Saturday, June 19, 2010

SLSA Archipelago Invitational Challenge Results for Saturday, June 19, 2010

scores and photos courtesy Colleen Brennan

The results of the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Archipelago Invitational Challenge, the final competition of SLSA Season 1 2010, on Saturday, June 19, 2010:


1st Place:  Yendor Destiny ' 16.33333
2nd Place:  Painless Skytower ' 16.00000
3rd Place:  Abel Halderman ' 15.33333
rain Tigerfish ' 15.00000
Triston Mayo ' 14.66667
Sally LaSalle ' 14.66667

HEAT 1 SCORES: (color order)

1Yendor Destiny ' 16.50000
2Sunrize Mornington ' 15.33333
3Coolkat Delicioso ' 16.00000
4Jordan Mendle ' 14.33333
5QUENCH Spotter ' 16.50000

HEAT 2 SCORES: (color order)

1Rick Galli ' 10.00000
2Lynda Mimulus ' 16.66667
3Wilfrid DeCuir ' 16.16667
4Mick Lunasea ' 14.50000
5Rayzza Rubble ' 15.33333

HEAT 3 SCORES: (color order)

1Desirae Beaumon ' 15.16667
2Triston Mayo ' 16.00000
3Lacy Rossini ' 0.000000
4Bodhi Lowtide ' 0.000000
5oldsurferdude Danitz ' 14.50000

HEAT 4 SCORES: (color order)

1Harbor Piers ' 15.50000
2Colleen Brennan ' 14.33333
3Velvetori Twine ' 15.16667
4sven Homewood ' 9.666667
5FollowingWaves ' 7.833333

HEAT 5 SCORES: (color order)

1Abel Halderman ' 14.16667
2Maldrul Morris '11.16666
3Sally LaSalle ' 14.83333
4Avidward Flagon ' 0.000000
5Kait Seetan ' 9.833333

HEAT 6 SCORES: (color order)

1MarkFoo Waverid ' 15.00000
2Kim Henig ' 12.83333
3Painless Skytow ' 15.16667
4Arjuna Bombasti ' 0.000000
5rain Tigerfish ' 15.50000

HEAT 1 SCORES: (color order)

1Yendor Destiny ' 16.00000
2Wilfrid DeCuir ' 14.66667
3Harbor Piers ' 15.50000
4Abel Halderman ' 16.16667

HEAT 2 SCORES: (color order)

1QUENCH Spotter ' 14.66667
2Triston Mayo ' 15.83333
3Velvetori Twine ' 14.16667
4rain Tigerfish ' 15.00000

HEAT 3 SCORES: (color order)

1Lynda Mimulus ' 13.83333
2Desirae Beaumon ' 14.83333
3Sally LaSalle ' 15.16666
4Painless Skytow ' 15.00000

For more fantastic competition photos, see Luscious Starship's shots at:

Kantbe Serious: How Big is Your ARC?

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Hi, Ya'll. Kantbe Thursday here again. I was do'n a little research on my article for why guys feel so disadvantaged when it comes to nude surfing competitions. I was talk'n to QUENCH Spotter and he kept say'n, "Well, to be anatomically correct, my ARC would be too big to surf." I thought he was bragging, yeah, right… But every where I turned, it was ARC this and ARC that. Someone finally clued me in to this referring to how much work your computer has to do to draw your avatar; Avatar Rendering Cost. I don't know about Ya'll, but I've been confused as all get out about the changes in what's reported for Avatar Rendering Cost (ARC) since Viewer 2 and with the later versions of Emerald. Just when I thought it was safe to get back in the water, everything changed. So, what's the deal with ARC jumping from my stripped down surf'n weight to a number that's in the bazillians? OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but still numbers are way higher than they used to be.

QUENCH Primmed Out
Just a little background about ARC, it's one of the things that effects how much work our computer is having to do so each of our viewers can show us how pretty and handsome we all are. Generally, the fancier the AV attachments (like hair),the higher the ARC and the harder our  computers have work.  While this isn't exactly a sim performance issue, the more people around with high ARC's, the more each of our computers has to work to let us see all these beautiful people.  That's why it helps us all out to lower our ARC when we surf.

