Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Friday, September 28, 2012

HAPPY REZ DAY KANT!!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Every once in awhile an idea comes along at a perfect point of time in a perfect place.  For me, SurfWatch was that idea.  Here was Barchan Paderborn, the original founding editor of SurfWatch, in the virtual world of Second Life (SL), watching the start of something new - virtual surfing - along with the competitions, the organizations, the personalities, the venues, the retailers, the rivalries.  He had the foresight and vision to cover the sport like a real life event, with real time event scores, interviews, backgrounds.  No one else came close to his idea or having his professionalism in implementing his idea.

When Barchan handed the reins to me, my idea was to expand SurfWatch to a variety magazine format to reach a broader niche.  We expanded into all areas of media - in-world magazine, video, marketing - as well as the broader area of beach lifestyle and surfing in all virtual worlds.  It was fun on top of fun.  We never let fear of disapproval or unpopularity determine what topics we would cover.  Even through the criticisms, intimidations, attacks, power plays, rivals, threats and difficult times, SurfWatch tried always to maintain a level of integrity that readers could trust, and we are very proud of our record.

When I announced to the SurfWatch Staff group back in August that SurfWatch would be shutting down operations in September, I expected a rash of immediate departures.  Instead, the SurfWatch Staff continued to submit to and support SurfWatch into its final day.  I'd like to acknowledge and deeply thank the Second Life SurfWatch Staff group for their unpaid efforts, enthusiasm and support of SurfWatch.  These are members of the virtual surfing community that work behind the scenes to keep surfing strong, never for their own self promotion, usually on multiple projects, and have a strong history with the surfing community:

Cierra Theriac - A long history with SL surfing as one of the founding members of the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA). Cie volunteered to be the link to keep readers up to date on SLSA news such as elections and, most importantly, provide the competition heat draws and competition results as soon as they became available.

Kantbe Thursday - Always juggling multiple SurfWatch submissions with the highest quality of writing and coming from a background with the SLSA, wearing many hats and working tirelessly behind the scenes, Kant brought a variety of topics to SurfWatch including Kantbe Serious columns.  She maintains the most comprehensive virtual wave report, constantly updating to keep the information current, for wave locations and wave types in all virtual worlds

Lissa Pinion Sands -  Coming from a background of beginning the Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) and working many seasons as Head Judge for the SLSA, Lis took the reins as editor in 2011/12 while I was away to keep SurfWatch going for the benefit of the surfing community.  She spent countless hours researching topics, managing and writing postings, and staying connected to the entire surfing community for the benefit of SurfWatch readers.

Maxwell Silvansky - Never one for self promotion or self aggrandizement, Max spent years behind the scenes teaching and encouraging new surfers, mentoring experienced surfers, and keeping a positive vibe in the community.  Always original and entertaining, Jimbo the Cart Boy could be counted on to come up with the most original, inclusive, hilarious variety of posts, including all of Bandit's many surfing adventures.

Zelda Zimberman - The newest member to join the SurfWatch staff group, Zelda's enthusiasm for all things virtual surf comes through the moment you speak with her.  Zelda put together her 20 Questions:  Surf Perspective series to share individual points of view on virtual surfing and the SLSA which I believe also served to show how much we all share the same love of virtual surfing.

Special acknowledgement goes to the members of the SurfWatch Honor Roll whose work with SurfWatch made it the unique project that it couldn't have been without them:

Barchan Paderborn - Founding Editor

Ashleigh Dickins - In-World Edition Editor, one of the most creative and persevering talents behind the scenes in the virtual surfing community.

Colleen Brennan - Special Correspondent bringing SurfWatch readers a true feeling of inclusiveness in the surfing community.

Rhett McMahn - Special Correspondent fearlessly tackling the most controversial and challenging topics.


Many others contributed to SurfWatch either as staff, sponsors, special contributors or correspondents through the years, and I'd like to thank you for bringing your uniqueness to the pages of SurfWatch.

Most of all, my heartfelt thank you to the many readers of SurfWatch through the years - those who took the time to comment, those who submitted photos, videos and information, and those who checked in regularly.  You are the reason we have continued as long as we have, you are who we have been reaching out to in the pages, and you are who we will miss the most.

It has been my great pleasure to have worked on SurfWatch these past years, and I thank you,

Tauri Tigerpaw
Editor-in-chief,
SurfWatch






Letter from the Editor

Submitted by Lissa Pinion

An era is coming to an end with SurfWatch retiring officially.  So this will be my farewell to the only publication in the SL Surfing community that consistently brought us births and deaths, hard hitting interviews and light hearted exposes, designers on the surfboard and fashion scene and an outstanding quarterly in-world magazine as well as all the breaking news many would not have known about had they not read SurfWatch.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with individuals that made SurfWatch what it is and will always be remembered for Tauri, who trusted me to be neutral and tell the story, Ashleigh, who worked tirelessly on the inworld magazine which, frankly was like herding cats, Kantbe who always brought a light side to any situation...think of her as the UN of surfing. To all those who I called up and said, “hey give me your opinion on this”...Thank you. And last but no-where near least, Barchan, who had a vision and ran with it then had the brains to turn it over to Tauri to keep it going.

I’m going to miss reading SurfWatch as well as working on it, but I know someone will step up maybe with their own style and message and carry on to keep the surf community informed and up to date.

I want to thank all those who trusted us over the years with information, opinions, and comments. Thank you to V for being patient when so much of my time was going towards the blog, thank you to Tauri in believing in my judgement to handle the management of SurfWatch for two years and thank you to the readers. Without you we would have never been.



Lissa Pinion-Sands
Editor

Monday, September 17, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Zenon Parnall

Submitted by Zelda Zimberman

1. Name: 
Zenon ... not sure though since most people simply call me Z.



2. Team: 
TUNA - Team (of) Unsolicited Nap Attacks.

3. Surfing Since: 
Since standing on four paws. Some say even before but I lost memory after a board hit my head.

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
My old FAKT, I keep losing it due to SL rezzing problems, but it mysteriously returns all the time. On second thought I might not like it that much, this sounds more like a dog...

5. Favorite Wave and why?:
Really hard to tell, for some reason they all have the tendency to make me wet.
Mavericks maybe, make me think of steaks.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
You know, all the beaches, all the sand... and then there was the chance to catch a fish without having to dive in.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
Oh yes, I love their beach. So much sand!

