Saturday, December 26, 2009

Seasons Greetings...

From the SLSA Directors

New Years Resolutions for 2010!

Resolutions...some people say bah!  I don't ever do those!  And then secretly to themselves they promise to work on or change or improve something.  This is your chance to post your resolutions in the comments section and maybe that will help you keep it this year!  Feel free to add your resolutions for 2010 in the comments section and we'll all try to help you keep them in the coming year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

I received another threat regarding my investigation of notecard altering and distribution.  Apparently this group does not want the investigation to continue. This time the threats are to my personal reputation and integrity.  The more I am threatened personally, the more I will stand my ground.  They can alter all my notecards, spread rumors, attack me, and I will only dig in deeper.  No one wants any unnecessary drama in SL.  But the continued threats to me personally are raising a red flag that there is something here that someone does not want us to uncover.  There are still those out there with honesty and integrity that cannot be bought and that will also dig in deeper. 

So as they keep up the threats and the harmful activity and the threatening notecards, they are having the opposite of what they intend.    There are people and organizations effected by this activity other than myself.  Sometimes you have to do the right thing no matter the risk to yourself.  In the larger scheme of things, targeting me is pointless.  I am just not that important.  Had they not involved me, they could have carried on their altering and trying to manipulate people in SL that, like me, had no idea that people would go to those depths.  Every threat they make to me will become public knowledge.  Any threats they make to our sources will become public knowledge.  Bugs like to hide under rocks, in the dark places.  It's time to shine the light.

From all of us at SurfWatch - Happy Holidays!

Happy Christmas!  From Barchan Paderborn!

SurfWatch Wishes You and Yours a Magical Holiday!

photo courtesy Laval Studios

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Jinx...

Waven Cajun

written and submitted by Brittney Scorpio

 Do you think you need to brush up on some surfing skills? Don’t even know how to surf? Look no further than right on Route 69 where a cozy little shop called Waven Cajun resides. Waven Cajun offers a variety of stuff.  Whether you’re looking for new surfing clothes, maybe a lesson or two, this place offers it. Geof Romano and Xabrina Oh are the people to get in contact with. I caught up with Geof and got a sit down interview with him to talk about his experience with Waven Cajun, and how it got started. 

Brittney Scorpio:  Hey Geof, so how did you come about owning and running Waven Cajun with Xabrina?
Geof Romano: Well, me and Xabrina both owned art galleries in New Orleans, and that is where we met. Xabrina introduced me to surfing, and I got hooked. I was surprised at how easy it was to learn. It’s a fun way to spend time alone or with friends. There was a little open space in between our galleries, so I rented it and opened the surf shop. Xabrina didn’t know I was going to do this, but when I asked her if she wanted to run it with me, she said yes!

BS: Excellent. So what sort of things does Waven Cajun offer?
GR: We offer a variance of products. Surfing apparel for those new to surfing. We also offer lessons for beginners, along with a free photo shoot with them when they are learning. We also have the Beach Bunnies group.

BS: Tell me a little bit on how you help with surfing.
GR: Well like I said, we offer free lessons for beginners. We also offer free photos of them in action when they are surfing, which is pretty cool to have. We also offer surfing apparel, and soon we will be having Jewelry and Surf Boards for people to buy too.

BS: You mentioned a group called Beach Bunnies (I’m a member, too!).  Tell me about that group.
GR: It’s a group of men and women who wear our outfits and love surfing. We have parties, too, that they are invited to and sometimes host. In this club, you will get notices on free clothes and posters we offer in the club. We just made the Beach Bunnies 2010 calendar. We will also be having a magazine made. It will be about having an active beach lifestyle. Waven Cajun is located on Route 69. Route 69 is a fun place for people to come in and shop, party, and even have some alone time with a lovely woman or hot guy.

