Saturday, February 26, 2011

SLSA Sclupty Creations Arctic Challenge Pro Scores

Pics courtesy of Milo Voss and Bandit

Bobbi Laval 15.33
Harbor Piers 14.83
Wilfred DeCuir 13.83
Abel Halderman 13.66
Velvetori Twine 13.66
jayden Domenci 13.00 *edited due to mistake in my copy/pasting*

Heat 1:
Bobbi Laval 16.33
Sunrize Mornington 14.83
Jac Mornington 14.66
Harbor Piers 16.16

Heat 2:
Van Valeeva 13.00
Abel Halderman 15.33
Maldrul Morris 14.33
Velvetori Twine 14.50

Heat 3:
CoolKat Delicioso 13.50
Figger Arun 12.83
Wilfred DeCuir 14.00
jayden Domenci 13.66

Heat 1:
Bobbi Laval 15.33
Colleen Brennan 12.83
sven Homewood 10.50
Van Valeeva 14.66
Vic Bonetto 14.00

Heat 2:
Sunrize Mornington 14.33
CoolKat Delicioso 14.66
Mick Lunasea 12.83
Dane Kutenai 13.83
GiavannaMarie Melody 14.16

Heat 3:
Figger Arun 13.33
Jordan Mendle 13.00
Curshaw Resident 10.66
Abel Halderman 16.16
Buck Ghostraven 13.00

Heat 4:
Maldrul Morris 13.33
Rayzza Rubble 13.00
Jac Mornington 14.66
Cierra Theriac 12.16
Donni Dibou 12.83

Heat 5:
Wilfrid DeCuir 14.83
Followingwaves Sirbu 14.50
Harbor Piers 14.66
Lanky Silvercloud 14.16
Countess Decosta 13.83

Heat 6:
Velvetori Twine 14.33
Arjuna Bombastic 13.16
Jayden Domenci 13.50
Rick Galli 11.50
Jes Luik 12.50

Staff: Coolkat Delicioso, Lissa Pinion, VW Sands, WickedV Carver, Mick Lunasea, Sunshine Zhangsun, 001000000101110 Numbanumba

Friday, February 25, 2011

OSD Galleries

Oldsurferdude Danitz (OSD), known in Second Life (SL) and Real Life (RL) for his incredible stained glass and canvas surfing art as well as many other designs, has created an artful rendition of RL Australian pro surfer, Mick Fanning.  An SL and RL surfer himself, OSD never fails to capture the feel of riding the ocean.  Check out all of OSD's  artwork at his galleries at Monkey Cove and Southend!

SLSA Sclupty Creations Arctic Challenge Pro Heat List

SLSA announced the heat list for the Sclupty Creations Arctic Challenge Pro to start at 11am SLT on Saturday, February 26th on Playa Sol Mananero
Bobbi Laval (RED)
Colleen Brennan (BLUE)
sven Homewood (GREEN)
Van Valeeva (ORANGE)
Vic Bonetto (PURPLE)

Sunrize Mornington (RED)
CoolKat Delicioso (BLUE)
Mick Lunasea (GREEN)
Dane Kutenai (ORANGE)
GiavannaMarie Melody (PURPLE)
WickedV Carver (RED)
Jordan Mendle (BLUE)
Ceedi Doghouse (GREEN)
Abel Halderman (ORANGE)
Buck Ghostraven (PURPLE)
Maldrul Morris (RED)
Rayzza Rubble (BLUE)
Jac Mornington (GREEN)
Cierra Theriac (ORANGE)
Donni Dibou (PURPLE)
Wilfrid DeCuir (RED)
Followingwaves Sirbu (BLUE)
Harbor Piers (GREEN)
Lanky Silvercloud (ORANGE)
Countess Decosta (PURPLE)

Velvetori Twine (RED)
Arjuna Bombastic (BLUE)
Jayden Domenci (GREEN)
Rick Galli (ORANGE)
Jes Luik (PURPLE)

1 Figger Arun
2 Curshaw Resident
3 Lourinho Nizna
4 Nomad Karu

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SLSA Director Candidates 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. Both Kantbe Thursday and VW Sands returned their questionnaires. See their interviews below. Voting opens on March 1st. Stay tuned for more details!

Candidate Name: Kantbe Thursday

SW: You are currently ranked #? for last season's SLSA surf rankings

KT: We have rankings? HAHAHAHA… well… y'all know my old surfing nickname is Drowned Rat, right? OK, OK… if I really have to answer this one, I'm not ranked. It's difficult for me to be inworld most weekends during the times of our competitions, so I've only competed a couple of times and in SJ13.

and you've been SL surfing for more than ? years.

Probably about 3 years, but I'm sure if you'll watch me you'd be convinced it was at least 6 months. :-)

SW: 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?

