Saturday, December 31, 2011

First comp of the Year! Shangri-La Beach Resort


All boards, huds, anything goes. 1 rider at a time, 3 waves. NO Judges, peoples choice! FUN! Invite your friends, stuff the ballot box. FUN!

Sign up Sunday Jan. 1st  3:30-6pm slt at Shangri-La Lagoon.

Prizes include lindens, trophies and a free week at one of the houses at Shangri-La !

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Flashback! Week of Dec 26, 2010

Alas, this is our last Flashback for good ol' 2011. Next year we will be back with more but for now, lets take a walk down memory lane and see what was shaking in the surf community the week of December 26, 2010.



http://surfwatch.blogspot.com/2010_12_26_archive.html

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SLSA Board Discusses Sim Move


SurfWatch recently sat down with members of the SLSA Board of Directors to discuss the exciting new move to Solace Beach.  We took the questions most commonly asked and presented them to the Board who were gracious enough to take some time from the sim move and holiday bustle to share some insights with us.


SW:  What was the primary reason for the SLSA to move its home sim to another location?


SLSA Board:  We believe that success happens when an organization embraces new opportunities. We understand and appreciate the generosity of the members who donate their own money to keep the SLSA sim funded and operational. What we want to see, is for those generous donations of those hardworking members to be utilized more effectively
We moved the SLSA home to a sim that will allow the SLSA to be introduced and promoted to a large community, which is the most effective way for the association to keep growing in the long term we envisage this new opportunity as fundamentally a partnership that is beneficial to both sides. And we enter this partnership with no additional cost to the members.
We have to think of our sim as not only a place for competitions or the SLSA Hall of Fame. It must be a place where our community is met by the outsiders, who have a chance to become a part of our family, not a remote place with no connection to any other community. We have to think of our sim as a place that would not only be visited at the times of fundraisers but also be a welcoming and attractive place anytime even without the officers/managers/directors constant involvement. That is what the Solace Dream has a chance to become.
Bottom line therefore is: the SLSA Board of Directors believes that the money coming from generous donations from the SLSA members should be used the best way possible, producing the most benefit for the organization as possible - for the lowest possible cost. That is why we embraced this opportunity to move the SLSA home with open arms, and it is our sincere hope that all our members do the same.


SW:   The decision to move the SLSA sim location seems to have been done very quickly. What was the rush and why was the SLSA group not consulted before the move was made? 


SLSA Board:  The opportunity to move our sim from one location to another was brought to the attention of the board by a member of the group. The board always seeks to respond in a timely and decisive matter to issues and suggestions from its members, particularly when they have a direct positive impact on the SLSA’s constitutional mission. The benefits of the proposition were discussed as a sensitive commercial negotiation and the move was agreed to by all 5 board members. The new sim in question is a desirable and hot property and became available to the SLSA a week before the sim tier was due at our previous location. It was an opportunity that all of the board members agree has enormous potential benefit for the entire SLSA group.

SW:   We understand that the desire with the move is to increase membership and therefore competition numbers which have been decreasing. Currently the group has 901 members. What will be done to encourage your current members to compete or become active?


SLSA Board:  Declining participation has been one of the problems the SLSA has been dealing with for at least 6 months now. Yes, the SLSA has about 900 members, however let’s agree on one fact; most are inactive and never will be actively participating in our events. That is the thing all large organizations experience. One of the ways that the new sim will help with this is to bring fresh new surroundings, new people, new faces and new friends into the mix. Developing a diverse and varied social group and introducing new people to surfing is no only the primary mission of the SLSA, it’s also a wonderful way to encourage existing members to re-energize and give them the opportunity to build their own social circle of friends. Additionally, the sim is situated in a fun location with a lot of activities that surfers can enjoy together off the beach. So new people, new surroundings, new experiences, we say to all members come and try this out with a fresh positive outlook!

SW:  The press release says, "... however designated builders within the group, will manage the facilities and will return stray prims on a regular schedule..." How often is regular? Do members have the names of those who will have perms to clean the sim if someone has decided to dump prims on the sim and it makes the lag unbearable? Are those responsible spread out over several time zones?


SLSA Board:  So let’s focus on the positives here first. The new Sim, Solace Dreams has the SL Surfing Association Group as the parcel owner. The SLSA has full control over who comes, who goes, who rezzes and as such we can and will allow members to rez their own surfboards or objects on the sim any time. The idea behind this is to make the sim that the SLSA pays for truly feel like a place that SLSA members can call home. Indeed in fact, members can Set Home to the sim if they have nowhere else to do that! Within the SLSA Group a Role has been created called SLSA Sim Support. Members that are placed in to that role will be able to build permanent structures, as well as to return non-permanent builds. Members are welcome to ask the board to volunteer in that role, we should have plenty of time zone coverage and anyone that sees a problem can look up the role in the group profile to see who they can call for help at any time. Also pertinent to this question, the Solace Estates is part of the Linden Labs Atlas program meaning that sims in the estate receive priority concierge and performance resolution; this is yet another benefit of moving to this estate.

SW:   There was a great deal of talk about how the traffic from a club on James Isle affected sim performance on Archi. How will this be different having two bordering sims, San Diego City to the North side and Solace Beach to the East side an one of these having an events center that will have well, events? And with open water to the both the West border and South border, does the SLSA know if the Estate owners plan on adding sims?


SLSA Board:  There are a couple of things to keep in mind on this point, first of all our sim was and remains a HomeStead level sim. This means that the sim is limited by Linden Labs to 20 Avatars, and this means that it is necessary to have a neighboring Full performance sim in order to be able to conduct competitions on the sim.
The Club on James Island which negatively impacted lag on Archipelago was a private club that was occupied pretty much around the clock. The events center on Solace Beach is managed by the Solace Estate and holds one to 2 hour music concerts every 2 or 3 days only. Any event that the SLSA runs on our Sim can be coordinated with the Solace estate manager so that there is no clash with neighboring events.
As we needed to be placed next to a full sim, we asked for our sim to be placed next to the event center and the coastal themed San Diego. In general sims are not placed next to each other in the Solace Estate and we would expect no further sim placed next to our sim.