BS: Tell me more about Route 69. How did you come to get here?
GR: We got too big for our New Orleans store. We found a bigger store in that location, but we ended up getting too big for that too. So we found this place. It is a very nice location, because it has a lot of people who are new to surfing, and we can introduce them to it. The only drawback was because of the whole Second Life age verification issue. We aren’t an adult sim, and we didn’t get many people over here. We felt it was okay, though, we wanted to help people with surfing that was all. Route 69 offers many stores and has its own escorts.

BS: Since Route 69 doesn’t have a surfing beach, what places do you go to for surfing?  What kind of waves do you prefer?
GR: We mainly go to the popular places, like Mori and Southend, but we have a few “secret” places we prefer to keep to ourselves, because they aren’t widely known and it’s very relaxing.  As for waves, we like any that are big and wet.  I dno't get into the SL politics of surfing, so to speak.  I'm just here for fun and catching any waves I can.  I'm the same with boards - I'll ride any that are available to where I am.  I own Analog and Reaction boards and resell both but if I'm at a beach and there is a random board there, I'll save the effort of rezzing mine and jump on an surf.  I leave mine out at beaches sometimes.  I believe all surf beaches should have a few open boards laying around at all times. 

BS: Will Waven Cajun ever extend to bigger horizons?
GR: Physically, I don’t see that happening. We will expand our services and products, though. But as far as location, we will most likely stay here.

BS: Finally, give the readers some words of wisdom when it comes to your place and surfing.
GR: It is a lot easier than most would think. Anyone with a decent PC and connection will learn how to surf like a pro in less than 15 minutes. Check us out!

BS:  Have you competed in SL surfing competitions?  And what SL surfing groups do you belong to?
GR:  I have not competed in SL surfing competitions.  I am into SL surfing for fun and I am pretty busy with the shop and lessons, etc.  I will add, though, that Xabrina has competed in RL surfing competitions.  I currently belong to VSA.  I'm kinda maxed out with groups that apply to shopping and fashion so, while I have belonged to others, VSA is the only one besides the Beach Bunny group, of course, that I belong to at the moment.

Waven Cajun is a great place to get to learn about surfing, buy some neat stuff, and just relax and kick back to the nice music they play. Check them out today! (Uxert 60, 80, 33)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Win 500L just in time for SL Christmas!!!

Guess this handsome hunk of Christmas cheezy foot and win 500L!  Post your guess in comments - first correct answer wins!

Syx Wishes You...


Since our original breaking news, SurfWatch has been supplied with additional notecards that were distributed by a certain group within SL going as far back as June of '09 to this point. In at least two more cases, there appears to be some evidence of chat altering. To this point, SLSA Directors and Advisors appear to have been the targets. SurfWatch will continue to investigate and keep you informed. If you have additional information, you may contact Tauri Tigerpaw. Your information will be kept completely confidential.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tis the Season!

Holiday Wishes...

Wishing you and yours all the happiness and peace of the season and for the year to come!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
Max, Emma and Tasya

Australian Surf Association (ASA) says...

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

Enjoy the hols with family and friends and keep safe!!!
Sun and Surf and beer to ya all!!!!!
Australia Day will be next comp so keep an eye out for it.
Also get down and check out the new Clubhouse.. and meet Duncan the Roo and blinky the Koala who hold up the bar.
Have a Good one.. Des and Rayzza

ASA Clubhouse, Monkey Paw (230, 95, 22)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mari's Mailbag - ARC

How many of you know what ARC is? Avatar Rendering Cost. Having your cost low will help you overcome lag. This is really helpful when surfing. Here is an excerpt from SL Wiki :

"ARC" stands for "Avatar Rendering Cost", an educational tool to help you understand more about sources of Viewer-side lag. Using a point score, Avatar Rendering Cost shows how each avatar
affects the rendering performance of the Viewer. The point score is shown over an avatar's head in green, yellow or red, depending on how costly an avatar is for a graphics card to render.

How is the Avatar Rendering Cost determined?

