Saturday, May 29, 2010

Director Elect Kimmy Jigsaw

submitted by Lissa Pinion

On June 1, 2010, the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) will elect three new Directors to fill the seats of three departing Directors who have fulfilled their 6 month terms. Although only three candidates stepped forward with their intent to run for the three soon to be open seats, the election will still be held per the SLSA constitution. SurfWatch is conducting in-depth interviews in order for the members of the SLSA to better know the new Directors who will be representing them. We will not begin posting the interviews until all of the candidates wishing to participate have turned them in. As this is a voluntary process for the benefit of the group as a whole, SurfWatch will note if a candidate wishes to decline the interview when the interviews are posted.



Candidate Name: Kimmy Jigsaw

SurfWatch: You are currently ranked #26 for this season's SLSA surf rankings and you've been SL surfing for more than 3 years. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What qualifications, skills, competencies, traits, etc. would you bring as a director and why are you running?
Kimmy Jigsaw: I am running plainly and simply because I love the SLSA. I helped found it originally, and I know that it hits its highest potential when it is about fun and friendship. I have been involved in SLSA surfing since its inception. Along the way, I have made some of my best and most lasting friendships. We have bonded through surfing. From the start, this group was by surfers for surfers, and I want it to be that way always. I see the job of Board member as working for the surfers, not as being "in charge of surfing." This group started with grassroots dictating its path and has always been at its best when that is the case.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
KJ: The best thing we can improve is communication. I propose regular town hall meetings by the Directors . It must be made clear that the Board works for the people and that all serious ideas will receive serious consideration.

SW: What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general, and what would be your first priority as an SLSA Director?
KJ: Well the top issue as always is group spirit. This is a people group on a social networking platform. If the people are not happy and not socially interacting, we have nothing but empty titles. We need to always be a welcoming group as well and let the new members know that, from day one, they matter. As I have already mentioned, I look forward to instituting town hall meetings and would also like to have a recruiting and training program started for new members. The rewards for participating for our old members are good new friends, fun surfing, and new positive spirit for the group.

SW: Why are you the best candidate for this job?
KJ: Well I hesitate to use the word "best" as a description. I am more comfortable with saying that I am "highly qualified". I have served before. I am willing to serve now, and I have years of experience in the SLSA at varied positions. I have been a Director, a Comp Official, Event Organizer, Judge, Team Captain. League Founder, Team Founder. In all my years here, I have been about building SL surfing. But the one title I like best is "surfer". I have always been a surfer and always will be. When I am on the Board, I will be a surfer first. Though I will not actively compete once elected, in terms of making any and all decisions, they will be done from the heart of a surfer.

SW: What were you most satisfied with as an SLSA member last season? What were you most dissatisfied with?
KJ: I was most satisfied with the continuing evolution of SL surfing in terms of boards and waves. Thank you Seb (Sebastian Saramago) and Heather (Heather Goodliffe) for yet another great advancement with the new wave. I have been very pleased with the spirit and enthusiasm of some of our newest members. Of course, I am very proud of my own Tai Chi Team and always pleased with them. I think the one thing I was most dissatisfied with was communication and the Board seeming to be a bit remote from the surfers.

SW: Anything else you would like voters to know about you?
KJ: I love surfing in SL. I love my friends and my team. I sometimes have been a bit vocal about things and regret some of my past behavior. I hope people will forgive some things and realize that at the root of my past reactions has always been this love I have for the sport, the league, the team, and my friends. I am very approachable as a person and love making new friends. I try to treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve. I will promise to not allow my passions to override my duty to maintain a professional demeanor as a Board member representing our whole group.

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2010 and possible issues moving into Season 2 (listed below):
1. Were you concerned with the low number of competitors signed up for the SLSA R1 May 15 Tai competition, and what do you foresee for the future of the two-round, two-weekend SLSA competition format?
KJ: Well that is always a concern but historically, once Spring has sprung and season rankings start to get set, we have had a decline in participation. In some years, we have countered this through the recruitment of new surfers. I go back to my earlier comment, and believe this should be one mission of the SLSA. Let new people know that they are welcome and that our comps are open to surfers of all levels. We may just need to reach out a little better and be more welcoming.

