Saturday, July 17, 2010

SLSA Looking for Comp Venues

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) is now looking for surfing venues interested in hosting a competition for Season 2 of 2010.  Season 2 2010 runs from August thru December.  Log onto http://www.surfslsa/.org to find out their criteria and submit your surfing sim as a competition location.

Bandit's "Recon Mission" on SurfWatch HQ

submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

There have been numerous reports of staff members sleeping on the job and goofing off at SurfWatch Headquarters. So I decided to take it upon myself to go investigate and get to the bottom of things and make sure the SurfWatch Team continues to bring you the very best News and Views.


Oh shucks there's nobody here, looks like they just took off!





Lots to see at SurfWatch HQ.



With everyone away, it looks like I'm "Top Dog" on the totem pole!



See, hard at work. I don't nap at my desk like SOME PEOPLE!



I prefer my nap next to the fireplace!!!



I hope the SurfWatch team doesn't mistake these fish for sushi.

These plants could use a good watering.



Time to go outside and explore a little, ooOooO pretty waterfall.



It's very scenic here, oh look A BIG WAVE!!!



Time to catch a few waves.

This hot tub is the perfect way to relax after a busy day at SurfWatch HQ.


I'm pooped, time for a nap by the campfire.

Friday, July 16, 2010

SLSA Rankings Revised

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) has announced a corrected ranking list and posted a revised version.  The top 10 SLSA ranked surfers are listed as (in order of rank):

1.  Yendor Destiny
2.  Desirae Beaumont
3.  Bobbi Laval
4.  Abel Halderman
5.  Harbor Piers
6.  MarkFoo Waverider
7.  Triston Mayo
8.  Lynda Mimulus
9.  Sunrize Mornington
10.  Colleen Brennan

To see the complete ranking for all SLSA competitive surfers, go to http://www.surfslsa.org/.

Mari's Mailbag: Practice Makes Perfect

submitted by Marianna Monentes



Woke up this morning from a few days away and have a message from Harbor Piers...seems he, too, is bringing a trophy home!! I have to tell you, this team makes me so proud. Harbor has really done an awesome job this last season and inspired so many. He became a SLSA Director, and I haven't had much time to touch bases as much with him but wanted to share his great story!! He got a Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Top Ten trophy - WTG Harbor !!! Thats incredible!! He says just a Top Ten trophy and a 5th place surfboard, like it's no big deal.  That's Harbor.  He never gloats, so I had to.

Let this be a reminder to anyone out there praciticing hard, it does pay off. Harbor said something once and it went something like this, "The difference between an amateur and a pro is practice." Cannot stress enough about practice and asking everyone you meet for advice and, like Jimbo pointed out, also give advice when asked.  It's so important to constantly share and exchange tips.

How well one improves with practice depends on several factors, such as the frequency it is engaged in, and the type of feedback that is available for improvement. If feedback is not appropriate (either from an instructor or from self-reference to an information source), then the practice tends to be ineffective or even detrimental to learning. If a student does not practie often enough, reinforcement fades, and he or she is likely to forget what was learned. Therefore, practice is often scheduled, to ensure enough of it is performed to reach one's training objectives.

How much practice is required depends upon the nature of the activity and upon each individual. Some people improve on a particular activity faster than others. Practice in an instructional setting may be effective if repeated only 1 time (for some, simple verbal information) or 3 times (for concepts), or it may be practiced many times before evaluation (a dance movement). Since surfing is evaluated, Harbor is exactly right. So what is it going to be? It's all up to you.

Next time you see Harbor, he loves to share tips and ideas.  Practice a bit with him, and you will no doubt improve!!
See you at the podium!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Relay for Life Surfer Style!

Submitted by Lissa Pinion


The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in SecondLife completes this weekend, July 17-18, with 24 hrs of nonstop action on 41 sims. (see the links below) Builders and teams from around the world are working around the clock to get ready for this weekend and we surfers are no exception! The surf community will have a presence with our own build where visitors can pick up landmarks to surf sims, ride loaner boards on the Cortes wave, shop at our vendors, check out SL Surf history through pictures, attend the Midnight Mini Surf Comp and chow down on tasty hotdogs!