Each face/polygon on an avatar's attachment is assigned a point (times a multiple).

Characteristics of that face which might slow down rendering determines the multiple.

All the points get added together and presented as "the final cost" estimate of rendering the avatar.

How do I enable Avatar Rendering Cost? Advanced> Rendering> Info Displays> Avatar Rendering Cost

For more info please read:

Holiday Wishes!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Breaking News From the Editor in Chief

Readers of SurfWatch - apparently there is a faction within Second Life (SL) that is passing around doctored chat text of a private conversation I had in SL.  The copy that I saw had been altered from the original chat.  If you receive a copy of this chat, please know that it has been altered.  Also, this activity is illegal in SL and is grounds for suspension.  When people resort to this type of activity, it's desperate, it's evil, it's unethical and you can tell the kind of people by the lies they tell.  Please report this if you get a copy of this altered chat text to me or to Linden Labs.  If they do it to me, they will not hesitate to do it to you next.

Tauri Tigerpaw
Editor in Chief

Busta the Snow Angel...

Wishes you a Happy Holiday!!!

Second Life Holiday Shopping Guide - Mori

reprinted by permission of Lissa Pinion

Just in time for your holiday shopping:
Aloha! This guide is for seasoned Vibers and newcomers alike. A few Landmarks to the shops and locations on the Mori and Tuli sims to find cool stuff, live music, chillaxin zones and activities. Enjoy!!

Sharkbite Surf clothing:  Mori Pwani - Sharkbite (49, 202, 22)
Fashion by Sally LaSalle
"The Spa": Mori Pwani - The Spa (69, 215, 21)
After-sesh recovery zone (with a cold beer)
The famous "Deck at Mori Pwani": Mori Pwani - The Deck (121, 234, 24)
The most famous party deck in SL :-)

Mori Lifeguard Tower:  Mori Pwani -  Lifeguard Tower (119, 195, 24)
A Mori Landmark, literally
"The rezz zone" : Mori Pwani - Rezz Zone "Friends" (142, 206, 21)
Rezz it, surf it, pick it ip
The Volleyball court: Mori  Pwani - Volleyball (155, 216, 21)
Get sweaty, get even ;-)

Vogel Surfwear / SJA Custom boards: Mori Pwani - Vogel/SJA (162, 235, 22)
Customs like only Schrotti can

Reaction Surfboards: Mori Pwani - Reaction (193, 215, 22)
Quad-fins by Radical Twang

Surfari: Mori Pwani - Surfari (206, 208, 22)
Beach clothing by Gia

Analog Surfboards: Mori Pwani - Analog Surf (203, 213, 22)
Analog Jun´s incredible boards

Sands Surfboards: Mori Pwani - Sands Surfshop (212, 184, 22)
Classic style boards by VW Sands

FAKT Surfboards: Mori Pwani - FAKT Surfboards (213, 201, 22)
CLASSIC Old School surfboards by Doxx Dryke

Surfrider Foundation: Tuli Bahari Surfrider Foundation (22, 173, 21)
Our friends at Surfrider, protecting the beaches through education & awareness
Sniper Surfboards: Tuli Bahari - Sniper Surfboards (65, 174, 22)
Sculpty boards, cool designs

Splenduers Surfwear: Tuli Bahari Splenduers Surfwear (85, 171, 24)
Beachwear by Damien

Hula: Tuli Bahari - Hula (142, 170, 24)
Surf clothing by Leilani

Lissa's Closet: tuli Bahari - Lissa's Closet (116, 169, 23)
Women's clothing Flirtini Reseller

The Tuli Bahari Café: Tuli Bahari - Cafe (168, 152, 24)
Live music, killer parties, chillaxin zone

Tuli Bahari Theater: Tuli Bahari Movie Theatre (171, 60, 271)
New feature films each week, grab a friend and a bucket of popcorn

Whitey´s Lair: Mori Pwani - Whiteys Lair (92, 70, 6)