SW:  Will surfers be competing with boats on the new sim since it is encouraged on the San Diego City North side sim with boat docks?


SLSA Board:  Sailing is a beautiful sport but there is simply no place for it at the SLSA sim due to the presence of waves that are physical objects. In addition, San Diego sim boaters are not used to having a water sim where our sim is, and we can control object entry if necessary.

SW:   While the sim was located at Archi, it was rarely utilized. How will this change with the move to Solace Estates?


SLSA Board:  Since the SLSA will have total control over the land at the sim, our members will be able to rezz at the sim. We want them to feel at home everytime they visit the sim. They will be allowed to set the sim as their home location, too.
In addition, the SLSA sim is slowly becoming a necessity especially for competitions when the surfing world is facing more and more sim departures. Recently, Bundoran Reef, now Crab, PrimWorks (aka Surf Camp) next. Soon there will be no sims left for the SLSA to have its activities on. Without them the community has no chance to grow and stay active. So we want members to really embrace Solace Dreams, come and make yourselves at home!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from SurfWatch


From the staff here at SurfWatch, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Be safe!

May All your Holiday Wishes Come True!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from the Sands!



Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from V, Lissa, and Vibrations Surf Alliance!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!


More Holiday Wishes


Photography credits:  Lizzy Glenwalker

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lost?

Kant was last seen wandering aimlessly around the SurfWatch Headquarters mumbling in awe, "So this is where everyone works!"  If you see her wandering around, send her home to Tan. 

Beach Fashion


Decorating is always more fun with tall friends whose shoulders help you reach the tallest parts of the tree!  Merry Christmas!

On Location At: Alliance Surf Vibes Beach Vibes Clubhouse
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Alliance%20Surf/195/142/26

Lissa:
Hair: TRUTH Twiggy Cocoa
Eyes: Earthstones Stoned Eyes in Labradorite    Lashes:CCD Eyelashes - Bedroom
Skin: LAQ Nellie 05 Mocha
Shape: Custom made
Clothing: MDI: Kiss Me Quick full set
Jewelry/Accessories: *Sweet Sin Tatto* I'm Bad? Oh yes, My Heart is Yours bracelot, bbb Engagement/wedding set, M!ne Christmas trees in white earrings, Earthstones Aculo Bracelet and Necklace

Gremmy:
Hair: TRUTH Drake Streaked Golden
Eyes: ::Exodi:: Twilight Eyes in Bella
Skin: LAQ Jonas O8 Mocha
Shape: The Classic Male Novus
Clothing: Splenduers Hybrid Boardshorts in Green

Props:
SSP Hang A Shining Star Pose set
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hallgerda/26/171/21
Hope Creations Sparkling Christmas Tree
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hope%20Texas/27/12/22






Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays from Sally and Bobbi


Surfing with Lissa

This installment is all about the Great White North where the crazy hard core surfers find the best surfing in the winter months. Come on! I'm serious!  Why else would Santa live up here?  Check out the vids below for some frozen surfing action!


Yakutat, AK USA



Tofino, Canada

Monday, December 19, 2011

SurfWatch Surfing Sim List


taken fromhttp://swwavereport.blogspot.com/
SurfWatch Surfing Sim List
submitted by Kantbe Thursday Updated: December 19, 2011

This is the VERY basic listing of what's out on the grid, broken apart by wave size offered. Many places have multiple wave styles and like to change them up from time to time, but this list represents what was found at the time they were all checked.

NOTE: Some beaches have loaner surfboards, some have rez areas for using your own board, some require joining their group in order to use your board or loaners.

Thanks to Socks Clawtooth for all of his work in creating the original list of surfing sims from which this is based.

Large
Cape Marina / Lock's Crib -  (Action - Maverick)
HP Surf Point -  (Joaquina)
Kauai, Hawaii -  (Sunset)
Monkey Cove -  Sunset 200m, Epics,100m Sunsets, Joaquina)
Monkey Tail -  (Action Nitro and Joaquina and Maverick (Alt))
Pirate Point Break -  (Epic)
Picturesque - Panda Bay - (Jaws and Fluffies)
T'ai -  (Epic Cortes, Pipes, and Fluffies)
Tsunami Beach - (Sunset, Cortes Twins, Various LSD)
Vibe Beach, Alliance Surf -  (Epic Cortes Pipes and Fluffies)
Wingprincess - (Teahupoo and Fluffs)

Medium (some with Pipes and fluffs, some alternate)
Bundoran Reef - R.I.P.
Cartagena Pipeline 
Chi -  (Pipes, Fluffs)
Kokomo Beach 
Kick Back Beach 
Lily, Lily Beach 
Oahu Hawaii 
Onyx Cove -  (LSD 50m "Mick's Malibu" and 10m "Kimmy Jigsaw's" Fluffie)
Peahi 
Pelican Bay (Dee Waverider) 
Rodos; Wings Shores 
Serina & Oventa 
SL Surfing Association home beach - (changes wave types frequently)
Southern Coast Surf & Sky  (loaner board, but no rez area)
Syx Monkeys Beach -  (Pipes)
Teahupoo - World Class Surfing - (Action)
Thetis Bahia Surf Beach  
TiKi Lounge; TiKi Tattoo  
Tortola  (Action)
What? Surf & Simboard Park 


Small (Fluffs)
*PX* Caves and Surfing
Women Only, A Womans Touch - men welcome if accompanied by women

Events!


December 20th:


 Lola & Pammie's place

 7:00 pm SL time
Tis the Season To Be Jolly!  and what better way than with a christmas bash!!  Why not take a well deserved break from all that shopping! Grab some eggnog, spiked preferably, and join in on the christmas cheer!!!!

December 21st: 



Club Electricity:  

Grand Opening to welcome the Winter Solstice
6:00 PM SLT: The amazing vocal and guitar stylings of the Notorious Digby Smalls. Do not miss the opportunity to hear this truly wonderful singer.