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:  They are doing a great job, I was impressed by the SL9B exhibit. Even if there was no fish.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?  How would you like to see it improve more?: 
They should rake their beach more often.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
Nope.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?: 
a) Fun people, b) No fish.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
I love seeing people belly on different boards!

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitions (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate? Please explain your answer: 
I'm a lazy cat, I guess that should answer all the above.

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?
Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I like them all, they keep surfing up.

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you? Who and why? Please explain your answer: 
Certainly VW Sands, he's the best scratch post of all.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
Oh, definitely when I was happily surfing the Epics, then passed out for a moment and found myself inside a shack several miles inlands. (note to you - not part of the answer: this was an old "glitch" in SL with surfing, old guys will understand).

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn't active as much in surfing and would like to see come back? Who and why?: 
Oh well, there are many people I miss from my early days, but SL moves on, and so do people.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Wet.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Talk to people, surfers are usually very friendly folks. Try as many boards and waves as you can, and don't get your tail wet.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
Thinking... (naps away.)

NOOB and NOW: Revy Benoir

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

We all know that change can be good, especially when it comes to our personal appearances. Your friends at SurfWatch are excited to bring to you a new ongoing feature we like to call "NOOB and NOW". Today we proudly present to you, Revy Benoir: 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

SLSA Tsunami Pro Heat Draws

Submitted by Cierra Theriac


Saturday, September 22, 2012, 11:00am SL Time (check in for heat 1 10:45am)
Place Tsunami Beach
Wave: Sunset
Board: SSi Longboard


HEAT 1
Wilfrid DeCuir (RED)
Figger Arun (BLUE)
Graxis Darnova (GREEN)
Rachel Emodemon (ORANGE)
Damiana Babcock (PURPLE)
Katielove Adored (BLACK)


HEAT 2
0000Luca0000 Resident (RED)
Pova Rustamova (BLUE)
Sally LaSalle (GREEN)
Sarah's Wirefly (ORANGE)
Jen Gustafson (PURPLE)
Aurora Jacks (BLACK)


HEAT 3
Bobbi Laval (RED)
Ignacio pevensey (BLUE)
Lourinho Nizna (GREEN)
Sunrize Mornington (ORANGE)
Robbin Ember (PURPLE)
selina Otsuka


HEAT 4
ilaurenb Resident (RED)
Ashoka Mosely (BLUE)
Dax Verlaine (GREEN)
Able Halderman (ORANGE)
nicolette1nico2nikki (PURPLE)


HEAT 5
Willowwynn Resident (RED)
Terruce Chau (BLUE)
Petra Xaris (GREEN)
Imzadi Amaterasu (ORANGE)
Lanky Silvercloud (PURPLE)


HEAT 6
Colleen Brennan (RED)
Mick Lunasea (BLUE)
Melian Catronis (GREEN)
Rick Galli (ORANGE)
Jordan Mendle (PURPLE)


Standby List For Pro Event:
Valium Lavender
Alliejj Resident
Naviah11 Resident
Curshaw Resident
Followingwaves Sirbu

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

SLSA Tsunami Beach Comp Results

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

It was a record day at Tsunami Beach. The stands were packed with 40 people taking in the action! The surfing was tight on the twin Sunset waves. The poor judges had to deal with a slight hiccup with their judging computer in the 5 heat but rallied well. Congratulations to everyone and we will see you all back next Saturday, same bat time, same bat channel for the Pro event.

Final
Rick Galli 12.83
Damiana Babcock 12.50
Jen Gustafson 12.16
Robbin Ember 11.83
nicolette1nico2nikki 11.33

Heat 1
Rayzza Rubble DNS
Aurora Jacks 11.66**
Valium Lavender 11.00
Buck Ghostraven DNS
nicolette1nico2nikki 12.83 *


Heat 2
Jen Gustafson 13.50 *
amatsu Dezno DNS
Skaterider Resident DNS
Revlon Benoir DNS
selina Otsuka 11.50**

Heat 3
Followingwaves Sirbu 9.17
Naveah11 Resident 10.66
Rick Galli 12.50 *
Zelda Zimberman DNS

Heat 4
Curshaw Resident 9.33
Damiana Babcock 13.16 *
Katielove Adored 12.16**
Jordan Mendle 12.50**

Heat 5
Alliejj Resident 10.83
Lanky Silvercloud 13.66**
Robbin Ember 14.00 *
Pyper Dollinger DNS

*Heat Winner
**Top 5 Scorer after Heat winner Advance to the Tsunami Beach Pro Per event rules
– Heat winner and top next 5 scores advance.

Staff:
EC – Melian Catronis
Marshal – Cloudy Mikado
Head Judge – Bobbi Laval
Judge – Mick Lunasea
Judge – Figger Arun
DJ – Sierra Sugar
Security – Pova Rustamova/MaryAnn Maa

NOOB and NOW: Kantbe Thursday

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

We all know that change can be good, especially when it comes to our personal appearances. Your friends at SurfWatch are excited to bring to you a new ongoing feature we like to call "NOOB and NOW". Today we proudly present to you, Kantbe Thursday: 
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Friday, September 14, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Milo Voss

Submitted by Zelda Zimberman


1. Name: 
Milo Voss


2. Team: 
None

3. Surfing Since: 
Early 2007

4. Favorite Board and why?:
SSi because I cut my teeth on it.
Lately, I'm enjoying the HP.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Epics and old tubes for a flashback and Mavericks for the newer stuff.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
My first board had a vehicle script in it. I bought it as a decoration for my first house on a beach sim. It had one pose, standing, and rode on any surface. Very primitive. I somehow found Bundoran Reef early on and grabbed a better board (Namiko) and saw actual waves you could ride. I was facinated with it all! I learned in those cold waters and spent every morning and night surfing there.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
I am a spectator, cheerleader and former Board member.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:
I am very pleased with the direction we are heading in. New surfers are being introduced and the exposure now is better than ever before

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?
How would you like to see it improve more?:
The positive is allowing for new board types in comps and the negative would be that I wish it could be run more like a club and less like a Corporation, but I understand why the structure is what it is. I would like to see more SLSA events at Solace beach to increase the foot traffic.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?:
No, not anymore.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?:
The good-It is a great way to fellowship with all the other surfers. The bad- My ass gets sore after the fourth/fifth hour.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
I was against it at first, but boy have I changed my tune. I am having a great time learning the HP board and never would have put this much effort into it unless I was "forced to" (in a good way). I'm pleased with the trial run and hope to see things like this included in future comps.