Where does one find one's ARC?  In Viewer 2, it's in Advanced-Performance Tools-Show Avatar Rendering Cost. In Viewers 1.23 and earlier and Emerald, it's in Advanced-Rendering-Info Displays-Avatar Rendering Cost.   You can activate the Advanced menu item with CTRL+ALT+D from Windows, or SHIFT-CTRL-ALT-D for Mac.So, how the heck do we figure out these new numbers?  It turns out, according to Nyx Linden who is one of the Linden graphics gurus, Viewers 1.23 and earlier had a bug that reported a lower rendering cost than it should have.  (OMG!  So I weighed more than I thought all this time?  I so didn't want to go on a diet!)  That bug was fixed in Viewer 2.  A base avatar cost went from 1 to 100, and in general so did all the rendering cost numbers.  Nyx also just bumped up the limit on the color codes so that you don't get into the dreaded red zone until you hit 2048 (it was 1024).  The SL wiki on ARC also just got updated for quite a bit of this relative to Viewer 2 and goes into a lot more detail than I can here (OK, I'll admit it… I don't understand a lot of it).  In the case of Emerald, the numbers are even higher.  In Emerald's case, they say you're OK if your rendering cost is below 150,000.  Modular Systems' wiki has details on how they compute rendering cost at  Notice that the emerald bridge thing accounts for 13,400.  Because of the script impact, Sally LaSalle sent SLSA members some instructions on how to disable this because of the no script rule last season. It turns out the bridge makes your ARC higher too.  To disable it, go to the Emerald tab on the left side within Preferences, then the Misc tab on the top.  You'll see a check box to turn "Enable LSL-Client Bridge" off.  After turning it off, then you can detach the "#LSL<->Client Bridge".  If you don't turn this off in Preferences first, it will automatically make you wear it.
Even though Linden Labs and Modular Systems both believe the old way of reporting rendering cost had some problems, you can make Emerald show you the numbers from the old way.  You'll need to activate the Advanced menu item.  Then select "Debug Settings…".  In the little window of the debug console type, "Emeralduseproperarc", then select the "false" option.  You'll need to TP out of the sim or restart Emerald to get this to take effect, but it will remain in effect until you set that value back to "true".

Thanks to some recent changes, you really don't have to worry too much about what the number actually is because
things in both Viewer 2 and Emerald support the old tried and true green, yellow, or red indicators.  If you're in the green, you're good to go.  If you really want to tweak yourself, it's a trial and error process regardless of viewer.  Hair can be one of the biggest culprits, but ain't no way I'm surf'n bald.  Ya gotta draw the line sumwheres.

- Kantbe (Serious)

Special thanks to Torley Linden for his help with information about
Viewer 2, getting the information from Nyx Linden, and getting the LL
wiki updated. I'd also like to thank QUENCH for his cooperation in the
photo shoot, although, I can now verify that he wasn't bragging
(kidding, honest... just kidding).

Friday, June 18, 2010

Paddleboard Contest!

submitted by Revlon Benoir; photos courtesy Mick Lunasea

What Exactly Is a Paddleboard Contest?

We had an older SSI Rental Board Rezzer laying around, being surfers, we decided to see who could paddle one of the boards around the sim the fastest. The concept of SL paddleboard races was created ... and it was good.

Now before you enter you must ask yourself  these questions:
Are you new to SL Surf Competition and just want something so easy a caveman could do it?
Are you like me and spend most of you competition time on your belly?
Are you tired of surfing bald with your favorite huds detached?
Could you use a little extra cash, just for being able to right click a surfboard?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then we have a few simple rules for you:
1.) A race paddling surfboards its a RACE where wearing speedos may help!
2.) You can race in a duck or dolphin avitar just so long as you paddle the surfboard.
3.)A superman avitar or flash gordon may go well too
4.) Innertubes canoes kayaks waders battleships speed and sail boats not allowed.
5.)No rafts either.
6.)GO BELLY! All belly all the time.

For official rule and entry information visit the Surf Festival Office or IM Mick Lunasea or Revlon Benoir

BREAKING NEWS - Archipelago Listed as SL's #1 Showcase Spot!

Archipelago was just listed as Second Life's  (SL) top showcase destination!!! 

The beach has been swamped with newcomers - Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Director, Kimmy Jigsaw, has invited any SLSA members to come to Archipelago to assist in greeting newcomers and telling them about surfing! 

Come celebrate and join the crowds filling up Archipelago!

Heat Draws for SLSA Archipelago Challenge Invitational for Saturday, June 19, 2010

submitted by Ashleigh Dickins

The SLSA Archipelago Challenge Invitational, sponsored by Montego, 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.

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 adds to their lag. Basically, be considerate of everyone there, it's a surf event, barefoot works, swimsuit is fine, and if you tell people you're supporting cancer awareness you can go bald (and maybe convince others too also!)