7:00 PM  - 8:00 PM SLT: Dance on the snowy rooftops of the club. Play games and socialze. All while listening to great tunes from the swing era and beyond, solstice, celtic and some surprises. Music to celebrate the season!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Surf-Safari Hit the Beaches of SL

Surf-Safari, a Vibrations group tradition since 2008 when it started on Majini, saw a revival on December 18, when the group hit six surf sims and ripped the waves up enjoying great friends, great waves, and laughs by the oceans full. Check out the action below:



First stop is Monkey Cove well known for great surfing.









Second stop is Panda Bay where Vibes did nearly crash the sim.  








Third stop is What? Surf and Simboard Park home of red rock surfing and good times.








Fourth stop was Crab Island where it was decided that jetskis and surfers don't mix well.








Fifth stop on this Surf-Safari was Bisous where the owner owns more waves than the SL gods and rocks them hard.




Last stop Chi Where lil fluffy waves kick butt and take names even for Vibers.








Art and Ice Skating Tonight!


Artist Reception: 6:30 - 7:00pm sl time, TONIGHT Sat Dec 17
Ice Skating Party 7:00 - 9:00pm sl time, TONIGHT Sat Dec 17

http://slurl.com/secondlife//88/160/2


New Mixed Media art by Bobbi Laval along with some never seen RL Photographic works,  flowpaper drawings and more.

Following join us outside on the rink by the dock for an Ice Skating Party.  DJ Dan will be streaming the SLsMix - FG Radio show live from frozen ice. Join us for the fun and music.  Don't worry,  free skates are available.

Another surprise in time for Christmas,  Bobbi has scattered her Holiday Bears and other goodies around, come grab them for free or almost free, including holiday frames. :)

SLSA Birthday/Rezz Day Celebration and Fundraiser: December


The SLSA met on December 12th to celebrate December birthdays and rezz days as well as raise funds for the sim tiers. In addition to a raffle and party, there was a mini comp (scores to follow).  In the raffle there were two surf boards courtesy of SurfCrazy and LSD, a mesh wave by LSD, artwork from Bobbi Laval, and holiday decor from Sally LaSalle.

Mini Comp Results: Top 3 received trophies
1st: Zelda Zimmerman
2nd: Jayden Domenici
3rd: VW Sands and Mick Lunasea
4th: Damiana Babcock
5th Trista Potez

The event raised $20,000L for the sim tiers.



Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Wishes

It's that time again when you send us your holiday wishes and we post them the week before Christmas!  Hint: this is where you send me a full perm version or email it to me at lissapinion@gmail.com   Get them to me asap!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

SLSA Announces Home Sim Move

Abel Halderman, Communications Officer on the SLSA Board of Directors announced the home sim for the SLSA has been moved to Solace Estates http://slurl.com/secondlife/Solace%20Dreams/174/255/22  According to the announcement some benefits for the SLSA move include advertising to a large group base of about 6000 avatars, event advertising across all the estate sims, use of neighboring sims for stands and other events, and cost of maintaining the sim will remain the same as well.

It was emphasized the SLSA's mission remains to promote surfing and having a large group to recruit from will ensure that happens. SLSA members will also have free access to rezz anywhere on the sim with designated members stopping by to clean up the sim on a regular basis. Inclusion to such a large estate will help in negotiations with Linden Labs in obtaining status as an Info Hub and destination for new avatars coming from Orientation.

The full announcement can be seen here:  http://www.surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1873

Stay tuned for a more in-depth interview coming soon!

Surfing with Lissa

With the first day of winter fast approaching, I thought I'd take us to some warmer climes in the never ending pursuit of sweet surfing! On today's trip, we are heading to Greece where we will bask in the sunshine and try not to look at men in speedos. Really, guys, no one ever looks good in those!  And we will visit a beach that is home to a family of pandas!  Bring plenty of bamboo! Oh and don't forget your best stick!



First stop is Panda Bay!


Panda Bay
SLURL:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Picturesque/140/94/22
Quiet lil stretch of beach inhabited by a family of pandas. Jaws wave and fluff running.  Plenty of places on the grassy beach to cuddle or chill before or after a surf sess. Watch out for the planes tho. Some of us are still learning to fly after all.  And be respectful of the house being private.


Next stop is Greece!


Rodos, Wings Shores
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Wings%20Shores/41/106/23
A trip to the Greek Isles is a good way to bask in the sun, eat some great food, and rip some waves. You wil find pipes and fluffies rolling into the shore where you can hang out afterwards and ride the water slide or play with the seals.  Tired of paddling out?  Grab a speedboat to take you to the sweet spot.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Goodbye Bundoran Reef: In Our Hearts You Will Stay

















Bundoran Reef, or as most of us know it, Bundy, went the way of so many of our beloved surf sims today. I thought a lot about how to best tell the story of Bundy. My words cannot fully express the loss so many people are already feeling so let their words do it.


Ibrew Meads: My first time surfing was here on Bundy. Cipriano taught me the basics of how way back in 2008, but I never became a regular surfer. I've always loved Bundy, though. It's always been a beautiful beach. I used to fly over it every day going from my home to Nancy Blake's where I was a hostess. I was delighted to see the surfers and people on the beach enjoying the place. Later, I learned to sail here, trying to avoid the waves, hehe, or surfing them in a boat for an exciting ride. This has been my home for four years, and will be greatly missed.


Mick Lunasea: one of the originals, all good things must come to an end but this one hurts.

Melian Catronis: Well I haven't frequented Bundy much but in the short time I've been here surfing I've come to love this place. It's very unique not only for the cold water but the wildness of the landscape and the rocks.



