Saturday, May 22, 2010

SLSA Tai Sharkbite Shortboard Invitational Results for Saturday, May 22, 2010

scores courtesy Ashleigh Dickins

The results of the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Tai Sharkbite Shortboard Invitational:


1st- Abel Halderman - 16.16
2nd- Yendor Destiny & Bobbi Laval (TIE) - 15.83
4th- Desirae Beaumont - 15.66
5th- QUENCH Spotter - 15.00
6th- Sunrize Mornington - 14.66

Semis - (Rank based on total of first heat and semi heat.):

7th- MarkFoo Waverider - 30.66
8th- Sally LaSalle - 30.16
9th- Wilfrid DeCuir - 29.99
10th- Lynda Mimulus - 29.16
11th- Harbor Piers - 28.99
12th- Kim Henig - 27.33

First Heats:

13th- Sven Homewood, Triston Mayo, Velvetori Twine - 15.00
16th- Rayzza Rubble - 14.50
17th- followingwaves Sirbu - 14.33
18th- Mick Lunasea, Colleen Brennan, Jordan Mendle, Cymindra Deschanel - 14.16
22nd- Avidward Flagon - 13.83
23rd- Figger Arun - 13.50
24th- Maldrul Morris - 10.83
WickedV Carver, CoolKat Delicioso, Desne Aabye, Arjuna Bombastic, Painless Skytower, Lacy Rossini, Jank Metall - DNS

Friday Tuli Mini Comp Results

Scores courtesy Abel Halderman

A spur of the moment mini Second Life (SL) surfing competition at Tuli yielded a larger than average turnout with the following results:

Lynda Mimulus 43

Harbor Piers 42

Kim Henig 40

Oldsurferdude Danitz 37

Kait Seetan 25 (DNC in 3rd round)

Wave and Board Reports: Who's Knocking at the Door

submitted by Colleen Brennan

Latest reports on the new SSi wave, Cortes:  Mick Lunasea claims it's so good, you can even surf a door on it!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Follow Friday - Torley Linden and the Tips & Tricks team!

submitted by Ashleigh Dickins

You know Social Media is exploding when your Dad had thousands of friends on MySpace and your Mom chats with your aunts and older cousins on Facebook. Fortunately for me, neither have truly discovered Twitter yet. Even if they did, I'm not sure they could keep up with that kind of fast pace. I, on the other hand, have found a deep love for Twitter. What had started as a social networking site to keep up with friends and provide for those who enjoy doling out the 'tmi,' is now also a wonderful marketing tool for all manner of businesses and celebrities. I follow celebs, talk shows, local businesses; and I get updates on new projects, appearances, tips, and notices of special sales.

What I find great about Twitter for my real life can also be found for my Second Life. For instance, Second Life has a twitter account.  Actually, many twitter accounts. But perhaps even more of use is the account of one particular Linden. Everyone's favorite pink and green clad explorer and tutorialist, Torley Linden.

Not only is Torley a fantastic photographer and great help to all of SL, he's funny to follow and very informative. Plus, we here at SurfWatch have a soft spot for Torley since he let us use some of his photographs as stamps in one of our in-world editions. Examples of what Torley shares: Links to his photos on Flickr, Updates on new video tutorials on YouTube, Alerts on when he's available to chat in SL, Funny quotes, Tidbits from Torley's real life allowing insight into his personality.

When I contacted Torley about this piece he was flattered but pointed out that his twitter is just his personal account of life, first and second and everything in between. For something oriented more towards strictly Second Life, check out Linden Labs' Tips & Tricks blog from the Doc Team!! You can get the latest from Torley along with Jon, Jeremy, and Kate (all Lindens of course) at

Follow @Torley on twitter! And add the Tips & Tricks blog to your favorite RSS feeder!