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.

Heat Draws are as follows, good luck competitors!!

Heat One:

Yendor Destiny (RED)
Sunrize Mornington (BLUE)
Coolkat Delicioso (GREEN)
Jordan Mendle (ORANGE)

Heat Two:

Bobbi Laval (RED)
Lynda Mimulus (BLUE)
Wilfrid DeCuir (GREEN)
Mick Lunasea (ORANGE)
Rayzza Rubble (PURPLE)

Heat Three:

Desirae Beaumont (RED)
Triston Mayo (BLUE)
Lacy Rossini (GREEN)
Bodhi Lowtide (ORANGE)
oldsurferdude Danitz (PURPLE)

Heat Four:

Harbor Piers (RED)
Colleen Brennan (BLUE)
Velvetori Twine (GREEN)
sven Homewood (ORANGE)
FollowingWaves Sirbu (PURPLE)

Heat Five:

Abel Halderman (RED)
Maldrul Morris (BLUE)
Sally LaSalle (GREEN)
Avidward Flagon (ORANGE)
Kait Seetan (PURPLE)

Heat Six:

MarkFoo Waverider (RED)
Kim Henig (BLUE)
Painless Skytower (GREEN)
Arjuna Bombastic (ORANGE)
rain Tigerfish (PURPLE)

Surf Festival Schedule of Events June 19-27th

submitted by Revlon Benoir

The Surf Festival is a weeklong celebration of Surfing in Second Life. This year's festival officially opens on Saturday June 19th and runs through Sunday June 27th on the beautiful Avoca Resort SIM (

The festival features surfing exhibitions and competitions. There many contests and prizes a carnival, balloon rides, games and free food. There are nearly 30 exhibits representing Vendors, Creators , SIM Owners and Associations from our community.

Schedule of Events (All times are SLT PST)
Currently and through the 26th we are looking for surf orientated in world photographs for the Surf Photo contest. This event is made available through the generous support of Syx Toshi of the Monkey Paw SIM. This is a blind photo contest. Only Mick Lunasea will know who submitted the photographs. Send FULL PERM photo to Mick Lunasea with title in description line. The contest will be judged by the award winning photographer, Leroy Horton.

1st Prize is L$5000
2nd Prize is L$2000
3rd Prize is L$1000
4th-12th is $L100

Saturday June 19th 9:00 a.m. The Festival Officially Opens.
Saturday June 19th through June Friday June 25th there is a free rides carnival and games. The carnival is brought to you by Leroy Horton Photography and Lucky's Game Room.
Saturday June 19th 11:00 a.m. The SLSA is hosting a competition
Sunday June 20th 11:00 a.m. The First Ever Paddle Board Race will be held. This event is sponsored By Surf Crazy Surf Shop. For the rules, or to enter this contest, drop by the Surf Festival Office or IM Mick Lunasea. Send Note Card with name to enter the race by June 19th. We will try to accommodate stragglers.
     First Prize is L$2000
     Second Place L$1000
     Third Place L$500
Sunday June 20th 1pm SLT, Jac Mornington and Sunshine Zhangsun of Sol MaƱanero host an Evening of Sol for the Soul with DJ Azufr3 Catteneo at the Surf Festival Dance Floor located in the NE corner of the sim below the volcano with DJ Azufr3 Catteneo.
Monday June 21st starting at 6:00 p.m. The festival is proud to provide and evening of music dancing and just hanging out with the DJ RJ Schwade presiding.
Tuesday June 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Hey kiddies listen up It is GROMMET Night! This event while open to everyone is Made For Kids By Kids and features the coolest kid of kids DJ Tobiath "Toby" Tendaze. This event is sponsored by Just My Size kid stores.
Wednesday June 23rd 6:00 p.m. DW Surf got busy and brought you the Incredible Heartbreakers Tribute band featuring the music of Pat Benatar. You will not want to miss this show.
Thursday June 24th starting at 6:00 p.m. The festival is proud to provide and evening of music dancing and just hanging out with the DJ RJ Schwade presiding.
Friday June 25th 6:00pm Take a trip down memory lane back to High School because it is the Festival Home Coming Night. The DJ RJ Schwade will be spinning some good old 80's music and SurfWatch's editor-in-chief, Tauri Tigerpaw, former SLSA Director, Hall of Famer, competition marshall and judge, SL live performer, will deliver talk about "Watching da Surf" and then announce the Festival Homecoming Couple. To nominate a couple just drop a note card in the mailbox in front of the Dance Floor.
Saturday June 26th starting at 11:00 a.m. the SLSA Season 1 2010 Awards Ceremony will be held at the SLSA Sim
Saturday June 26th at 4:00 p.m. Conscious about your surf style? Then don't miss the Forever Summer Fashion show produced by the fabulous Opium Modeling Agency and Sponsored by Revlon "Revy" Benoir in conjunction with Island Sea Dreams. The show will feature top models wearing Surf Inspired clothing by top designers.
Sunday June 27th at 10:00 a.m. HP Surf Systems in conjunction with the ABBSL will put on an exciting exhibition of Legarto Burt's latest boards in SL The HP5.
Sunday June27th at 11:00 a.m It is call to the wall as VW Sands, Lissa Pinion and the Vibrations Surf Alliance host a mini competition. No need to register for this event.  Just grab your sled and show up.
     First Place $L2000 Gift Card
     Second Place $L1000 Gift Card
     Third Place $L500 Gift Card
Sunday June 27th is the Festival Awards at 1:30 p.m
Syx Toshi of Monkey Paw will be awarding the Winner of the Monkey Paw Surfboard Art Contest.
Revy Benoir will announce Revy's Choice for the best exhibition booth at the festival the winner will receive L$1000.
Syx Toshi will announce the winner of the Festival Surf Photo Contest.
Sunday June 27th at 2:00 pm our very own Sally LaSalle, former SLSA Director, Hall of Famer, Chi and Tai sim owner and long time SL Surfing Advocate, will deliver a speech on The Importance of Supporting the SL Surfing Community.
Sunday June 27th at 2:30 p.m. A very special speaker Sebastian Saramago the creator of the fabulous new Cortes wave will address the Future of SL Surfing Technology.
Sunday June 27th at 4:00 p.m The Grand Finale THE BEACH BOYS take the stage for a free concert . This event is brought to you by Mickey Revy and Kalif Lunasea.
And Remember Pray For Surf

