Saturday, March 27, 2010

Second Life Surfing Association West of Ireland Invitational Results

submitted by Ashleigh Dickins

The results of the finals from the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) West of Ireland (WOI) Invitational SL surfing competition from Saturday, March 27, 2010 are listed below.  For scores on prior heats, see


1st - Desirae Beaumont - 15.50000
2nd - Lynda Mimulus - 15.16667
3rd (tie) - Markfoo Waverider & Harbor Piers - 14.83333
4th - Abel Halderman - 14.33333
5th - WickedV Carver - 14.00000

For competition photos, check out Geof Romano's competition shots at:

Second Life Surfing Association Easter Egg Event

Mari's Mailbag - Surfing in Lag

When you begin surfing its easy to find one venue you love and surf that one lots. You should surf all venues to get a feel of all the different conditions. Waves, beaches, and lag are all different. It helps you condition for when you start competing as they use most venues for competitions.

If you avoid the ones with lag, you will have to learn to surf in the lag when events happen. At competitions there will be lag. Yes there are some things you can do to overcome lag. Here is a list. Again, I picked this up and the author isn't listed. Credit is due.

1. Detach all items that use scripts (AO's, jewellry with bling, wings, etc.). Spectators can do this too to help.
2. Change your group title to none.
3. Change your preferences (you may not need to do all of these, just the ones you can live with):
     a. General tab
          i. Change 'Show Names' to 'Never' (you can turn this back on when you finish surfing)
          ii. Select 'Hide My Name On My Screen'
          iii. Select 'Hide My Group Title'
     b. Network tab
          i. Set your Disk Cache Size (MB) to less than 500 MB.
          ii. Click 'Clear Cache' and relog.
     c. Graphics Detail tab
          i. Deselect 'Enable Bumpmapping and Shiny'
          ii. Deselect 'Enable Ripple Water'
          iii. Select 'Normal' for 'Avatar Rendering'
          iv. Select 'Sun and moon only'
          v. Select 'Low' for 'Terrain Detail'
          vi. Move the slide bar for 'Object Mesh', 'Flexible Mesh', 'Tree Mesh', and 'Avatar Mesh' to the far left.
     d. Adv. Graphics tab
          i. Deselect 'Anisotropic Filtering (slower when enabled)'
          ii. Turn down the 'Max Particles' value
     e. Audio & Video tab (I don't recommend doing this)
          i. Move all the slide bars to the far left. Remember to move these back after you surf.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Second Life Surfing Association West of Ireland Invitational Heat Draws

as posted by at 3:pm Thursday, 3/25/10

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) West o Ireland (WOI) Invitational Heat Draws for Saturday, March 27, 2010:

Heat 1

Yendor Destiny (RED)
Markfoo Waverider (BLUE)
Lacy Rossini (GREEN)
Wilfrid Decuir (ORANGE)
Sunrize Mornington (PURPLE)
sven Homewood (BLACK)

Heat 2

Desirae Beaumont (RED)
Maldrul Morris (BLUE)
GiavannaMarie Melody (GREEN)
followingwaves Sirbu (ORANGE)
WickedV Carver (PURPLE)
Jordan Mendle (BLACK)

Heat 3

Harbor Piers (RED)
Rhett McMahn (BLUE)
Colleen Brennan (GREEN)
Cymindra Deschanel (ORANGE)
Kimmy Jigsaw (PURPLE)

Heat 4

Bobbi Laval (RED)
Velvetori Twine (BLUE)
CoolKat Delicioso (GREEN)
Kira Steinbok (ORANGE)
Angelle Aluveaux (PURPLE)

Heat 5

Abel Halderman (RED)
Triston Mayo (BLUE)
Buffy Munro (GREEN)
Painless Skytower (ORANGE)
Desne Aabye (PURPLE)

Heat 6

Maren Macarthur (RED)
Mick Lunasea (BLUE)
Bodhi Lowtide (GREEN)
Lynda Mimulus (ORANGE)
Payten Harrop (PURPLE)

Wait List Order:

1. Kim Henig
2. Quench Spotter
3. Dixson Martian
4. Figger Arun
5. Avidward Flagon
6. Kait Seetan

Wild cards: Desner Aabye and Payten Harrop

Beach Bunny

submitted by Geof Romano

What is the BUNNY SHACK you may ask?  Well, it is NOT a night club, its not a dance club, its not a venue.  It's a simple variant of a store.  It's a space that basicially defies definition.