GiavannaMarie Meldoy, Co Captain of Reef Riders.As a Reef Rider....I am sad to see Bundoran leave us. My history with Bundoran first starts when i became a Reef Rider.  One of the forgotten Reef Riders is the one who mentored me, Cipriano Grut.  When I first popped up onto Mori, another great sim that is gone, he saw potential in my surfing.  He taught me how to surf and invited me to become a Reef Rider.  At that time, the Reef Riders home was on Neart, again another sim lost.  I can remember I was getting so frustrated trying to prepare for my second comp ever, Chi...Fluffies.  I had never surfed Fluffies before.  I was so intimidated by everyone being able to surf the fluffies at Chi, Cip took me to Bundoran Reef, where they had fluffies running at the time.  Bundoran Reef was where I spent time perfecting how to ride Fluffies.  Over the next couple of years, people have come and gone.......I became Co Captain of the Reef Riders.  While I have memories of those people that I had the privilege to call team mates,                                                                                                          Bundoran Reef will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was where I would go to relax, show new Reef Riders how to surf, and just chill at Nancy Blake's. In the true Irish way I would like to end with a thought, an irish Proverb:

       May the road rise to meet you, 
    May the wind be always at your back, 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
   May the rains fall soft upon your fields, 
   And, until we meet again, 
          May God hold you in the hollow of His hand

Abel Halderman: I don't remember much from last year. Spent some time in the hospital and had to learn how to walk again.

 Imzadi Amaterasu: Bundy will always have a special place in my heart.. I won my first in-season comp here.. I started practicing not thinking id be able to do it with the rocks.. Thats when I really got to know some of the surfers and knew the SLSA was the best place in all of SL .. really sad to see Bundy go :(

Sunrize Mornington: I remember sitting by the fire and listening to the music and watching the waves. Great way to relax and sometimes laugh at the songs. :)

VW Sands: What I will never forget is the lonley, cold mornings at Bundy. Surfing all alone only to be joined by Robin or Bobbs, Devi on occasion. Then the solitary quiet after our sesh´s there.

Desirae Beaumont:  Bundoran Reef closing, a sad day. Neart and Bundoran were the home beaches of the first and only team I ever joined. For me as newcomer it was a great honour to be allowed to join them and thats what I will never forget. Lots of great memories will disappear with the last West of Ireland surf sim. Gone, but never forgotten....ReefRiders Surf Team and West of Ireland Surf Sims Neart and Bundoran Reef will always remain as a big part of my surf career in SL. Farewell Bundoran Reef

 Nash Laville: A place where you can always have whole lot of fun with a bunch of soul. A great combination.














Pics courtesy of Bobbi Laval, GiavannaMarie Melody, VW Sands, Petra Xaris, Abel Halderman, Melian Catronis, and Ronan Roxly 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

End of an Era

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

There are somethings where words aren't needed.  Goodbye Bundoran Reef.


Beach Decor: The Beachstore


Shot on Location at: Alliance Surf aka Vibes Beach
Creator: The Beachstore!
SLURL for Creatorhttp://slurl.com/secondlife/THE%20Beachstore/214/220/22
Additional Info: This hammack comes in Single and Couple configurations and has PG and Fun er Adult poses.  Texture changeable.
Prims: 11

Sunday, December 11, 2011

SLSA Celebration Party and Mini Comp

as posted on the SLSA forums found here:  http://www.surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1856


When: December 12, 2011 12pm (noon) till 4pm SLT

Where: 
Party on James Isle - http://slurl.com/secondlife/James%20Isle/37/245/52
surfing on Archipelago http://slurl.com/secondlife/Archipelago/199/114/21

What:
It's a fundraiser for Archipelago and a celebration of all December birthdays and rezdays.

We will be having a mini comp. The mini comp will be a SSI board of choice on Archi. The waves are already set up if you wish to check them out. There is a limit to 15 surfers so sign up early. If you wish to surf Contact Sunrize Mornington by midnight slt December 11, first come first serve! Trophies for the top 3 surfers. WE ALSO NEED 3 VOLUNTEER JUDGES FOR THE EVENT. This is a good way for new judges to get in some practice before next season!

Maldrul Morris has kindly donated his time to rock us as our DJ. Be sure to hit him up for a request.
There is also going to be several items we are raffling off on raffle boards.

Flashback! Week of December 6, 2009

Quick! In the sleigh and off we go to the week of December 6, 2009 and lets take a look at what was ringing through the surf community!

http://surfwatch.blogspot.com/2009_12_06_archive.html

Saturday, December 10, 2011

SLSA Season 2 Bundoran Reef Surf Comp Scores


picture courtesy of CoolKat Delicioso, scores courtesy of Sally LaSalle
Finals:
imzadi  Amaterasu  14.66
CoolKat Delicioso 14.50
Abel Halderman  14.16
GiavannaMarie Melody 14.00
JT Castanea 13.66
Cierra Theriac 13.33

Semis:
Heat 1
CoolKat Delicioso 12.50
Cierra Theriac 13.83
Zelda Zimmerman 12.33
Yari Ziplon  11.83

Heat 2:
JT Castanea 14.16
jayden Domenici 13.83
imzadi Amateras 15.33
Vic Bonetto 11.00

Heat 3:
Bobbi Laval  16.00
GiavannaMarie Melody  16.33
Abel Halderman  16.50
Melian Catronis 13.16

Prelims: 
Heat 1:
Wilfrid DeCuir NS
Damiana Babcock 12.33
Abel Halderman 12.83
CoolKat Delicioso 13.66
Shilow Carter NS
Cristal Rowlands 10.33

Heat 2:
JT Castanea  13.50
Zelda Zimmerman  13.16
Robbin Ember  12.16
Anabelle Marquis 9.16
Lourinho Nizna 10.50

Heat 3:
Bobbi Laval 14.00
Buck Ghostraven 12.33
imzadi Amaterasu 14.00
Ashoka Mosley NS
Desirae Beaumont 13.16

Heat 4:
Cierra Theriac 13.66
Melian Catronis 11.33
Xander Datura NS
Twixt Mode NS
Revlon Lunasea NS

Heat 5:
Maldrul Morris 4.66
jayden Domenici 14.16
Yari Ziplon 10.16
Lanky Silvercloud NS
Kim Henig 8.16

Heat 6:
Colleen Brennan 12.50
Mick Lunasea 12.83
GiavannaMarie Melody 13.33
Bullet Admiral  8.00
Vic Bonetto 13.00

Staff: VW Sands, Sally LaSalle, Sunrize Mornington, Figger Arun, Cierra Theriac, DJ Dan, Colleen Brennan, IBrew Meads

