Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) Christmas Party!

photos courtesy Ash Dickins and MaryAnn Maa

The VSA celebrated the season with a snowman contest to benefit Toys for Tots and a holiday party to rock the deck!  Everyone, especially Toys for Tots, were winners, but officially the honors went to:

1st: Petticoat Peccable
2nd: Syx Toshi
3rd: Paola Paulino
Most Original: Maryann Maa
Most Warped Mind: Lizzie Beeswing

Honorable Mentions:
Countess Decosta
Kenny Hoorenback
Brigit Ranger

Prizes: Each place receives one surfboard courtesy of Sands Surfboards

1st Place: 1000L
2nd Place: 500L
3rd Place: 250L
Most Original and Most Warped: 250L each
Honorable Mentions: Surf Boards

Second Life Surfing Association 2009 Awards

submitted by Ashleigh Dickins
1st photo courtesy Sally LaSalle
both profile photos courtesy MaryAnn Maa

The SLSA was proud to honor members nominated and voted on by other members and the Hall of Fame (HoF) members:

Novelty Awards:

Best Competition Location
-Mori Pwani

Best Gesture

Best Song To Surf To
- Muse - Uprising

Advanced to round 2 the most - Tie between 2 people who advanced from R1 3 times!
Robbin Ember
Cymindra Deschanel

Craziest Outfits (TIE)
-FollowingWaves Sibru
-Sock Clawtooth

Crowd Clown
- VW Sands

Favorite SLSA Venue Performer
- Tauri Tigerpaw

Funniest Drunk
- Tauri Tigerpaw

Loudest Cheerer
- Desne Aabye

Most Likely to Break/Lose a Board
- Kimmy Jigsaw

Most Likely to fall asleep during the comp
- Abel Halderman

Most likely to retire
- Robin Mapp

Most likely to say they're retiring but not.
- SexyBoy Oh

Most Improved = Person who made biggest rank jump between last and this season
-VW Sands

Most Memorable Moment

- Colleen vs. Jac's Surf off in the semi finals at Mori

Most Spectacular Crash
-goes to Linden Labs, for restarting Sol Mananero in the middle of the comp!

Rookie of the Season = Person w/ Highest rank who didn't surf last season
- Sally LaSalle

Worst Gesture
- Haka

Worst Lag
- Dooobie

Worst Wave Luck
- Cymindra at Montego, Second Epic Panel not rezzing

Angel Award:

The new Angel Award went to Sally LaSalle. The Angel award goes to the person... well you read the SLSA forum! It's inspired by the quote from 'It's a Wonderful Life' - "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

The top 3 teams were:

1st- Reef Riders
2nd- Tai Chi
3rd- Tsunami

The top 5 surfers were:

1st- Desirae Beaumont
2nd- SexyBoy Oh
3rd- Socks Clawtooth
4th- Colleen Brennan
5th- Wilfrid Decuir

Hall of Fame New Inductees:

Desirae Beaumont
Sexyboy Oh
Abel Halderman
Tauri Tigerpaw

Rocky Horror Picture Show Party

Friday, December 18, the SLSA celebrated Rocky Horror Picture Show style with DJ Desi spinning the tunes from the popular cult classic!  Party goers danced their garters off at SLSA Archipelago!

Yen and Con want to wish you...

Surfing 101 - Sim and Surfboard Graphics (Textures)

Mick Lunasea is a long time surf instructor (editors note: See High on a Wave, SurfWatch March 17, 2009), former SLSA Director, and owner of Pacific Coast Hwy sims and SurfCrazy surf shops. Mick will be periodically sharing his knowledge with the readers of SurfWatch. Click on the PCH logo on the sponsor logo section to the right to link to the Pacific Coast Highway blog.

Second Life (SL) lag issues affect SL surfing, either surfing alone or in contests. I'm no sim expert, but i do know a little about graphics (texture artwork) and graphic display performance.