For those that aren't familiar with the BUNNY SHACK it is the hangout for the Waven Cajun Surf & Beachwear Shop Second Life (SL) group, and it serves as BEACH BUNNY Magazine headquarters.  There you can pick up the latest issue of BEACH BUNNY Magazine - Celebrating the SL beach life, and you can subscribe to it as well at the Subscribe-O-Matic in the center of the shack. Also, on the second floor of the shack, you can find works by the famous Real Life (RL) artist *XABRINA* on display.

And as if that is not enough, you can possibly meet the March BUNNY SHACK PRINCESS OF THE MONTH, none other thin the lovely Miss Fox Sugarplum. You'll be able to pick up a poster of the BUNNY SHACK PRINCESSES while you are there, and pick up a nomination form for the April BUNNY SHACK PRINCESS.  So come on down and enjoy the view of the reef at Bundy and have some fun! (West of Ireland, 34, 230, 24)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

West of Ireland Announces Charity Change

Known in Second Life (SL) for its longstanding support of Project Children, West of Ireland (WOI) representative, Sioban McMahon, today announced changes that WOI will be making to its charitiable sponsorship. "Saturday night, after the surfing comp, I received an email from the president of the South Texas Celtic Music Association (STCMA). He had heard from the Texas chapter of Project Children. I don't have all the details, but the Texas chapter is changing direction in their fundraising. They want to move away from having music events such as the STCMA's annual festival or our work in SL as Project Children fundraising events. I'm not certain what their new approach will be. The end result, however, is that we are still a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to promote Irish and Celtic culture. We are in the process of finding a new charity with whom to link. The charity needs to have 501c3 status, must be well respected, and fits in with our general theme (related to Irish children or other Irish charity, or an international children's charity). It will take us a couple weeks, at least, to get the new relationship set up. We'll hold events as scheduled but we won't be asking for donations." 

She added, "We ask our friends to be patient with us. We're here to stay, but are in a time of change."  McMahon promises any monies raised to date in support of Project Children will be forwarded to that charity.  Any performers booked for the next few weeks have agreed to continue to support WOI and perform as scheduled while WOI determines their next charitable focus, and McMahon adds,  "All of us at WOI are grateful to them." 

Stay tuned to SurfWatch for more information regarding this important WOI charitiable change.

"Ever since my twelfth, I've been looking forward to my sweet sixteen."

submitted by Ashleigh Dickins

The quote in the title is from one of the best movies of all time, and definitely one of the most quotable.

After attending Lacy Rossini's fantastic Sweet Sixteen surprise party on Maa on March 19, I have the urge to indulge my inner dork and settle in to watch Sixteen Candles, the movie that quote was from. In it, the family forgets Samantha's (Molly Ringwald) birthday. 

Luckily for Lacy, she did not suffer the same fate.

This party was certainly sweet and fit for a princess.

 With a Renaissance theme, the grounds were decorated with a gorgeous castle custom made for the birthday girl by Fibber Shin, and surrounded by gardens.

Fancily dressed party attendees entered under an arch and into the castle where they were graciously greeted as Lords and Ladies.

The lovely birthday girl enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends and dancing to music from DJ's Lynda Mimulus & Desirae Beaumont.

 There was also a large tiered birthday cake with candles to be blown out. The birthday girl's parents, Wilfrid Decuir and Kimmy Jigsaw were there, of course, as well as brother MarkFoo Waverider.

Among the surprises was also a beautiful dress custom made by Velvetori Twine of Velvet Rhythms. The party was organized by MaryAnn Maa of Maa Vista & Eons Ballroom.

So now I paraphrase Jake Ryan and say "Happy Birthday, Lacy. Make a wish." I hope that if it hasn't already, it does come true.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SurfWatch - Second Life's Surfing Information Source

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Promising Surfer Series - Harbor Piers

submitted by Marianna Monentes

As Second Life (SL) surfing rolls into the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) 2010 surfing season, SurfWatch is dedicated to bringing to you those surfers that stand out from the pack in the Promising Surfers series. This edition, we're proud to present: Harbor Piers.

SurfWatch:  How does it feel to have stood on that winners podium?

Harbor Piers:  Simply put, it felt good. I had so much fun surfing that day and with placing 36th in the previous season's Mori Comp, standing on the podium was rewarding.

