Wednesday, August 8, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Markfoo Waverider

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:
MarkFoo Waverider

2. Team:
TaiChi and also Vibrations, Reef Riders, Tsunami (as a guest and it is a great honor)

3. Surfing Since: 
I was born.

4. Favorite Board and why?:
HP5 smooth and "realistic" and Sniper radical and powerful.

5. Favorite Wave and why?:
FLuffies !!!!!! if you master on fluffies, I think you can ride any wave.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?:
I'm a surfer in RL and I met an old past dude named Cipriano. He gave me a board at Majini and..... I was done, addicted. I realized that I could feel my heart pinched like in RL and I never stop surfing, trying to ride the ultimate wave, the perfect wave. I hope I will, one day ! hahahahahahaha

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
No. It is a shame. I have been a Marshall sometimes but it is very few.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:  Directors and staff are making an awesome job, giving a lot of time only for us, surfers. They are doing their best with their strength and weaknesses. I took advantage of all their work and I have an endless respect for them.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?
How would you like to see it improve more?: 
If you think there is something to improve then move your ass (ooooops sorry) and join the SLSA staff. It is not constructive to discuss from the outside. Too easy. Then, on my side, smooth zipped and paddle ;) winks.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I had that luck to compete in SLSA, ABSSL,... I have shared unforgivable and unique moments with all my dudes. I have less trophies than awesome souvenirs. I'm very proud of that.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?: 
Does anybody know a competitor who loves to lose ? hahahahaha but it happens. Often, I find gratifying to be in the line up with all my dudes and after. I do my best to feel in peace. No fears, no expectations. Surfing and competitions is a very tricky subject. The point is that your only opponent is yourself and your only friend is the wave.... difficult hum? Being the best is very temporary and subjective. If you feel angry against yourself or anything when you lose, you would better stop competing... for the safety of your soul.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
Egality of chance. That's the key, right ? Or freedom ? I think the most important is to have a fair and known way of judging and scoring. Since then, you can use any board. I hope and trust that judges are clever and smart. If your surfing gives a great feeling of harmony and passion then you will be recognized as a surfer. You can try to "lock" the sytem with specific rules but you cannot control custom boards or powerful computers and connections againt lag. Then , I think, we should judge the feeling, the harmony, the control and agility. If one surfer makes me dream, he/she is definitely the best .....

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: 
Personal reasons. If I can and if the community allows me, I would love to come back and have tons of fun.

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?
Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I have a deep respect for all teams. I think it is important to distinguish surfers and teams. A great team is always the synergy of individuals and a leader (the captain). No matter if the individuals are the "best". A team has a soul which is unique and define the behavior of its' surfers. As far as I can remember, legendary teams never die. Vibers, Reef Riders, Tsunami, TaiChi for example.

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 .... honestly, every single surfer impact my surfing. I'm a permanent beginner. well, I could mention :  Cip, Kimmy, Wil , Bonheur, Wicka, Buffy, Bobbi, VW, Lynda, CK, Colleen, Kim, Robbin, Dev, Desirae, Quench, Abel, Sally, Bodhi, Arjuna, Jordan, Kristen, Lacy, Vel, Jac, Triston, Sunrize, Tauri, ONeill, Lala, Cloudy, Seb, Heather, Koh, Rani, Cymi, Countess, Desne, Leogarto, Dixon, Rick, ..... Anyway, the last real Mark Foo remanes my model. I hope I deserve to use his name with humility.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
My next wave !! woooooooot

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?: 
Kimmy and Bonheur

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Hahahahaaha, sorry I don't understand the question! You mean, is there any comparison between RL and SL? Hahahahaha I'm afraid the answer is in the question. I think the correct question is: do you love surfing? Do you feel the adrenaline when you drop into the pipe? Are you happy and in peace and harmony? Hhahhaha I am surfing RL every day and SL. I never had a thought for this naive question. We are surfing for a higher purpose. I'm very sad if there is any conflict and strong opinions on this non-subject. I wish everyone enjoy surfing and carry the soul of surfing RL or SL, no matter where.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
Stay humble and stay a new surfer for life. Respect the ones who surfed before you and help the ones who will surf after you.

20. Any other thoughts?:
Yes: Sorry for my poor English. Eddie would go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cierra Theriac said...

Foo, you will be welcomed back with open arms, whenever you are ready. :D

CK said...

Thanks Mark, you'll always be the one who showed me the way.
Miss you bro, I'm keeping it warm,, needs a new Eddie board, i accidently deleted my house, pmsl... cya soon lil fella XXX