Saturday, March 31, 2012

Up Close and Personal: Revlon "Revy" Benoir

SurfWatch Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) special correspondent, Cierra Theriac, recently met with newly elected SLSA Director, Revlon "Revy" Benoir, to share more about her background and interests with the virtual surfing community.


SurfWatch (SW): Tell us how you got involved in Second Life (SL) surfing?
Revlon Benoir (RB):In RL (real life) I am a solitary surfer, while I do have friends that I occasionally surf with, you will typically find me on the beach at sunrise pulling a dawn patrol.

When I first arrived in SL I began looking around for surfing. I did join the SLSA but much like RL I was a solitary surfer and opted to develop my open space (homesteads used to be called open spaces in 2007.) My open space was called Pacific Coast Hwy.  I was a huge fan of Robin Mapp's RJ products. On PCH Hwy I installed RJ and SSI Pipes waves. I added another open space and purchased Leogarto's (Burt) first Teahupoo Wave. I was one of his first customers. It came in sections and you had to layout each section with a ruler. Oh I miss those days.

SW:  What promopted your decision to run for SLSA Director this term? What qualifications, skills, competencies, traits, etc. do you bring as a director?
RB:  I have watched as some dear and long time friends recently left the SLSA. When I asked why; I got a myriad of answers, some I agreed with others I did not.  When asked one person replied "It is just not fun anymore."This one answer in particular that inspired me to run.

Of all the skills, competencies, traits, etc. I bring with me to the SLSA, I think there are 2 that I would like to share.
#1 I really do care about people in the SLSA. I share their passion and concerns.
#2 I really do believe in the people of the SLSA. I know that together we can make the SLSA even better than it already is!

SW: You did not compete in any SLSA competitions last season and the eligibility requirement was waived by the current Board (completely in accordance with the SLSA by-laws). Have you participated in any surfing competitions and do you feel this does or does not impact your ability to be a director?
RB:  Yes I surfed in the Solace Dreams Open and Solace Dreams Pro this season. The by law on eligibility you reference is:
2.1.1.2. An SLSA Member must have competed (and been assigned a score) in at least one of the previous six SLSA sanctioned competitions prior to the election.

As you can see the spirit of this by-law is not defined. My own interpretation is that surfing a competition is actually an effective barometer to establish active participation in the SLSA.  I have always been active in the SLSA in my own way. Building and running SIMs or producing Surf Festivals or just being a friend when you needed one.

SW:  What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
RB:  Both the Board and the Membership could work a little better on communications.  This is my first term as a director. Prior to my appointment, I was a little baffled by some of the decisions handed out by the Board of Directors. For example ;Why do we only use SSI surfboards? I saw a very recent thread on this matter on the SLSA forum.

When I came on the Board I found the Board is actively working with this issue. They had very legitimate concerns about bringing in new boards for competition.  In this example the membership has a concern, yet is unaware that the board is already addressing this concern.  As humans our ability to communicate really sets us apart from mollusks.

SW:  What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general, and what do you see as your first priority as an SLSA director?
RB:  I think the biggest issue facing the SLSA is community involvement. As of this writing there are 955 members in the group, yet only 2 members ran for director. In the last election we had 25 people vote!Improving member participation is my #1 priority. I have already approached the board with this as a concern as well as pitched a few ideas.

SW:  The SLSA modified the stipulation that a rider could miss one comp each season and not have it count against their rank in order to allow more people to volunteer to judge comps. Now if a surfer judges a competition they are "given rank points for that event equal to their averaged surfing place for the season." Do you feel this will address the issue of getting more surfers to volunteer to judge and how do your feel about everyone still being able to drop their lowest score for the season?
RB:  I would like to put aside the, "Do you feel this will address the issue of getting more surfers to volunteer to judge" question. Instead I would like to focus on the clever and out of the box thinking that went into the solution to making sure that the sacrifice of volunteering is acknowledged.  Everyone can have a bad day so I do support the ability to drop your lowest score for the season. The SLSA Rules work pretty well to make sure no one is harmed by this action.

SW: There has been discussion and polling of surfers about allowing other board types and wave types other than SSi.  The SLSA is planning one competition this season with LSD boards. What are your thoughts on allowing other scripts into the competition season?
RB:  I alluded to this issue earlier. First we do use other waves and have been for a while so lets focus on boards. I am a proponent of using other boards, however, before we open Pandora's box we need to understand a few possible issues.