Notice when arriving at a sim, the viewer draw speed of your surroundings. Some stuff draws fast.  Other things take time displaying the 256 RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color pallet. No matter what graphics card you're running, you can see this. A 1024MB or 512MB graphics card loads art faster than a 256MB or one sharing memory resources with the motherboard.

Larger art files, although highly ,display slower than smaller files. A 1024 x 1024 pixtle image loads slower than a 512 x 512 a 256 x 256 256 2/3 faster and a 128 x 128 image a full four times faster.

When building a sim, the artwork involved should be taken into consideration. If lower detail is acceptable, a smaller image will do the job. (Love those palm trees but 4 x 1024 - damn they load slow). If you need to see that fly on the wall, then bigger is better.

So whats that gotta do with surfboard art? Not a giant amount of difference, but if your board's decorated with a 128 x 128 swatch instead of a 1024 x 512 image, the sims CPU and your viewer is gonna display it faster.  (smiles)  Damn, maybe I coulda made that turn instead of bellying.


Friday, December 18, 2009

2009 SURF CALENDAR: Comps and Activites/Events

(editors note: All events and activities subject to change - recheck the schedule often!)


ASA Party

The Australian Surfing Association is having an unofficial Xmas bash to celebrate their new clubhouse  at Monkey Cove, Monkey Paw (230, 96, 23)!  Saturday, December 19, 12 AM SLT
For more information, contact Rayzza Rubble or Desne Aabye


Saturday, December 19, 12 PM SLT, the SLSA will be celebrating at their end of season Awards Party!
Novelty awards, Hall of Fame inductions, dancing and pahhhh-tayyyyy!  


Sunday, December 27, Archipelago Sim, the SLSA and SurfWatch present Mele Kalikimaka, a Surfer's Holiday Celebration!

Pacific Coast Highway

The Rock Store - chill out with classic rock, bad jokes, and wave tales, 5 to 7 PM SLT every Sat and Sunday. 

Tidewater Canyon River

Every Wednesday night, head over to Tidewater Canyon River for Wednesday night whitewater kayak racing, 6-7 PM SLT.  100L prize to the top racer each week!  Contact Guiles Tidewater for more information.

Do you know the way to Boracay?

Boracay Islands has installed the 100m Maverick! We also have fine dining at Sunset Dining Pavillion. You can also browse through Marianna's beautiful fountains at Fantasy Fountains with new designs added daily. Many of the prices are below 500L, making them great gifts for birthdays or Christmas! They are a great addition on any beach or in your garden. Come see Boracay Island! Surf's up!


Single or two man beach volleyball - nothing like it!  Now also at Mori Pwani.  It's really very easy - don't let the instructions fool you - and such a blast!  Check it out! 

Mori Pwani/Tuli Bahari Surf School

Mondays 11-2 SLT - new rider intro
Wednesdays 11-2 SLT - Advanced tricks
Fridays 11-2 SLT - pre-comp prep and routines

All of the surf classes on the sims are free of charge and held by VW Sands, Slave Lacey, or a guest surf instructor.

If you want to add your event information, please contact Tauri Tigerpaw

Useful links

Holiday Greetings from Mari and RW!

Wishing you all the best of the season from Boracay Islands!

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Holiday Photos 2009

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays to all.
If you have not done your Holiday or Christmas pics yet, give me a call.
I am discounting my normal rates for the holiday season for holiday themed pictures.
$L 300 for your finished photo, ready for display or holiday giving.
I have my studio full of holiday themed sets and props for individual or couples photos.
Its easy to do, just wear your favorite holiday outfits, pick the set and pose you want, pick the holiday greeting you want. (See sample to right)
I have been getting these pics back with very short turn around times.
Thanks, and Happy Holidays


I is for...Incredible new letter and poses at eMOTIONS by *SKC*!  The letter I comes with one male, one female pose.  As with all letters, I is +copy/+mod.  That means you can move the poses around, change the size of the letter, the texture, color, even add lighting effects if you so wish.  This is a great addition to your photography props collection or a unique way to advertise your store/club/sim name.  Be creative!  Also BRAND NEW in the store today are 2 new girl sitting poses.  These two cuties poses are just adorable!  Contact Sierra Sugar for more information!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

VSA Holiday Greetings

This holiday, let all your friends and the SL surf community share your greeting!  Send your greeting in  texture or picture file to Tauri Tigerpaw and get posted!

