Saturday, September 11, 2010

SLSA Surf Shop 6 Longboard Classic Scores

Pictures courtesy of Donni Dibou and Lissa Pinion. Scores courtesy of Bobbi Laval





Finals:
Harbor Piers 15.50000
WickedV Carver 15.00000
oldsurferdude Danitz 13.66667
Sunshine Zhangsun 13.66667
FrankiePalmero Actor 13.00000


Heat 1:
Velvetori Twine 13.33333 *
Dmilso Olivieri NS
Sunshine Zhangsun 14.66667 *
Bohdi Lowtide NS
Sexyboy Oh 13.33333 *



Heat 2:
Cymindra Deschanel 13.83333 *
Rom Heunsung 12.50000
oldsurferdude Danitz 14.66667 *
Buffy Munro 13.83333 *
Milo Voss 13.00000

Heat 3:
sven Homewood 12.33333 *
Rick Galli 10.83333
Buck Ghostraven NS
Van Valeeva 11.66667
FrankiePalmero Actor 12.66667 *



Heat 4:
Kim Henig 12.50000 *
Cardona Ghostraven 10.66667
Lourinho Nizna 11.66667
WickedV Carver 14.00000 *
Desne Aabye NS

Heat 5:
Avidward Flagon 13.33333**
bullet Admiral 12.83333
Harbor Piers 15.50000 *
Wilfrid DeCuir 15.33333 *
Ami Fadlan 13.50000 **


Staff: Cloudy Mikado, Bobbi Laval, Mick Lunasea, Triston Mayo, CoolKat Delicioso, Abel Halderman, and Syx Toshi

*will move on to next week's SLSA SurfShop 6 Invitational Sept 18th.
** Wild Card and will move on to next week's SLSA SurfShop6 Invitational Sept 18th

For more awesome pictures from the competition, check out  these photos by Jordan Mendle at:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/10297539@N02/sets/

Mari's Mailbag: Goodbye My Friend but not Forgotten

The recent news of Mori Pwani has left me feeling like all the rest of us...utterly saddened. Syx Toshi called it right when he pointed out how the surfers just don't contribute to surf sims. You don't as much as needed. If we all focused on keeping the community strong with volunteering and donating, our community would be much stronger. For me, I have very little traffic at Boracay Islands so all my income goes to that and a new sim I just purchased. Takes every dime I have to bring everyone else enjoyment. I do it to make it a better life for all of you. Same with V (VW Sands) and Lis (Lissa Pinion). They did this for all of us. I take time to pause now and reflect about what all Mori Pwani meant to me. So many things, I have to tell you when the lump clears from my throat and my eyes dry the tears they are shedding, I will have nothing but the fondest memories. V and Lis, they just don't make them any finer than these two. I love you both and thank you for all you gave for the surf community. For all you gave to me.  Feel free to leave your thoughts on Mori and messages to V and Lis in the comments section!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Midnight Mania Friday, September 10, 2010!

Quick for the surfanistas:  Pop on over to http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bikini%20Beach/95/161/22 and give a quick click on 9 midnight mania boxes!  Cool stuff here at Alli&Ali Designs & Friends Tropical Beach Mall!  Don't spend a dime, just click on the Midnight Mania boards to win!

SLSA Surf Shop 6 Longboard Classic Heat Draws

as posted in surfslsa.org 7:30 AM SLT

Heat draws for the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Surf Shop 6 Longboard Classic on Saturday, September 11, 2010:



  • The competition will start at 11:AM SLT Saturday  September 11;
  • Best two from each heat are qualified for the next week Invitational competition on September 18;
  • Best two of those who, after the September 11th competition, are not automatically qualified to surf in the Invitational will receive wild cards and will be invited to surf in the Invitational competition on September 18;
  • First place from each heat will meet in the final heat. 

HEAT 1

Velvetori Twine (RED)
Dmilso Olivieri (BLUE)
Sunshine Zhangsun (GREEN)
Bohdi Lowtide (ORANGE)
Sexyboy Oh (PURPLE)
Cardona Ghostraven (BLACK)

HEAT 2

Cymindra Deschanel (RED)
Rom Heunsung (BLUE)
oldsurferdude Danitz (GREEN)
Buffy Munro (ORANGE)
Milo Voss (PURPLE)

HEAT 3

sven Homewood (RED)
Rick Galli (BLUE)
Buck Ghostraven (GREEN)
Van Valeeva (ORANGE)
FrankiePalmero Actor (PURPLE)

HEAT 4

Kim Henig (RED)
Amphiprion Bellinghausen (BLUE)
Lourinho Nizna (GREEN)
WickedV Carver (ORANGE)
Desne Aabye (PURPLE)

HEAT 5

Avidward Flagon (RED)
bullet Admiral (BLUE)
Harbor Piers (GREEN)
Wilfrid DeCuir (ORANGE)
Ami Fadlan (PURPLE)

  • Heat draws for the Invitational event on September 18 will be announced after the September 11 competition and will include surfers who registered for the series and are currently ranked in the top 20.