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitions (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate? Please explain your answer:
My Saturdays are not free like they used to be so I can't commit to comps like I would like to.

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?
Is there a team you particularly like? Why?:
I love surfing teams. Any dynamic you want in a team can be found amongst our group. Casual hangout teams to cut throat point counters can be had. A true taste for every person. I have been on three teams, the Misfits, Livestrong and Tsunami.

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you? Who and why? Please explain your answer:
Everyone on the beach should be listed here. In a snapshot I would say my Mentor was Thor Bishop, who taught me more than just surfing. He was a Father figure for me when I first joined the Misfits a million years ago. Bobbi Laval is still one of my heroes and I always wanted surf with the dedication of Pova Rustamova. Abel Halderman is really someone special to me, that guy surfs so effortlessly it's like Neo seeing the Matrix.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
It was not a joyous occasion but one whopper of a memory. After Thor Bishop passed away in RL, the SL surfing community had a memorial tribute to him with 30 or so surfers paddling out at and laying wreaths in his honor in the ocean of Heliopolis . The beach was packed with spectators and the feeling of mourning plus togetherness was something very special for this world. A wonderful tribute to a good man.
I also miss Majini, that beach was a full time party.

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn't active as much in surfing and would like to see come back? Who and why?:
All my old friends! I'd love to see a bunch of people back on the waves like Malcom, Rich, Oronie, Socks, Kathy, Crusader, Rani, Poid, Seano, Kimmy, DeVinna etc etc.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?:
It's apples and oranges. One is fantasy, one is real. The passions are equal in both camps though.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
Keep making turns on the water, learn your board and make as many friends as you can. Pretty soon you will belong to one of the best families on SL.

20. Any other thoughts?:
Let's have more SLSA parties!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Tauri Tigerpaw

Questionaire by Zelda Zimberman

1. Name:
Tauri Tigerpaw


2. Team:
SurfWatch!!!

3. Surfing Since:
2007

4. Favorite Board and why?:
My SSi longboard. I love the interaction of board and wave.

5. Favorite Wave and why?:
I'll always be a fan of very first wave I surfed in SL - the Epic.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?:
Looking for the pixel representation of things I love in RL, after I hit all the Harley riding sims, I started hitting various shorelines.  Quan Li was one of the first surf spots I found.  I fell in love with Chi right away.  Majini became my home base - my office was a rock around the firepit, hanging out with the Sisterhood of the Sand.  I took hella long epic rides at Weather and I took vacations at La Bahia.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
I served as director and advisor in the past, conducted marshall training and worked the comps.  I also sponsored any groups I could afford to buy a sponsorship for, including, of course, SurfWatch.  Not currently involved other than posting reports on events in SurfWatch.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:
As long as the focus stays on second life surfing and ways to keep it inclusive and make it better for everyone, I think it will weather through the types of storms that every growing organization deals with.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?:
An organization is only as good as the leaders that are elected to run it and the membership that votes them in and participates. I believe the original intent, integrity and goal of the SLSA is worth fighting for and preserving through any negative.  But you can never be afraid to look at the negative and keep it from being said. Just learn from it and do better!  Anything that effects the membership, i.e., a rule change, a director position vacated, etc. is information that the membership deserves to be aware of.    The SLSA has had many, many selfless, creative, generous members serving as directors that have pushed SL surfing forward in a positive direction.  There have also been some self serving and manipulative members serving as directors for their own agendas.  The organization will always reflect those positive and negative intents of the members in charge and making the decisions.

How would you like to see it improve more?:
 The more people involved, the more sharing of ideas and information, the more true desire to benefit SL surfing as a whole - all the surf sims, all the sponsors, listening to all ideas, reaching out to past organizations like the ABSSL, the JSA, etc. - the more opportunity there is to improve and expand. 

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?:
I competed in Surf Jams before I started working the SLSA comps as marshall.  I also won the original SLSA Sportsmanship trophy AND, most importantly, Best Drunk (where's my tequila)!!!  I worked all the official competition posts at one time or another which precluded an opportunity to compete at the time although I understand now some officials can also compete.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?:
Gratifying - The camaraderie, first and foremost.  We used to have a blast in the line up, kidding around, loosening competitors up.  It was about fun and hanging together.  Surfers were always tickling my feet as marshall!  Dissatisfying:  The competitions took too long a chunk out of a weekend day, especially for the officials.  Changing to a two day format was supposed to cut back on the time committment but unfortunately meant it took up two days instead of one long one.  Also dissatisfying:  The serious egos caught up in winning a pixel surfing competition involving everything from harassing judges, disrupting competitions, interfering with equipment, etc.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
It means more training for the judges in understanding the capabilities of each script but I think it's a great idea as long as they are not mixed within one competition.  The RobJohn  board competition was a blast - everyone had to learn a totally new way of surfing but it leveled the playing field a bit so newcomers had an equal shot - everyone was a beginner!

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitions (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate? Please explain your answer:
The weekend time committment was and is still a huge hindrance for me in continuing to work the comps.   

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics? Is there a team you particularly like? Why?:
Naked Surf Nation!!! 
I had belonged to several various competing teams in the past but felt I should try to maintain some impartiality for SurfWatch.  Years ago, and I'm not sure if this is the case today, they were a blast socially in terms of developing friendships, partying, learning new skills but more divisive in terms of competitions - at one point, teams were accused of griefing competitors beaches and boards during comps, yelling inappropriate things at comps, etc.

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you? Who and why? Please explain your answer:
My first beach peeps - the gang at Majini - had a real beach vibe that I missed in RL.  They're the ones that got me hooked.  Many of the original Hall of Famers were role models for me.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
Smoking doobies, passing the bottle, laughing so hard we were crying and falling on the sand on the beach at Maj.  Grabbing one board and trying to see how many we could fit on one ride.  Impromptu parties on the deck when everyone would show up.  My first SLSA comp as marshall when no one could instruct me how to do it (altho Cip and Rani gave it a good shot!), hearing a competitor say she was going to throw up from nerves and realizing they were way more nervous than me and I needed to help them get through it.  Too many memories over too many years.

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn't active as much in surfing and would like to see come back? Who and why?:
AlexSurfer Hiron, one of the originals.  If you ever see him, kick him in the butt for me!  And Buffffffy - where are youuuuu!!! 

