Saturday, January 2, 2010

Laval Gallery Showing - Seascape

Your invited to Pryamid Gallery Artist Opening

Multi Artist Show

Opening Reception: Saturday January 2, 2010
9 - 10am SL time

Bobbi Laval's "Seascape" a celebration of love for the ocean and surfing will be on the second floor of the main pryamid.

Well known in the SL Surfing community, Bobbi Laval first recieved recognition for her in-world surfing photography. Since then her photography and art have taken her to explore many new subjects and techniques. She has become a regular at many galleries around SL and is a regular contributor to many magazines and blogs. But always she has maintained a love for the water and surfing. This show represents that love with a mix of her early photography, latest digital paintings, and artifully manipulated photographs.

Her series of work for the "Fire" show at Kelly Yap Artist/Art Gallery blend SecondLife photography with photostock and digital art to create almost biblical images of fire and brimstone. Many thanks to JoesSistah for overlays used in "Emergence" and Wrapped in Hot".

Laval, Fire at Kelly Yap Gallery, Healy (187, 35, 102).   Also visit Bobbi's Studio Gallery on Kelly Yap Artwalk.  Bobbi's Studio on the Artwalk features sensual abstracts and is home to her "Whimsical" series of original paintings based on children's stories.  Bobbi Laval's Gallery on the Kel, healy (223, 181, 102)

My Heart Bleeds Blue Hunt

If you are a retailer or vendor and you want to be a part of the February "My Heart Bleeds Blue" hunt, contact Celestria Henly or Southie Allen to get a Vendor Entry Form.  If you're interested in particiating, the hunt starts February 1, 2010.  See for more information.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, Pecos!!! (The Year in Review)

Some of you might remember back in June of this year, when Pecos first joined Kantbe Thursday's family and we announced it here in SurfWatch.  2009 has gone so quickly.  Altho I had been part of the SurfWatch staff previously,  on March 6, 2009, I had my first official posting as Editor in Chief with "New SLSA Director Board Seated".  Throughout the year, we covered the loss of Boneyard, the new Second Life Surfing Assocation (SLSA) sim, changing SLSA competition formats and many competition heat draws and results, even posting the heat draws from the very first SLSA competition in 2007. 

Over the year, we interviewed Colleen Brennan, Mick Lunasea, Bobbi Laval, SexyBoy Oh, Analog Jun, Driftwood Miles, Robin Mapp, Yendor Destiny, among others.  We've covered elections, lectures, surfing venues, techniques, whitewater kayaking, the Alter-gate scandal, arrests and resurrections.  We experimented with pieces on relationship advice, announcements, partnerships, real estate, calenders, births and deaths.  Two of our most commented stories were on the Metaverse United Surfers Tour (MUST) piece and surprisingly, the most commented on, was a simple real estate piece on Mori with 42 comments. 

We've covered the SLSA, the Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA), MUST, Xtreme Surf Alliance (XSA), Associacao Brasileira de Surf no SL (ABSSL), Australian Surf Association (ASA), Pacific Coast Xtreme (PCX), Sharkbite mini comps and whitewater kayak comps.  We delved into Real Life (RL) with the Brophy licensing texture piece.  We've covered technology from waves to boards as well as various concerts, parties, events, teams and surfers.   We rolled out as regular features Mari's Mailbag, introducing Marianna Monentes of Boracay Islands, as well as Surfing 101 from Mick Lunasea of Pacific Coast Hwy, and wave technology and other pieces from Syx Toshi of Monkey Cove.  We rolled out our advertising options and linden winning contests.  One of the highlights of my year was the realization of SurfWatch In World Edition, headed by the talented in-world edition editor, Ashleigh Dickins.

Looking back thru this year on all the fun times, the fierce competition, the challenges, the improvements, the failures, the achievements, I can only say how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to share this with you.  My goals for this year were to publish an in-world edition of SurfWatch (check); put together a top notch staff (check); create a mission statement (check); and involve more of the surfing community (check).  My failures are too many to list, altho I have no doubt there are some out there that are adding to that list daily, but thru those failures, I have learned and continue to learn and grow.  I'm not perfect, and I know I have not made perfect decisions.  But I have kept SurfWatch reporting on what is happening in SL surfing.  And personally, I am thoroughly honored to also have been inducted into the SL Surfing Hall of Fame in 2009 for my contributions to SL surfing.