SW:  You placed 2nd with Desirae Beaumont and Bobbi Laval at Mori Pwani Invitational. What was that like to be in a 3 way tie?
HP:  To stand at the podium with Desi and Bobbi was an honor. These are surfers that I have always looked up to and who mean a lot to SL surfing in general. It wasn't long ago that Bobbi was teaching me how to surf fluffies, and now being at the podium with them was in a way, a humbling experience.

SW:   You just recently placed 3rd at SurfJam 15 at Mori. Way to go!  Tell us about the day. What was the highlight?
HP:  The day was really fun. SJ 15 really showcased what SL surifng is all about, especially with the no mod board rule. I had so much fun surfing and being able to surf fluffs. Honestly, the highlight of that day was me seeing MarkFoo (Waverider) make some really great pipe transitions. This may sound funny but it almost felt inspirational and motivating at the same time. Being at the podium with Mark and Kim Henig was an honor.

SW:  When did you begin surfing?
HP:  If I remember, I began surfing about a week after my first rezz day. Back then, I only came on SL once in a while, but when I did, I was surfing. I'd say I surfed on SL about 6 months before I gave the thought of competition any consideration. In Real Life (RL),  I feel surfing isn't about winning and losing, but when I realized that the community and love of surfing all come together in a virtual world for a compeition, I couldn't pass it up.

SW:  You are Team Boracay's owner and Captain. What is your best advice you give?
HP:  My best advice for a competition is to have fun and to do your thing.

SW:  What is the best surfing tip you have received?
HP:  This is a tough question. Many people have tried to help me with bits and pieces of it all that finally come together. The best surfing tip is to enjoy yourself, because if you can do that, you can't go wrong.

SW:  Who gave you the best surfing advice?
HP:  Many surfers have given me advice. Even the tiniest bits of advice go a long way. Off the top of my head, I'd like to thank Triston Mayo, Bobbi Lavel, Wicked Carver, Sexyboy Oh, Giavanna Melody, Kimmy Jigsaw, Marianna Monentes, Desirae Beaumont, and anyone and everyone that I have come into contact with at one time or another.

SW:  What is your favorite aspect of SL surfing?
HP:  My favorite aspect is the feeling you can get from sitting out past the breakers waiting for your ride, completely alone on a sim, or even with a crowded lineup. Also, the community of surfing. I just love the fact that we are a group of different people all coming together for the love of surfing, shredding and spinning like maniacs (laughs).

SW:  Do you surf in RL?
HP:  Yes, I do since I've been about 5 years old. Being from Jersey, it's hard to get to surf often during the winter, but those few months of summer and even the fewer amounts of good surf days are completely worth it. It is a huge passion of mine, and it is something I hold very close to my heart.

SW:  What prompted you to try SL surfing ?
HP:  The very first thing I ever did in Second Life was go to the old Reaction Surf Shop at Boneyard. I think I actually saw it under the "Showcase" section and just being a curious second life noob, decided to teleport. When there, I seemed to have met the nicest people who helped me out. From there, I also went to Quan Li Namiko shop where I talked to an original SL surfer, Aries Ashton, who led me to Weather Island. Then I met Sebastian (Saramago)at Weather Island, who gave me a board to use. I've been surfing ever since.

SW:  Whats your favorite board?
HP:  Currently, my favorite board is the board I surfed SurfJam 15 with, which is the SJA surfboard Fish Basic. I also recently had a new design made for one of my boards, which is a seagull in flight, designed by Angelle Aluveaux.

SW:  What advice would you give to a beginning surfer?
HP:  Enjoy yourself and welcome to SL surfing! Also, be patient. I don't know about all the surfers, but I am here to help any new surfers learn anything I can offer.  So if you are a new surfer, feel free to contact me. Have Fun!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

SurfSide Hideaway Week 3-21-10

Come join us at our Tai for at a fun, relaxed time at Surfside Hideway and dance in the hideaway's dance floor pool. Come in your favorite beach wear, come dressed casually, come dressed formally, come as you
are..... just come!

Sunday 3/21

1:00 PM SLT Kitzie Lane

Monday 3/22
1:00 PM SLT SLavE Girls
2:00 PM SLT Tauri Tigerpaw
3:00 PM SLT Cree Cybertar

Tuesday 3/23

2:00 PM SLT TerryLynn Melody
3:00pm Hayduke Schnook

Wednesday 3/24
1:00 PM SLT Lexie Luan
2:00 PM SLT Zorch Boomhauer