2.Do you have any concerns or opinions on competitors also working as officials during the same comp?
KJ: Not really as they won't work in the same session that they compete in. The two stage system was designed to welcome participation by our most experienced members. It gives them a chance to give back and in theory, allows for more diversity of staff. If anything, I believe we should increase the ranks of those qualified to judge and have more rotation in those positions. If we have only one opinion, then everyone has to surf to that opinion. Consistency is nice but within reasonable standards we can have consistent judging and a diversity of judges. That also would eliminate the criticism that judges have a vested interest.

3.Should SLSA HOF members be required to be SLSA members?
KJ: No, though I believe that once inducted, they are lifetime members.

4.Should alts be prohibited from entering competitions as "new" and upcoming surfers?
KJ: This is a matter of self governance. I would feel a little sad for someone if that was their only motivation to make an alt, to create some fake glory. But, at the same time, we need to recognize there are other reasons people might create an alt and they have no duty to tell us all their personal business and have us approve or disapprove. I think this is one area where governing least is governing best. We have to have some faith in our members having personal integrity. Usually those who don't, expose themselves anyway. So as far as SLSA becoming a secret police doing background checks on new people to see if they might be an alt, I do not approve. Let's look at an example that I personally think would be an invasion of privacy: Surfer A and Surfer B are married in RL and share a home and IP address. They don't however share in SL that they are spouses. Surfer A enjoys surfing and Surfer B witnesses this and decides to have a go at it as well. He makes an alt to be his surf person. Someone at SLSA checks IP addresses and accuses B of being A's alt. Well, the SLSA has no right to invade privacy in this way and definitely has no place to stand in judgement demanding any explanations. So in short, I just think this is one direction the SLSA should not get involved and rely on its members to have intergrity personally and as a group.

5.With the lack of available full sims to host SLSA surf comps, should we rely more heavily on the SLSA sim? What other activities should the SLSA sim be used for?
KJ: Well this is a very good question. I know that the sim is probably the SLSA's biggest expense and least utilized resource. I actually will demand that it be put into productive use or eliminated. One thing we have to realize is that the sim was requested by members but never really used by them. Perhaps that is because the Board was running it and not the members? I will immediately call for an action plan with accountability. We will have to have a plan in place and demand that certain results be achieved, or I would advocate eliminating the SLSA sim based on pure common sense. As far as sim availability, we may need to do better outreach and adjust our attitudes to show that we appreciate being allowed to have a comp at a sim. In the past, I believe sometimes the message was unintentionally delivered that the SLSA thought it was doing the sim some giant favor. The relationship between the SLSA and the surfing sims should be mutually beneficial, and we should all be thankful when we have a nice place to surf.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Director Elect Countess (Connie) Decosta

submitted by Lissa Pinion

On June 1, 2010, the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) will elect three new Directors to fill the seats of three departing Directors who have fulfilled their 6 month terms. Although only three candidates stepped forward with their intent to run for the three soon to be open seats, the election will still be held per the SLSA constitution. SurfWatch is conducting in-depth interviews in order for the members of the SLSA to better know the new Directors who will be representing them. We will not begin posting the interviews until all of the candidates wishing to participate have turned them in. As this is a voluntary process for the benefit of the group as a whole, SurfWatch will note if a candidate wishes to decline the interview when the interviews are posted.