Opening Ceremonies are at 10am sl time with Survivor and Caregiver hours at 11am and noon sl time and we need your support! Bring your boards and lets cheer on the walkers! Luminarias will be scattered around the track so while you are traveling around and taking in the amazing builds you will see along the way, drop a few $L into one and dedicate to someone. Cancer touches us all in some way whether you are a survivor, a caregiver, or a loved one. Last year Relay for Life in SecondLife raised $275,000USD and this year we want to beat that with your help!

Until there is a cure we ride!

For more information on Relay for Life in SecondLife visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY10SL?pg=entry&fr_id=25620

SLSA Home Sim Discussions

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) members are currently in discussion on whether the recent acquisition of a home sim, Archipelago, is feasible.  According to the most recent SLSA survey conducted early 2010, membership is generally supportive of a "home" sim as a back up for competitions, permanent home for the Hall of Fame, showcase for new surf products, and base for SLSA fundraisers and other SL surfing activities (editors note:  See surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=950, "Do you like the idea of the SLSA having its own sim?"  Respondents overwhelmingly voted "yes").  However, the cost of the sim (25,000L/mth) and whether the association can maintain those fees in addition to other operational costs is in discussion.  Archipelago was recently named as an SL Hot Spot (editors note:  See Surfwatch June 18, 2010 "Breaking news - Archipelago Listed as SL's #1 Showcase Spot!") by Second Life, with a flood of new interest being generated in SL surfing.  How to best utilize the sim and how to cover the costs remain the questions.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Search for New Logo

Sushant Diesel, creator and owner of Deal Ragnarok and Zyngo Ragnarok, is searching for a unique and beautiful logo as he redesigns his two gaming sims in preparation for a change in marketing. 





Starting with a 512 sqm parcel, Sushant now owns two full sims of Zyngo and Deal at Ragnarok (95, 203, 106) that have been successfully operating for over a year.  "Low lag is the most important thing in any game place," Sushant states, "and the most popular games in Second Life (SL) are Zyngo and Deal."



Susant tells us the original name, Ragnarok, was derived from Norse mythology, the final battle of good and evil between the Norse god, Thor, and the serpeant, Midgard.  The current sims, while still active with gamers, is in "semi-construction" as Sushant targets a new market, and changes the name to Burj al Arab (which Susant tells us is the tallest building in the world) - Arabian Deal:  1 million Jackpot Deal.



Contact Sunshant Diesel in world for more details on a chance to earn some linden and submit your design for this texture and logo project!  And tell him you read it in SurfWatch!

HP Surf Systems and ABSSL: Surf Photo Contest

HP Surf Systems and Associacao Brasileira de Surf no SL (ABSSL) joined in search of a goal:  to reveal new talent in photography and surf and record the most beautiful images of the sport within the virtual world of SL.  Stop by to check out works by some of your favorite SL photographers:  Crab Island at HP Surf Point (36, 62, 21)





Many noted and creative SL photographers have pieces currently on display at Crab Island, including:

Kekoa Arbizu








Sunshine Zhangsun




Bobbi Laval








Luscious Starship








To cast your vote and for more information, stop by Crab Island today!

From Grandma's Vault

submitted by Grandma Barnside

Unlocked the vault and dug through my old home movies last weekend and found some of the Kahanamoku Kahuna and I in our early days.  Can you pick out which one is me?  Oh, this brings back some memories of the pre-wrinkle days...grab a tasty homemade cupcake from Grandma's oven and let's watch!


Fashion Feature: LocA Cheetah




Deep in the wild, it's important to fit in with your surroundings...Cheetah by LocA.

Skin: Belleza Alyson Deep Tan 7
Hair: Detour Luna Brown Flexi Hair
Nails: Detour Nails French Pink 1
Shape: Alady Victoria Secret model Shape
Eyes: FL eye (Olive)
Lashes - eyelashes free from Alady Island
Bikini: LocA Cheetah Print Bikini Green
Accessories: DP D-Platinum Sig Round Bamboo Hoop
Location: SurfWatch Photostudio at Boracay
Photographer: Tauri Tigerpaw

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thank You from Riders for a Cure!

Submitted by Lissa Pinion
Pictures courtesy of Sebastian Saramago, Bobbi Laval, and Maxwell Silvansky

A gorgeous Saturday. Waves. Boards. Friends. Twelve hours of pure surf fun to raise money forthe American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Sounds like a great day to me and I wasn't the only one it appears.