Thursday, December 8, 2011

SLSA Season 2 Bunderan Reef Surf Comp Heat Draws


When: Saturday December 10th, 11:00am SL Time
Where: Bundoran Reef (spectator Stands on Connemara Sim)
Board: Longboard >3.38m visible prim
Wave: Pipes

Heat 1
Wilfrid DeCuir (RED)
Damiana Babcock (BLUE)
Abel Halderman (GREEN)
CoolKat Delicioso (ORANGE)
Shilow Carter (PURPLE)
Cristal Rowlands (BLACK)

Heat 2
JT Castanea (RED)
Zelda Zimmerman (BLUE)
Robbin Ember (GREEN)
Anabelle Marquis (ORANGE)
Lourinho Nizna (PURPLE)

Heat 3
Bobbi Laval (RED)
Buck Ghostraven (BLUE)
imzadi Amaterasu (GREEN)
Ashoka Mosley (ORANGE)
Desirae Beaumont (PURPLE)

Heat 4
Cierra Theriac (RED)
Melian Catronis (BLUE)
Xander Datura (GREEN)
Twixt Mode (ORANGE)
Revlon Lunasea (PURPLE)

Heat 5
Maldrul Morris (RED)
jayden Domenici (BLUE)
Yari Ziplon (GREEN)
Lanky Silvercioud (ORANGE)
Kim Henig (PURPLE)

Heat 6
Colleen Brennan (RED)
Mick Lunasea (BLUE)
GiavannaMane Melody (GREEN)
Bullet Admiral (ORANGE)
Vic Bonetto (PURPLE)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Shangri-La Miracle Mini Comp Results


Riders:
Jayden Domenici
Doc  Droverson
Coolkat Delicioso
Hydro DNC
Melian Catronis
Shilow Carter
Zelda Zimberman

Shangri-La Contest Board
1. Winner is ElDicht SpiritWeaver L$350.
2. Winner is jayden Domenici L$245.
3. Winner is Zelda Zimberman L$105.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

SLSA Announces December 1st Election Results

The SLSA Election Committee announced the results of the December 1st election to replace the seats being vacated by Maldrul Morris, GiavannaMarie Melody, and Imzadi Amaterasu as their six month terms have come to an end.  Maldrul Morries, GiavannnaMarie Melody, Sally LaSalle, Yari Ziplon, and Abel Halderman put forth their bids to run for the three seats.

Thirty-six eligible voters made their voices heard. Incoming SLSA Board of Director members are Maldrul Morris, Sally LaSalle, and Abel Halderman.

Congratulations to the incoming Board members and thank you to all who ran.

Events!


SATURDAY



Ice Skating Party !!!
7:00 - 9:00pm SL time
Saturday, December 3rd
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tuvan/88/160/2

DJ Dan will be streaming his SLs Mix - FG Radio show from Laval Art and Photography Gallery during our Ice Skating Party. Join us for the fun and music!! Skate, stroll through the winter landscape or visit the gallery.
 Free skates available, or bring your own.

SUNDAY


Miracle Mini Comp
3:30 -6:00pm SL time
Sunday, December 4th
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Artanis/147/113/21

Shangri-La Beach Resort Lagoon. All boards, huds, anything goes. 1 rider at a time, 3 waves. NO Judges, peoples choice! FUN! Invite your friends, stuff the ballot box. FUN!  Prizes include lindens, trophies and a free week at one of the houses at Shangri-La !

**Have an event?  Surf related or not, let us know so we can help get the word out to the community. Contact Lissa Pinion (Sands) in-world via notecard or at lissapinion@gmail.com**

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vote! SLSA Board of Directors Election Today

The SLSA is holding an election today to fill three seats on the Board of Directors. The six month terms for  Maldrul Morris, GiavannaMarie Melody, and Imzadi Amaterasu end today as three of the elected candidates take office in their place.

Yari Ziplon, Abel Halderman, Sally LaSalle, GiavannaMarie Melody, and Maldrul Morris are each vying for the highly contested seats.  Voting begins at midnight December 1st and runs for 24 hours. Only those on the vote list will be eligible to vote.  Voting is held in the SLSA Hall of Fame http://slurl.com/secondlife/Archipelago/222/146/22

SLSA Director Candidates Interviews Part 4


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. All five candidates were sent the same interview, SurfWatch received four interviews back. See their interviews below. All interviews are posted in the order received. Voting opens on December 1st. Stay tuned for more details!


Candidate Name: Yari Ziplon

SW:  You are currently ranked  #240 or some such for last season's SLSA surf rankings and you've been SL surfing for LESS than 2 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?  

YZ:  Um skills? I am pretty good at engine repair. I have no people skills so I dont listen to bullshit lol other then that I have no clue... I was asked to run so I figured what the hell

SW:  What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?

YZ:  The organisation needs a whole new outlook on PR and marketing. Both where venues are concerned and where people and the sport is concerned. I think we as an organisation could benefit from being more
active in our marketing. plus plus plus lol

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? 

YZ:   My first priority would be to make SLSA fun for everyone. The greatest challenge is getting people who want to make a difference. You see it everywhere. Everyone wants to have fun, not everyone are willing to do the work. I think the people who have held this position in the past and who run for it in the future are worthy of our respect and our admiration. but people rarely appreciate it. RL I volunteered to help build an indoor arena for the local sports team so that kids can have fun. the cost of that arena was less then 10% of the value of the product because everyone pitched in and worked for their children, their siblings etc. Why do you not see much of that anymore?

SW:  Why are you the best candidate for this job?

YZ:  Honestly, I'm not and here is why: I travel up to 200 days a year and am incommunicado (thats down the road and to the right of incognito) a lot of the time

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

YZ: I was very sattisfied with the competitions not so satisfied with the turnout lately

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


YZ: I'm a panda, I like bamboo and I surf and I love my wifey... um other then that not much

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2011 and possible issues moving into Season 2 (listed below):


1.  Were you concerned with  the low number of competitors signed up for the recent Open comps and what do you foresee for the future of the two-round, two-weekend SLSA competition format?  If you are in favor of keeping the two round format, what are your thoughts on how to get more riders to participate in compititions? 