Director Elect: Countess Decosta ( known as Connie)

SurfWatch: You are currently ranked 48 for last season's SLSA surf rankings, and you've been SL surfing for more than 3 years. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What qualifications, skills, competencies, traits, etc. would you bring as a director and why are you running?
Connie Decosta: Im currently ranked out there someplace but surfing is what you make it. Friends, good times and having laughs. It's not about winning or who's better or rankings. I believe everyone is ranked number one. My real life as I grew up in the water on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. My first board at the age of 10 and seeing this gaint wave powering down on me. My first wipeout at 10, I still remember. 40 yrs on (laughs). Never give up I say.  Pick that board up and head out again and conquer that wave. And I did. Spent over 10 years in the surfing scene, Iron Women circuit, and love the feel of the salt air and the ocean beneath me. I couldn't think of a day I haven't been around it. SL surfing rocks. I came across it one day at Surf City and met a bunch of cool surfer dudes who said hell yeah, there's surfing in SL.  I thought, OMG, what a buzz.  I grabbed my first SL board and ran straight out into the surf not knowing how to ride the board.  NO FEAR (laughs).  I love it.. The fact that a community can come together and hang and surf with friends is all good in my book. My reason for running as a director is one of pure and total love for surfing. My love to have fun and enjoy surfing, I hope can only pass on and help others to enjoy it as I always have. Wanting to do my part and hopefully help anyone that is looking to surf and join our surfing family.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
CD: Including all time zones and year round comps for those in other parts of the world to enjoy. Off season comps for those who love to surf

SW: What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general, and what would be your first priority as an SLSA director?
CD: Grabbing a wave and surfing. But seriously, mmmm, bringing people together and enjoying surfing for what surfing is about. Having fun and not caring who wins or loses.  Everyone is a winnner in my eyes for having surfed in SL.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
CD: To bring people together with smiles.

SW: What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general, and what would be your first priority as an SLSA director?
CD: To listen to the Surfers.

SW: Why are you the best candidate for this job?
CD: Cause just cause.

SW: What were you most satisfied with as an SLSA member last season?
CD: PARTIESssss.

SW: What were you most dissatisfied with?
CD: Unable to prefect that perfect wipeout.

SW: Anything else you would like voters to know about you?
CD: If nothing else works "TALK TO THE HAND"

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2010 and possible issues moving into Season 2 (listed below):
1. Were you concerned with the low number of competitors signed up for the SLSA R1 May 15 Tai competition, and what do you foresee for the future of the two-round, two-weekend SLSA competition format?
CD: Yes. I have felt the numbers dropping but the love of my life (Yendor Destiny) and friends around me have kept me as surfing. As I have sat back and watched people leaving for whatever reasons good/bad or ugly, at the end of the day my motto is "DON'T OPEN YOUR MOUTH UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING NICE TO SAY".  I'm not coming onto this Board to automatically change things. There are formats in place and already this season is under way. So what we need to do is ask the surfers and listen to what they want and maybe introduce something new in the seasons to come.

2. Do you have any concerns or opinions on competitors also working as officials during the same comp?
CD: YES.  While I am Director, I WILL NOT SURF.

3. Should SLSA HOF members be required to be SLSA members?
CD:  Why not, I say.

4. Should alts be prohibited from entering competitions as "new" and upcoming surfers?
CD: (laughs) Who cares really if people have to change names ???? HOW do you stop it really?

5. With the lack of available full sims to host SLSA surf comps, should we rely more heavily on the SLSA sim? What other activities should the SLSA sim be used for?
CD: Why not, I ask again?  But we need to look out for NEW sims opening up and getting them involved. SLSA could be involved in any projects SL has going.   If anyone sees an SL project happening and thinks the surfing world could join in LET US KNOW.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Director Elect Harbor Piers

submitted by Lissa Pinion

On June 1, 2010, the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) will elect three new Directors to fill the seats of three departing Directors who have fulfilled their 6 month terms. Although only three candidates stepped forward with their intent to run for the three soon to be open seats, the election will still be held per the SLSA constitution. SurfWatch is conducting in-depth interviews in order for the members of the SLSA to better know the new Directors who will be representing them. We will not begin posting the interviews until all of the candidates wishing to participate have turned them in. As this is a voluntary process for the benefit of the group as a whole, SurfWatch will note if a candidate wishes to decline the interview when the interviews are posted.