KT: I've been a director for the previous 6 months, and have been pretty closely involved with the SLSA since I started surfing; I've just tended to help out more as an unofficial person in the background. I've also been on the SurfWatch staff for a little over a year. I'm kind of a consensus builder by nature (which is only slightly different from a baby and an arse kisser, I think). When decisions need to be made on behalf of the SLSA members, I like to consult our Constitution, Rules, and a number of people who's opinions I respect. I have a fairly open mind, some might say vacuous, but I do make my own decisions. In my role as the SLSA's Communications Officer for my current term with help from Sally LaSalle I've learned how to use the SLSA's web site. I really shouldn't take much credit for this, but I also maintain a list of public surfing sims that I stole from Socks Clawtooth back in July of
2009. Surfwatch has been gracious enough set up its Wave Report blog as a place a group of us can now maintain it. Surfwatch has also placed some multi-point teleporters around where we replicate this list of sims.

Why am I running?

My keyboard got stuck with the cmd-r key depressed... There are some outstanding things on the Boards' to-do list that I'd like to see to completion or resolution. Our Event Rules had some resent changes that we've needed for a while, but there is quite a bit more that can be done to help with letting people know what to expect. Previous boards have done a considerable amount of work in this area that didn't quite get finished. I'd like to help wrap that up. There's another project that's in its infancy right now that I'd really like to continue working on to see what we can accomplish. I can't really talk about it, but if successful, it could be very exciting.

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

I actually think we've made quite a few positive strides this past year. We seem to be over the hump with some of our darkest days. Sure, we had some pretty serious casualties as a result, but we seem to be moving past most of that. Our biggest challenges are still in what I think are our top issues in the next question (I hope it's OK to read ahead). One improvement that I think I can say, especially since I've been the Communications Officer for the past 6 months, is that we're still not doing a very good job of regular reporting on what the Directors are doing.

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

KT: Member involvement in events is our biggest issue. If we can't get people to be judges and staff at events, we simply can't have the competitions. It's been a real struggle for the past several seasons to find people with the time and willingness to be judges in particular. Since I'm only a L1 Judge and never had an opportunity to judge, I can't do much more than help facilitate more training, which has increased over the past several months.

Another issue is the continuing loss of surfing sims capable of sustaining what we now require for competitions. The SLSA does have Archipelago that we can use as a backup for competitions should there be insufficient sims for a season, but the directors are considering other ways to help. The discussions are at such an early stage right now, it would probably be best to not attempt to go into any details (don't you just hate a bureaucratic response?).

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

KT: The growing sense of camaraderie that I saw happening throughout the season and the growing number of new surfers were probably at the top of the list. On a more personal note, and not specific to last season, I've been particularly pleased to be able to work with the directors we currently have. It may not show, but many hours can go into being an active director. Y'all have a great group of people working for you right now.

What were you most dissatisfied with?

Not really much. I would have liked to seen people lined up and hopping up and down ready to be judges and staff at our competitions. The difficulty in finding judges and staff for competitions is a little frustrating, but as one who can rarely be inworld for competitions, I can understand what a challenge that can be for people. I was obviously saddened and concerned over the loss of some of our longest standing and popular surfing sims. I would have also liked to have seen a little better response to some of our Archipelago fund raising parties, even though the two auctions have gone really well.

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

KT: Like I said earlier, I tend to be a consensus builder. That means I like to hear peoples' opinions. I genuinely would like to encourage people to tell me what they think and what ideas they have for the SLSA. Please don't be offended if you IM me and get some sort of automated response. I do video recording in SL and have to turn off my user interface, which means I don't see chat and IM's while I'm doing that. I'll do my best to respond to every IM or notecard I receive; I promise I won't intentionally ignore anyone.

Oh, did I mention that one of my other nicknames is Chatty Cathy? ;-)

Candidate Name: VW Sands

SW: You are currently ranked (took last season off ;-) 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?

VS: Well, I´ve served 2 previous terms on the board so I have a pretty fair idea on how things work. I love organising surf comps, really enjoy entertaining the crowd and trying to keep things moving. Not sure if those are skills, competencies or traits but, lol. I´m running because we need folks that are willing to step up and I seem to have as much fun behind the waves as in them so.....

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

VS: Everything can be better in SL, not just surfing. More efficient scripts to lessen lag would benefit us alot. New formats for surf comps to speed things up maybe? Some new toys/waves/brands/designers to keep things moving forward?

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

VS: The SLSA is enjoying a really great stoke right now and I would love to see it continue. We do have an age old issue with super-long comp times and even though we have tried for like ever to get a handle on that I still believe we can find ways of making surf comps shorter (more efficient). Priority? Hmmmm....5-6 hour comp days for aging staff members ;-)

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

VS: I think like most folks I was stoked that the vibe of the old days returned. Thanks in part to a ton of new members as well as a staff that was short on conflict and long on fun. Can´t say I was dissatisfied with anything really. Always small things than can be improved on but nothing that we can´t do if we do it together :-)

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

VS: Only that I hereby deny anything and everything that has anything to do with grass skirts, purple mohawks, garter-belts disquised as boardies, pot farming, insurance fraud and money laundering ;-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mari's Mailbag: I Do?