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?:
C'mon - there is no comparison.  Comparing the virtual "ride": why do outlandish unbelievable gamer tricks on a board and then pretend it's surfing?  It's skillful, it's gaming, it's awesome, but it's not surfing - call it something else.
Virtual surfing is about the skill of "riding" a board and trying to capture the fantasy vibe ideal that people that didn't grow up surfing imagine real surfers live, as if all RL surfers are laid back, easy-going stoners that talk like Keanu Reeves.  They clearly haven't seen surfer turf wars.  There is no cookie cutter surfer - RL surfers are as complex and varied as anyone else and that's no different in SL surfing. 

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
For anyone new to virtual reality, really, not just surfing:  Everyone says stay out of the drama.  Really what is "drama" but feelings, and you can't avoid those.  But be wary of the manipulations of real people behind the avatars with their own agendas that may be completely different than what comes out of their mouths.  And remember that people change - the personal information you share today may be something you regret later on.  Remember this is a virtual reality - never let it become your priority (I speak from experience!). 

20. Any other thoughts?:
I've been involved with SurfWatch since 2008, and it's been a huge part of my life.  While people appear as new avatars with the same questionable intent and try to rewrite the history of SL surfing along with their own history, SurfWatch has been documenting it for years from the mouths of the people involved in the history as it happened - the dramas, the charades, the improvements, the changes, the rivalries, the lies and truths.  Browse the archives and become familiar with the history so any mistakes of the past can be averted, and so the true pioneers of SL surfing aren't forgotten.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tsunami Beach Open Heat Draws

Submitted by Cierra Theriac


Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11:00am SL time
Check in for first heat at 10:45am

HEAT 1
Rayzza Rubble (RED)
Aurora Jacks (BLUE)
Valium Lavender (GREEN)
Buck Ghostraven (ORANGE)
nicolette1nico2nikki Resident (PURPLE)

HEAT 2
Jen Gustafson (RED)
amatsu Dezno (BLUE)
Skaterider Resident (GREEN)
Revlon Benoir (ORANGE)
selina Otsuka (PURPLE)

HEAT 3
Followingwaves Sirbu (RED)
Naveah11 Resident (BLUE)
Rick Galli (GREEN) (early)
Zelda Zimberman (ORANGE)

HEAT 4
Curshaw Resident (RED)
Damiana Babcock (BLUE)
Katielove Adored (GREEN)
Jordan Mendle (ORANGE)

HEAT 5
Alliejj Resident (RED)
Lanky Silvercloud (BLUE)
Robbin Ember (GREEN)
Pyper Dollinger (ORANGE)

STAFF
EC - Melian Catronis
M - Cloudy Mikado
HJ - Bobbi Laval
J - Mick Lunasea
J - Figger Arun
DJ - Sierra Sugar
SO - Pova Rustamova

PRE-QUALIFIED for Pro Event
Wilfrid DeCuir
0000Luca0000 Resident
Bobbi Laval
ilaurenb Resident
Willowwynn Resident
Colleen Brennan
Figger Arun
Pova Rustamova
Ignacio pevensey
Ashoka Mosely
Terruce Chau
Mick Lunasea
Graxis Darnova
Sally LaSalle
Lourinho Nizna
Dax Verlaine
Petra Xaris
Melian Catronis
Rachel Emodemon
Sarahs Wirefly
Sunrize Mornington
Abel Halderman
Imzadi Amaterasu

NOOB and NOW: Cierra Theriac

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

We all know that change can be good, especially when it comes to our personal appearances. Your friends at SurfWatch are excited to bring to you a new ongoing feature we like to call "NOOB and NOW". Today we proudly present to you, Cierra Theriac: 
Cierra Theriac - NOOB
Cierra Theriac - NOW

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Struck in Tsunami

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Kantbe Serious: Rules Are Made to be Broken

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday


Well maybe not broken as much as improved.
Some of you have probably already seen posts about changes in the
Second Life™ Surfing Association's (SLSA) Event Rules.  The changes
aren't so much about anything being broken, but rather to give more of
the best surfing performances a better chance to be recognized.
When asked if this new rule has been put into effect, rather than just
a trial at the Barton Springs competition, Director Melian Catronis
responded that, "these are the new rules, apparently they have been in
discussion for some time" and that "We [the Directors] feel, even
though some people are thrown a bit by it, that it is a more fair rule
than before."

The specific rule changes are:
"1.5 When 15 or more surfers are registered for the Open event, they
will surf in 5 heats, and the winner of each heat and the next 5 best
scoring surfers who did not win a heat in will advance to the Pro
event."
and in 12. Competition format,
"All heat winners and the next 5 best scoring surfers will
automatically be qualified to compete in the Pro event for that
series."
"- In Pro events surfers advance from preliminary heats to semi finals
by winning their heat or by scoring in the top 6 surfers who did not
win a heat. In the case of tie for winners of a heat, both winners
based on score, the tied surfers will surf off, each given a single
wave until one surfer prevails to move on."
In a nutshell, as Sally LaSalle put it in a recent SLSA forum post
, "what exactly does this rule change? It changes
this ...

Some poor shmo that maybe got the 3rd or 5th highest score of the
entire day, but who happened to be in the same heat as the others that
got the 1st and 2nd highest scores for the whole day. That person who
in the old system was eliminated, now has a chance to progress.
In other words the surfers with the best performances now progress,
instead of surfers that lucked out into a two-man heat. Anyone with a
performance in the top 12 of the prelims, no longer has to be gutted
by the fact that they surfed really well, but that someone-else is
going to the semi finals and they aren't simple because they were in
the "wrong heat"."
That's all it changes.  Nothing changes about your surfing style,
nothing changes about the way a ride is judged and scored, nothing is
changed about your beverage of choice during the competition.  Heck,
you can even dance that same dance animation you've been using for the
past 5 years and wear the famous Colleen Brennan "helmet hair" to cut
down on your Avatar Rendering Cost (I loves ya, Colls… and thanks for
the hair).

To review the Event Rules in their entirety, check the SLSA's forum
post <http://surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2129>.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Colleen Brennan

Submitted by Zelda Zimberman

20 Questions: Surf Perspective is part of a continuing series SurfWatch will be running as participants respond to Zelda's questionaire.

