Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beach Decor!

We are back and boy do we have some great beach themed decor lined up to share with you!  With Fall coming, what a great time to remodel your beach pad or if you don't have a beach pad, add a few beach themed decor items and bring summer indoors all year long!

Shot On Location at
S.I.D> Beach Set in White
Creator: Bora Rossini (sorry I don't have a LM to the store but you can contact the designer directly)
Prims: 15

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Surfing with Lissa!

Summer is officially over so say goodbye to the sun and warmth of RL and hello to the warm sunny beaches of SL!  While we piddled away the glorious days of summer, some sim owners were busy setting up new surf spots to crash. I hit two of them recently...tough job but...and hope you will too. As always, if you find a new surf spot, hit me up in world or at my email.

First stop on the hunt for sunshine warmed sand:

Panda Bay
SLURL: Panda Bay

Panda has a short and fast run for the Jaws and Pipes so if you like it short and sweet (smiles sweetly) you will like this run. Shops, a club and some cuddle spots are scattered around this quaint lil surf spot.

Next stop finds us at:

Ol Nude Beach
SLURL: Ol Nude Beach

Ol Nude Beach next to Orgy Island....oh yeah, I got your attention now don't I? Clothing is obviously from the name optional so let it all hang out here while surfing some waves.  Only downside is you will have to use the board rezzer here unless you have an Action board so you may not  need to bring your favorite stick.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kantbe Serious: Another Fine Mesh

submitted by Kantbe Thursday
Thinking back on the Archipelago Halloween orange waves with the floating Jack-o-lanterns and the sand waves with bombarding rocks (in response to last season's pipes and rocks at Bundy), I've been looking at some of Luscious Starship's latest work (I have to wonder if this is really work for her because she has so much fun with it). It's clearly another fine mesh she's gotten herself into.

Maybe you've seen it on the national television news broadcasts, maybe in the newspapers, maybe in the National Enquirer, maybe not...

Luscious has been working on mesh versions of surfable waves and surfboards. The way Luscious is designing the LSD boards, a mesh board will actually have different performance characteristics based upon the mesh. So, in theory, with a mesh board that can take advantage of this capability, Mick Lunasea really could surf on a log. Not all boards available today can take advantage of this feature, so be sure and check with the builder if you want this or you could just end up with a big mesh on your hands.

Luscious has graciously made her development sim available for anyone who would like to give some of the test waves and boards a shot. She has a rezzer out to spit out a board to try. Be aware that since this is all still in development, access to the sim might be spotty and no telling what the state of the waves might be when you show up. Also, as a courtesy to Lus, please pick up your empties and trash when you leave... pack it in, pack it out.
Luscious has also made a few demonstration videos on YouTube:
LSD Mesh Surfboard on an LSD Mesh Pipeline Wave
Inside the 88m LSD Pipeline Morphing Mesh Wave
Inside the LSD Mesn Pipleline Wave
Short wave and board sample

These test boards are running version 77.1 (did I mention that Lus has been busy?) . The latest production version is 76.3. LSD boards do check for newer versions and update whenever they are rezzed, however. The latest production versions are always available at the main LSD store on Freeport.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Letter from the Desk of the Editor

"Times a changin".... again... even in SL Surfing

Two years ago, the decision was made by the then  Board of Directors of the SLSA to try out a new competition format that would allow more surfers to ride. At the time, many surfers who registered were turned away due to space constraints so a two comp format was introduced. For well over a year, the new format worked great! More surfers who registered got to ride and new surfers were not "thrown in deep end at Chi" as Ashleigh Dickens once was. 

Ok, so what is the big deal if this worked so great?  Well, here is a bit of a history lesson for you. Back when we had one SLSA comp per month there were several other surf groups who had comps and activities that were awesome for training folks and just plain fun. After the two comp format, all those surf groups began having to compete for two weekends a month, then riders got burned out and the surf groups began fading away. Squeezed out literally. 

Its been clear for some time now that there is no logical or rational reason to have two comps a month for the SLSA. It is basically too time consuming and too labor intensive. It was a trial at a time when it was needed. The numbers have not supported this for some time. It burns out the staff who work the comps.  It burns out the riders. It burns out the surf groups. 

 According to the SLSA Constitution the below is one of the first reasons for existing:  

1.2.1. The objectives of the SLSA shall be: To establish and maintain an international association to promote the interests of surfing in all its forms throughout all of SL, to which all concerned with the sport of surfing or its related activities may gain affiliation.

Here in lies the rub. The SLSA is to promote surfing and in its attempt to open competition to more riders, it has squeezed out the very groups who fed it's base. The groups who taught those new surfers about boards and waves, tricks and how a competition works, the surfer who doesn't want to compete but wants the camaraderie of surfing together in a Surf Jam or Surf Safari, the parties where we burned a sim down and danced and laughed. The party wave after party wave.  Maybe the deaths of our true, surf dedicated sims, would slow if the groups who run them had more support and time to be surf groups? That is the million dollar question.

People come and go and through it all, the surfing has been there. The core of old timers who are stubborn enough to do the work and welcome the new people in and teach them.  Let's bring back the parties, the Surf Jams, Surf Safaris, spontaneous roving surf sessions, surf classes, board exhibitions, tandem comps, etc. Its all gone now but it can come back. I know it can.

Surf on
Lissa Sands (Pinion)
Editor in Chief of SurfWatch

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Flashback! Week of Oct 4th 2009

Put your rakes down, the leaves can wait and join us as we hit the road and go back to what was going on the week of October 4, 2009 in the surf community!