2010 FOURTH STAGE CIRCUIT OF BRAZILIAN SURF!

Registration is open for the 2010 Fourth Stage Circuit of Brazilian Surf under the supervision of the ABSSL Brazilian Surfing Association which will be held on Sunday, September 26th, 2010!  High waves, sun, beautiful people and a show of surfing with the best surfers in Second life!  Come and get more information at the new ABSSL Headquarters at Crab Island.  Be a part of this great event!  Sign up and feel the adrenaline and be a winner!  For more information, contact Leogarto Burt or pick up a notecard at Crab Island!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Get Your Groove On...



Slip the surfboard in the sand for an hour and catch a live show by Coop Dembo!  Coop says, ""I start every song I write with a groove. I find the pure feeling, the raw rocking emotion, that is base to every brew, and atop of that I place everything else. The pop melodies, to the sweet R&B/blues harmonies, the jazzy accents, all soaked in soul. My soul. Then... I sing. Come listen." 



You won't be able to contain the bootay bouncing once he starts his show!  Check him out at http://www.coopmusic247.com/, and search for him on-line!

Letter to the Editor

submitted by Syx Toshi


Some of you may know me and some not, but I’m normally pretty quiet.  I like to let my actions speak for me. Recent news of the retiring of the Mori Pwani surf area really saddened me and pissed me off that these great people work day and night to provide a fantastic place for us to go and there isn’t enough support to keep them going.

For one, I know how hard it is to own a surf sim. You have to dedicate valuable resources to the water, beach and waves with no financial return. As VW Sands/Lissa Pinion said in their note letting us know the said news, you can’t just chop up the sim into nice square residential and commercial areas. What you end up with is a short surfing run next to, basically, a city! No one wants to surf or live in an area like that.

Saving all of our surf areas is near and dear to my heart. The plain truth is owning a surf sim will never turn a profit and will always require the owner kicking in his/her own money at some level. There is another truth out there and it's people love to utilize surf sims but rarely donate. Now I know there are people out there, good people, that do donate and give significant amounts when a sim needs it, but to be honest, the majority of people visiting our surf sims just are not donating. The sim owners I know hate sending the end of month “please help” notice.

I’m not asking for donations for myself and never would, but for the people that don’t donate, surf sims will be gone in short order if you don’t support them!! It’s a fact we’ve all seen it happen!! Instead of buying the next bathing suit, surfboard or whatever, throw some money into your favorite beach’s donation box.

I apologize in advance if anyone is offended, but I don’t want to see my favorite surf beaches go into our surfing history!! In the end, we surf sim owners do what we do to make people happy.  None of us turn a profit.  It's for the love of Second Life (SL) surfing and SL’s surfers that we do this. So please support your favorite surf sim, until it hurts, or it will be a memory.

Changes in Latitude

Reprinted by permission of VW Sands


Aloha,


They say change is the only constant. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Change is inevitable.  Well, nowhere in life are the "laws" of change more evident than in Second Life (SL). Great places come and go. Our imagination is captured, held briefly and then fades in favor of other places that capture us once more. The nice thing about SL surfing is the diversity of those places and the comings and goings that occupy our memories.

For me personally, it was the Bishara sims, Majini, Pepo, Wimbi, Bahati and Mandahari that I had to come to terms with "change". Not loss (although that´s what it was for me) but change. Once again, I have to say goodbye to an old friend, a place I spent countless hours grooming, tweaking and building into a place for folks to hang out and surf. A place we could all feel at home and comfortable like it was our own. Once again though, change found us. We found other places, other oceans on which to ride and other campfires to sit by.

This world we have created, that captures us and sparks our imagination is an expensive one. We pay gladly though because it has some special appeal. We can "hang out" with friends on the other side of the globe, surf, party, compete, drink Tequilla (get naked & fall down) all from the comfort of our Real Life (RL) home. What a lot of us don´t realize, however, is just how expensive it really is.

