Saturday, April 21, 2012

SLSA LV Dominion Open Results

What a wonderful day out at Jaguar today! Such incredible surfing at the SLSA LV Dominion Open.  I was out in the judges stand and didn't get to take part in the party out in the stands, but I am sure it was loads of fun! I know we were have a great time out at the line up. The best part? All the competitors who surfed advance to next week's Pro event. Great job everyone!






Heat 1
nevenjr Resident   12.66667
Robbin Ember     14.66667
Roxxie Verino    14.16667
Violet Rain      14.16667
Surfista Hurricane  14.00000

Heat 2
Dixson Martian   13.83333
lanky Silvercloud  14.00000
Wilfrid Decuir   15.83333
AllieJ Resident  4.333333

Heat 3
Trista Potez     0.000000
Mick Lunasea     0.000000
Steve Bridger    0.000000
CK Carver        14.00000

Finals
1st - Wilfrid Decuir   15.33333
2nd - CK Carver        14.50000
3rd - Lanky Silvercloud   14.33333
4th (tied) Robbin Ember     13.66667
               Roxxie Verino    13.66667
5th - Violet Rain      13.50000

I hope to see you all back next Saturday, April 28th, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel for the Pro event.

Event Staff
Event Coordinator - Imzadi Amaterasu
Head Judge - Sally LaSalle
Judge - Bobbi Laval
Judge - Cierra Theriac
Marshal - Cloudy Mikado
Security - Robbin Ember
DJ - DJ Dan
Rashies - Imzadi Amaterasu

LIVBLUE - Live Like You Love the Ocean

Submitted by Marianna Monentes


I want to tell you about an exciting new project I started in honor of Wallace “J.” Nichols, Ph.D.'s work with our oceans. I first learned of J's (as he likes to be called) work around 2007 when I began a blog to educate people about our environment. The ocean being my top concern since learning of the North Pacific Gyre, the amount of plastic and trash in our ocean, leaves me sickened when I think of it.

Here is an excerpt from How Stuff Works.

In t­he broad expanse of the northern Pacific Ocean, there exists the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. The area is anoceanic desert, filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. Due to its lack of large fish and gentle breezes, fishermen and­ s­ailors rarely travel through the gyre. But the area is filled with something besides plankton: trash, millions of pounds of it, most of it plastic. It's the largest landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean.

The gyre has actually given birth to two large masses of ever-accumulating trash, known as theWestern and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, sometimes collectively called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas.

After reading this I discovered Wallace J. Nichols, PhD. site LIVBLUE ...where I then read this excerpt from "Occupy The Ocean"

We have put too much into the ocean, in the form of oil, sewage, fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, plastic pollution, noise and increasing levels of CO2.

We have taken too much out of the ocean by subsidizing and encouraging inefficient and destructive overfishing, bottom trawling, long-lining, purse seining, dynamite fishing, irresponsible aquaculture and illegal hunting.

We have destroyed the edge of the ocean -- places like wetlands, kelp forests, mangrove forests, river deltas, coral reefs and seagrass beds -- where diversity and abundance once thrived, now turned into dead zones growing in size and number.

As a result of our behavior, the wildest animals and most remote beaches on the planet carry plastic in them, coral reefs are on the verge of disappearing, shark populations have been decimated, the ocean is warming and becoming more acidic and fisheries are predicted to collapse globally.

This situation will only continue to spiral downward, unless we listen, learn and change.

To slow, stop and then reverse this trend will take immediate, widespread and drastic actions, not isolated, small and incremental adjustments.

The control large corporations have over our political processes must be severed, bold legislation enacted and new behavior patterns widely adopted.

We need an Ocean Revolution.

It is with this knowledge that I felt compelled to act however I can so I asked J then if I could publish his work on my blog site to help educate and promote his work. He agreed.

Then recently when Kayaker Magic created and gave me the Sea Turtle I requested, it was then that I realized I could help educate people virtually and direct them to J's work. I asked J if it would be okay to set up an ocean garden that would be interactive for the user. They could click on the various marine life and vegetation and learn about our ocean. Which would be an incredible way for the disabled or persons in the hospital to escape the reality of illness and learn and interact with our magnificent ocean. Again J, agreed that bringing this knowledge however we can is vital in preserving our ocean for our future.

So we have begun. Tiffany Magic and logger Sewell, yet again has been caring and could see just what it was I was trying to achieve. They have offered to help in whatever way they can to help bring this vital knowledge to you. That is what I love about Virtual Highway. The support these owners give when you become a resident is unlike any grid I have ever known.

So, with their help and help from Travis Hunter, also Melina Horten we have begun landscaping the ocean floor. We have sea turtles and giant mantas with more fish soon to come. We plan on working to bring all that we can to help educate about our oceans health.

Thank you Tiffany Magic, logger Sewell, Travis Hunter, Melina Horten, Kayaker Magic, and J.  We thank you for your undying love for our ocean.


Friday, April 20, 2012

SLSA LV Dominion Open Heat Draws

The heat draws for the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) LV Dominion Open have been announced. This is the third series event in the SLSA's historic 10th season.  The LV Dominion Open will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 am SLT on Jaguar.  Competitors are asked to be on site and ready to go at 10:45 am. The wave is the Maverick and the board is the SSi (5.1. 5.2, or 5.2dlg) Longboard.