Here a just 2 that come to mind, there are actually several more that are being considered
#1 Judging.
Sure in an RL comp you can ride Channel Island or a Webber. The call to "make SL comps like RL comps" sounds so ubber glam. But this is not RL and we must be pragmatic   It is not possible to Judge an HP5 with the same criteria that you judge an SSI. Something as simple as crouching is handled completely different. At minimum we will have to train judges on each board allowed.
#2 Availability.
I don't own an LSD board. If I wanted to compete in an LSD comp I would have to get one. Not a biggie, unless you just don't happen to have the Lindens.  Maybe we could use Rezzers to get around the availability problem. Do we require that everyone use the same board that is loaded in the rezzer?

As you can see, it is not as simple as declaring a board type and we have not even started to talk about using say and LSD, HP, Action, and SSI in the same comp. I am not saying we can not do this, I am just saying lets make sure we understand what we are doing first.

SW: That's it for the tough questions. (Laughs).  What board is your current favorite and why?
RB:  My fav board in RL is a 7'6 fun board by Kennedy. It is blue with a pod of dolphins on the inlay. In Second Life, my fav board is the Surf Crazy Revy Femme Fatale by Mick Lunasea.

SW: What wave is your current favorite and why?
RB:  In RL my fav wave is the LA/VC (Los Angeles/Ventura County) County Line. I love the break and right across PCH is Neptune's Net. Yummm FIsh Tacos and Cornona!  In SL my fav wave is the Joaquina. I love the way it looks, it comes in either RH or LH and is easy to setup. Not real tricky to ride, just kind of a fun afternoon.

SW: What are some of your favorite SL surfing spots and why?
RB:  Ok Shameless Plug.. Enchanted Break, I find the Teahupoo2 to be very challenging to ride. I have added the HP Wipe out objects so if you are riding an HP5 (Rezzer on the beach) you can wipe out.  I like Tai CHi for the atmosphere very relaxing.  Love Monkey Cove because there is almost someone there to surf and party with.  I like Braata because they have the Mav pretty well dialed in.

SW:  Anything else you would like readers to know about you?
RB:  Hey I thought you said the hard questions are over!   Ok Revlon or Revy is my RL nick name. When I was a younger I loved the song Black Widow by Lita Ford:

Spider web stocking
At the pearly gates
Ruby lips, Revlon Kiss
Born to seal your fate.

SW: I want to thank for taking the time to talk to us and letting us get to know you a little better.

Second Life: The Avatars Who Surf Megaprims Kayak Surf Contest

Submitted by Marianna Monentes



“The avatars Who Surf Megaprims” Kayak Surf Contest.
Second Life,
2:00PM
Saturday, March 31st.
Cash prizes and trophies for the winners. DJ after the contest at 3:00. Entries limited to the first 10 people who click on the sign-up-sign at secondlife:///app/region/Panthalassa/245/179/22.

Kayak surfing lessons available most evenings before the contest by contacting Kayaker Magic by IM.

Friday, March 30, 2012

SLSA Monkey Cove Pro Heat Draws

Submitted by Cierra Theriac


Saturday, Mar 31st, 11:00am SL Time (be there at 10:45am) !!

HEAT 1
Bobbi Laval (RED)
Cierra Theriac (BLUE)
Ashoka Mosely (GREEN)
Dax Verlaine (ORANGE)
Bullet admiral (PURPLE)
Trista Potez (BLACK)

HEAT 2
Sunrize Mornington (RED)
Imzadi Amaterasu (BLUE)
Buck Ghostraven (GREEN)
Cristal Rowlands (ORANGE)
Harbor Piers (PURPLE)

HEAT 3
Abel Halderman (RED)
Vic Bonetto (BLUE)
Gia Melody (GREEN)
Xander Datura (ORANGE)
Jen Gustafson (PURPLE)

HEAT 4
Zelda Zimberman (RED)
Rayzza Rubble (BLUE)
NicuTzi Resident (GREEN)
Jordan Mendle (ORANGE)
Toungemy Badger (PURPLE)

HEAT 5
NevenJr (RED)
Rick Galli (BLUE)
Petra Xaris (GREEN)
Sally LaSalle (ORANGE)
sven Homewood (PURPLE)