1. Name: 
Colleen Brennan


2. Team: 
Tsunami

3. Surfing Since: 
7/20/2006

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
That is to hard to say. I haven't met a surfboard I do not like. I love all my ssi boards, some are so precious to me because of the memories. I love my HP boards too especially the pink one given to me by a special  friend... and last but certainly not least I love the LSD board that cracks in  half when I  hit a rock and wipes me out... makes me  smile and laugh at Luscious's sense of humor which is  greatly missed these days.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Maybe the LSD Malibu just because it is that perfect, sweet spot is between a fluff and a pipeline and I like how it looks.... I really can't  name just one favorite though, I love everything I have  ever surfed, even my nemesis the Cortes wave. Seb  definitely designed that to make me humble.... always  makes me want to try again... I get so close but never  feel like it is conquered.
 
6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
My second day here I found a surf-anywhere board  (was before waves) and I surfed everywhere. Then one day Hall of Fame surfer and SLSA founder Seano was out looking for beaches and sponsors. He landed on mine and saw how I was surfing flat water and said "let me show you the light". He tp'ed me to some fluffs where Kimmy Fitzgerald let me borrow her board and I don't think I have spent much time on dry land since.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
I have been a member since the  first competition. I have served on the board  three times. I have been an adviser and worked as staff as well as hosted comps. I have been a team founder and a team captain. But what I am most proud of is that of the 51 comp we have had I have surfed 48 of them. I never missed one until this season. Also, as  far as I know there has never been a SLSA comp that either Bobbi Laval or I have not surfed in. I am proud of that.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
Same as always, the mission of the SLSA is to promote surfing in SL in all it's forms and as long as it can do that and make a happy atmosphere it will thrive.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?:  
I am 100% positive that the SLSA can work through just about anything and keep its' mission.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
I would like to see all its' members (whenever they can) be friendly to new people and invite them to join the party.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
Almost everyone I can find. I have also hosted my own independent ones and I respect the hard work   people do to make them.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?: 
The most gratifying thing is the  friendships built and going through the battle together. Of course the dissatisfying things is the fact of life we call lag. But you should have seen it in the old days  when we could not even wear hair.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
The SLSA is to promote all surfing so if a board is relatively in circulation it should ge a chance. It also makes it so the SLSA champ has to be a real master of all boards and not a one trick pony. Variety also means a more level playing field.

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitions (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate? Please explain your answer: 
N/A

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?  Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I love all the teams and have friends to all. I like the friendly  competition but of course Tsunami is family to me. To be on Tsunami it's easy: Bet along with others, love surfing, be able to show up for some comps. Skills will vary and that is secondary.... we love helping people learn.

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you? Who and why? Please explain your answer: 
Oh there are so many people, I can't even answer this. I remember initially though way way back when I saw Devinna Toll winning, and the guy  surfers being afraid to get in her heat that I thought  "Wow, maybe I can surf like that too."

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
Winning my second "Surf Jamz" after   finishing dead last on the prior one is up there. So was making HOF my first season on the last comp of the season. But my favorite moments are when I am just surfing with friends and  enjoying their company. I used to be so happy surfing with Kim Henig at Nash's sim or  catching a few waves at Wil's house, or when we went to Bobbi's house and just surfed to surf.

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn't active as much in surfing and would like to see come back? Who and why?: 
That list is so so long starting with Kim Henig. Then so so many others, I am afraid to miss anyone so I won't start naming names.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
They're so different, but the one thing that makes SL surfing just like RL for me is that no matter how good a ride I just did, I know there is an  even better one waiting on the next wave and I can't wait to find it.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Join surfing groups and make surfing friends. It is a great way to meet nice people and have a lot of  fun. Never worry about your skill level. Just have fun. The greatest surfer is the one who enjoyed it the most.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
I love Surfwatch, I missed it  and all my friends here and I am so happy to be back  again.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Roxxie Verino

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

We all know that change can be good, especially when it comes to our personal appearances. Your friends at SurfWatch are excited to bring to you a new ongoing feature we like to call "NOOB and NOW". Today we proudly present to you, Roxxie Verino: 
Roxxie Verino - NOOB
Roxxie Verino - NOW

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming NOOB and NOW posting?
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Virtual Surfing in Real Life

Looks like virtual surfing, and it is! It's the portable indoor surf simulator by Hawaii 5-0! Check out their site at www.hawaii5go.com! You balance on a real surfboard in front of a big screen, so you get the feel of riding the board! The screen transports you to a virtual wave! The site says,"Due to the true-to-life action of the board in relation to the on-screen surfer, the video surf simulators provide the rider with instant and accurate feedback of the surf experience..." No more sitting behind the computer while your av surfs - now you can surf behind the computer!




Thursday, September 6, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Lissa Pinion

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

We all know that change can be good, especially when it comes to our personal appearances. Your friends at SurfWatch are excited to bring to you a new ongoing feature we like to call "NOOB and NOW". Today we proudly present to you, Lissa Pinion: 
Lissa Pinion - NOOB
Lissa Pinion - NOW

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shamans' Surf Contest Results

According to Dial Terr, organizer of the Liquid Shaman Resort Shamans' Surf Contest, "The winners are as follows: Bobbi Laval took First Place, Sunrize Mornington took Second Prize and Willowwhyn Resident took Third."

Liquid Shamen Resorts is currently editing a video of the event that will be made public when it becomes available.

Win Linden!!!

photo courtesy Jimbo the Cart Boy

Be the first to name both of these long time surf dawgs hitting the waves at Solace Beach in the comments section of this post and win 500L!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Phaenicis Decycla

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

We all know that change can be good, especially when it comes to our personal appearances. Your friends at SurfWatch are excited to bring to you a new ongoing feature we like to call "NOOB and NOW". Today we proudly present to you, Phaenicis Decycla: 
Phaenicis Decycla -NOOB

Phaenicis Decycla - NOW


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Monday, September 3, 2012

Natural Surroundings Shopping District

Submitted by Cierra Theriac for Valium Lavender

Immerse Yourself in Nature at Carpe Diem Surf's
"Natural Surroundings Shopping District."

A beautiful area nestled in the woods.

A distinctly natural shopping district created by one of SL's top sim designers has spaces available for vendors who:

*create quality items.
*want to be in one of SL's most beautiful and unique shopping areas. (you won't find another one  like this)
*need a satellite shop in addition to their main shop.
*create items, including art,  for sale that are related to nature, earth, surf, or animals.