Have to tell you learning my friend is actually her husband and herself has left me shocked to say the least. For 3 years I listened to "thier" problems and helped the best I could. Little did I know the problems existed in one person, a rather troubled woman who decided to create an alt to marry. Only in Second Life (SL) can we do that.

I still wonder what thier conversations must be like...if any..lmao. Sure the pros we all know what they are...but can you imagine how utterly lonely this person must be? Still it totally freaked me out to find this out.

It has left me reflecting back over the last few years and conversations she and I had. I can now plainly see a pattern here one that was masked before with flattery. Just what exactly is flattery? This is from Websters Online Dictionary : Flattery or adulation is the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject. Flattery often, but not always, connotes insincerity.

Historically, flattery has been used as a standard form of discourse when addressing a king or queen. In the Renaissance, it was a common practice among writers to flatter the reigning monarch, as Edmund Spenser flattered Queen Elizabeth I in The Faerie Queene and William Shakespeare flattered King James I in Macbeth.

Flattery is also used in pick-up lines used to attempt to initiate romantic courtship.

Most associations with flattery, however, are negative. Flatterers are sometimes described by pejorative phrases, such as "suck-up", "ass-kisser", or "brown-noser". Negative descriptions of flattery range at least as far back in history as The Bible.

An insincere flatterer is a stock character in many literary works. Examples include Wormtongue from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Goneril and Regan from King Lear, and Iago from Othello.

oooohhh okay ...ass kisser I get it. Next time it happens I will keep that in mind that they are just kissing up for their own purposes.

I still hope the best for this person as I feel they really need some help here. Has left me feeling quite sad for her.

What does any of this have to do with surfing you might be asking?? Plenty!! Had she been surfing she would have had less time to imagine a husband. Second Life (SL) is what we make it...can either be positive and an excellent learning environment, or, it can be used for deceit. Lets make good choices people...or I will have my people call your people.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Scouts Discover Surfing!

submitted by Sally LaSalle

Recently Desirae (Desirae Beaumont) and I had the enormous pleasure of being approached by the Discovery Scout Group of Second Life for a fairly impromptu surfing field trip.
Scout Leader Violet Steamweaver brought a troop of 6 young scouts Zabby, Zyon, Nina, Raine, LittlePexie and BabyMickie over for a one hour surf lesson at T'ai beach.

We had hoped to use Archipelago, but SL was not co-operating with us on the day, with a little too much lag for a large group. The young scouts, a mixture of mostly girls but one boy as well, were really sweet, fun, and enthusiastic. All were very polite, well behaved, and quick to learn the basics of surfing. We rezzed a loaner board for each of the kids and took them out to take on the fluffies and Cortes waves on T'ai. The scouts had enormous fun catching the waves and doing a commendable job of some nice surf riding!!

We slowly introduced a few tricks ... using C to crouch and E S for the flip much to the delight of the kids :) The emphasis was on pure fun and keeping it simple and enjoyable. Everyone was invited to join the SLSA of which most with free group slots did :) So we hope to see some of these kids as rising stars of the future. The kids were well impressed when we told them that the reigning SLSA champion is also a boy scout!! *winks at Foo :) (MarkFoo Waverider) Scout Raine said .. "I wish Kels came back she would have liked this I think" BabyMickie chimed in with "me jus ride dat wave all da way!"

Scout leader Violet had a lot of fun too and said the kids all had a great time. We gladly accepted her request for return visits with maybe a new batch of scouts next time. This was a wonderful and rewarding surf day for all involved and reminded us of the pure joy of surf and unifying nature of surfing and the draw of the big waves on the human spirit.

All the kids were given a rashie sets and looked soooo cute wearing them :) We all had soft drinks and a bbq at the end .... before the kids headed off to an Alice in Wonderland Fancy Dress party :)

Violet will present all the kids with their surfing patch and I'm sure many will be back to surf some more!!

We thank Violet and the Discovery Scout group for coming over and encourage all those with young kids to contact Violet Steamweaver and sign up your young one with the group that does some wonderful activites :) The next Scout Sign up will be February 25th to March 5th.

Sally LaSalle & Desirae Beaumont
(T'ai and Ch'i surf sims)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Who is this?

Can you name who this surfer is all wrapped in their wetsuit and chatting it up with the wildlife? Be the first to not only correctly identify this surfer but tell us what sim they are on too and win $250L!

Flashback! Week of February 21, 2010

Come with us as we travel back to the week of February 21,2010 and see what was shaking!