Director Elect: Harbor Piers

SurfWatch: You are currently ranked #3 for last season's SLSA surf rankings and you've been SL surfing for more than a year. We understand you have announced your intent to run for SLSA Director this term. What qualifications, skills, competencies, traits, etc. would you bring as a director and why are you running?
Harbor Piers: If you count the time I had surfed before ever competing, I have been surfing for about a year and a half. All in all, rankings don’t mean all that much to me, only the feeling of being satisfied with the surf. As far as my qualifications in SL surfing, I am currently Captain and Owner of Team Boracay, surfing out of the beautiful Boracay Islands sim owned by Marianna Monentes. I’ve also recently began to write short pieces for SurfWatch Magazine. Although those things are okay, my true qualifications to be on the Board of Directors lie in my qualities of being a good communicator, a highly motivated personality, and creative abilities to think outside of the box.
This season I have decided to run for a SLSA Director spot because I feel like I can help bring something back to SL surfing. My first and foremost aim is to improve communication within the surf community. By improving communicability, it will in a way make the SLSA more “user friendly” for new surfers and experienced surfers alike. Another one of my aims is to bring the SLSA Board to the surfers, to put the power back into the surfers. My overall goal is to promote what we all love…. surfing.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
HP: The SLSA as an organization has been run very well, although there is always room for improvement. As I said before, one very easy thing to accomplish that would improve the SLSA tremendously is to close the gap of communication. Even as a current surfer who reads every notice sent, there is still much confusion among the community. Mainly, we need to look past communication and really aim to help surfers become aware of what the community has to offer. Simple postings of new links, perhaps an SLSA subscriber, would be easy to do and would benefit everyone.

SW:  What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general, and what would be your first priority as an SLSA director?
HP:  For SL surfing in general, I don’t believe there are too many issues. I suppose the main issue would be that surf sims take a lot of work to run, in a financial sense. One of my priorities as an SLSA director would be to think of a way that we can raise more money for the SLSA, perhaps throwing a benefit and raffles. I would also like to bring in more items for the SLSA store. Let’s face it, without our very generous sponsors and individuals in the surfing community, SL surfing would not be the same.

SW: Why are you the best candidate for this job?
HP: Simply put, I am an extremely motivated individual who loves to surf and WANTS to promote surfing to the best of my ability. Surfing is a huge passion of mine and I want to make a difference. Given the opportunity, I am confident that I will.

SW: What were you most satisfied with as an SLSA member last season? What were you most dissatisfied with?
HP: Last season, I was most satisfied with the effort and time put in by the SLSA staff and surfers. As far as dissatisfaction, off the top of my head, I’d have to say I was dissatisfied with the lack of communication to surfers. All the work gets put into the SLSA, but surfers, especially new surfers, are generally unaware of things such as mod board issues, scoring issues, rules, and even how to register. We need to promote new surfers by making it easy for them to learn how to surf and learn how to sign up.

SW: Anything else you would like voters to know about you?
HP: I will get the job done or work really hard trying.

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2010 and possible issues moving into Season 2 (listed below):
1. Were you concerned with the low number of competitors signed up for the SLSA R1 May 15 Tai competition, and what do you foresee for the future of the two-round, two-weekend SLSA competition format?
HP: I wasn’t too concerned with the low number of competitors. However, everyone should do their part in promoting surfing. If this becomes a trend, then we should worry a little more, but for now, I really like the two-weekend format and think it will be okay.

2. Do you have any concerns or opinions on competitors also working as officials during the same comp?
HP: Honestly I used to have some concern, but overall, let’s have fun surfing. Officials are putting in huge amounts of time making the competition possible. I really don’t think this is too much of an issue, but if there are ever concerns, I am more than happy to look into them as a Director.

