last season's SLSA surf rankings and you've been surfing for almost 2 years. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What would you bring as a director and why are you running?
DB:  I think that I can help SLSA and want to give something back after the years of competing only.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see?
DB:  We need way more people who volunteer and keep it running, especially judges.

SW: What do you see as the top issues and what would be your first priority?
DB:  We need more training for judges, especially training with top surfers who can tell what they do. I have some ideas and talked to Sally LaSalle about them already. Second: We don't need to re-invent the wheel. We must make it run smooth

SW: Why should you be elected over any other candidates?
DB:  I am in SLSA for almost 2 years now and have a lot of experience as surfer and now as judge/head judge, too.  I believe that I can help SLSA to improve.

SW: What were you most dissatisfied with as an SLSA member in the past season?
DB:  The comp at Braata with switching judges several times and the long time of the competition. It was a killer for us Europeans.

SW:  Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2009 Season 1 and possible issues moving into Season 2:

International Surfing Challenge
It's a good idea, but we have to be careful not to give up our identity. We are the No.1 surfing association.
Our boards are way better and more fun to use.

Pulling of the Thor Bishop Award
I would have preferred to let Sierra Sugar chose the winner. Like she did it before.

The issue of "realistic" surfing vs. "gaming"
We have to find a good mix between gaming and the more smooth surfing. But it's a question of scoring. If you don't score crazy aerials higher than smooth tricks, people won't take the time to practice for them.

The DQ decision
It was inappropriate behaviour and we can't accept it. It was a very bad day for all of us. Lack of respect is not acceptable.

The new organizations, competitions, boards and waves
Well...they shall try and if they are successful, then it will help to improve surfing. But we are doing great and
they have to look at us.



All candidates are invited to complete this Director candidate questionnaire and provide this information and a photo for publication in SurfWatch prior to the election on September 1, 2009.  Contact Tauri Tigerpaw if you need more information.

Director Candidate: Abel Halderman

SurfWatch is conducting interviews with the September 1, 2009, Director nominees to provide voters with an in-depth look at their candidates. Following is SurfWatch's interview with prospective and current sitting Director, Abel Halderman.

SW: You are currently ranked 8th for last season's SLSA surf rankings, and you've been surfing for almost 2 years. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What would you bring as a director and why are you running?
AH: I think being a Director is mostly about hard work, giving up some of the activities you would be doing if you didn’t serve, a knowledge of how things work and how to organize events. It’s about being loyal to the community. It’s also about being open to new ideas and listening to what other community members suggest. A Director is obligated to come up with ideas on how to resolve problems, too. It’s also about standing up for what you believe is right. And I have passion for our community and working for it. That’s what I would bring as a Director.
I think the candidates are there for a “selfish” reason, too. I believe it’s simply a satisfaction that they experience when something they worked on, works out. It is the same for me. I feel that with all the experience I’ve gotten from the former and current Directors and officers, from organizing and running events, I can be efficient in working for the community. It’s volunteer work, but it’s so worth it. The satisfaction that comes from it compensates for everything.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see?
AH: I think the SLSA has improved in the following ways since season 2 2008 and in the recent off season:
1. After I joined the Board last season, we had a major change. The SLSA suddenly faced a huge active membership growth. The Tsunami competition had about 45 surfers in it, but that event still had a limited number of competitors. The action we took to manage competition and growth was, in my opinion, one of the most important steps the SLSA has ever made. The idea of two weekend competitions really came from the surfers. The SLSA basically opened its competitions for an unlimited number of surfers. Since then, all registered surfers surf. No more number limits. I think it worked great. Next competitions were only larger (at some point I think we had about 65 surfers registered for an event). It also gave higher ranked surfers an opportunity to work for the community by participating in Round 1 events as staff.
It had major consequences. Of course, the SLSA needed more trained staff, but also there were people interested in helping, and they did:
- Tauri Tigerpaw trained new marshalls, for example, Mick Lunasea and Asyah Thorne.
- Sally LaSalle, the most experienced judge in the SLSA, become a leader of the SLSA Judges group. Its purpose is to give training and support to judges, and to establish a pool of people interested in judging the SLSA competitions so an Event Coordinator or a Head Judge knows who to ask, who is trained, and who has what level of experience and training.
- Colleen Brennan, the most experienced SLSA fundraiser, become a leader of the SLSA Fundraisers group and, along with WickedV Carver, the Financial Officer, and the members belonging to the Fundraisers group, archived major success that allowed us to increase the pay for the officers' work a bit more: 400 lindens/hour in Mori Pwani Round 2 event. That was a 33% raise compared to the last season.
- SLSA Media group which was created to gather video makes, photographers and eventually our webmaster, Express Zenovka, too, I hope.
2. A question about the categories of boards brought up should be treated as an improvement, too. Is the longboard/shortboard distinction still pertinent? We are still working on that answer .
3. The SLSA gadgets and clothes, for example, the jackets and boardies at the Mori Pwani competitions. They do show a sense of community spirit if you wear them.
4. Changing the tie breaker rule. We’ve had a “no tie for second place” rule, which allowed one of the tied surfers to advance, and another fail to advance from a heat. Right now, starting with the Mori Pwani competition, we've replaced it with a new rule: both surfers tied for second place in a heat, advance. The only exception are semi-final heats, where we have a surf-off wave that allows the tied surfers to go head to head and the winner advances. And God, it’s exciting!! It was at Mori for sure!
5. Creating the SLSA youtube channel (SLSurfingAssiciation) where all video makers can post their surf videos.

