Saturday, April 14, 2012

World Surfing Reserve

Submitted by Marianna Monentes


Kelly Slater named to officially declare Australia’s first ‘World Surfing Reserve’

February 16, 2012 – A century after the first surf board hit the waves on Australian shores at Manly and Freshwater beaches in Sydney, this historic site will be enshrined as Australia’s first World Surfing Reserve (WSR).

World Surfing Reserves recognize and help protect the finest surfing sites in the world, inspired by UNESCO’s World Heritage model recognizing outstanding zones of universal value. Manly-Freshwater will become only the third WSR to be declared in the world to date.

Kelly Slater, WSR Ambassador and 11-time world surfing champion from the USA, will officially declare the WSR honour at a civic ceremony on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Manly Beach. It will be the first time Slater has undertaken such a duty outside competition, as he has stated that ‘Australia has the world’s best beaches’ and rates many waves among his ‘favourites’. The Sydney event will also mark the Centenary of surfing in Australia. Governor Marie Bashir will also attend the ceremony.

“I'm very stoked to be working alongside WSR to lend a voice and help ensure we honor and recognize the beaches that have brought all of us the lifestyle we love so much,” said Slater.

The ceremony will officially establish this 4 km prime surfing coastline as a World Surfing Reserve, joining other iconic surfing locations already enshrined including Malibu, California (2010) and Ericeira, Portugal (2011).

Proven to be the ‘birthplace of Australian surfing’, with the earliest surfing activities conducted in the late 1880’s, Manly and Freshwater beaches in Sydney are iconic. Surfing has helped mold the unique culture of Sydney, the largest city in Australia, combining the vibrant and cosmopolitan character with a natural coastal lifestyle.

“Manly hosted the first World Surfboard-riding Championship in 1964, which was won by Australian’s ‘Midget’ Farrelly and Phyllis O’Donnell. Since those days, there has grown a long list of locals, including surfers and surf lifesavers, who have won national and world championships,” said Mayor of Manly Jean Hay AM and Chair of the Local World Surfing Reserve Steering Committee.

The history that Manly-Freshwater encompasses is a vital part of Australia’s heritage:

•       It was the site of Australia’s first legal daylight bathing in 1902
•       It hosted the first known body surfing contest in 1908
•       It was the launch site of Australia’s first official surf patrol boat
•       The first surf board riding was performed here in 1912
•       Freshwater hosted Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku in Australia’s first ever surfing demonstration in 1914

"This spot marks the genesis of surfing in Australia, a sport, pastime, industry and culture emblematic of our nation’s image,” said Brad Farmer of World Surfing Reserves. “Surfing in Australia has come of age after a century, with Kelly Slater encouraging coastal users to think about the real value of these irreplaceable resources. This is a historic moment for all Australians and their long and patriotic love affair with surfing and beaches,” said Mr Farmer.

In addition to its cultural and historical significance, the coastal and marine environment of the Manly-Freshwater World Surfing Reserve provides habitat for an important ecosystem. The Reserve boasts one of the largest resident populations of protected weedy sea dragons and a number of threatened and protected species including the eastern water dragon lizard, the grey nurse shark and little penguins. Additionally, more than 160 species of fish have been recorded in the waters of the Reserve.
“What better spot than Manly-Freshwater for a World Surfing Reserve?” remarked Mayor Jean Hay AM. “This place has it all, and I’m delighted to see it get the recognition it deserves.”

“Manly-Freshwater can now take its rightful place in the history of world surfing. Manly-Freshwater is where surfing started its journey as one of Australia’s national obsessions,” said Michael Regan, the Mayor of the Warringah Council which also has jurisdiction of the Manly-Freshwater beaches.

About World Surfing Reserves

World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments around the world. WSR is an initiative launched by Save the Waves Coalition (USA) in 2009 in conjunction with National Surfing Reserves (Australia) and other partners.

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Surfing the Virtual Highway

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

Melina Horten rises to the Top!! Check out Mel as she takes this wave! This is amazing as she has only been surfing for 2 days!!  Mel Great Job!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Up Close and Personal: Imzadi "Zadi" Amaterasu

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

SurfWatch Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) special correspondent, Cierra Theriac, recently met with newly elected SLSA Director, Imzadi "Zadi" Amaterasu, 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?
Imzadi Amaterasu (IA): I have to give that credit to DJ Dan. He asked me to help him with competitions hosting and keeping track of local chat while he got requests and loaded them up. The crowd was great and the surfing looked so much fun.

SW:  You have served one term as a director previously. What prompted your decision to run for SLSA Director again?
IA: Well besides the fact that I am a workaholic *laughs* I guess I would have to say the desire to be involved.