Our cute and innovative shops rent for 400L per week with 100 prims allowed.  We sometimes do percentage arrangements on art and only allow one artist to be represented here.

Come by and look.  Landmark and Photo Below.

Carpe Diem Surf (220, 43, 21)

SLSA Tsunami Beach Event

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

Registration has opened for the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Tsunami Beach event.
Dates: Saturday, September 15th (Open) and Saturday, September 22nd (Pro) at 11am SLT
Place: Tsunami Beach
Wave: HP Sunset
Board: SSi Longboard, 5.x scripts
Registration closes at midnight on Tuesday, September 11th. Go the the SLSA forums to register and time to hit those waves!

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Jordan Mendle-Halderman

Submitted by Zelda Zimberman

20 Questions: Surf Perspective is part of a continuing series SurfWatch will be running as participants respond to Zelda's questionaire.
1. Name: 
Jordan Mendle-Halderman


2. Team: 
Montego

3. Surfing Since: 
August 2009

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
I love my Pray4Surf shorty and long board. They were custom made for me by Rayzza Rubble. They are my best friends on the waves.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
The Maverick is my favorite (Joaquina coming in close second). It is a nicely designed, smooth wave that I never get tired of riding. It has provided hours of fun for me over the years. :)

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
The first time I saw waves, and people surfing on them was at Mori Pwani. I fell in love with surfing then and there, and never turned back.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
Yes, I've been competing in SLSA comps since late 2009.  I have judged competitions several times in the past as well.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
I think that the SLSA is heading in a  positive direction. Lately, they are trying new things, such as the introduction of the HP5 board into our competitions. Also, the election of new directors who have never served before, bring new ideas and perspectives to SLSA which I find very refreshing.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it? 
see above.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
Updated rules, doing what is necessary to eliminate bias in competitions.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I compete mostly in SLSA comps, but I've competed in Surf Jams,  ASA comps,  various tandem comps and whatever else comes my way.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?:  
Winning is always gratifying right?  Dissatisfying is when you feel something is being done that is biased or unfair.  We've all experienced it at one point or another in an SLSA comp. The true goal of surfing here in SL, truly is to have fun, and if you can achieve that mindset, then nothing can bother you.  If you take everything seriously and personally when competing, you will only be happy when you win. That doesn't sound fun at all.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
I enjoyed  learning how to use the HP5 again.  I think adding too many boards makes things too messy.  I enjoy SSI boards and being challenged on different types of waves. However, introducing  non-SSI boards couldn't hurt, you'll never know how it works out until you try it.

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitions (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate? Please explain your answer: 
N/A  

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?: Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I have always loved the idea of being on a team.  However, I am very serious about it as well.  If I don't "feel" like I am on a team or if it doesn't feel like a family to me, then I won't be around long.  I am willing to do whatever is necessary for my team, as long as I feel appreciated. I am really happy where I am now, and will stay as long as Montego will have me. :)

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you? Who and why? Please explain your answer: 
Wow, I can't answer with just one person.  There have been so many that have mentored me in surfing, to limit this answer to one person would be impossible. Some of the amazing mentors I've had since I've started surfing are:  Harbor Piers, Triston Mayo, Wil DeCuir, Abel Halderman and Colleen Brennan and many others.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
When Abel and I won first and second place at the 2012 Tai Comp a couple of months ago.  That was really fun and memorable.

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn't active as much in surfing and would like to see come back? Who and why?: 
Yendor Destiny was a great surfer.  I hate that fact that many surfers stop surfing once they hit #1.  Also, I'd love to see Quench Spotter come back. He's a great friend and surfer.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Lol... I don't have a take on it.  Comparing the two is a bit ridiculous.  Isn't it?  

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Don't get discouraged.  Have fun.  Don't let the little things get to you. The memories you will have here will be spectacular if you don't focus on winning. Winning competitions are just side benefits to surfing in SL.  The real fun is in the friendships you create here.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
OK random thoughts.. here goes...Surfing in the SLSA is fun.  If you don't mind sacrificing a Saturday or two a month to compete in a virtual world,  this is for you.  You can be as involved as you want to be.  It's free!   You make great friends here.   It's crazy, it's dramatic and definitely not boring. I met my real-life hubby through my participation in the SLSA. :)  If I had to do this all over again, I would. :))  Cheers!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Surfboards in SL, What's the Difference?

Submitted by Mick Lunasea

Surfboards in SL (Second Life), what's the difference?



The first fully funcrtioning surfboards and waves in SL were Heather Goodliffe / Sebastian Saramago (SSI=Surf Systems Inc) prims, sculpts and scripts. 
Other scripted boards and waves by other builders / scripters.
-Boards / Waves - Action, Action Scripts
-Boards / Waves, HP ( JAWS) Leogarto Burt Scripts
-Boards/ Waves,  LSD Luscious Starship Scripts
-Waves / Maoli Wave Co. Denise Frostbite Script
-Waves /Ninja Studios,
-Boards / Waves, Rob John Surf, Robin Mapp Scripts
-Boards Seb's Surfboards
-Boards Surf Republic
SSI scripts are used in stock SSI shapes w custom textures or custom shapes and custom textures. SSI Scripted SLSA Legal Surfboards:

- Analog (custom and stock shapes/custom textures) All but  6.1 script   slsa approved.
- Baracuda Surfboards (stock shape/custom textures)
- Big Dawg (Misfit) Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Candy Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- DW Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Jaks Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- FAKT Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- GR Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Hedonistic Isles Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Namiko Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- NZ Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Reaction Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- RJ Surf Surfboards (custom shapes/custom textures)
- Pray for Surf   (stock shape/custom textures)
- TCH Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- TSS Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
 - SSI Factory Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Sands Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Shark Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- SJA Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- Sniper Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- SPL Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Surfcrazy Surfboards (custom shapes/custom textures)
- WRD Surfboards (stock shapes/custom textures)

Other Scripted Boards:
-Action  (non slsa approved)
-Analog (other) 6.1 script  (non slsa approved)
-Atlantic Surf   (non slsa approved)
-LSD (non slsa approved)
-RobJohn's (non slsa approved)
-Surf Republic Kiteboards
-Wavelabs  (non slsa approved)
-Zen  (non slsa approved)
*This may not be a complete lists.