YZ;  The low signup concerns me, yes. However changing the setup can be a double edged enema. You can end up losing the people who want to compete for fear of the PROs skill level  at the same time I think it a prudent idea to look at the current realities.

2.  With the continuing decline of full surf sims with supporting neighbor sims for specators, and with more and more surf sims set up on Homesteads, what can be done to support the sim owners and ensure smooth running competitions?

YZ:  Good question Alex 0_o to be honest my view on this is very simple. We can support each other up and down but at the end of the day asking people to pay a signup fee would make us loose competitors but that might be an alternative to some. I hope that never happens and I will do my best to find better solutions to that

3.  The SLSA put into place a stipulation that a rider could miss one comp each season and not have it count against their rank in order to allow more people to volunteer to work comps. Most riders who use it are not using it to voluneteer but to do things in rl.  Should this stipulation go back to being for volunteers only or should all riders be able to use this?

YZ:  Volunteers should have some privelages I think this should be one privelage for volunteers. At the same time, RL must come first. And if you have things come up RL I think that could be worked out in a way that is to everyones benefit

4. With all the recent tier shortage notices, do you feel it is necessary for the SLSA to keep a home sim. Why or why not?

YZ: Yes, but I think it important to be sure where and how. A home sim is vital to SLSA due to the fact that it is an assembly point for people who are curious for SLSA to train volunteers and a place where we can arrange events to attract more people.

5. There has been some discussion on allowing other board types and wave types other than SSi.  What are your thoughts on allowing other scripts into the competition season?

YZ:  I think the competitions should be about who is better not who has the best scripts. That should be a good answer.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SLSA Director Candidates Interviews Part 3



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. All five candidates were sent the same interview, SurfWatch received four interviews back. See their interviews below. All interviews are posted in the order received. Voting opens on December 1st. Stay tuned for more details!


Candidate Name:  Abel Halderman

SW:  You are currently ranked  #19 for last season's SLSA surf rankings and you've been SL surfing for nearly 4 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?

AH: This job is mostly about hard work, it is about committing your time for the benefit of the members.  It’s always given me a great satisfaction to participate in organizing things in the SLSA and seeing them actually happen… even better - seeing other people enjoying them, too. I have a passion for this job and I’m excited about the opportunity to run for the office on the SLSA Board.

I believe that my previous experience as a director, surfer, surfing coach, head judge or event coordinator, along with my experience with RL large projects, can be a valuable asset to the SLSA. I take this experience as an important lesson about my own abilities and limits, but also about how things should or shouldn’t be done.  It makes me pretty certain about what to expect of the job, what kind of tasks I may be assigned to, what kind of issues or problems the SLSA may be facing, and that communication, transparency and being open-minded is the key to success for our organization.


SW:  What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
The SLSA has always been a people’s organization and I’m happy that we’re still discussing possible directions the SLSA should head in. There is plenty of good ideas on the SLSA forum, and I believe we should keep implementing some of them. 

AH: Of course one of the “hottest” issues to me is a low number of registrations for competitions.  Another thing is something mentioned many times: low number of volunteers to work the competitions. It often happens that the same people judge or marshall almost all season. I don’t believe that it’s a good thing. Perhaps it’s a communication issue only and I’ve noticed an improvement in that area, but on the other hand maybe it also requires some changes in our regulations, too.


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?


AH:  The main issues for SL surfing is surf sims being declined. There is literally only a few sims the SLSA can have its competitions at, and that is how the problem touches the organization. Of course it is not a good thing for another reason as well: shortage of surf sims = less people interested in surfing in general.
If I am elected, I will start my term basically after most of the preparations for the last season competition are over. Therefore my priority would be to discuss and implement solutions to make the next season a success, and one thing in particular: have more surfers in it! There is plenty of great ideas on the SLSA forum and on the members’ minds, and I believe a lot of people willing to help with the task. Some people would say: “surfing doesn’t need promotion”. I’d say: yes, it does.. in a manner of “hey, there is something like surfing here, and we have competitions, come over and have fun”.
There is also another priority for the Board to focus on before the next season starts: should we use different manufacturers’ surfboards in our comps? Maybe it’s time for the SLSA to open its comps to different and new surfboards. There is a lot going for that solution and there are some “but’s”, too. All worth discussing, but I believe in this matter we should hear more from a larger number of people, which would suggest that an SLSA survey should be organized, much like the one SurfWatch had, maybe a little more detailed, too.
I would also like to organize another Town Hall Meeting, like the one a year ago, which was a great opportunity for the directors and the members to meet live and discuss the most current and important matters in the SLSA.

SW:  Why are you the best candidate for this job?


AH:  The SLSA is about fun. That’s for sure. I think a director should be a person having even more fun than others when preparing competitions and events  Someone once said: “Do what you love doing, and you will be successful”. So I hope me doing what I enjoy doing would help the SLSA and its members. Besides, I believe I have the experience, skills and attitude to be an effective director.

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


AH:  I’ve seen a lot of new faces recently. I also noticed they are doing very well in comps.  And they are excited about being a part of this group, too. I’m glad that the SLSA is open-minded to new solutions and ideas. And then, like I mentioned before, I’m not very happy about the number or registrations for our competitions. After all there is over 900 people in the SLSA group and only 20-30 surf in our comps.

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


AH:  I love burritos ;-)

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2011 and possible issues moving into Season 2 (listed below):
1.    Were you concerned with  the low number of competitors signed up for the recent Open comps and what do you foresee for the future of the two-round, two-weekend SLSA competition format?  If you are in favor of keeping the two round format, what are your thoughts on how to get more riders to participate in competitions?

