Saturday, November 27, 2010

Watch out for Sharks!

Shark fin in the water???  Heck no!  That's Sharkbite and their newest satellite shop at Southend, Goombah Estates, carrying the hottest surf fashions and designs and giving you a taste of all the latest beach fashions available at their main store at Tai!  Stop by and check out Sharkbite's new satellite shop and all the other new shops now open at Southend! 


Friday, November 26, 2010

SLSA Candidates for Director Interviews

SurfWatch conducts these in-depth interviews to help voters get a clear picture of the candidates that are running for the Board and gives candidates an opportunity to introduce themselves to the voters. Although this is not a standard election, we feel it is still important for the SLSA membership to know about the candidates and their thoughts. All three candidates were sent the same interview and two have responded. See their interviews below. GiavannaMarie Melody is the only candidate to not respond. Interviews are posted in the order they were received. Voting opens on December 1st. Stay tuned for more details!


Candidate Name: Robbin Ember

SW: You are currently ranked:
RE: I think around ten or so, but oops I don't want to mess it up, that is my goal for this season.

SW: for last season's SLSA surf rankings:
RE: I am not sure, but I was way up there, I mean like way up in the numbers, not good.

SW: and you've been SL surfing for more than:
RE
: two years, I think.

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?

RE: My most important quality, I think, is my compassion, my desire and ability to listen, and then incorporate what I see and hear into a cogent idea that resolves the issue or, if not, explains the reason. I am running for the board because I feel an obligation to do my part in helping my friends. I know the time and effort that it takes, and I want to repay those who have done so and now do so.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see related to SL surfing?

RE: The largest improvements that I see are twofold. First, and most important, is to continue to try to help bring our community back together. I noticed so many members sort of drop out of the organization, in the past, for a lot of reasons, and this season, I have seen some come back, I am thrilled to see some old wounds mend. This, along with all of the great new surfers that have competed this season, I am more enthused about our group. In this regard, I believe that we can also make our organization more open to the other surfing organizations here in SL. I remember at the beginning of this season, or some months ago, a great gathering/party at Tsunami that got all of our groups together, from the US, to Europe, to Asia, to (what is it Mick Jagger shouts on David Bowie's version of Dancing in the Streets) South America...It was a great gathering and I think needs to be repeated more often.

Second, I agree with an idea that VW Sands had a while back about consolidating our financial resources to maintain our current sims. We need to make sure that we preserve what we have and/or help out individual sim owners. However, I realize that the formula is fairly tricky, i.e. who gets what and for what reason, but we have to start somewhere.

SW: What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing and what would be your first priority?

RE: As I said above, my first priority is to mend old wounds and encourage new participation. We have been blessed this season with some great performances by some great new surfers. Combined with bringing some people back, wow...We can do it, you know. And being open to other organizations. We already have great boards and great waves, I think that now we need to remember why and with who we want to share it. Also we need to consolidate our financial resources to keep great sims going and perserve what we already have.

SW: All the candidates are qualified - why should voters elect you over any other candidates?

RE: As I have said in the past, I am not so certain that they should. I am not techinically talented and not the brightest or most analytical, but I work pretty hard, am determined, and, oh yeah, I have a heart.

SW: What were you most satisfied with as an SLSA member last season? What were you most dissatisfied with?

RE: As I said this season I was most satisfied in seeing a lot of new, and great, surfers join and hopefully enjoy, while also seeing some great old friends come back. Likewise, I was most disappointed in seeing some great surfers not involved this past season.

SW: Anything else you would like voters to know about you?

RE: I don't think so, I believe that everyone knows me and what I am like. Well I included, a new look photo. But being serious again, it is like the group of friends that I surf with, Sun, Mal and Bodhi, we agreed to stay together as a team to have fun, because we liked each other and felt a certain bond, and I just believe that this organization needs that type of focus at this time.

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2010 and possible issues moving into Season 1 of 2011:

1. With so many full surf sims gone or having to reformat how they are used, what, if anything, can the SLSA do to help sim owners and riders who will now be relying much more heavily on Homestead sims for comps?

RE: Running a surfing sim takes a lot of finances, and I definitely believe that we need to consolidate resources. When Majini went down, my first reaction was to try to start a new sim and then another, and I learned. Instead of more sims we need to preserve and promote what we have and then maybe build from there. VW had an idea long ago about consolidating resources and I believe that this might be a new area we can get into. Start with a fund to help the sim owners who need help, and also keep our own SLSA sim going. I believe that we already have a fund for that, but we need it, and more to help owners in trouble. This would also leave a possible option of renting a full sim when in need. As I said above, the formula is tricky, but we have to start somewhere.