We started out the day at the gorgeous Sol Mananero sim shreding waves and plunking $Lindens into the donation kiosk. I think someone mentioned a man thong? Wil? (Wilfrid DeCuir) We then headed over to the SLSA sim where we surfed in a mix of boardies and kinis and formal attire as folks alternated between the end of season SLSA Awards ceremony and ripping the waves. While beginning to get a bit soggy, we packed up the boards and hitchhiked to Tai where Seb (Sebastian Saramago) caught up with us and revealed our lovely 2010 RFL Limited Edition surfboard. After grabbing our awesome new RFL boards, we grabbed a gulf stream and paddled over to Tsunami where we dodged the pier and plunked more wet $Lindens into the kiosk. Tired yet? We weren't! After the storm blew over at Tsunami, we snuck onto Neart where Mick (Mick Lunasea) set up his bbq grill and made the most amazing hamburgers! After waiting the appropriate 30 minutes before going back into the water, we hit the beach of Tuli Bahari where surfers unleashed everything from hobo rafts to an odd critter that has yet to be identified. Surf for a Cure wrapped up at Mori Pwani on the big Cortes wave where we kept V (VW Sands) hovering over the wave til thanks to Sunshine (Sunshine Zhangsun) and Seb, V could go to bed and we hit the waves.


If you aren't completely exhausted yet then you know how I felt all day! We come from different walks of life and different viewpoints but on Saturday, we were what we always are together, Family. Our goal was to simply surpass last year's Surf for a Cure. With a great deal of pride and gratitude I am proud to announce we did it. In 12 hours of surfing, friends, and family we raised $82,754L for Relay for Life! Amazing!

A very special Thank You to Sunshine for your support while doing your own RFL events, Seb for the amazing boards, Socks Clawtooth for inspiration, tips, and inventory goodies, and to each of you who came out whether it was for 5 mins or 12 hrs. Until there is a cure we ride!






Second Life Surfing Association Awards Ceremony

submitted by Ashleigh Dickins


Ashleigh Dickins, SurfWatch-In-World Edition Editor, reported live from the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Season 1 Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, July 10, 2010.  For those that were unable to attend, her "live" report follows:

Awards were held today, started a little late because SL was wonky. In addition to messing with AV's, SL also screwed with teleports, and crashed James Isle just as half the people had gotten there, almost right at 11:AM SLT.


When everyone finally got back, Lissa Pinion was already on Archipelago, with a couple other surfers, surfing with the relay torch. In that spirit, the SLSA had set up a chat relay from the awards ceremony to the board rez area.

First, SLSA Director, Kimmy Jigsaw, announced the novelty awards winners:

Best Wave - SSI's Cortes wave
Best Tan - CoolKat Delicioso
Worst Tan - Bobbi Laval
Kid at Heart - MarkFoo Waverider
Best in Bikini - Lynda Mimulus (Wasn't she the one we featured during SurfFest? SW called it!)
Best in Boardies - QUENCH Spotter
Most Likely to Succeed - Arjuna Bombastic (SW called this one, too!)
Most Likely to Drink all Your Beer - Rayzza Rubble
Best Rashie of the Season - Sally LaSalle of Sharkbite for The Tai Competition
Most Seldom Seen Surfer - Rhett McMahn (one of SW's own!)
Favorite Aussie - Sally LaSalle

Next SLSA Director, Bobbi Laval, announced the earned awards:

Advanced from Open to Invitationals Most - sven Homewood
Most Improved Surfer From Last Season - CoolKat Delicioso
Rookie of the Season - Painless Skytower (SW called this one, too!)

Then she announced the Top 3 Teams:

Third - Team Tsunami
Second - Vibrations
First - Tai Chi (only 2 points ahead of Vibes!)

Next SLSA Director, Colleen Brennan, announced the Top 10 Surfers, with podium for Top 5:

10th- Velvetori Twine
9th- Sunrize Mornington
8th- Lynda Mimulus
7th- Triston Mayo
6th- MarkFoo Waverider
5th- Harbor Piers
4th- Abel Halderman
3rd- Bobbi Laval
2nd- Desirae Beaumont
1st- Yendor Destiny

Next Kimmy came back up to give out the Angel Award, which went to Colleen Brennan, stating:

"The Angel award is given out each season to a surfer we think did the most for the surf community as a whole, exhibited a friendly surf spirit and did it all without expecting anything in return. There were many great nominees this season, and they were Maxwell Silvansky, Revlon Benoir, Sally LaSalle, Colleen Brennan, Cloudy Matova, Mick Lunasea.