What is the difference between scripts?
********************************
*SSI Scripts*
SSI scripts are stable and smooth while surfing SSI's Pipeline, Epic and Cortes waves. They also function in action and HP waves. The surfboard interacts with the wave. Tricks, scripted and non-scripted are very stable.  There is only one scripted trick in SSI boards,  that is a backflip using the S and E keys. Croutching is not a trick, it is a way to attain shaper turning radius. Arrow keys, lift boards nose, slow and change board direction.
*Non SSI  Scripts*
Scripts by other makers... some surfboards will interact with SSI and HP  waves others will not.
*EXCEPTIONS*
-Action Surfboards work in SSI waves, many additional animations available with HUD and  keys.
-HP Surfboards work in SSI waves, many additional animations available with additional  keys.
-LSD  Surfboards work in SSI and HP waves, many additional animations available with additional keys.
-RobJohn Surfboards do interact with SSI  waves, keys produce a different riding experience than SSI scripted surfing.
Surf Republic Kiteboards also interact, but not well with the waves. But then Kiteboarding is not a big wave experience anyway, use the fluffies
Special Thanks to Sheridan Flynn for his early research and contributions.

Surfing Competition Today!!!

Submitted by Dial Terr

Liquid Shaman Resort is a proud sponsor of the SLSA!
Thanks for your interest in our Shamans' Surf Contest and grand opening of Liquid Shaman Resort!

This Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Second Life Time.
We are hosting a freestyle surf contest with cash prizes!
First prize is: $ 3000L
Second Prize is: $1500L
Third Prize is: $ 500L
All spectators will receive a free gift worth $ 499L
We have 23 spots open for surfers to join the contest. Please sign up via this notecard and return it to: dial Terr to secure your spot! This contest is first come first serve.
The rules are simple!
Each surfer will get 60 seconds to rip and shred away.
At the end of their turn the spectators will vote via our score board.
The top three surfers will walk away with a cash prize!

We will also be filming the event! Each surfer will get the opportunity to be interviewed. The video will be edited after the event and every one will get to relive the event!
Fill out this notecard and return to: dial Terr
Name:______________________________
Would you like to be interviewed?(Y/N) _____________________
Your Sponsor:___________________________
Board Type:_____________________________
(We used standard 2.0 waves - Be sure your board is compatible)



We are the newest beach in town! We plan to throw many contest, shows, and events in the future and hope you will join us!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Melian Catronis

Submitted by Zelda Zimberman

20 Questions: Surf Perspective is part of a continuing series SurfWatch will be running as participants respond to Zelda's questionaire.


1. Name: 
Melian Catronis

2. Team: 
Tai Chi Zen

3. Surfing Since:
2011

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
Depends on mood, but I currently love HP5, Orca (DW Surf), Shark, and Reaction. I'm always looking for the combination of speed and control.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Joaquina. The wave allows you to do some wonderful things on it based on its shape and size.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
I found out about surfing in SL in the search engine after seeing there was golf in SL. It was a random search and found all these sims. And the first time I tried it, it was instant, enduring love.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
I was recently elected a Director for the next six months and I'm responsible for the Communications end of responsibilities for the SLSA. I also participate in competitions, and have done so for the past year.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
There's of course a lot of concern about what's been happening lately with the closing of surf sims and the fact the RL economy has hit Second Life, especially since unlike most sims much of the area is not available for rentals or shop space (since it's water). But there are new surf sims popping up and trying to grow new communities, so the sport of surfing in SL is alive and well and the SLSA is still concerned with trying to help it grow and develop. And we have new members who joined because they came by the SL9B exhibit and want to check it out.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?: 
Well, the positives of course are that we still see curiosity about what we do, and there are people who still have that instant reaction that I had last year when I took a wave for the first time. So we are getting new members. And some of them have opened surf sims. Tsunami Beach has been reborn, and major vendors who recently lost their homes at Monkey Cove have found new homes and reopened.
The negatives I see are some things the SLSA has little power to fix on their own, like the loss of some major sims due to policy changes at LL (Bundoran Reef), economic issues, or the fact running a sim requires almost total time commitment and eventually those owners would like to see what's in SL, or even RL again. The other major negative is that I sense a gulf between what the SLSA sees as major issues at times and what the membership sees as major issues sometimes.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
I think the SLSA and the membership need to do a better job of talking to each other more. It's not like anyone is closed off or not wanting to talk to each other, but I think if we were communicating more with each other, there would be times when what initially causes a stir within the community could be handled before it blows up into something major, or the Directors could hear directly from the community on what it sees as a major issue and we can see if it's something we might have the power to fix before it becomes unfixable.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I just finished my first full calendar year of competing. My first competition was at Tsunami Beach which wrapped up the first half of the 2011 season, and I just competed at Encintas, which wrapped the first half of the 2012 season.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competions?:
Comps are fun, first and foremost. The spectator stands have a party atmosphere and at times it can get extremely silly; during a recent comp at Tai/Chi, for instance, everyone was transforming themselves into various monsters and we even got a visit from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. All I will say about Priscilla is...*sigh*...there are some things you simply cannot unsee. (laughs)
What I find dissatisfying about them is myself. I am aware it's all for fun, but in reality I am competing against myself. I have to feel like I have improved in some way with each comp, no matter how bit or how small, and if I don't feel like I've accomplished that it really crushes me and can get into a real funk about it. That's something I need to work on for myself.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):  I absolutely LOVE it! There's nothing wrong with SSi boards at all, but there are other boards that have been around for awhile that some surfers have used almost exclusively since they started surfing. Opening up the rules to using approved non-SSi boards encourages greater participation and higher membership in the SLSA. I would personally like to see at least one comp per season which allows the use of a non-SSi board, but not at the expense of not using SSi most of the time, and of course you can't mix the two together (SSi vs. non-SSi) because the animals are different. It's sort of like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitons (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate? Please explain your answer: 
N/A

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics? Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
The teams and the team mentality in the community are wonderful, simply because the teams really aren't full of themselves at all. During comps of course they will root for their teammates very hard, but they root just as hard for surfers not on their team. And let's be clear--it is not required for any surfer to be a member of a team in order to compete, only that you're a member of the SLSA if you want to participate in an SLSA sanctioned comp. Some surfers prefer to remain independent and this is perfectly fine.
Well of course my favorite team is the team I'm with now, Tai Chi Zen. And the main reason is that this is a team full of people who simply love to surf and see surfing in terms of personal growth and improvement, or simply believe the best moments in surfing come with you feel at one with everything--the wave and the board. We don't have mandatory meetings or mandatory practice sessions. And while we certainly wouldn't turn down a Best Team award at the end of a season, scoring points is not the reason we're out there surfing.