SW: What do you see as the top issues and what would be your first priority?
AH: I see other ways of improvement and that’s the Board actually discussing things like:
1. Modify the structure to give more responsibility to its active members who are experts in what they do
2. Change the Code of Conduct so it would be more clear,
3. Change the rules to adjust them to the current system,
4. New ways of promoting our sponsors,
5. Improve the SLSA finances so our volunteers and surfers would feel that their work and hours spent on training are very much appreciated,
6. Details regarding competition organization, too, which eventually will give us, surfers and spectators, more fun,
7. Discussing the boards sizes/weight regulation issue. Should it stay the way it is now or be changed to, for example, weight categories?
8. Promoting surfing and the SLSA via the SLSA information booths,
9. Promoting membership in the newly created groups as a way of an active participation in the community,
and a few others, including a general field of adjusting the SLSA to a growing membership.

SW: Why should you be elected over any other candidates?
AH: After the experience I got from active members, officers, former and current Directors who I’ve had an honor to serve with on the Board or work with at competitions, I feel competent to deal with SLSA issues. A huge experience was the first competition I coordinated – Costa Rica, which I think turned out to be a big success and the first release of the new two rounds format. I coordinated one round of the Chi competition, which also was a success, (assisted with) JJ Lane’s, and Topanga. Also helped with every other event held since Costa Rica. All of that makes me confident about my experience, knowledge about how the SLSA works, how the competitions are run, and the work of judge, marshall, DJ, security officer or event coordinator, which is always very hard. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in solving the most important recent issues in the SLSA, including the two rounds format, which also was a success, or the removal of the infamous “no tie for second place” rule. That brought me a lot of personal satisfaction.
I also feel that my advantage is the ability to come up with solutions for particular cases or problems and actually working on solving them or improving the organization even with things that bring us fun and excitement. Best situation ever? A team working together on an issue. Everybody makes mistakes, but when there is a team working on something, there is always someone to say: “Hey, guys, this is crazy, you’re all wrong”. Such a voice should be respected because sometimes one is right and a thousand aren't. I've had the pleasure to experience situations like that in my term on the SLSA Board.
My advantage is passion for surfing and the surf community. Recent sad event, Blood Klotzel’s death, brought us together, in the Blood’s circle, and it made me realize: we really are a community, and when something goes bad or tragic, we work, cry or stay together. Blood will be missed by many. His death brought us together, too.
I just tried to do my job the best way I could and learn as much as I could. There are surely some disadvantages, too. Do I want to think about them? Not really.

SW: What were you most dissatisfied with as an SLSA member in the past season?
AH: I think most of the things have been done the best way possible. Not everything worked out, though, but I guess that’s the thing when an organization faces major growth. There was a lot of adjusting organization of events to the new reality. I think the SLSA should have put more attention to the things that didn’t work and to the ways to solve them, and much less attention to drama. I guess I personally could have done more, too, even with the SLSA work schedule filled to its limits and lacking time for personal life. I sure was dissatisfied with the whole disciplinary thing, because I didn’t think it was a good thing. Maybe it was necessary, but not nice at all, and surely brought us some kind of trauma.