I am soo proud to be announcing this award, and it was a tough choice with so many great nominees.  I have known this person for a long time and is one of my true angels and many others here, and Iwould like to present the angel award to our very own Colleen Brennan."

Then... I crashed (laughs).

While I was gone, apparently Sally LaSalle was called up to announce the Hall Of Fame inductees. I didn't get to see her speech about him, but Mick was inducted. I came back and he was thanking everyone. And everyone was screaming at me to 'get up there and speak!' Because, yes. While I was crashed Sally announced...

"This person has been a prime mover behind the scenes and has accomplished many important changes and innovations for the SLSA, including kicking off and running the first amendments to the SLSA constitution, organization and of sponsorships and financial management in her term. And for her wonderful contribution to promoting surfing through her work as Editor of Surfwatch In World. Please give it up for Ashleigh Dickins!!! WTG Ash!  WOOT! 

So after my little speech...

"Ya know it figures I'd crash for that, don't it? Seems like any time I get around you all more than like 5 of you, I turn into crashy mcgee over here. Yet I still do it because I love you guys and this community. Even when I hate you all very much for being dramatic or keeping my up til 3am... I still love you ALL! Everything I've done I've done for you guys, and for the surfers of our future! I... am going to shut up and just be smiley now! Thanks everyone!!!"

Bobbi wrapped the ceremony up, and we all went down to Archipelago where Lissa was still surfing for Relay and some people joined her.  It was about 10 minutes before Lissa was rounding people up to head to the next sim, Tai.

New SurfWatch Staffer Spotted at Work


The elusive new SurfWatch staffer, Kantbe Thursday, was spotted at work in the new SW HQ, as shown by this hidden security camera snapshot. Other staff members have pointed out after close inspection, however, that while appearing to be busy working on an article, Kantbe may, in fact, just be napping.








Hidden security camera footage at SW HQ

Monday, July 12, 2010

SurfWatch on the Cutting Edge

SurfWatch is currently looking at other design options to keep our cover page unique and give our readers what they want to read.  If you notice, we have temporarily pulled off some of the design elements (sponsors, merchandisers and staffing other than editors) until we try out several of the design options, then we will be re-adding this information and more.  We are considering an updated surf report to the sidebar as well as some other features.  Over the next few weeks, you may see us test out some different formats.  If you would like to give your input on them and/or what you'd like to see SurfWatch offer and add, now is the time!  Leave a comment or contact any of the editors and give us your feedback on SurfWatch!

Second Life Surfing Calendar of Events

SurfWatch remains the one-stop information center for Second Life (SL) surfing events and competitions.  Get the word out to the SL surf community and notify us of your event or competition.  This includes performances, parties, mini comps, fashion shows, store openings and sales - any event you would like to get the word out!  We will add it to our calendar that is posted weekly with updated events.  Avoid scheduling conflicts, double bookings, and planning your event the same day as someone else - check SurfWatch's Calendar of Events to see what's happening, and let us know about your event!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Luscious Surf Design Ultimate Surfboards!


submitted by Luscious Starship


While surfing countless waves with countless boards to find the perfect ride, I found myself wanting a board that I could change completely based on my mood regardless of where I was. I
love the currently available surf boards by SSi, HP, and Action but really wanted a board that was specifically made for me and the way I surf (which in my case is fast and crazy)! So starting the week of the wonderful Festival of Surf II, I started working on
creating my own surfboard script. By the end of the festival I had completed a beta functional board which was available FREE at the Festival.

On July 2nd, I finalized the features and settings of the board which is now available for the rest of you! The result is a very basic, yet super fun, and extremely customizable surfboard that can behave and look almost any way you desire. The board design is very simple, it's a single prim; a flattened sphere and that's it! This basic board i
s and always will be offered as copy/mod to the surfer because the idea is to make this basic board *YOURS*!

Initially I just wanted to make a board that surfed REALLY well and that could surf in whatever way the user wanted to surf. So really I've just created what might be called a "surfboard engine". It doesn't have a lot of fancy visual effects like water splashing or wipeouts *yet*, but my intention was to leave as much as much as possible completely up to the user as far as how the board looks visually. Since the board is copy/mod, you can basically make the board transparent, and then attach a different sculpty for the board shape and/or design as well as attach particle generators and fins etc to make the the board look however you want it to look while maintaining the same surfing characteristics.