2. With low competition registrations, do you feel the two comp format still required?

RE: This has been a reoccurring question in my mind too. I was on the board when we changed the format, and, in fact, was a surfer that was, at first, not allowed to register for a comp because within a couple of hours forty people had already registered. The change was needed then, and I hope that it is needed in the future, but I don't think that we need it now, at least not for that reason. I do like seeing the additional event, though, it brings new life, new surfers, and wow so much confidence. Just look at how some of the new, and yes, even old surfers, including myself, have done after being in the finals of the first week. That is good, but we have to weigh it with the resources required. I think that if registrations stay below forty or around there, we might want to keep the format for two events a season and not for the rest. Then keep it as a safety net if we blow the lid off on an event.

3. What are your general thoughts concerning what makes comp legal board scripts and mods?

RE: I like standard comp boards, I mean, everyone surfs the same board, available at the beach. I think that is most fair.

4. Do you believe that team rankings should continue and what is the impact on camaderie in SL surfing?

RE: I like the team rankings, as I said before, my teammates are very important to me. They are my closest friends and I just hope that I help them, as much as they help me. And you know I feel very close to almost every surfing team. In fact I find team riders the most encouraging.

5. Any particular issues you feel are not being addressed that you want to do something about?

RE: Not really, I think that you all asked about everything. Well, one thing, I am listening to this great song, and it really makes me think...Martha Davis and the Motels, Only the Lonely...I love this song, but please don't let it happen here...please...and, love you Stephy...take care everyone, Robbin.


Candidate Name: Coolkat Delicioso

SW: You are currently ranked 12th 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?

CD: mmm.. I hold no pretenses to my skills here, this will be the first time I have done such a thing in SL. but I do have rl experience in group management and fund-raising. I love SL surfing, and the whole family feeling that goes with it, so to be given the opportunity to serve my fellow surfers, I'm going to jump at it. Okay, I'm still a relative noob compared to some of you old farts..hehe but I'm willing to try and help push the SLSA forward in a positive way, and try and build on what we already have.

SW: What areas of improvement do you currently see related to SL surfing?

CD: The areas of improvement that I currently see are faster, smoother run comps and a happier vibe all round.

SW: What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing and what would be your first priority?

CD: I see the top issues facing SL surfing to be funding, and the loss of surfing sims. Not only do we lose a sim, we sadly lose a part of our whole social environment. First priority would be to explore through positive discussion, different ways of tackling these problems, as this seems to be a reoccurring theme.

SW: All the candidates are qualified - why should voters elect you over any other candidates?

CD: I think I would bring a good vibe to the board. I would never say I'm better than him/her. I hope I am more of a diplomat than a lying politician.

SW: What were you most satisfied with as an SLSA member last season? What were you most dissatisfied with?

CD: I was most satisfied with myself, in finishing top 20!! hehehe.. no, really..I was most satisfied with the waves, the vibe, DJ Dan, the fun, and the general feeling that ran through everyone, it's been awesome this past season. Dissatisfied? Harsh word..never dissatisfied,.. obviously disappointed, we lost Mori : (

SW: Anything else you would like voters to know about you?

CD: I hate bullies, drama, people on power trips, sycophants, empty glasses and bs. I love life, music, dancing, having fun, and happy, helpful, friendly people. Oh, and never ending sl tequila, wacky hair and outfits..

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2010 and possible issues moving into Season 1 of 2011:

CD: There are always going to be issues having to be addressed by the SLSA each season. Funding seems to be the theme that reoccurs each season, be it SLSA or sim funding.

1. With so many full surf sims gone or having to reformat how they are used, what, if anything, can the SLSA do to help sim owners and riders who will now be relying much more heavily on Homestead sims for comps?

CD: Keeping surfers aware of situations like this is always going to be a priority for me. The sooner people understand, the quicker the can respond. So any kind of information regarding this kind of situation, relayed the SLSA will be passed on to the surfer and sim owners as soon as it is available.

2. With low competition registrations, do you feel the two comp format still required?

CD: Yes I do...it should raise more funds, bring more people in, plus we get to party two weekends in a row!!.Yay!

3. What are your general thoughts concerning what makes comp legal board scripts and mods?

CD: Personally, I think if the script/board is legal and the board is modifiable, I feel you should do what you like with it, as long as it is within the length specified for the comp. You could surf a car bonnet for all I care! hehehe That said, I do like it when we all use the same non mod board too, its more of a level playing field so to speak.

4. Do you believe that team rankings should continue and what is the impact on camaraderie in SL surfing?

CD: Yep! Team rankings should continue..The impact of camaraderie?..*Throws a bucket of water over Q and hides behind Triston!!..hehe

5. Any particular issues you feel are not being addressed that you want to do something about?

CD: Well yes, the loss of our surf sims. We're still losing them.

Live Performance! Tauri Tigerpaw!