SW: Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2009 Season 1 and possible issues moving into Season 2:

International Surfing Challenge
What an awesome idea to have a multi leagues competition! It breaks all walls, all barriers. I think the idea came from Colleen Brennan, who I remember talking about it a year ago. It almost happened this past off season, too. The only problem was an RL issue of the ABSSL leader, Leogarto Burt. I hope everything is fine with him and it will happen soon. Maybe one day it can include the Japanese league, too.

Pulling of the Thor Bishop Award
That was a very sad situation. The last thing anyone had on their mind was hurting Thor’s soulmate, Sierra Sugar. The Thor Bishop Award was a very important thing to the community. I hope that at least in our minds we will still hand it to the most valuable players each season.

The issue of "realistic" surfing vs. "gaming"
SL surfing is always about gaming in some part. We learn from surfers what is possible to do on the waves. And what is possible is dictated by the virtual environment. Is that a good thing? Maybe not, but it’s a fact. Judges give scores and surfers are taught what is good on the waves, at the same time being taught by surfers what is possible. Personally, I always enjoy watching a ride similar to those that we can see in RL.
There is also another side of “realistic” surfing, because surfing is not only the waves and boards, but also a community of beach bums with positive vibes. Is that missing in SL? Only sometimes. In general, we’re good.

The DQ decision
I posted my opinions about it a couple of times. Like I said before, it’s very unfortunate that it happened. The Event Committee made a decision on DQ’ing two surfers. It brought a lot of negative vibes, but it was also according to the Code of Conduct rules. They can be questioned or changed, a proposal can be brought up by any SLSA member, but right now they’re executed as they state. Personally, I see changing or clarifying them as one of my goals if I’m elected. Right now the SLSA Board sees modifying them as one of the active subjects.

The new organizations, competitions, boards and waves
My answer should be short here. New organizations? Great! Awesome! The more surfing the better. Let’s just play nice. Competitions as well. Let’s not forget, one of the SLSA goals IS to promote surfing. Surf events are fun!
There are a few kinds of boards in SL right now. Some I like better, some not so much. So far we’ve been using SSi 5.1 or 5.2 boards of certain size, too. Maybe a weight category should be considered? Should we allow other kinds of boards from other creators? Well, is that what you want to see in competitions? It’s a huge step, so should be taken very carefully. Personally, I would rather stay with one producer. It seems more fair to judge. As for waves… any surfable are good. I’ve seen the new one from Sebestian Saramago, and I would LOVE to surf on them in a competition. They look awesome.



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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Director Candidate: Wilfrid DeCuir

SurfWatch is conducting interviews with the September 1, 2009, Director nominees to provide voters with an in-depth look at their candidates. Following is SurfWatch's interview with prospective director, Wilfrid DeCuir.

SW: Wil, you are currently ranked 2nd for last season's SLSA surf rankings. You've been surfing since October 2007 and became 2008 Season 2 Champion. We interviewed you in December (editors note: see SW December 10 Wilfrid DeCuir Interview). We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What would you bring as a director and why are you running?
WD: I've had a lot of friends telling me that I should run for the Board for quite some time, and my answer was always "probably 2009 season 2." Well here we are now, and it's my time to give back to this Association that has done so much for the surf community. I want to bring an open mind for SLSA surfers and make this association grow on a positive note.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see?
WD: I would like to see if we can do something else regarding the amount of surfers we have registering for competitions aside from the qualifying day. I have a few ideas that I can bring to the Board.

SW: What do you see as the top issues and what would be your first priority?
WD: I feel that the qualifying round is a top issue. Two weekends can be quite demanding for some, so we can try and bring in something else to satisfy more then 40 surfers per comp, one day, without taking too much time for the comp itself. Another issue is the forum. It was intended to be a place where we can post ideas about surfing, a place that, as a surf family, we can have positive interactions. These past few months, it looked a lot more like a place where people bitched about everything, and it became a clash of personalities. I want the community to be the family it was intended to be. A lot of feathers got ruffled and for some, they felt that the forum was the place to vent, and this created some negative vibes. This is not what it was intended to be.

SW: Why should you be elected over any other candidates?
WD: mmm, tuff question. I guess I'm known in the community, and my reputation follows me. I'm just a happy guy, the "Crazy Canuck Hippie Surfer" and get along with everyone. I try to avoid drama as much as I can and remain level-headed. Hopefully this I can bring into the SLSA as a director.