The heat draws are as follows:

Heat 1
nevenjr Resident (RED)
Robbin Ember (BLUE)
Roxxie Verino (GREEN)
Violet Rain (ORANGE)
Surfista Hurricane (PURPLE)

Heat 2
Dixson Martian (RED)
lanky Silvercloud (BLUE)
Wilfrid Decuir (GREEN)
AllieJ (ORANGE)

Heat 3
Trista Potez (RED)
Mick Lunasea (BLUE)
Steve Bridger (GREEN)
CK Carver (ORANGE)

Time to head on over for some last minute practice. If you are not competing tomorrow, join us in the spectator stands for good music, good fun, and to cheer on those out on the waves. 

Surfers pre-qualifying for the Pro Event to be held Saturday, April 28th.
Sunrize Mornington
Bobbi Laval
Damiana Babcock
Abel Halderman
Zelda Zimberman
Jordan Mendle
Maldrul Morris
Cierra Theriac
Harbor Piers
Imzadi Amaterasu
Vic Bonetto
Petra Xaris
Rayzza Rubble
Revlon Benoir
Sally LaSalle
Ashoka Mosely
Buck Ghostraven
Lourinho Nizna
Giavannamarie Melody
Jen Gustafson
*Melian Catronis
*Clyde Barrow
*sweetrage4chu Jinx

* Melian, CClyde and Sweetrage4chu have equal rank and so all pre-qualify.



As posted on the SLSA Forum (http://surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=2019)

Mark Your Calendar for CelticMaiden Warrior!

When:  Tuesday, April 24, 5 PM PDT
Where:  Breakers Cove, Virtual Highway  VirtualHighway.us



Thursday, April 19, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Followingwaves Sirbu

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, Followingwaves: 

Followingwaves - NOOB

Followingwaves - NOW

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SLSA Team Member Informal Survey - Part 3

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 survey questions and responses.)

SW: How does your team handle adding new members?


Any member can invite someone to join.

We've taken a lot of newcomers in that we've helped learn to surf, or are new to surfing.

If a surfer shows desire to ride in contests and can give up the time to ride them SurfCrazy may invite to join team. By invitation from Captain Mick.

The team leaders is pretty particular about who joins our team. We meet surfers on the beach and surf with them. If they have that soul that we are looking for we invite them to join us.

Very efficiently and with open arms. It is a very flat structure and the people are warm and friendly.

The team is pretty open to letting anyone want to try out. I usually like to add people with specific requirements in my mind. I usually like to know I can get along with the person and makes an effort into actually trying. Also someone who is enthusiastic!

If one cares to realize, use of a surfboard... is rather obvious

There is no magic formula, just whoever seems to fit and wants to join and has fun. We have been really fortunate to have some great surfers and more importantly really great people join over the past couple of seasons.

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

SurfSide Hideaway New Location!

Where to go to find live music, dancing, banter and fun in Second Life?    SurfSide Hideaway!  Now at a new location - check it out!



Check out their schedule of events and join the party!  
http://tinyurl.com/SurfsideHideaway

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

See Sea Life in Virtual Highway

Submitted by Marianna Monentes



Amazing sea turtles and giant manta's swim the waters of Breaker's Cove. You can come and explore the cove with these amazing creatures created by Kayaker Magic at www.virtualhighway.us

Monday, April 16, 2012

Surfing the Virtual Highway

Submitted by Marianna Monentes



Kantbe Thursday former Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Director and winner of many surf competitions hits the Virtual Highway waves!!  You can see clearly why she has won many competitions.  Kantbe is a member of V.H.S.A. and you will be seeing her on the waves…welcome Kantbe.

VirtualHighway.us

Sunday, April 15, 2012

SLSA Team Member Informal Survey - Part 2

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 survey questions and responses.)

SW: How did you pick the team to join?

I selected the first team who asked me to join.
I was born into mine I guess :P

I'm Surfcrazy

I wanted to help support the sim that supported a charity

I joined the first team that invited me. :) GO SURFCRAZY!!

I have been around the community for a while. I never really considered surfing competitively until this season. I thought I would like join a team. I loved the name of the team and called the owner Sally. When she explained it was more a of surfing zen experience I knew it was the right team for me.

My experience with Montego was very different from the others. They welcomed my wife and myself equally, even though, I was the surfer. They were humble and didn't try to exude a feeling of elitism about their team. The culture seemed to be more about, connecting with people. My wife and I felt welcomed into the Montego family, it was a no brainer to join when asked.

They bugged me long enough. No, really. They wanted me on the team, and they worked me over for a month or two before I finally gave in.

I didn't really have any intention to join any team and wanted to surf independently. I thought many of the teams were huge in numbers and I just thought I might get lost in it. But one of my teammates changed my mind, she was sweet and genuine about the whole approach. The team was super small at first but I found the team morale freshly appealing.

As far as picking the team,it picked me lol, well Jordan Halderman,then Mendle picked me after I won my first comp at Braata beach and I couldn't have been more thrilled,her, Bobbi, Gia and all the others made me feel like family and I'll never forget that.

That trick is classic as f*ck...gut and heart decide

Montego was initially formed as a successor to the former Cornish Beach team, which is where I first started to compete. At the time, Cornish needed surfers, and I got my first chance to compete. But the team has completely changed since then and is its own team now.

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

Time for a Cure Relay for Life Musical Event