When:  Friday, November 26, 2010
            1 PM SLT
Where:  The iFrog Garden - jardin romant, Dream4 You (186, 154, 23)
              Join the Tigerpaw Tour group for an LM or check out SL Live Music Events!
Who:  Tauri Tigerpaw in Concert

Live guitar and vocals!  Occasional live sneezes and dog howling!  Join us!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

special submission by Revlon "Revy" Benoir

In A Bountiful Universe What Am Thankful For?


When I was asked to write this year’s Surfwatch Thanksgiving post on what I have to be thankful about, I immediately started to think deeply about the topic at hand (well not immediately - first I had get past my swollen ego for being chosen).

My philosophy in life is that every day is filled with blessings both small and large, sometimes we fail to recognize the small things such as an IPhone has a built in IPOD, yet we always remember the really big stuff like my mother ill with cancer has recently celebrated another birthday. In recognition of Surfwatch, as the preeminent source of information pertaining to surfing in Second Life, I am going to focus what I am thank for in my Second Life.

I find it intriguing how one event has the possibility of developing into a complete branch of your life. On July 4, 2008, Mick Lunasea proposed and I became Mrs. Lunasea. While it is true that I had a nice Second Life before this special day, my union with Mickey has brought about so many new friends and exciting new adventures and I am very thankful for this. Last July Mickey and I celebrated our first year anniversary, we decided that we wanted to expand our family. We now have our son Jayden or Tiger as we prefer to call him. For this I am thankful.

I joined the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) early in my Second Life, however, I was never an active participant.  Well, believe it or not, it is very hard to be Mrs. Lunasea and not become involved in organized surfing. I met so many wonderful people through my association with the SLSA that I wanted to give back to the community. I discussed this with Mickey and Surf Festival was born. So many people expressed how they enjoyed seeing the surfing community come together in a group effort, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved with the event.

While seeking a band to play at the Surf Festival, I was invited to join the SLNFL Broncos as a cheerleader. Through this adventure I came upon the Myst Dancers dance troupe. Dancing has always been a passion of mine in Real Life (RL), and I am very thankful for the opportunity to join such a highly regarded a dance troupe.

In closing, many of us have so much to be thankful for, however, we should not forget those less fortunate as well as those who honorably serve our countries. Let each of us make a point to remember them in our thoughts and prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What are you thankful for? 

Today in the states we celebrate Thanksgiving - some with family, some with strangers, some with turkey and stuffing and football, some alone with a cold sandwich in a car.  Whatever your circumstances, we thank you for sharing SurfWatch with us today.  When you log onto SurfWatch, you are sharing time with friends - family, even - many of us who have spent years together sharing time in a vitual world. 

We appreciate every comment you have shared with us - the ones we post and the ones we are unable to post - because it shows you are reading SurfWatch. We appreciate the stories and scores and pictures you send to us.  We appreciate the in-world comments when you don't want to make a public comment.  We thank you for supporting us by joining our groups and visiting our shop and headquarters.  Thank you for your support, your participation in Second Life (SL) surfing, the linden you spend on boards and clothes and donations, reading and sharing with SurfWatch, and for caring.

I personally am thankful to Barchan Paderborn, SW Founding Editor, for one of my most enjoyable, frustrating, time-consuming and rewarding hobbies; Lissa Pinion, SW Editor in Chief, for stepping up and keeping the SW dream alive; Ashleigh Dickins, SW In-World Edition Editor, for perserverence and dedication; all the SurfWatch staff, contributors and commentors that have made this more of a family operation by sharing their Second Lives with us, and Bandit for making room for me on the couch.


Feel free to share what you are thankful for in the comments section.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Baby News!

GiavannaMaria Melody is proud to share her Real Life family with her Second Life family with this shot of the newest member of her family, the adorable Antonio, born on May 9th of this year.  Congratulations Gia!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SurfWatch's Snowman Contest!

Enter our totally awesome contest and wow us with your mad snowman making skillz. You may win lots of moolah PLUS be featured on the cover of SurfWatch! Plus you get the warm fuzzies of helping out the SLSA! No lump of coal for you this year! Head over to Archipelago and get your plot while you can, space is limited!  (Must be an SLSA member for build permissions)

Tauri's Tidbits and Sticky Situations #13

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!  And thank you to those of you that have sent us dilemmas to post - be sure to look for them in future segments!





Dilemma:
How do you tell your friend who is IMing you that he just broke up with his GF and is devastated, that you are in the middle of wild SL sex and can't talk to them right now?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Flashback! November 22, 2008

Grab your boards and some snacks as this week we travel back to the week of November 23, 2008!

http://surfwatch.blogspot.com/2008_11_23_archive.html

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Win Some Linden!

Who's that crazy dude climbing on a board???
Be the first to post the location of this gnarley paleo-surfer in the comments section and win 250L!