Saturday, May 21, 2011

SLSA Announces Board of Director Election Candidates

The SLSA has announced they have received five submissions for the three soon to be vacated seats on the Board. GiavannaMarie Melody, Maldrul Morris, Jac Mornington, CoolKat Delicioso, and Imzadi Amaterasu have submitted their official intent to run to each of the directors. Surfwatch will be conducting interviews with each candidate and posting them here before the election which is scheduled for June 1st.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Surfing with Lissa

Heeelllllooooo! Now where did I put my favorite surf stick? I know it's here somewhere! While I dig through the garage looking, let's talk black beaches and home. Pull up some sand and let's explore!
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Tsunami Beach is one of the only black sand beaches in SL. When you toss your board in the water here, you have a pier to slam into, er dodge, I meant dodge! Shops and two surf team clubhouses to explore in between sets. This beach features LSD waves so you never know what you will find when you visit. SSi, HP, LSD...the wave combos are endless here.

Vibes beach of course is near and dear to me as it is home to VW and myself and two great friends. Waves change as the storms kick them up and with the famous "Mori Deck" in place, you have a place to hang out as well as the beach campfire to warm up and dry off. SurfWatch Headquarters are located here as well as the Vibes team clubhouse.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sol Existence: Art in the Surf World

SurfWatch recently caught up with artist Sunshine Zhangsun to discuss her new venture Sol Existence Gallery.

SurfWatch: How did you get started with pictures in SL?
Sunshine Zhangsun: I started taking snaps when I first came in to SL...loved to capture the colors, the scenes, and the creativity of others. That hasn't changed much, but one of my friends ages ago is more of an artist and pushed me to try more and more. I realized that I enjoyed capturing scenes most of all, and work at angles to make them more interesting. I also started using Photoshop and made it a goal to learn something new every week. This way I could enhance my captures and work at making them more inviting.

SW: Do you have a muse? What inspires you?
SZ: No muse... thought music sometimes might be considered that. I'm inspired by the creativity of others, by the beauty that people can create in SL, by natural surroundings, and just about anything creative. I've been blessed to have our sim as a huge scenic playground and with the changes we make, I rarely run out of a nice place to capture a quick shot.

SW: What advice can you give someone wanting to get started with taking pictures in SL?
SZ: Mostly having a good graphics card, and the ability to push your graphics settings up to the max is important. However, depending on your creativity, your ability to use photoshop or other graphics software and your willingness to play with the image you capture... to get started, you can just just hit that button called "snapshot" and get started. I'm more in to scenic shots, builds and themes...find what you like and just build from that.

SW: Any thing else you would like to share with our readers?
SZ: I opened my main gallery on Inspiration Cove on a whim. Walked out of the Coyote sim which has some awesome artist galleries into the next sim one day...and saw a storefront available. I then though... why not?!? So that was how my main Sol Existence Gallery came to be. I also have a small gallery in the Colonial Shopping District on the Old Costa Rica where I share a few of the same and a series of photos taken in Costa Rica sims. My gallery, my flickr and my blog are mostly to share locations that were awesome that might no longer exist; encourage others to visit new places; show off creations and just a chronicle of my Second Life.

To visit Sunshine's gallery and view her amazing work visit one of these locations:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beach Decor! {what next}

{what next} located at has a great assortment of beach themed shacks, furnishings, and accessories to really make your home comfy.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Director Spotlight -Financial Officer

The June SLSA Board of Directors election is coming up and there are always a lot of questions about just what each Director does so here at SurfWatch, we are spotlighting each position. Each week in May you will find a new spotlight on each position held.

Name: Robbin Ember

Role/Responsibility: Financial Officer

SW: What do you enjoy about this position:
Robbin: I don't know, I really don't like numbers or balancing budgets. But I do enjoy the opportunity to help out and give back to the community.

SW: What do you find challenging:
Robbin: When I am only a few cents off, in balancing the budget. That drives me crazy.

SW: Anything else:
Robbin: Seriously, again, this is the most amazing group of people, and just having the chance to show my appreciation is my motivation. It really is, thanks.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SLSA Director's Election June 1st

The Board of Directors of the SLSA are now accepting applications for those who intend to run for election on June 1st. Seats being vacated at this election are Lissa Pinion, Robbin Ember, and GiavannaMarie Melody. Notecards with your intent to run as outlined on the SLSA forum at will be accepted between May 11th and May 18th.

Flashback! Week of May 18, 2008

Grab your boards and park yourselves in the sand as we travel back to what was going on the week of May 18, 2008.