SW: What were you most dissatisfied with as an SLSA member in the past season?
WD: The qualifying rounds where for some, they have to sacrifice 2 weekends. Also with some of the drama that happened at the end of the season, I feel might of caused a rift in the community and broke some surf mojo.

SW: Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2009 Season 1 and possible issues moving into Season 2:
WD: I think as surfers, we all need to re-group and be the family we aimed to be, putting the drama behind us and take it all as a learning experience. The spirit of competing in SL surfing is to have fun. I always stress this, "Surf to have fun, not to compete, and use the competition as part of your overall SL surfing experience".

International Surfing Challenge:
WD
: With the International Surfing Challenge, this has to be done cooperatively, not against each other, and I feel that some groups were trying to break us apart that could affect other groups negatively about participating in such a challenge. We have to bring this positiveness back and make the SLSA attractive to everyone.

Pulling of the Thor Bishop Award:

WD: I afraid I wasn't present when this happened because of RL. It's sad that it's gone, but I have to respect the decision that was made. Maybe we can come up with a new award to satisfy everyone.

The issue of "realistic" surfing vs. "gaming":
WD
: For the majority of SL surfers, this is not a game. "Gamers" that see SL surfing as just another video game just don't get it. Eventually their true colours will come out. I do believe that you need to make SL surfing as realistic as possible but with the understanding that this is also done with technology, and we need to take that into account, hence why I call this SL surfing, not RL surfing. If you can combine the tricks that are possible in SL along with style to make it realistic, then hats off to you. It's about the spirit, the feeling of the wave and the water, be it real or virtual, not about trophies and rankings. Personally, I surf to have fun. The competition is just a bonus and another means for me to be out there with my friends whichever team they're on and have fun.

The DQ decision:
WD
: So sad. This hit close to home, affected someone I love negatively and also made me advance in a manner that I did not want to. Like I mentioned earlier, lets take this as a learning experience for everyone. Let's check our emotions at the door and have fun.

The new organizations, competitions, boards and waves:
WD
: All I need to say about this is that we all need to educate ourselves with history from day one when the first surfable wave and boards came out, and when and how the SLSA was born, then make our own decisions. I may still have a bit to learn myself, but I do know enough to say that I will support anything that is out there that will make us as a community and an organization grow, not split us apart.

Editor's note: All candidates are invited to complete this director candidate questionnaire and provide this information and a photo for publication in SurfWatch prior to the election on September 1, 2009. Contact Tauri Tigerpaw for a list of questions if you did not receive one.

MUST World Qualifying Tour Series Update!

Due to unforseen RL commitments, the competition and World Premier of MUST's Inaugural Competition will be postponed until Friday, September 11, 2009.  All other related activities are also moved to Thursday, September 10 thru Sunday, September 13. 

Contact Clarke Torok for more information or see http://www.surfmust.com/

SLSA Director Candidates

The following members have submitted their letters of intent to the SLSA Board to run for Director in the September 1, 2009, election:

Abel Halderman
Desirae Beaumont
GiavannaMarie Melody
SyntheticCynthia Zunimoor
Wilfrid DeCuir

SurfWatch will post additional information from each candidate to give voting members an opportunity to learn more about each one and their position on the issues facing the SLSA. Two seats will be open this election, so two candidates will move into Director seats.

Benefit held to aid Mojo Manamiko

On Sunday, August 23, 2009, a live music concert by Zaphod Theas and a silent auction by Kimmy Jigsaw were held to benefit Mojo Manamiko and his family who suffered a fire on their property that also damaged their home beyond repair. They had no insurance coverage at the time. Many members of the surf community donated art, surfboards, beach huts, clothing, custom furniture, shopping sprees, services, and many other items, to lend aid and support to Manamiko and his family, raising over 20,000L in that effort. Items that are still available will be added to the benefit the SLSA is putting together on Manamiko's behalf. Bonheur Chenaux, SLSA director, stated, "The SLSA wants to help in any way we can. We are planning a benefit to help raise funds for Mojo and his family. It will be a day of coming together and lending a hand. We'll have more details soon."