3. Should SLSA HOF members be required to be SLSA members?
HP: SLSA HOF members should have made an impact to the SLSA in some way, but not necessarily SLSA members. SLSA HOF members could be anyone we feel deserving, and generally AGREED UPON in the surfing community.

4. Should alts be prohibited from entering competitions as "new" and upcoming surfers?
HP: In my opinion, anyone should be allowed to surf.  Anything to promote surfers and surfing.  Anything to have fun.

5. With the lack of available full sims to host SLSA surf comps, should we rely more heavily on the SLSA sim? What other activities should the SLSA sim be used for?
HP: Yes, I think the SLSA sim could be used more often. At the same time, we must promote all sims. The SLSA sim should also be used for surfing events, parties, benefits, and for a new and improved SLSA apparel store. Another way we could use the SLSA sim would be to help new surfers learn to surf, with perhaps notecards with step by step instructions.

I look forward to being a new SLSA director.
























Wednesday, May 26, 2010

VSA Designer Showcase to Feature Best in Beach Toys

Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) Designer Showcase scheduled for June 20-26 will feature the best in beach toys:  dune buggys, water craft, surfboards, any toys you might play with on the beach!  Contact Lissa Pinion if you are a designer interested in including your beach toys at the June Designer Showcase!  And mark your calendars to attend and see the best in beach toys!

Surfers Hopping About New Craze

submitted by Aly Bressig

Ozimal Bunnies are the first creation by the Ozimals Company.  They are 3D virtual pets in Second Life (SL).  They are made to interact, eat, sleep, grow and breed with one another.  They were created with menu-driven commands, for example, setting their home location, naming them, bonding (choosing with whom they mate), turning movement on or off, and more! You are able to hold and pet them using menu-driven animations.


The bunnies start out in nests.  Once kindled, you have a baby bunny which rapidly grows to adult size. These lil guys need to eat! There are a variety of food types that can be purchased from the Ozimals store or on SLX. The cost of food depends on which type of food you choose to purchase. The average person spends approx $200L per month per bunny.  Some people choose to spend substantially more! After about a week, they are ready to make their own baby bunnies! They come in a variety of breeds, colors, shades, eye colors, and ear types.  Lil Thumpers is one of many shops that breed and sell Ozimal Bunnies.  Co-owned by Najah Saphir and Aly Bressig, they specialize in quality and work hard to get only the purest blood lines. They have pets ranging from $100L all the way up to $50,000L. Lil Thumpers has a huge variety of bunnies including rare, retired, and hard to find bunnies. So whether you are new to the bunny world, or a veteran breeder, they likely have something for you! All prices are negotiable, and offers are always welcome.



Lil thumpers @ nest egg: the Nest Egg Market, Chickens, T, The Chinchilla Isle (226, 186, 602)

Lil Thumpers @ Zeta: Bunny Wonderland Market, Zeta (233, 224, 21)

Lil Thumpers Mainstore: FoxxWood 196, 40, 2401

SLSA Constitutional Changes

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) has announced some proposed changes to the SLSA Constitution, specifically regarding:

"- Change to Election Procedure to allow a scripted (open source) voting machine that provides total voter anonymity, accuracy and immediate results.
- Restructuring of the Hall of Fame so that the relationship to SLSA is clearer
- Tighter control over reasons for terminating membership
- Director Eligibility, clarification and process"

and some additional minor wording changes.

To view the PDF of the SLSA Constitution with proposed changes, go to:
http://surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1098
where you can download the PDF.

Member discussion on the proposed changes is taking place at:
http://surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1101

Member voting on the changes is scheduled for Sunday, May 30, 2010.  Check http://www.surfslsa.org/ for more information on how to vote.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fashion Feature: Ripple Bikini



You won't be blue for long in this Ripple bikini!