HEAT 6
Followingwave Sirbu (RED)
Figger Arun (BLUE)
Lourinho Nizna (GREEN)
Damiana Babcock (ORANGE)
Dixson Martian (PURPLE)

Standby List
Melian Catronis
SweetRage4chu Jinx
Curshaw Resident

Renaissance Man Lyn Carlberg in Concert Today

Check out Lyn Carlberg, "From Wales, UK, Lyn performs live in Second Life (SL) with his  acoustic guitar (and harmonica sometimes) Folky fingerstyle guitar, mushy romantic ballads. Original songs too.


Always a great show, Lyn is talented and entertaining.  And the Renaissance Club is always filled with fun!  Don't miss his show today!

When:  Friday, March 30, 3 PM SLT
Where:  Second Life, Renaissance Club http://slurl.com/secondlife/Auburn%20Bay/166/148/25

SurfWatch Live Traffic Report Video

Video by Aeryn Kidd for SurfWatch
Starring Lissa Sands (Pinion) and Quench Spotter
Special thank you to Marianna Monentes (director), Colleen Brennan (props)




Thursday, March 29, 2012

The First Three...


Photo courtesy Marianna Monentes



The first three surfboards in Virtual Highway...keep reading SurfWatch for all the latest news as virtual surfing hits the Virtual Highway!

VirtualHighway.us

NOOB and NOW: GiavannaMarie Melody

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, GiavannaMarie Melody: 

GiavannaMarie Melody - NOOB

GiavannaMarie Melody - NOW

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming NOOB and NOW posting?
Click this link for instructions:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Breaking News from Virtual Highway

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

Kayaker Magic you RAWK!! We now have cool kayaks at Breakers Point!!!!




VirtualHighway.us

Giant Manta Rays!

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

We have Giant Mantas at the point now!!!


Kayaker Magic just IM and said he finished his amazing Giant Manta Rays!! They are here at Breakers Point for you to come and take a ride! This manta will swim in the water on your property, but never repeat the same path! A chaotic algorithm makes it behave in complex ways without being random. It is a physical object and moves very smoothly. It will briefly jump out of the water, but it will not swim into the ground or outside of the sim boundaries. It will stay inside the water of your parcel, or nearby water if enabled. You can ride the manta and direct it where to go with the motion controls. However, the manta has a mind of its own and will not violate the boundaries it has been set to stay in. By default only the owner can change the options, but it has an unlock mode that allows your friends to control it using the dialog menu. Anyone is always allowed to ride the manta!!





(Editors note:  Breakers Point is the newest beach to hit Virtual Highway.  To log on, go to VirtualHighway.us and click the icon at the bottom of the page.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Second Life: The Avatars Who Surf Megaprims Kayak Surf Contest

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

“The avatars Who Surf Megaprims” Kayak Surf Contest.
Second Life,
2:00PM
Saturday, March 31st.
Cash prizes and trophies for the winners. DJ after the contest at 3:00. Entries limited to the first 10 people who click on the sign-up-sign at secondlife:///app/region/Panthalassa/245/179/22.
Kayak surfing lessons available most evenings before the contest by contacting Kayaker Magic by IM.

March 25 Surf Safari

Submitted by Lissa Sands

Vibes met for a great Surfsafari Sunday on March 25th. We ripped some amazing waves and dinged up some boards all while having some fun with great friends. Keep your eyes open for the next Surfsafari Sunday coming your way!


Special thanks to the sim owners for providing a crazy group of folks a place to play!






NOOB and NOW: Jayden Lunasea

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, Jayden Lunasea: 

Jayden Lunasea - NOOB

Jayden Lunasea - NOW

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming NOOB and NOW posting?
Click this link for instructions:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Coming This Week in SurfWatch

Be sure to check out SurfWatch this week! Here's what's coming:

  • NOOB and NOW featuring Jayden Lunasea and GiavannaMarie Melody
  • SurfWatch Wave Report info
  • Giant Manta Rays hit Breakers Point in Virtual Highway
  • A Replay of SurfWatch's Live Traffic Report video
  • Cierra Theriac gets up close and personal with SLSA Director Revlon Benoir
and much, much more!


* schedule subject to change for breaking news, competition results, etc.