As far as how it surfs, I've tried to make this board something that you can grow with and will grow on you as well. Everyone has a different surfing style. Some people like to ride smoothly across the wave face, some like to spin and carve out crazy patterns on the waves, others like to fly off the top of the waves or do loops on the waves, and really crazy people (like me) like to jump off the wave and into the next sim while doing a one-handed upsidedown fist pump! And then there are those who just want to paddle on the board and let the wave take them wherever it takes them! In all cases I think this is the board for you!

The board has so many settings on it it might make your head spin! By default though it comes set in a "Normalized" mode. This means by default, the board behaves in a predictable and fairly easy to control manner which I guess is subjective but basically comes down to a board that has the speed of an HP5 board, but the turning feel closer to an SSi board. There are 8 other presets for the board which go from paddle/small wave mode, SSi-like, HP-like, Super Foo like ( i.e. will make your board spin Mark Foo style! ) and "c" or light speed (exponential acceleration).

The presets are basically fixed settings for the 6 parameters that can also be manually altered via the Right click "* Menu *" on the board. There are 3 speed settings: Surf Speed, Turn Speed, and Swim Speed. These alter your: Speed when surfing on a wave, how fast your turn on water, and how fast you paddle respectively. There are also 3 balance settings: Wave Spin, Wobble, and Banking. These alter how fast you: turn on a wave, how quickly your board levels itself in the water, and how much your board leans into turns (smaller is more banking). The presets are created to go from "slow" to "fast" though you'll probably want to tweak some of the parameters to suit your exact surfing preferences. Of course since the tuning parameters are open ended, this board can do some CRAZY stuff! And going "off-world" can become common occurence if you use a super fast setting.

The controls on the board are relatively normal in that steering, acceleration and basic board control are the same as on an SSi, HP or Action board. The PgUp (or "e") still tips the front of the board up for when you are trying to execute a loop de loop or turn faster while banking into a turn. Swimming underwater doubles your forward speed so holding the PgDn and UpArrow buttons at the same time will save you time getting to the beginning of the wave as well.
Access control is also improved because when you allow "group" or "all" access, anyone who then has access to the board ALSO has complete access to the entire board's menus (except the access menu of course!).

One of the major differences of this board is that is does NOT require contact with a wave called "Wave 2.0" in order to function. It will ride on ANY physical object contact including other surfboards! I think in the future the board may look for "Wave 2.0" as PART of the name of the wave (but not the EXACT name of the wave) so that it only pops up on waves, but it will never be locked down to JUST one name because that is what is preventing the current generation of wave generators from switching between multiple wave types easily.

The board is initially being offered very inexpensively as copy/mod for $L288 at Freeport (next to Tsunami Beach), Waven Cajun (next to Bundoran Reef), and at the Monkey Cove residents area. Mick Lunasea's Surfcrazy is the first 3rd party designer to use the script in his own boards and is selling no copy/no mod boards for $L199. The idea behind the pricing is to get more people to join the SL surfing community and make their own custom designs and modifications. Designers who wish to sell their own designs using the Luscious Surf Design script should contact me, Luscious Starship directly. There is a Board Rezzer at Tsunami Beach that will let you try all of the features for free at Tsunami Beach as well.

I hope you all enjoy the board and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for new designs and additions as well as the killer surfing you'll do after tuning your board just the way you like it! =) I'd also like to say thank you to Mick Lunasea, Figger Arun, Painless Skytower, Colleen Brennan, oldsurferdude Danitz, Tauri Tigerpaw, Leogarto Burt, Sebastian Saramago, Syx Toshi, Tsunami Surf, and everyone else who I've buggered about surfboards and testing the board before its release, I couldn't have made it without you!



Tsunami Beach Store:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/FREEPORT/7/216/23

SurfCrazy Store:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/JJ%20Lanes%20II/161/228/24

Waven Cajun Bundoran Reef Store:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/West%20of%20Ireland/21/247/24

Monkey Cove Resident Area
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Monkey%20Paw/227/156/22

Pictures:
http://picasaweb.google.com/luscious.starship/LusciousSurfDesignLSDSurfboards?feat=directlink

- Luscious