Hair:                ETD Riley
Shape:             Alady V3 Bossay Shape bikini model shape
Skin:                Belleza - Alyson Deep Tan 4
Eyes:               FS New ye multicolor (spirit)
Outfit:              Ripple Bikini A6
Accessories:    DP D-Platinum-Sig-Round Bamboo Hoop
                         Belly ring teal star
                         Detour Nails French Pink 1
                         Vixen eye lashes
                         Persona Might Heart silver bangles
Location:         SurfWatch photostudios, Boracay
Photographer: Tauri Tigerpaw

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mari's Mailbag: Surfboard Crazy

How many boards do you have? I was looking through inventory today and counted 7 favs and then ones I had for sale, so I have close to 50 in my inventory. I collect surfboards like I do shoes - every color and, of course, kinis to match all that I own. It may not be collecting antiques, and they don't increase in value other than sentimental value, but I cherish each that I own. I honestly feel some ride better than others.  Maybe it's the graphics.  None have been modified, so it's got to be the graphics. (LOL) I found this I would like to share with you:

Excerpt from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfboard
A surfboard is an elongated platform used in the sport of surfing. They are relatively light, but strong enough to support an individual standing on them while riding a breaking wave. They were invented in Hawaii, where they were known as papa he‘e nalu in the Hawaiian language, usually made of wood from local trees, such as koa, and were often over 15 feet (5 m) in length and extremely heavy.[1][2] Major advances over the years include the addition of one or more fins on the bottom rear of the board to improve directional stability, and numerous improvements in materials and shape.

Modern surfboards are made of polyurethane or polystyrene foam covered with layers of fiberglass, cloth and polyester or epoxy resin. The end result is a light and strong surfboard that is buoyant and maneuverable. Recent developments in surfboard technology have included the use of carbon fiber. Longboards, as the name suggests, are longer (often 8 ft/2.4 m or more), and are also thicker and wider, with a more rounded nose than a shortboard. Shortboards are shorter (5–7 ft/1.5–2.1 m), thinner, and have a more pointed nose. They are not as wide as longboards and are typically more maneuverable. Other variants include guns, longboard guns, olos, fun-boards, fish, eggs, bonzers, quads, tow-boards, and hydrofoils. In order to discuss board design, it is helpful to have basic knowledge of the vocabulary used to reference each part of the board.

These are Real Life boards. Have you thought about Second Life boards in that context of design, materials used to construct them, prims and shape of those prims? When you stop to think of just the board in Second Life, it's amazing.  But take it a step farther and think of the wave we ride on.  To me, it's mind boggling to have such a wonderful experience here in Second Life. To me, it's pretty miraculous.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Elvis is in the Building!





Surfcrazy

submitted by Mick Lunasea

On the heels of the new Cortes wave, Seb took a big breath and plunged into working his magic and finished my new line of SSI scripted shapes. Thanks, Seb! My timing is always off as I submitted the hand shaped boards and fins during the Cortes development phase.




After scrimping and saving L$ earned from my surf shop sales, I contacted Seb, gave him a check and submitted my designs. I had hidden out in the secret shaping shack for over 6 months massaging the templates, foiling and properly placing the fins. I admit there may be a 'chicken butt' or two (shaper term for slight imperfections in shape), but I never knew a hand shaped magic board that didn't have 'em. These boards ride even better than they look thanks to the SSI horsepower.



I hand decorated each board with a combination of solid colors, spray jobs, lapped rails and pin stripes. I proudly afixed my "S" logo to all but the historical finless Duke and Alia wooden models. Other models include a 60's Noserider longboard single fin, 60's PROFORMER longboard single fin, Contemporarry Purple Haze Fade longboard tri fin. Contemporary Pro Series Maverick/Wiamea longboard gun, 69' Wilderness stubby short board, Contemporary Tri Fin round tail and a Contemporary PRO SERIES tri fin squash tail. Oh, almost forgot the "Mick Beater single fin longboard" that looks like a bruised banana, you never part with no matter how bad it looks cause it rides so good.

All boards are Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) comp legal and ready to rock. Come chek them out at Surfcrazy Surf Shop!