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Monkey Cove Surfboard Design Contest

submitted by Syx Toshi

The Surfboard design contest at Monkey Cove received 24 surfboard designs by 13 different designers. The submissions are a true representation of how creative our community is.

The winners will be announced at Surf Festival II so everyone be sure to check the calendar of events for Surf Festival II!

ABSSL Champion Lynda Mimulus

SurfWatch recently caught up with the busy and beautiful Lynda Mimulus to talk about her 1st Place Champion win of the ABSSL circuito Brasileiro de Surf 2010.

SurfWatch:  Will you talk a bit about the major differences you see in the way the ABSSL runs a comp and in the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) competition format and the advantages of either?
Lynda Mimulus:  I don’t pretend to know how the point system works in both the ABSSL and SLSA.  What I do know is that I prefer how Leo (Leogarto Burt) runs his surf competitions, in that we get to surf  X amount of waves in a set time rather then just given 3 waves with a wait time between each one. Also, there doesn’t seem to be any politics going on in the ABSSL, hence a more relaxed and friendly environmet.  That’s just my opinion. The time zones can be a bit of a problem, but I’m not sure how they’d get round that easily.

SW:  What are some of the highlights about competing in this ABSSL event?
LM:  That has to be me winning first place - yay! And being there to support my friends and team mates when they win or have done well, too.

SW:  What is your current SLSA ranking and/or position in SLSA?*
LM:  I’m not sure where I’m ranked, only that I’m in the T20.

SW:  How did you get started as a beginning surfer, and how long ago was that? Any good stories about your early days? What was your first board? Tell us about your very first time.
LM:  When I first started playing SL, all I wanted to do was to find a nice beach and feel like I could escape, listen to waves and just chill. I found Neart and started surfing within a few weeks. My first board was a freebie which looked like something I’d ripped out from VW’s (VW Sands) fence (laughs).  I don’t remember what it was called.  If I’m not wrong, I think I’m surfing that board in a video clip that Kohana Schimmer made of me.  Here is a link to the video, maybe somebody can tell me what the board is (below).  My first ‘real’ board was a short board ‘Shark’ that Cipriano Grut bought for me.

Learn more at the Second Life Wiki

SW:  Who taught you? Who had the most influence on you as a new surfer? And who inspires you now?
LM:  I wasn’t really taught how to surf in SL.  At the beginning, I read the note card that came with the board and talked to a few people on what keys they used, etc. I would have to say that Cipriano Grut and Gorka Uriah had a big influence on my surfing.  Who inspires me now?  Wow, what a question.  Humm, I would have to say my team as they show me respect and give me lots of encouragement which makes me want to give them 100%.  I’m proud to be part of TaiChi.