For 2010, in addition to what we currently do, we are looking at adding some form of competition video coverage, to include live coverage and a highlights video.  We are looking to begin our merchandising division to generate additional income to cover SurfWatch costs.  We are always looking for talented people with a love of SL surfing to join our staff as writers, photographers, columnists and now, video specialists.  We will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary in February of 2010, and our first 2010 in-world edition will highlight the best of SurfWatch over two years.

On behalf of SurfWatch and our staff and special contributors, we want to thank you for your continued support.  Have a safe and excellent New Years Eve celebration and we look forward to an exciting 2010!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mari's Mailbag - Team Dating

Dating team mates is usually not a wise decision. When there is a parting of ways, one usually has to leave the team, and the team is left with having to take sides. This is disruptive to the team and unfair to those who are serious about competing. If you want to be on a team "just" to date, you should seriously think of other places to meet people. When it just happens without forethought, then it really cannot be helped. Practicing together often brings mates close together. You also share a common love of surfing and the encouragement you give to one another sometimes brings you closer to each other than you expected. Love happens simply unexpectedly.

There are those in our community who have fallen in love and the bond continued and the team became stronger for it.  It's just when there is a parting of ways that creates all the confusion. One can never predict the outcome unless, of course, you are just on the team to date and meet people.

Teams are about competing; a family with a common goal. If you do fall in love, respect the rest of your mates especially if there is a parting of ways.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA)/SurfWatch (SW) Mele Kalikimaka Celebration Competition

The results of the SLSA/SW Mele Kalimimake mini SL surfing competition:

1st place - Wilfrid DeCuir 15.50
2nd place - Bobbi Laval 15.00
3rd place - Velvetori Twine 12.00


Wilfrid DeCuir (14.00 points - Surf-off: 7.00)*
Lynda Mimulus (14.00 points - Surf off: 6.50)

Kimmy Jigsaw (8.00 points)
Velvetori Twine (11.50 points)*

Bobbi Laval (15.50 points)*
Colleen Brennan (12.00 points)

'A Visit from Surfer Nick'

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all across the sand,
not a creature was stirring, in water or on land;
The surfboards were tucked away with great care,
in hopes that Surfer Nicholas soon would be there.

The surfers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of epic waves danced in their heads;
And Lissa in her bikini, and VW in his santa cap,
Had just left Mori Deck for a long winter's nap.

When out on the beach there arose such a clatter,
VW sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Out to the porch he went, not bothering with a jacket,
He just had to see what was making that racket?

The SL moon gave view to the sandy beach below,
The cool light turning the sand as white as snow;
In the sky over gentle waves he saw his answers,
'twas a minature surfboard, and eight tiny surfers.

With a driver in board shorts, so lively and quick,
He knew in a moment it must be Surfer Nick.
More rapid than dolphins his surfers they came,
And he howled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Robin! Now Aries! Now Pova and Desne!
On, Bobbi! On Sunrize! On Abel and Buffy!
To the top of the dunes! to the top of the wall!
Now surf away! surf away! surf away all!"

As dry sand that before the wild hurricane does fly,
When they met with an obstacle, surf to the sky,
So up to the house-top the surfers they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys, and Surfer Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, he heard on the roof
The dancing and bells...and then in a poof...
VW backed in the house, and was turning around,
When down the chimney Surfer Nicholas came with a bound.

He was wearing just board shorts, and a wide open shirt,
his wet clothes were all tarnished with sand and with soot;
A bundle of surf toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a dream as he opened his pack

His eyes -- were bewildered! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose a strawberry!
His surf chapped mouth was drawn up in a smile,
Said to himself think I will stay here awhile;

The warm Christmas fire reflected in his white teeth,
And he stopped to examine the seashore themed wreath;
He had broad shoulders and washboard abs,
Out from his discarded pack VW saw scurry two crabs.

He was sexy and tan, despite the sand in his shorts,
And VW laughed when he saw him fidget and smile at his cohorts;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon he would be home asleep in his bed.

He spoke not a word, leaving lots of wrapped surf gear,
the crabs filled all the stockings; while he drank his beer,
He caught VW's eye, winked and looked to the roof,
gave him a peace sign and was gone with a poof.

Hanging ten on his mini, board pointed toward home,
They surfed thru the sky on a white tipped cloud foam,
His hand shakin' shaka bro the last thing in sight,
Mele Kalikimaka to all! And to all a good night!

Ashleigh Dickins, Marianna Monentes, Tauri Tigerpaw

Holiday Wishes...

Happy Holidays...

Tristan and Asyah wish you and yours all the best over the holidays!!!