SLSA Announces Candidates

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) has just released the names of the candidates running for office to fill the 3 open director seats on June 1, 2010:

Countess Decosta
Harbor Piers
Kimmy Jigsaw

As there are 3 candidates and 3 open seats, these candidates will be the new Directors on June 1, 2010.  However, voting is still important this election to endorse the candidates with SLSA membership support, as well as to break in the new voting machine as the official voting method of the SLSA.  Please vote.

SLSA Tai Sharkbite Shortboard Invitational Heat Draws for May 22, 2010

as posted at 5/20/10 5:06 AM SLT

The Tai Sharkbite Shortboard Invitational will be starting at 11:00am sharp - Heat one check in at 10:45 please!! Each heat will take about 30 minutes. Make sure you are there for your heat. We ask that all surfers be off the beach and in the stands at 10:45am to ensure we are able to get everyone set up and in place to start promptly. Each Heat is 3 waves per Surfer, including the Semi-Finals, anticipated to be 3 Heats long. The exception is the Finals which are 4 waves per Surfer.

Please be sure to reduce lag by detaching your excess attachments and removing ALL Scripted attachments if you are competing. While spectators are not forced to do the same unless it gets really bad out there, it is highly recommended in order to have a more enjoyable experience. Feel free to bring along friends and have them watch from the spectator stands! While we encourage you to cheer on your friends, please remember that gestures can spam chat if they are multi-lined, and the audio files needed to add any sounds are then force downloaded by all of the listening avatars, which ads to their lag. Basically, be considerate of everyone there, don't be wearing a scripted ball gown, sculpted and scripted hair, and shoes that bling and make walking sounds when everyone else is in swimsuits, barefoot, and as close to bald as they can get.  (I have seen that yes, but not at a surf comp. At other laggy events.)

Most importantly, Please do not touch or edit/edit-touch any equipment during the competition. This includes official SLSA equipment such as the Marshall relay, the judge's scorebox; also the waves, or competitors surfboards, and be sure your friends know not to do this either. It will result in an immediate warning which if not heeded will result in further security actions.

Now! Here's the heat draws, this time I learned my lesson and there are less surfers per heat. I hope this one runs more smoothly than my last go. Good luck to all the competitors and staff. May the waves be fast and whole, may your boards stay afloat and turn swift, and may the Lindens take a day off and not screw with the servers! Oh, and may we all not crash. In Philip's name, amen.

-Ashleigh, Head Judge!

Heat One:

Yendor Destiny (RED)
WickedV Carver (BLUE)
CoolKat Delicioso (GREEN)
Wilfrid DeCuir (ORANGE)
sven Homewood (PURPLE)
Desne Aabye (BLACK)

Heat Two:

Desirae Beaumont (RED)
Triston Mayo (BLUE)
Kim Henig (GREEN)
Mick Lunasea (ORANGE)
Arjuna Bombastic (PURPLE)

Heat Three:

Bobbi Laval (RED)
Lynda Mimulus (BLUE)
Painless Skytower (GREEN)
Avidward Flagon (ORANGE)
Figger Arun (PURPLE)

Heat Four:

Harbor Piers (RED)
Colleen Brennan (BLUE)
Lacy Rossini (GREEN)
Sally LaSalle (ORANGE)
Rayzza Rubble (PURPLE)

Heat Five:

MarkFoo Waverider (RED)
Sunrize Mornington (BLUE)
Velvetori Twine (GREEN)
followingwaves Sirbu (ORANGE)
Jank Metall (PURPLE)

Heat Six:

Abel Halderman (RED)
Maldrul Morris (BLUE)
Jordan Mendle (GREEN)
Cymindra Deschanel (PURPLE)

Tsunami Beach Boardwalk Shop Association Swimsuit Photo Contest

5 0 0 0 L i n P R I Z E M O N E Y ! !