SW:  When did you start entering surf comps and what made you want to start?
LM:  Not long after I joined Reef Riders I guess, Cip suggested that I go along to see the team in a Surf Jam. I loved the atmosphere, everybody having fun and cheering the surfers that were about to paddle out.  It was like one huge family that I couldn’t wait to be part of

SW:  What advice would you give new surfers today about surfing in general and about competition surfing?
LM:  I think it was a lot easier for me when I first started surfing in SL, as there weren’t as many beaches back then and most of the surfing community would hang out at Bishara Island Majini. We would sit and chat or just all paddle out and have huge party waves. Most were very helpful and gave friendly advice. So, for new surfers to SL, I would advise them to bookmark the SLSA and Surf Watch websites for useful information and to join the Vibrations group. You’ll normally find an experienced surfer in or around the SL beaches, don’t be shy in asking for advice, just remember to be nice…oh I’m a poet and didn’t know it - hahaha!

As for competition surfing, it’s a good idea to go and watch either a Surf Jam or a SLSA competition and maybe when you feel comfortable in your surfing, enter as an independent surfer.  It’s very flattering to be offered a team membership when you first start out.  What I would advise is speak to each team captain first about their team, and get as much background information as you can to see where you would be best suited.  Let the choice be yours.

SW:  Where do you consider to be the best surfing beaches in SL and why?
LM:  OMG! That would’ve been an easy answer but as there is so many beautiful beaches to choose from it’s hard to say, I have listed as many as I can in my pics but I need to get on to linden labs to provide me with more tabs (laughs).

SW:  Where do you spend most of your time surfing?
LM:  I tend to sim-hop a lot, but usually I’ll go to Mori, Crab Island or Tsunami

SW:  What are your favorite things about SL surfing - list as many as you can think of:
LM:  PARTYWAVES!!!! Acting silly or just having fun with friends new and old, it’s so much more fun wooot!!! You’ll get the idea if you check out these links:

SW:  What's your favorite wave? How do you like to approach a wave?
LM:  The first ever wave I tried was the epic and then the pipes, so I would have to say those two.  However, I also love the one at Crab Island and the Sunset at Tsunami. I wasn’t that sure about Sebastian’s (Sebastian Saramago) new wave at first, but then I tried my HP5 short board on it and woooooot - it’s quaky!!! I like it!  Each wave is very different, so the approach depends on the wave.

SW:  What board do you use now?
LM:  Sniper long, Reaction spider short and the HP5 long and short boards are the ones I use the most.

SW:  Do you have a favorite or trademark maneuver? What would you call your surfing style and where did you learn it?
LM:  Cutback is my favourite maneuver, it just seems to come natural (laughs). When you first start surfing you learn the basics just like in RL but ‘style’ you develop, you can’t learn or copy that.

SW:  What music pumps you up for a competition, if any?
LM:  That really depends on the mood I’m in, I enjoy most genres.

SW:  Is there anything else you'd like to share about your SL?
LM:  Only that I love to surf and to compete in competitions for fun. What I would love to see back in SL is the spirit that Bishara Island Majini once had where all the surfing community would get together.  Damn, I miss that! Sadly, it seems the only time we all meet up these days is at surf competitions.  Maybe that’s just because we have a lot more surfing sims with new waves so we’re spread out a lot more.  More fun mini comps and parties please!!! ‘hint hint’ (laughs)
*  Editors note:  ranked 8th after SLSA Tai Invitational competition
Special thanks to Damien Kleinfeld  for Splendeurs providing Lynda's pink, blue and green Anariam style bikinis for the final 5 photos.  Visit Splendeurs main shop in world at:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SLavE LaBor at SurfWatch HQ

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

SLavE Girls DJ Band bass player, Tanya Palianta, was recently seen as a sub at SurfWatch Headquarters. Everyone is welcome to drop by, look around, and as Tanya discovered, sample Tauri's liquor cabinet (the good stuff is hidden out back).

The door is always open. Come on down and check it out.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stables for Lease

Where else can you enjoy 36 sims of continuous waterways for boating?  And 36 sims of continuous airways for flying?  And 36 sims of continuous horse trails?
Stables is conveniently located adjacent to Southend currently running the newest HP Joaquina surfing wave, and hosts community parties, events and gatherings.

Stables is running a 2 panel SSi Epic, with one panel running thru the bay and one ending at the duck pond.