SW:  What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?
IA: Staffing is a major concern at the moment that we need to improve on. It seems like the same people month after month are working comps.

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?
IA: The top issue I see facing SL surfing in general are the creators. I dont mean to offend any of them and its not about blaming either. There has been a definite absence of surfing creators who develop both board scripting and waves. Now RL could of manifested its ugly self taking them away, we all know how that goes but I think we all have seen where some people just move on to the next big thing. I hope thats not the case and nothing too bad has happened to any of them but I am concerned if their absence continues and no new development occurs, what the future of SL surfing will become. Ya, we can always hop on a Sunset but with SL always changing ya never know what can break. We all know how they like the break stuff and give us headaches.

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?
IA: I think its an awesome incentive and is a fair way to give the judges credit for spending 3+ sometimes 5+ hours on a saturday rather than being in the spectator stands having fun but.. do I think it will get more volunteers, I would have to say no, I dont. To be honest, I dont know what will. In the past we have tried letting the community know we were low on staff and formed classes, but how many of those who took the class actually put it to use? I know several did and props to them for hearing the cry for help and following thru but how many didnt. I am tryin to get classes formed for April for both judges and marshall.
As for the dropping of the lowest score for the season.. whew.. I know there are just days when its all down hill. So thats a great thing if someone is just having an off day.

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?
IA: Im on the fence about this to be honest. I see both the pros and cons. It will give a challenge to people to learn new boards and new styles, a new freshness to comps. However now everyone knows how these boards work. By this I am meaning, in order to have a LSD board comp, I would think the judges would have to know what a LSD board can do. How else can they judge fairly on handling of board, smoothness of ride, trick etc. They can visually see it but they might not know the skill needed to carve. Personally my first official board was a LSD and I found it more advanced, it definitely takes skill.
Another factor that makes me on the fence is overall fairness to the other board makers. I've heard a lot of stories of the past and I can agree some people were wronged but is it fair to the riders who love these other manufacturer boards. Is it right to endorse one maker and not the others. Is it right to base the decision of allowing other boards on a single persons opinion of a manufacturer.
I could go on and on about this but I wont bore you. But you can see why I am on the fence. Most of my thoughts about it contradict one another and I just cant come to a final thought because there is so many things to consider.
Dislike the creator, not the board. The board just wants to find the perfect wave.

SW: That's it for the tough questions. (Laughs)
IA: Geez, I was about to get a headache with those tough questions but they needed addressed. I hate being so negative but the only way to find issues and get them resolved isnt by putting on a smiling face and say theres nothing wrong. Its done by realizing whats going on, addressing it, and ramming it down with a giant 4x4 LOL

SW: What board is your current favorite and why?
IA: My current fav is my Surfcrazy board cause my sweetie made it for me. Yes, Im biased. LOL

SW: What wave is your current favorite and why?
IA: The Sunset by High Performance has always been one of my favorite waves.

SW: What are some of your favorite SL surfing spots and why?
IA: Aside from our home sim that we surf on, which is my favorite because its private, I would have to say Braata and Monkey. Monkey cause of its 200m Sunset and Braata cause of the open feel of the sim and I love the sharks.

SW:  Anything else you would like readers to know about you?
IA: Relay For Life is very close to me. The RFL season started in March and runs till July. If you see donation kiosks, I encourage you to drop some linden in them. To me, it doesnt matter which team it goes to. All money ends up to the same place, American Cancer Society. We are also taking cash USD donations too this year that go straight to ACS. Cancer effects so many peoples lives and the lives of their families. By relaying and spreading the message, we can give the support to the researchers who work diligently to try and find a cure that takes so many peoples lives. If you would like details on how to participate or information on how to donate, please contact me. And lastly, I have a secret!

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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Virtual Highway Update!

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

Virtual Highway has exciting news that will change how residents live their daily lives.  We now have voice enabled!  The next time you pop InWorld check it out!!

SLSA Team Member Informal Survey - Part 1

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Prompted by some of the questions about teams being asked by people who are new to surfing in Second Life® and the SL Surfing Association (SLSA), Surfwatch recently conducted an informal survey of surfers who are currently registered as team members for teams who have had competitors in the SLSA competitions over the past year.  While individuals will not be identified by response, the nature of some responses may be a bit individually unique and suggest who provided that response.  For the most part, any edits to responses were kept to a minimum in order to provide anonymity to all.  (Editor's note:  This is part of a continuing series as SurfWatch posts the full survey questions and responses.)