+++++++++++++U P D A T E++++++++++++++++++
Thanks to the generous sponsors of this event there will now be a R A F F L E portion of 1000L prize in addition to the other prizes. Wow!! So this means ALL photos entered will be eligable to win 1000L regardless of the number of votes, whether you have 0 votes or 214,928 votes your odds of winning the 1000L are just the same!!
Take a picture in any swimsuit for your chance to win a share of at least 5000$L and a TBBSA/SBAA surf board. Solo or with friends all pictures are accepted. The Pic is totally up to you, get as Sexy and Creative as you can. Deadline is Fri, May 21st at 6pm SLT and the drop box is in at

New April Island, Freeport (3, 136, 23)



Voting will commence shortly after, the winner announced on Fri, June 4th. Good Luck to All. PG pics will be posted on the Waven Cajun Flickr page, entries can be PG, Mature or Adult
If you have any questions contact Geof Romano

There will be at least 5000L shared among THREE winners - the pot can grow during the contest, but will be no less then 5000L. Winners get to split the pot in following %:

1st Place: 75%
- TBBSA/SBAA Surf Board

2nd Place: 20%

3rd Place: 5%

Additional prizes maybe announced as the contest progresses!

OceanView Gym
Waven Cajun
DW Surf
Island Sea Dreams
Yen Designs
Beach Bunny
Surf Board Art Assoc.
Velvet Rythms
Free Licious
Surf Shop 6
HP Surf Systems

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wave and Board Reports: Welcome to the Gun Show

Oldsurferdude Danitz recently took a test run on the newest HP5 surfboard, PRancha de surf HP5, Gun.  According to Danitz, "It rides great being a real life surfer ...the animation is spot on ....takes some getting used to ..but think it will be realy cool once mastered."  Coming from an RL surfing background, he adds, "It cuts and turns on the wave like RL even get wipeouts remember to wear your leash (smiles)."

Promising Surfer: Arjuna Bombastic

submitted by Marianna Monentes

As Second Life (SL) surfing continues 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: Arjuna Bombastic.

SurfWatch:  How does it feel to have stood on that winners podium?
Arjuna Bombastic:  Its a rush. I technically wasn't on the podium cause I was 4th, but just to be in the finals, any finals, is always a rush - lekker.

SW:  You placed 4th in only your second event. That is amazing whats your secret?
AB:  Well there are 3 things.  Firstly, can't do anything without the amazing surfers of SLSA. All are so willing to help out and point me in the right direction, very encouraging, and willing to sacrifice their own time to help an enthusiastic young tyke like me!  Secondly, I like to be an artist, and I can only express myself on the waves if I have the basic tools to do it. I spend alot of time with the best surfers in SL to learn how to do the basics, how to surf up and down a wave, to understand and learn the wave, to appreciate its subtle movements and how a shift in weight even from my front to back foot can set me on a different vector when infused with the power of the wave.  Thirdly, I like to have fun. The rush of maxing out a wave is the same to me like making love to a woman, taking a woman to climax again and again and again.  Each wave is different but the satisfaction after is euphoric.  The sense of triumph and mastery and, well, the process getting there, makes my blood pump like a raging river, strong, wild , powerful and always in control

SW:  Tell us about the day. What was the highlight?
AB:  This was my second competition so I was not a barrel of nerves at all. In fact, it was the complete opposite.  I was loosey goosey, surfed with my cowboy hat and shades, had on my helmet of Thor.  It was a blast.  Unlike my first competition, I was not focused on the result of my surf, whether I would fall off, etc.  I just went out there to have fun.  Heck , my first heat ride was the first time I got on the new wave at Chi!  The highlight was the actual surfing as it is usually. A wave is like a woman for me. I enjoy the dance, starting out with the foreplay, then taking control before we both reach a shattering climax in the zephyr of our emotion and experience.  Yes, a wave to me is like a woman, and the highlight was with her, especially since it was our first time (wink).

SW:  When did you begin surfing?
AB:  I would say sometime in late March.  It was maybe two weeks before the open in Monkey, which I entered.

SW:  What is the best surfing tip you have gotten?
AB:  Don't let competition take the fun out of surfing.  Enjoy the ride.

SW:  Who gave you the best surfing advice?
AB:  The best advice in general that I live by is from the Lion King, " Hakuna Matata ... "  It means no worries (smiles).