AH:  I am concerned with that. Recent cancellations of the Open events was the only thing the directors could have done though. One of the main reasons for the introduction of the two-round format was to make competition shorter, so the judges, marshals and other officers wouldn’t have to work non-stop for 10-12 hours and surfers wouldn't have to sit around waiting forever, too, other than to let more people surf in SLSA comps (reminder: before it was introduced the limit of riders in each season competition was 40).
The two-round, or rather two-competition format has its good sides: it lets the less experienced surfers to surf in another competition and get ready for a challenge of facing the “old timers” in the Pro one. It is also not very hard to find staff for those comps, since a lot of trained judges and marshalls are not surfing in the Open. Even  though there is no harm in having those comps, they are a bit of a waste of time for the staff since the surfers could automatically be qualified for the Pro competition and the number of the Pro comp surfers would still be 30. Bottom line is that as long as the numbers are low, I’d suggest to have the Open comps cancelled with a notice regarding that sent to the riders ahead of time.

2.    With the continuing decline of full surf sims with supporting neighbor sims for specators, and with more and more surf sims set up on Homesteads, what can be done to support the sim owners and ensure smooth running competitions?

AH:  First thing we could do is to make title sponsorship free for our competition hosts. Having to pay for at least two sims (including at least one full sim) is a big challenge for them, and then the SLSA makes them pay another $7500L if they want to be promoted. Skip that, and the SLSA budget will lose $37.500L a season, which is not that much for the SLSA. We could also improve our sponsors promotion within the SLSA, or even come up with a project, something like “Save Our Sims” a few years ago, but focused on raising funds for surf sims.

3.    The SLSA put into place a stipulation that a rider could miss one comp each season and not have it count against their rank in order to allow more people to volunteer to work comps. Most riders who use it are not using it to voluneteer but to do things in rl.  Should this stipulation go back to being for volunteers only or should all riders be able to use this?


AH:  Every rider uses the system. Every rider’s worst competition points are skipped when calculating the overall rankings, including the comps they didn’t surf in and got the DNC or DNS points. The system was put in place to let people volunteer. Yet, I see that those who volunteer would most probably did it even without the system. And they lose as much as they would lose if the system was not in place since other surfers use it just to remove their worst result. I am not happy with that at all. On the other hand it is about surfing skills, so rewarding only those that judge with points that are supposed to be given for surfing skills is not a good solution, either. I don’t believe there is a perfect solution for that problem other than perhaps some kind of a regulation that would make surfers volunteer. Of course that wouldn’t be 100% fair, either, since not everybody can judge in a season due to limited opportunities to do it.

4.    With all the recent tier shortage notices, do you feel it is necessary for the SLSA to keep a home sim. Why or why not?


AH:  I believe that if some miracle doesn’t happen soon, we should let the sim go. Seriously, guys. Last time I went there the traffic was 191. The SLSA has been struggling to keep it for a while now, and we keep asking people to donate, but then what… still not much has been happening there for a long time. It’s nobody’s fault really, but for sure all of the activities that we had there could happen somewhere else… with an additional benefit of promoting other struggling surf sims by having our events there. I know there is a Hall of Fame building at Archi and it is an important part of the SLSA tradition. But couldn’t we have it somewhere else? Most probably a lot cheaper or for free? It’s a nice building, a very clever design from Syx Toshi, approved by the SLSA members in a contest a while back. I’m sure a lot of sim owners would like to have it on their land.


5.    There has been some discussion on allowing other board types and wave types other than SSi.  What are your thoughts on allowing other scripts into the competition season?


AH:  I believe that maybe it’s time to do so. SSi boards will always be my favorite, but I also think that we need some new stuff allowed in competitions. I don’t think we should have multiple manufacturers  boards in one competition as the judging would become nearly impossible then, since it is not only about the style to many judges, but also difficulty. And some difficult moves and sets of moves are easier to do with some boards than with others. I think introducing new boards would also help with numbers of registrations for our competition. Like I said before, I think that we need a detailed survey on that for the SLSA members to express their opinions.

Monday, November 28, 2011

SLSA Director Candidates Interviews Part 2


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. All five candidates were sent the same interview, SurfWatch received four interviews back. See their interviews below. All interviews are posted in the order received. Voting opens on December 1st. Stay tuned for more details!


Candidate Name: Sally LaSalle

SW:  You are currently ranked #20 for SLSA surf rankings and you've been SL surfing for more than 4 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?  


SL:  I love SL surfing its fun and I have been involved in it ever since surf-able waves were invented back in 2007. I have been a director 3 times in the past, and in my first term helped to oversee the recovery of the SLSA from a deep crisis into its most successful period ever. I have great organizational skills, I keep my word, I follow through on actions, and I have 5 years of SL skills related to building, scripting, animation, clothing and video.I created and own the surf sims Chi and Tai, the most long lived surf sim in SL.

SW:  What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?


SL:  As an Organization I would love to see participation recover to its former peaks and beyond.  SL Surfing is an enjoyable way to spend time, and make life long friends and relationships, and I'd like to see as many people as possible have that opportunity.  I think that SL surfing has been effected by the general down turn in the SL economy and so needs a way to mitigate those effects and rebuild.

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?


SL:  To me the top issue facing SL Surfing in general, is the financial viability of sims dedicated to surfing.  More successful surf sims, means more places for people to surf and to learn about surfing, and the spread of the sport by word of mouth and stability of the venues. More participation is the key to addressing all of the issues the SLSA faces. More participation means a larger pool of people to get event volunteers from, it means a large pool of resources to help support our sim and attract sponsors, and it means a larger pool of people to help our surf sims remain viable. I also believe that people would like to see some innovation, some new types of surfing, some new types of competition and participation to keep it fun and challenging, but also to allow new people to get a sense of achievement early on.

SW:  Why are you the best candidate for this job?


SL:  Each of the candudates is from a diffferent surf team background and I think this is a wonderful sign of strength in the organisation, any of the candidates would be great directors.  Personally, I have a strong track record in getting things organised and seeing things through into implementation within the SLSA, and helping to ensure all directors are consulted on major decisions.  I have a long record of continuity in the surf scene, so I bring knowledge of the past as well as a vision for the future.  Directors, while naturally needing to be in touch with members, also need to be able to make and support decisions, they also need to be able to change things that are found to not be working.

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

SL:  The best part was to see good friends and to go out and enjoy surfing with them.  I was a little disappointed that participation has been falling off, and that we have been losing more surf sims to financial pressures.

