Saturday, September 17, 2011

SLSA Lightning Dominion Pro Scores

Heat 1
Damiana Babcock 16.00
Zelda Zimberman 16.00
Wilfrid DeCuir 15.66
followingwaves sirbu 15.00
Maldrul Morris 15.00
JT Castanea  13.33

Heat 1
Sunrize Mornington 13.00
Zelda Zimberman 15.16
Sausage Afterthought 15.00
Damiana Babcock 15.16

Heat 2
Maldrul Morris 15.00
followingwaves sirbu 15.33
Bobbi Laval 14.50
Figger Arun 13.33

Heat 3
Wilfrid DeCuir 15.83
JT Castanea 14.83
jayden Domenici 14.50

Heat 1
Sunrize Mornington 15.83
Melian Catroni 13.83
Buck Ghostraven  14.00
Maldrul Morris 14.50
DeVinna Toll  NS
Yari Ziplon 14.16
Twixt Mode 12.66

Heat 2
Wilfrid DeCuir 15.66
Xander Datura 11.50
Cristal Rowlands 12.83
Zelda Zimberman 13.83
followingwaves sirbu 13.83

Heat 3
Sausage Afterthought 14.16
Anabelle Marquis 13.00
Mick Lunasea 13.83
JT Castanea 14.50
Sally LaSalle 14.00

Heat 4
Colleen Brennan 13.83
jayden Domenici  14.50
Curshaw Resident 11.33
Cierra Theriac 13.50
Bobbi Laval  14.83

Heat 5
Toungemy Badger 13.50
Figger Arun 14.66
Damiana Babcock 14.83
FrankiePalmer Actor 11.50
Robbin Ember 13.33

Friday, September 16, 2011

SLSA Season 2 Lightning Dominion Pro Heats

When: September 17th at 11:00 AM SLT

Where: Jaguar / Lightning Video


Boards: SSI Shortboard script 5.1, 5.2 or 5.2dlg.

Wave: Sunset

Heat 1
Sunrize Mornington (RED)
jayden Domenici (BLUE)
Buck Ghostraven (GREEN)
Maldrul Morris (ORANGE)
DeVinna Toll (PURPLE)
Yari Ziplon (BLACK)

Heat 2
Wilfrid DeCuir (RED)
Xander Datura (BLUE)
Cristal Rowlands (GREEN)
Zelda Zimberman (ORANGE)
followingwaves sirbu (PURPLE)

Heat 3
Sausage Afterthought (RED)
Anabelle Marquis (BLUE)
Mick Lunasea (GREEN)
JT Castanea (ORANGE)
Sally LaSalle(PURPLE)

Heat 4
Colleen Brennan (RED)
Melian Catroni (BLUE)
Curshaw Resident(GREEN)
Cierra Theriac (ORANGE)
Bobbi Laval (PURPLE)

Heat 5
Toungemy Badger (RED)
Figger Arun (BLUE)
Damiana Babcock (GREEN)
FrankiePalmer Actor (ORANGE)
Robbin Ember (PURPLE)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Behind the Comp - Head Judge

This is the first in a series SurfWatch is presenting to highlight the different official positions at an SL surfing competition. SurfWatch hopes this information will show other surfers what's involved and picque their interest in becoming an official and also highlight the complexities of the functions. Special guest contributor, Lissa Pinion, writes on the position of Head Judge.

I'd had a taste of judging with Surf Jams but SLSA comps are way more structured than our Surf Jams were so I was a bit nervous when Sally LaSalle asked me to judge an SLSA comp. Up to that point, I had helped with Security and Marshalling. Sally assured me it was easy and fun and I would indeed survive. I got a crash course from Sally before the comp and since back then we still kept score on notecards, the only thing I had to focus on was what to look and score for. I followed Sally's advice and scoured the SLSA site for judging criteria and poured over the rule section.

First SLSA comp, I was with Sally and Valent1ne Apogee and nervous but excited! We stayed in group chat the whole time, and I learned so much from that first comp. I was hooked. After that I let them know to call me up and I'd be there. The rest of the comps of that season saw me working with Sally (did she even surf? hehe),Val, Ashleigh Dickens, and VW Sands. I learned so much from each person and loved that I had a front seat ticket and could see each ride clearly. Sally brought out the surf computer and HUD the next season, and I can say it was so nice not keeping track of all the notecards.

VW and I took the judging criteria from SLSA and applied it strongly to the Surf Jams as many riders were starting with SJ's and then going on to compete in SLSA comps, and I began training judges for SJ's using the same technique and experience I had had with Sally, Val, Ash and others.