SW:  What is your favorite aspect of SL surfing?
AB:  The challenge of making a wave yield to me (smiles).

SW:  Do you surf RL (Real Life)?
AB:  Wind surfing.  Where I am in RL, the waves ar not strong enough for surfing.

SW:  What prompted you to try SL surfing ?
AB:  I like the artistry and freedom of expression. I came by one day at Mori and  the rest, as they say, is history. I must add though, that there were some amazing looking women on the beach that day as well (wink).

SW:  What advice would you give to a beginning surfer?
AB:  Don't be afraid to make friends here. So many people to learn from and help you out and are willing to shred the waves with you and to teach you, as well.  Enjoy your experience, live the dream....Hakuna Matata.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SurfWatch Headquarters New Location

SurfWatch is very proud to announce the new headquarters location at Boracay Islands!  Come visit and hang out at SurfWatch Headquarters and be our receptionist for the day.

Mari covering the receptionist desk while Tauri gets the coffee.

You can watch the SurfWatch staff working on leads,

Tauri hard at work following leads.

or preparing for the next video production. 
Mari planning the next phase of video production.

Be there at the right time, and you can join us for an infamous staff meeting!
Aeryn, Mari and Tauri in a Pre-production Meeting.

Enjoy the many amenities Boracay Islands has to offer, including:

SurfWatch HQ
The Boracay Bar
Sunset Dining/Dance Pavilion
Eagle's Peak Dancing
Campfire Chats
Now at Boracay Islands (99, 68, 24)!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SurfWatch In-World Edition

SurfWatch In-World Edition is set for publication on June 1, 2010.  If you are interested in advertising in the very popular In-World edition of SurfWatch, contact Ashleigh Dickins, SurfWatch In-World Edition Editor, for details by May 26, 2010.  And buckle in for this very special edition of SurfWatch In-World's trip to the future!

SLSA Director Nomination Deadline

Reminder:  The deadline for submitting your intent to run for Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Director is Tuesday, May 18, 2010.  Follow the instructions at:  to fill 3 seats opening up and be the change you want in your SL surfing community.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mari's Mailbag: Keeping it Real

I just recently faced an issue that tested my forgiveness and my trust in people. I came to realize that one must first learn to trust ourselves and follow our instincts. By doing so, I feel friendships were saved and trusts protected. All to often we rush to judgement and play the blame game. Its sometimes easier to blame others and not take responsibility for our own actions. I have noticed in Second Life (SL), this blame game can be lethal. Many people I have known have left SL because of the lack of trust. Trust is the very core of all we know to be what's real. Unfortunately there are those that don't take this as real.  They have fantasies and the reality is a figment of their imaginations. This is real, folks. Real people are behind the avatar. Real feelings. If you must create a fantasy to enjoy yourself, remember to never forget that the other players you include in your fantasy are very real. It's not just about you. It's about all that you include to be part of your journey in this life we call Second Life.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

International Invitational World Cup Results

submitted by Colleen Brennan


Bobbi Laval #14 16.25
MarkFoo Waverider #1 15.5
Second1819 Actor #4 14.5
Lynda Mimulus #7 13.5
Cird Taurus #18 13


MarkFoo Waverider #1 14.25
Cristyano Winstanley #2 9.75
VW Sands #3 8.25
Second1819 Actor #4 14.5
Jaguar Faulkes #5 10.75
Nara Rugani #6 11
Lynda Mimulus #7 14.25
Sepultura Aldrin #8 8.75
Wilfrid DeCuir #9 12.5
Rossano Petrov #10 6.25
Leogarto Burt #11 12.75
Luscious Starship #12 12
Bon Bonham #13 10.5
Bobbi Laval #14 16
Lourinho Ninza #15 10
Guiloan Graves #16 13
Dincan Mathy #17 6.25
Cird Taurus #18 13.25
Lacy Rossini #19 11
Painless Skytower #20 11.5
Followingwaves Sirbu #21 10