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


SL:  I have always been a strong sponsor of the sport, but I have personally never made any money from it so I'm not into it for financial reasons. I have my own views about things, I'm not afraid to support my views, but I am certainly open to be persuaded by a good idea and supporting argument from others.  One thing you can be certain of, is that if I am elected, i will be putting in the hours to help my fellow directors collectively achieve the best outcomes possible for all our members.

Give us a brief statement or opinion on some of the major issues the SLSA faced in 2011 and possible issues moving into Season 2 (listed below):


1.  Were you concerned with  the low number of competitors signed up for the recent Open comps and what do you foresee for the future of the two-round, two-weekend SLSA competition format?  If you are in favor of keeping the two round format, what are your thoughts on how to get more riders to participate in competitions? 


SL:  In essence the mission of the SLSA the reason it exists, is to spread the word to as many people about SL Surfing and to get as many people surfing and enjoying the sport as possible.  So any decline in participation is I believe a sign that we aren't really living up to our mission.  The two round event format was introduced back when participation was so great, that either people were missing out on the opportunity to compete, or surf comps would take so long to finish that it was a drain on the officials and the competitors.  When the two round system was introduced, limits were also set on how many surfers would be needed to justify two rounds, again based on limiting the comp to a reasonable amount of time for officials and participants especially in time zones outside the USA.  If participation was to increase again, then I would insist in a format that limited the time needed to hold an event. The time span of a single event is the crux of the issue, so the solution is either, to split the event up over multiple dates or, to find a way to cut down the time of a single day event.
I think that the best way to get more participation, is the friendly welcome of new surfers into the group and that the group is positive about itself and what we do. One rule of every successful business is to make a product of service that is easier to buy, or easier to use.  We need to find ways to achieve that simplification.
From a practical point of view, we also need to ensure that members are getting event notifications, in addition to in world group notices, I would advocate the purchase and operation of a subscriber service to ensure we are gettign as much communication with members as possible.

2.  With the continuing decline of full surf sims with supporting neighbor sims for spectators, and with more and more surf sims set up on Homesteads, what can be done to support the sim owners and ensure smooth running competitions?


SL:  This is a two pronged issue, I think that we as a group need to be a strong lobby to surf product vendors to increase the return on sales to sim owners. We could also investigate the sale of SLSA developed products and services through sims, where a large portion of the sale goes to the sim owners.  This benefit should only be avaialble to sims that provided a surf venue, and not to non-surf sims.  We currently spend US$100 per month to maintain an SLSA member owned sim.  We need to look at that very carefully, personally I feels its important for the future health of the SLSA to have a Hub where people can go to find out about all the other surf locations available and to learn about surfing and surf officiating.  Its also important in supporting our bid with the Lindens to have the Lindens provide us with protected surf sims around the grid. In the short term however, that $100 a month may be better used in hiring a spectator sim for two days next to a HS surf sim, with the re-acquisition of the SLSA sim based on a financial and participative minimum threshold.

3.  The SLSA put into place a stipulation that a rider could miss one comp each season and not have it count against their rank in order to allow more people to volunteer to work comps. Most riders who use it are not using it to volunteer but to do things in rl.  Should this stipulation go back to being for volunteers only or should all riders be able to use this?


SL:  I think that a modification  of this rule is in order given how difficult it is to get experienced judges to volunteer for Pro events.  I think that everyone should still get the chance to discard one event due to conflicts with RL commitments, but that Volunteers for Event Official positions should be given a "bonus" in the form of not a "Did Not Compete", but in the form of a "Volunteer Average" score.  So for instance, in the current system, if a surfer got 2, 3, 2, 5, DNC, there score for the season would be 12 (discarding the DNC which is recorded even if the volunteer). In my proposal in stead of the DNC a volunteer would get a 3 which is their average placing for the events they surfed in. So their scores would now be 2, 3, 2, 5, 3* and their score for the season would be 10 (discarding their now worst 5th).  Giving them an average score for their discard would give them the opportunity to discard another worst score as if they had actually surfed every event.

4. With all the recent tier shortage notices, do you feel it is necessary for the SLSA to keep a home sim. Why or why not?


SL:  I would like to see the retention of the SLSA sim,  but one of the problems with the current SLSA sim, is that it doesn't feel like an SLSA member benefit.  If I am a member of the SLSA, then having that sim should provide value to me.  As a general member I should be proud of it and feel like I as a member, am a part owner of it.  One of the ways to do that, is to open up general prim rezzing to SLSA members only, so that members can come along and rez a board to show their friends, maybe work on tweaking it, or they should be able to rez a cuddle pose for their sweety, and spend some time there really feeling like its a place they are privileged to use and that they can bring a friend to.  I think this change would help get more participation from more members when it comes to funding tier.  If we got 250L a month from just 100 of our 800 members there would be no tier issue at all.
From a practical persepctive, I have advocated and gotten approval form the directors to put Adboards on Archipelago to assist with regular income for the sim.  I will ensure that this gets implmented immediately, and that of course,  the sim is appropriately monitored and managed from a scritp lag point of view.

5. There has been some discussion on allowing other board types and wave types other than SSi.  What are your thoughts on allowing other scripts into the competition season?


SL: Well we have certainly already allowed wave types other than Surf Systems Inc (SSi), with both HP and LSD waves now having been used in official comps.
The question of board types is a different one.  The surfboard scripts from the different makers responds differently to keyboard input.  So surfing boards from different script makers, you have to (re)learn to surf each one.  I think though, that there has been little innovation from some script  makers lately, while new makers have been working hard to explore the new physics of mesh and to redefine the surfing experience.  I think that the SLSA again needs to embrace that diversity and innovation and competititon in some way.  If we don't then we face the possibility of becoming irrelevant and of stagnating as an organisation and as a sport.  I think that we should consider some events using different board types, I think that we should also consider some events using a board rezzer so that all boards perform the same and only the skill of the surfers is being compared.  I think at this stage I would not recommend mixed board script type events as it would be difficult to compare certainly in the tricks area as the board makers scripts have different capabilities.   Embracing new board types is also another way to tap in to a new stream of members, and to also give surf sims some options for different income streams.