Continued Operations/Griefer Testing

SurfWatch has been asked to conduct another series of competition griefer testing to include some additional tests.  If you have any tests you would like seen conducted effecting Second Life (SL) competitive sports, particularly SL surfing; test assumptions on tests already conducted; and/or if you would like to be a panelist and observe/verify the tests, please contact Tauri Tigerpaw and we will arrange for testing at a time most convenient to all interested parties.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Greetings!!!

Send us your holiday card as a full perm and we'll post your holiday greeting through Christmas and New Years Day!  (I have two this year, so you get a double dose of greeting from me!)  Send to Tauri Tigerpaw in world or - we would love to post your greeting!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Season 2 2009 Rankings

The SLSA has just posted the 2009 Season 2 rankings and the top 20 are:

1.  Desirae Beaumont
2.  SexyBoy Oh
3.  Socks Clawtooth
4.  Colleen Brennan
5.  Wilfrid DeCuir
6.  VW Sands
7.  Sean Azambuja
8.  Sally LaSalle
9.  Kimmy Jigsaw
10. Bobbi Lavel
11. Followingwaves Sirbu
12. GiavannaMarie Melody
13. Maldrul Morris
14. Kim Henig
15. Sassy1 Fizzle
16. Sweetcajan Voom
17. Sunrize Mornington
18. MarkFoo Waverider
19. WickedV Carver
20. Abel Halderman

Congratulations to the top 20 Season 2 surfers!  For a look at all the rankings, go to:

And the top 5 teams for Season 2 2009 are:

1.  Reef Riders
2.  Team TaiChi
3.  Team Tsunami
4.  Team Piranha
5.  Vibrations Surf Alliance

For a complete listing of team placements, go to:

Announcements V


SurfWatch Open Positions

SurfWatch is exploding with opportunity in 2010!  We are currently looking for a Merchandising Director to head up the Merchandising Division.  If you are creative, well organized, looking for a team project with a potential for growth, opportunity and linden, check out SurfWatch.  SurfWatch is also seeking a part-time Receptionist to host at SurfWatch headquarters, answer questions, and assist staff.  We are always interested in talking to writers and photographers who are interested in SL surfing and the SL surfing community.   Contact Tauri Tigerpaw to find out more.  And stay tuned for more information on SurfWatch's 2 year anniversary celebration event coming in February 2010!

The Gifts of your Dreams

In time for your holiday shopping, take care of the him and her on your list with one stop shopping!  Connie Decosta's shop, Island Sea Dreams, with all the latest in beachwear; and Yendor Destiny's Dream Works Customs classic bike and surfboard shop, both located at Kai moana aloha punana, Jiradic (18, 199, 29). 

Team Spirit

SurfWatch is experimenting with a new section devoted specifically to SL surfing teams.  If you have a team need - sponsor, captain, home beach, trainer, surfers, anything - or you are looking for a team to join, contact SurfWatch and we will post it here.  If you have information about training or parties or any other team related information, consider posting it here!

Team Boracay

Team owner/Captain:  Harbor Piers
Home Base:  Boracay Islands (112, 80, 22)
Always looking for team members who want to be part of a great family of team mates.  We practice a couple of times a week.  Please contact Harbor Piers for more information.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Guess the beach kahuna in this photo and win linden!

Be the first to correctly identify in the comments section this SL surf icon and early surf legend standing in the center and win 250L!  And if you can also correctly guess the two beautiful ladies standing on either side, we'll add another 250L!