When asked for comment, Mojo stated, "Every so often in life, we are reminded that compassion and love are essential to survival. Not only for the recipient, but to the giver as well. Bonds are re-established and fortified and faith is restored. I have been overwhelmed at the love shown me and more proudly, that it was from our SL family. I thank you for your support and compassion. I will never forget what I have experienced here in SL with you. Thank you all so much."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MUST World Tour Qualifying Series

JJ Lanes Inaugural Pro

Are you a world class surfer? Sign up now to enter the World Tour Qualifying Series and show your ride - any board! A surprise wave may be introduced - the Mavericks by Action - so be prepared by riding the Mavericks at JJ Lanes. Top rider of this competition will win a nice pocket full of cash and prizes. RL surfers will be judging the competition, and the world ranking system will award points to the place finishers of the SLSA, WTQS, XSA, ABSSL and VSA comps. To enter, pay kiosks at the following locations:

Monkey Paw (235, 95, 22)
Mirandirge (79, 90, 42)
Tortola (132, 15, 21)

Contact Clarke Torok for more information or visit www.surfmust.com

Monday, August 24, 2009

Boracay Burger Bash

That burger is getting moldy at Boracay Island! Come to Fountain Fantasy at Boracay (40, 107, 22) and find the burger and you will win a fountain of your choice AND 500L! What do you have to lose? And here's a clue: If you sit, your back will be to it...you may need to zoom, but hurry over and find the burger hidden in the Fantasy Fountain garden! Contact Marianna Monentes to claim your prize!

Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting your candidacy for two open positions as Director on the Second Life Surfing Association Board is Tuesday, August 25, at midnight SLT. Be sure to follow the procedures posted at http://www.surfslsa.com/ and get your name in the ring if you believe you have what it takes to bring the best to the SLSA. SurfWatch will be giving each candidate an opportunity to present their views and experience as soon as the nominations are announced.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Surf-off Rules for SLSA Competition Ties Proves Popular with Surfers

submitted by the roving reporter

 
During the off season, the SLSA Board approved a single wave surf-off for ties in the semi-final rounds of SLSA competitions. This rule replaces the previously-used complex and little understood formula that was in place to settle ties. The surf-off rule had its first test Saturday in semi final heat number one at SLSA's Round 2 event at Mori Pwani. In the closely contested heat, surfers Jac Mornington and Colleen Brennan ended up locked in a tie. Both surfers were summoned back to the beach for a very exciting one wave surf-off to determine who would advance to the final round. Brennan managed to eek out a win by the slimmest of margins in the surf off, but both Mornington and Brennan stated approval for the new format.

Brennan stated, "The new rule adds to the excitement of the day. The only bad part is going head to head against a friend I am usually rooting for. I definitely like this new rule a lot better. Both surfers know what is at stake and get to determine their own future based on their performance in the surf-off. I was extremely nervous and just did my best to give Jac a challenge. I knew I had to do my best because he was on fire and really ripping up the waves all day."

Mornington also expressed approval for the surf-off noting that, "It adds to the level of excitement, takes very little time, and is more fair than the old formula rule." He also suggests that the Board should consider adopting the same rule throughout all levels of the competition.

Currently, if there is a tie for second in the preliminary and first round heats, both competitors advance. The surf-off tie breaker comes into place starting in the semi-final rounds. Interestingly, the "new" rule calling for a surf-off is actually a return to the SLSA's original format for settling ties. The formula rule last season was put in place prior to the adoption of the new competition format which features a by-week for the top 20 ranked surfers and an unlimited Open Invitational round for all other SLSA members.

As noted by Brennan, a Director on the SLSA Board at that time, "Our league was going through growing pains and searching for any and all ways to time manage competitions. We even had to cap the amount of surfers allowed to surf on a first come, first served basis. The formula for settling ties was only supposed to be a temporary measure. It should have disappeared when we adopted the new format, but unfortunately it over-stayed its welcome. I am happy the Board made a change this season. The big flaw in the old formula method is that it simply went back and decided based on highest scored wave in the heat between the tied surfers. Of course at the time, neither knew what was at stake and the rule seemed to 'penalize' a consistent good performance in favor of perhaps one spectacular wave." She added, "Under the surf-off tie breaker rule, both surfers know exactly what is at stake and get to lay it all on the line and fight for the prize head to head."

Judging by the reaction of the surfers involved in the surf-off, as well as many of the spectators, it seems that the Board made a popular decision by returning to a surf-off to break ties. SurfWatch will follow up on whether the SLSA Board will consider Mornington's suggestion that it be extended to all levels of the competition and will keep you posted on this exciting development in SL competition surfing.