Come enjoy the current amenities of leaping dolphin, surfable waves, shark frenzies, duck ponds, tasteful beach shack shaded by palms, peaceful Asian teahouse and Zen gardens, tire swing, cuddle trees, hidden cave, picnic spot and much more.

Or terraform and remodel Stables to your own tastes.  Convenants do apply.  Contact Tauri Tigerpaw to find out more about leasing and living at this desirable location.

Surf Festival Contests

submitted by Mick Lunasea

Enter The Surf FestivaL Photo Contest Before June 26th and win prizes and your photo in this years surf calendar.
Currently and through the 26th we are looking for surf orientated in world photographs for the Surf Photo contest. This event is made available through the generous support of Syx Toshi of the Monkey Paw SIM. This is a blind photo contest. Only Mick Lunasea will know who submitted the photographs. Place your photo on a notecard along with your name and a description of the photo. Simply drop this into the entry box, For more details and rules visit the Surf Fest SIM

1st Prize is L$5000
2nd Prize is L$2000
3rd Prize is L$1000
4th-12th is $L100

Enter the Surf Festival Paddle Board Contest Now!
Sunday June 20th 11:00 a.m. The First Ever Paddle Board Race will be held. This event is sponsored By Surf Crazy Surf Shop. For the rules, or to enter this contest, drop by the Surf Festival Office or IM Mick Lunasea. Send Note Card with name to enter the race by June 19th. We will try to accommodate stragglers.
Forever Summer -- Surf Festival , Avoca Resort (143, 76, 22)

First Prize is L$2000
Second Place L$1000
Third Place L$500

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mari's Mailbag: End of an Error??

submitted by Marianna Monentes

Should I have not typed error? Should I have typed era? I will let you decide that one on your own. To me, its been the end of an error. Certain key players in our community have sold themselves out for various reasons.  One reason I keep seeing repeatedly is monetary gain. So when you deal with the community, know there are players within us and some want to win at all costs. To them, it's nothing more than a game of strategy. A virtual Monopoly. If you think of it, Second Life (SL) is playing on lots of stimuli we have had. Games and dramas on TV, like Dallas (laughs). I think of Second Life as an extension to my first life - a better than first life, things I cannot do in Real Life because of limitations. This is a lifesaver for me. I am actually able to live. There are individuals that are on here merely for sport or whatever.  For us real folks, encountering players can take its toll. We see friendships lost, people leave, people used, and the core of real folks continues to hang on tight. This is the spirit of Second Life - the Core; what makes Second Life real to me.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Before and After: Abel Halderman

submitted by Mari Monentes

One of the beauties of Second Life (SL) is the ability to look like anything you want, and to change that look in an instant!  Marianna Monentes recently got hold of Abel Halderman, determined to shake things up by changing his look after 3 years.

Hair: Damselfly - Malik Beach Beige Warm
Shape: Kreationz Dyllan
Skin: Ispachi Derek Tanned/Soul Patch
Eyes: Mad Designs Promise - pale blue
Accessories: Vista AO Casual4

Marianna Monentes:  So Abel, tell us how painful the makeover process was for you?
Abel Halderman:  It wasn't painful at all! I got painkillers! Seriously though, imagine someone having the same avie for over three years, not having felt a need to change really. When it came to it, it was fun! I think I look much more like a surfer with the new avie. And I used to have long hair in real life (RL) for a long time (to be honest I just cut it last Friday), so it's fun to have it long again.

MM:  When is the last time you bought hair or shape?
AH:  Well... I bought my old hair... hmm... in July 2007 I think :-). The old shape was home made, yet I haven't modified it for a long time (I think I might have enlarged my belly at some point). Basically, my avie was so old that even if I wanted, there would be no one to contact about refunds.

MM:  Do you think you will wear this in the future?
AH:  Sure I will! I think I will just change my avie from time to time. I kind of like my old avie, too, because it looks a lot like me in RL, but hey, this is SL. I can look like a rock star, right?

MM:  What advice would you like to give to Marianna (smiles)?
AH:  Get more people to experiment with their avies looks!

MM:  What advice would you give someone thinking about doing an avatar makeover?
AH:  First of all, it depends on what effect you want to reach. If you want to look like yourself in RL, it's cool, but basically, you don't have enough distance to your look to get a good effect, unless you have got a real talent. Secondly, don't be afraid. You can always get back to your old look. At the same time with the new one, you can feel much more attractive and comfortable in SL. So give it a shot!

If you are interested in trying a new look, contact SurfWatch and be our next "Before and After"!