I can't tell you the first comp I acted as Head Judge. I'm old, okay? But I can tell you I was surprised at the amount of work that went into getting the heats set and getting judges together, the amount of work period that goes into putting on a surf comp. I again used Sally's knowledge as well as the SLSA job description to guide me. For the Job Description of an Head Judge see:

Basically, Head Judge is the final say in comp day rulings, keeping track of the surf computer, hunting down judges, drawing heats, posting scores, and keeping contact with the Event Coordinators and other staff. It is a lot of responsibility but very rewarding as well. Judging has a bit of a reputation it seems of being very intimidating. Been there, done that. But once you do it, you get to see how much fun it can be as well. And thanks to the Surf computer HUDs, it's so easy. You get the best seat in the house, you get to work with the best folks and, although you are glued to your computer for the entire comp, you get that knowledge that comes with being a part of the behind the scenes action.  You appreciate more, I think, what goes into making a surf comp what it is. A great place for us to gather, surf, and support each other.

Events in the Surf Community

September 15th

 LIQUID Live is more than delighted to have the incredibly talanted and unconventional  JordanReyne Deezul perfoming THURSDAY, Sept 15th at 2am SLT. Nash is hoping people from time zones around the globe, such as Japan and Australia not to mention New Zealand and the rest of the world and all insomniacs will take advandage to hear Jordan, for she is a soul to be heard. Call it dark and mechanical if you wish..Nash calls it beauty and life.

September 18th

Announcing the  GRAND OPENING of the LAVAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY Gallery & Gardens.
this Sunday September 18th, opening at 12:30pm SL Time
You are Invited !   For the Grand Opening of the Brand New Laval Art & Photography Gallery and Gardens on  Tuvan .

Come and check out this new custom artist designed and built gallery, opening with special exhibitions from Domitalia Jinx on Level 2,  Rhea Vintner (Choral) in the open air garden artwalk,  and for the first time, Bobbi Laval's first ever showing of her Real Life Photographic work on the Level 1 and on the entrance terrace.

Built on a beautiful island on the Tuvan sim, the modern architecture of the new 2 level gallery, is complemented, by a surrounding forest garden,  with a rustic and scenic art walk.
The new gallery is designed to be a versatile showing space and will feature a regularly changing exhibtion of SL's finest fine artists and photographers.

Join us THIS SUNDAY for the GRAND OPENING and also enjoy the Live Musical talents of Tone Uriza, beginning at 1:00pm. Tone is one of SL's best known and most talented blues musicians a real crowd pleaser he will be performing in the gallery on Stage 1 Level 1.

We hope that you make the Laval Art & Phtography  Gallery a favourite place not just to see art but to bring a loved one and enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the wild flower forest garden, complete with many cuddle and chill spots.

See you this Sunday ... @

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Behind the Comp - Marshall

This is the second installment in a series SurfWatch is presenting to highlight the different official positions at an SL surfing competition. SurfWatch hopes this information will show other surfers what's involved and picque their interest in becoming an official and also highlight the complexities of the functions. Special guest contributor, Mick Lunasea, writes on the position of Marshall.

After counting back, I was shocked to discover I have marshalled 6 Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) competitions starting with Season 1, 2008, at the Costa Rica event. It's all a blur. I attended the marshall/judges training session Sally LaSalle and Tauri Tigerpaw held at Chi. It was a fast paced event covering a lot of ground. I missed the second part of the judging session trying to absorb Tauri's wisdom. She made it seem soo easy. I found it a bit more challenging.

Marshall keeps track of a bunch of stuff. Greeting competitors, random board script check, making sure all riders are present in proper color and order in line up. Then to the bouy. The marshall has an open note card with a heat list; as each rider takes a wave, rides are checked off inserting a 1 after their name then the note card is saved (if we crash, I have record of who rode). Notecards are updated for riders switching colors, adding and removing names, etc. Marshall must make sure proper heat list is in use. Small map must be open to track rider's progress. When you see a rider peal off and begin paddling back, then you can prepare to send next rider after already giving the "get ready" warning. Marshall must monitor local chat, judges/directors conference chat, plus IM chat from riders as Marshall is the
laison between surfer and judges. Marshall monitors judges' camera locking on riders so judges can follow the riders in wave.

With lag spikes, judges, riders and marshall crashes, it does get interesting. I was panic struck at first thinking I needed 5 sets of eyes plus the typing skill of a pro secretary to do this. Getting too creative in my verbage, I found, was confusing. Competitors must feel comfortable by the marshall using standard rhythmic commands. I love to joke and play and sometimes will if there's not 10 other things to deal with. By the way, I love my toes tickled but my mind begins to wander, mmm (smiles). Tauri, Cloudy Matova, and some others are marshall pros. I get butterflies everytime I do it. All SLSA members should take a shot at it. At the end of the event, watching those top 3 on the podium, there's a sense of satisfaction. Without the marshalls help, they wouldn't be standing there. My hats off to the judges especially the head judge.  They work their asses off!

Monday, September 12, 2011

SLSA Announces September 9th Election Results

Today the SLSA Election Committee announced the September 9th election results for the seats being vacated by Kantbe Thursday and VW Sands.  Fourteen voters made their voices known and elected Sunrize Mornington and Figger Arun whose terms are effective immediately.  For the SurfWatch interviews of the new Directors you can click here.  Congratulations to both new Directors and thank you to the departing.