SW: What does being on a surfing team mean to you?
Support. We all share what we have learned about how to surf in SL and we encourage each other to do better. We praise each other for our accomplishments and comfort each other over failures.

Adds another goal for the season i guess, and can push one to do better in a competition knowing their teammates are rooting for them, and counting on them.

Team Surfcrazy is a Surfcrazy Surf Shop sponsored team. Following tradition of RL sponsors, Surfcrazy supplies riders garments and surfboards. Other teams are more of a surf club. I enjoy being able to ride with friends and family, sponsor them as well. 

A chance to make friends, encourage on another.

Being associated with friends and getting tips, tricks, etc. that are exclusive to the team.

Being a part of something bigger then just logging into SL each day. Gives me a goal to try and reach. Practicing to achieve something and be ranked up with the best in SL.

Our team T'ai Ch'i Zen is one of the smaller teams.  Our focus on the harmony and joy of surfing together.  We are not really worried about points or rank as we are about being there for each other.

A community within the greater SL surfing community. A community of like minded individuals with shared values and an honest feeling of good-will and wanting the best for each other.

It's all fun! I like hanging out and talking to my other teammates. We all get along and encourage each other.  

Being a member of The ReefRiders means a  great deal to me, I'm a proud Reefie from the first time I got to wear the tag as a noob to S/L it gave me a sense of belonging and ambition to do my best ..for myself and my team

( like  freeboobing....extremely exciting) or  (pointless and stupid )

Being on Montego means a lot to me, but most important, it means my friends. Not to exclude other surfers, but at a point when the team almost split up, four of us, decided to just try another season, surfing as friends, for the fun, and that is most important.  

(Editor's note:  Stay tuned to SurfWatch for the next part of the SLSA Team Member Informal Survey!)

Mark Your Calendar! It's Time for a Cure Coming up!

Don't miss it!  Coming up April 15!!!

Date:  Sunday, April 15
Time:  12 - 6 PM SLT
Place:  Second Life, Straight Tequila Nights

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CelticMaiden WarriorLancaster LIVE Today!!!

VHSA - Surfing the Virtual Highway

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

Travis Hunter and I took a wave ALL the WAY to da beach together on a wave like our own party wave!!  We weaved back and forth without crashing into each other all the way in !!!  It was his very first time ever and he made it look more believable than me - lmao!!  For the first timers who have never ever been on a board this is GREAT!
Travis Hunter takes his shot at the waves riding BombOra SurfWatch fishboard scripted by Kayaker Magic!! Looking great Travis!!

Monday, April 9, 2012


Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

On Easter Sunday, a message crackled over the SLSA group chat at 9:32 PM SLT from somewhere near Easter Island in the vast Pacific Ocean….

Pova Rustamova: "Hey everyone, an Easter gift from MaryAnn (Maa) and Me. Tsunami Beach to be reborn. More to follow in the days to come..."

SurfWatch has deployed Tsunami warning buoys in the area and will alert you immediately at the first signs of surfable waves!

SurfWatch's tsunami early warning buoy system

SLSA LV Dominion Open Registration

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

Registration has opened for the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) LV Dominion Open and Pro competition. This is the third series to be held in historic Season 10. The event will be held on the sim of Jaguar The event will feature SSi Longboards on the 100m Maverick wave. The Open is scheduled to be on Saturday, April 21th (11am SLT) and the Pro will be on Saturday, April 28th (11am SLT). Registration will close at midnight SLT on Thursday, April 19th.

To register head over to the SLSA forum Then it is off to Jaguar to start practicing. See you out on the waves!

NOOB and NOW: Dahvie Vanity

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, Dahvie Vanity: 

Dahvie Vanity - NOOB

Dahvie Vanity - NOW

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

Sunday, April 8, 2012

PixelObsessions Easter Comp Results

PixelObsessions and LiveWaves Music venue presented an Old School, Vibe Stoked Surf Comp on April 8th, Easter Sunday.

Robin Mapp and his Mrs. Monq Pinklady Mapp with Lissa Sands, Mick Lunasea and JT and Shi Castanea worked some cool time to present this event.

Single sim comp with the lag monster on our heels we held together to make this comp a cool vibe.  Thanks to all who participated.

Winner was VW Sands....when was the last time we saw this dude surf?

Second place was a tie with Robin Mapp and Sunrize Mornington and our third place went to Petra Xaris.

We learned a lot and are already preparing the next comp to be held somewhere on an awesome surf sim.

Stay tuned into PixelObsessions

PixelObsessions Surf Comp and Party Today!

PixelObsessions Comp Rez Area

LiveWaves Music Venue
LiveWaves Music Venue