A couple examples: Back at Bishara it cost around 3000.00 USD per month (695.000L) in tiers to LL of which we usually scraped 2000.00 or so from rentals, shops and so on. The remaning we just sorta pitched in ourselves (Dumisani Ah in this case). An economic hardship but man, killer surf sims! Here at Mori we pay LL 750.00 USD per month in tiers (195.000L). Again, rentals, shops and so on usually cover around 125.000 and the rest we just sorta pay ourselves (Liss and I). Once again, an economic hardship but man, great surf sims!

I´ve had folks ask me a few times; "Why not just cut the sims up into xx number of parcels and blah, blah, blah" and my answer was always the same. Because that makes a great residential sim, not a great surf sim. Sure, the tiers get paid, but the surfing sucks. It´s a catch 22, folks. Some of the best surf sims ever (Flynn Sheridan's Bahia, for example) were empty of all but WAVES (and his Casa) and thereby economically unfeasable but man, what a great surf sim!

So, maintaing a great surf sim is NOT about making it a residential sim with waves but a waves sim with a few shacks. In my opinion, anyway. That has become just to difficult to support / justify and for that reason, we have to let change have her way.   We talked once about a "Support" group, more events, raffles, contests.  Hell, I even resorted to dancing in a Hula skirt (on more than one occasion) to raise funds but it seems that our collective imagination has been captured someplace else. Which is fine. Change is, after all inevitable.

It has been my pleasure, an honor and more fun than I can ever tell you all to have created and run the Mori sims. I have met the most generous, genuine and dearest friends along the way, and I am grateful for it all. I can´t thank all of you enough for your support for not only the Mori sims, but the Bishara sims as well. Without all those dollars you threw at me, none of this would have ever been possible and as much as it pains me to let go, I really have no choice.

I hope that the Mori sims will be remembered, if even briefly, as old favorites by at least a few surfers as that is all I ever really wanted to achieve. A fun place that we can take with us in our memories and remember with a smile as we sit by the campfire at a surf sim someplace in SL.

Mahalo,
/V

PS: Any and all funds from an eventual sale of our sims will be returned to the Vibers that contributed to their purchase or given to the surf sims of your choice.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Registration Still Open!

There is still time to register for the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Surf Shop 6 Longboard Classic competition scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Monkey Cove!  Log onto surfslsa.org, go to the competition registration thread, and sign up for a spot in the line up!

Tauri's Tidbits and Sticky Situations #3

We were recently having a convo about Second Life (SL) situations and talking about SL etiquette - is there such a thing? You know, the kinds of things you run into in SL and are not sure of the proper way to handle. We'll be periodically posting these dilemmas and looking for genuinely constuctive feedback on your opinion. If you have a comment or a dilemma of your own, let us know and we'll add it to the list!



Dilemma:
If you send your friends a notice about an event you want them to attend, is it rude if someone else immediately sends a competing notice for a different event being held at the same time inviting the same general group? And is it rude to even send event invitations to your friends list?  What about those mass TPs that pop up out of the blue - are those just annoying or are they also rude?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Second Life Surfing...

In the beginning, there was the blue sparkling water...
and the sounds and sights and feel of the ocean...
and we saw that it was good...
This is why Second Life (SL) surfing has so many loyal participants for so long...


When you peel away the power plays, the personality clashes, the dollar signs,

you're left with you, a board, and the blue sparkling water...








Whether you're an SL surfer, a fashion surfanista, a sand crab, just a lover of the surf and sand, SurfWatch salutes you and thanks you for keeping SL surfing, the surf sims, the surf retailers, the surf creators, and the surfing organizations and publications alive and growing!  Catch the wave!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Down Memory Wave...

Back in 2008, there was "the deck" where all the parties happened spontaneously...sitting in the chairs and jumping in to catch a wave was the happening...just a little white stretch of sand with a deck, waves, and  your best buds...be the first to name this beach in the comments section and win 250L!!!  Name any of the people in this picture and win another 250L!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Juna and Myst Full Wedding Video

submitted by Triston Mayo

To view the full video of the spectacular Juna and Myst wedding, log on to http://www.megavideo.com/?v=YEDFJDU0 and share in their special day!

Shark Surfing!

Luscious Starship demonstrates shark surfing at a recent impromptu dance party at Southend, Goombah Estates.