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you? Who and why? Please explain your answer: 
I have had so many people in the past year who have taken that role in one way or the other, it's hard to pick any one of them out. If I had to pick one person, though, it would be Robbin Ember. She makes it a point to encourage surfers, to help them out, sometimes to simply tell them they are good at what they do, and her only price is that you pay it forward in some way. It's one of the reasons I finally chose to put my name in as a Director, as a way of pay it forward via service.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
It has to be the first time I surfed. I didn't even have a real surfboard--it was one of those boards you get as a newbie in some freebie box. And the love was instantaneous.

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn't active as much in surfing and would like to see come back? Who and why?: 
I'd love to see Luscious Starship come back. She is the creator of the LSD boards and is a complete mad scientist where it comes to wave creation. My SECOND favorite wave, behind the Joaquina, has been her monstrous Waimea wave. It's a rush to climb that wall, I tell you. The funny thing is, when I started figuring out how to surf, I was going to Tsunami Beach all the time and learning on the big waves, and Luscious let me in on a little secret--that the bigger the wave is, the easier it is. The big waves are only scary when you look at them.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
I don't think RL surfers have the market cornered on what it means to have the soul of a surfer. Surfers by and large are 'live and let live' people. They are generous, helpful to newcomers, would probably lend you a board to use. They feel the best moments come when you feel connected to everything and you're perfectly calm. Now, am I talking about RL surfers or am I talking about SL surfers? Surfing is not in the board or the wave, or any ability to do tricks. It's in you. And I have encountered everything I just described in SL with both professional-level RL surfers and those who are landlocked in RL and who have never been on a board before, much less RL people who, through illness or disability, have no physical ability to surf in RL and for whom this is the ONLY outlet available to them.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Yeah--ASK QUESTIONS. We'll be more than happy to answer them. And never, ever, ever, buy a board on looks alone--surfers are more than happy to let you use a board and let you try it out before you buy one, so you can see if it's what you're looking for in a board. You can waste a lot of lindens on a board that you find out later you can't stand or can't work for you.

20. Any other thoughts?:
I think in general, the surfers in SL are the core of what SL really is. When we start as newbies we're surrounded by people who will welcome you and answer questions and are very friendly and highly creative. And as we get going into SL and grow up a bit we get away from those people and we find it hard to find them again. They're here, the core of friendly, wildly creative people willing to help and answer what you even think are the dumbest questions ever.

Friday, August 31, 2012

SurferToday.com: Virtual Surfers Keep Riding Digital Waves


Check out SurferToday's August write up of virtual surfing:


To view the article posted, with permission of SurferToday.com:
http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/7693-virtual-surfers-keep-riding-digital-waves
 


[SurfWatch editors note:  Although he was not mentioned in the article, it should be noted that Kayaker Magic is the creator of the surfing system currently in place in Virtual Highway, in addition to many other activities such as kayaking, etc. as well as SL kayak surfing]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

SLSA Director Candidates for September 1 Elections

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

The three candidates for the September 1st elections to the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Board of Directors have been announced.  Sally LaSalle and Xander Datura have applied for the two 6-month terms and Imzadi Amaterasu has applied for the 3-month remaining term of Giavanna Marie Melody.


Sally and Zadi have served as directors and Xander will be a wonderful addition to the Board.


To see their full applications, check out the SLSA forums (http://www.surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2138).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Barton Springs Pro Competition

Submitted by Cierra Theriac; Photos courtesy Coolkat Delicioso and Cierra Theriac
 
 
 
 
Place: Barton Springs
Wave: Maoli NextGen
Board: HP5
 

Finals
1st - Wilfrid DeCuir   15.16
2nd - 0000Luca0000  14.83
2nd - Bobbi Laval  14.83
4th - ilaurenb  14.16
5th - Willowwynn  14.0
5th - Colleen Brennan  14.0
 

Semi-Final 1
Colleen Brennan (HW 3) 13.5*
ilaurenb (HW 4a) 13.66*
Pova Rustamova (HW 4b)  13.16
Ekozlov (HS 1)  13.0
Terruce Chau (HS 4a)  12.33
 

Semi-Final 2
0000Luca0000 (HW 2)  13.83*
Ashoka Mosely (HW 5)  13.0
Alvaro Pevensey (HS 3)  13.33
Cierra Theriac (HS 4b)  12.66

Semi-Final 3
Bobbi Laval (HW 1)  14.5*
Wilfrid DeCuir  (HW 6)  14.33*
Willowwynn  (HS 2)  14.33
Figger Arun (HS 4c)  13.5

* Advanced to Finals

Per new Event Rules, the winner of each heat advances and the next 3 high scores advance.
 

Heat 1
Bobbi Laval  14.5*
Sally LaSalle 13.0
Mick Lunasea  13.16
Figger Arun 13.33* 
Curshaw  8.16

Heat 2
Zelda Zimberman  (DNS)
Followingwaves Sirbu 11.0
Dax Verlane  12.83
Buck Ghostraven  (DNS)
0000Luca0000  13.66*

Heat 3
Rayzza Rubble  10.83
Petra Xaris  12.66
Nicolette1nico2nikki (DNS) 
Willowwynn  13.66*
Colleen Brennan  13.83*
 

Heat 4
Cierra Theriac  13.33*
Jen Gustafson  11.83
ilaurenb  14.0*
Ekozlov  13.83*
Pova Rustamova 14.0* 

Heat 5
Ashoka Mosely  13.66*
Rachel Emondemon 12.5
Melian Catronis  12.66
Alvaro Pevensey  13.5*
Graxis Darhova  13.16
 

Heat 6
Louinho Nizna  13.0
Wilfrid DeCuir  13.83*
Sarahs Wirefly  12.33
Terruce Chau  13.33*
Alliejj  8.16

*Advanced to Next Round
 
Per new rules, the winner of the heat advances and the next 6 high scores advance.
 

STAFF:
EC - Bobbi Laval
EC - Melian Catronas
HJ - Abel Halderman
J - Sunrize Mornington
J - imzadi amaterasu
Marshal - Cloudy Mikado
DJ - DJZone
Security - Vally