Saturday, May 12, 2012

SLSA Tai Chi Open Results (Updated)

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Tai Chi Open was held on the sim of Tai on Saturday, May 12th.  The results were:

Heat 1
Figger Arun      13.33333
Jen Gustafson    11.33333
Curshaw Resident  8.500000
Colleen Brennan  12.66667
Fonda Fugue      12.16667

Heat 2
Roxxie Verino    14.16667
Alliejj Residen  8.666667
Ignacio Pevense  13.66667
Bodhi Lowtide    14.00000

Heat 3
Melian Catronis  12.83333
Violet Rain      8.166667
Mick Lunasea     11.66667
iLaurenB  12.50000

1st - Figger      13.50000
2nd - Roxxie     13.16667
3rd - iLauren   12.83333
4th - Melian    12.33333
5th - Colleen   12.16667
6th - Bodhi    11.83333

Moving on to Pro


And we can't forget about our incredible Staff:
Event Coordinator: Sally LaSalle
Head Judge: Imzadi Amaterasu
Judge: Bobbi Laval
Judge: Xander Datura
Marshall: Robbin Ember
Security: Conall
DJ: Danu Grayson-Gurbux

Congratulations everyone and see you back next Saturday for the Pro Event!

(update: correction to judges list. My apologies to Xander!)

Tone Uriza in Concert! Virtual Highway!

When:  Saturday, May 12, 2012 8:30 PM PDT
Where:  Virtual Highway, Boondocks Lounge

Blue Moon Creates Excitement

Submitted by Marianna Monentes

I am sitting here envisioning the best Pandoran RP Region ever created. Already I have meter MSCBvh V1.0 created by Lucinda Bulloch, it is incredible. The Amp Suit created by Sullivan Infinity, is on its way...but there is something

This is an open call to anyone interested in creating with me and my husband RW, the best Pandoran RP Region, ever created. Having been owner of nAvitar in Second Life, I have dealt directly with all aspects of RP SIMs.

For me, the most important aspect of RP is realism, if its not realistic won't be a part of this project, sure Avatar the movie is fiction, the point I am making is, if it wasn't in the movie, won't be here. My goal is to find everything we can to make this project as realistic as we can.

That, brings me back to you. Whats needed are all the military items, envision if you will everything in a military base, bunks will be needed as well as exercise machines. There will be need for monitors and radar screens. Gun Towers, Jeeps the list goes on. Then we have medical. From forceps to yes wheelchairs, and everything in between. RDA even needs "link beds" as well as customized nanotech receiver/transmitter nodes.

The na'vi have many needs too. The native tribes use bows, arrows and knives to take on the guns, flame-throwers and missiles of the invading humans. Ikrans, Woodsprites, Tree of Souls, Hometree. Just to name a few.

As a creator projects are what make my virtual life so incredibly rich. Creation is such a positive life. To leave someplace better than you found it. If you are like me, a person who loves to create, this is a groundfloor opportunity to be part of the Best Ever Pandoran RP Region, we call Blue Moon.

There are four sims here so far. Blue Moon, Pandoran Plains, Aurora Forest, and Banshee Mountains. As you see in the picture the Hallelujah Mountains are established, created by Webby Merlin.

Please come join us, bring your creations. The owners Tiffany Magic and Logger Sewell, have an incredible incentive for you. If you bring your shop, depending on space needs you are offered a shop or SIM, free until traffic generates income for tier. All uploads are free.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tai Chi Pre-Competition Party!

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Come celebrate the SLSA's (Second Life Surfing Association) historic 50th competition series at Tai Chi with a pre-competition party!!!!

1-3PM SLT -  Chart Hit Favorites by DJ Faith
3-5PM SLT -  Pop Dance Tunes by DJ Tanya

Girls on Film Dance Club on Chi

Thursday, May 10, 2012

SLSA Tai Open Heat Draws

as posted on the SLSA forum:

Here are the draws for the Tai Open!
Date May 12th
Time 11:00am SL Time
(please be there and be ready at 10:45)

Heat 1
Figger Arun (RED)
Jen Gustafson (BLUE)
Curshaw Resident (GREEN)
Colleen Brennan (ORANGE)
Fonda Fugue (PURPLE)

Heat 2
Clyde Barrow (RED)
Roxxie Verino (BLUE)
Alliejj Resident (GREEN)
Ignacio Pevensey (ORANGE)
Bodhi Lowtide (PURPLE)

Heat 3
Giavannamarie Melody (RED)
Melian Catronis (BLUE)
Violet Rain (GREEN)
Mick Lunasea (ORANGE)
iLaurenB (PURPLE)

Surfers automatically advancing to Pro on May 19th!
Bobbi Laval
Sunrize Mornington
Abel Halderman
Jordan Mendle-Halderman
Followingwaves Sirbu
Harbor Piers
Damiana Babcock
Rayzza Rubble
Maldrul Morris
Ashoka Moseley
Zelda Zimberman
Vic Bonetto
Cierra Theriac
Petra Xaris
Imzadi Amaterasu
Robbin Ember
Lanky Silvercloud
Revlon Benoir
Lourinho Nizna
Sally LaSalle

Perfect Waves Surfshop Re-Opening

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Desirae Beaumont has re-opened the Perfect Waves Surfshop at her new location on Falorir.  As before, Perfect Waves provides over 700 SSi scripted surfboards in one shop.  The new location features a multi-level shop with 5.x version SSi scripted boards on the first level with v6.4 on the 2nd.  A third level is waiting for possible future expansion.

While you're on Falorir checking out the huge variety of surfboards, take the teleporter down to the Surfside Hideaway Live Music Venue and enjoy some of best live music performances in SecondLife

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Deadline to Register for Tai Chi Open/Pro Ends Tonight

The deadline to enter the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) 50th surf competition event ends tonight. You have until midnight SLT tonight, Tuesday, May 8th.  So far there are 32 surfers registered so it looks like the Open and the Pro will be held.

As a reminder the event will take place on Tai, on the Cortez wave with SSi Shortboards.  The Open will be held on Saturday, May 12th and the Pro event will take place on Saturday, May 19th, both at 11:00 AM SLT

Don't miss you on the fun!  Click over to the SLSA Forum for all the details and to register for the competition.

Tsunami Beach - Grand Opening

Date: Tuesday May 8th
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm SLT

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mark Your Calendars! Da Hui Classic Comp Coming Up!

Posted by permission of VW Sands

Aloha Vibers! Time for the fine folks over at Pixel to open their.........BAR and let us drink! No wait......SURF CONTEST! That was it.
May 20 is da date. Get signed up or.......the BAR is open!
Poster for your local haunt included here.

Tsunami Beach Reborn!

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, or a beloved sim emerging from the black sands…. Tsunami lives again!  We reported back in February that Tsunami Beach had reverted to its landlords and many of us were heartbroken. This weekend I got an invite to come check the place out,  I first went to the sim thinking that it was just a "tribute" to Tsunami and recreated. But then I looked at my map and realized, "OMG I am actually on Tsunami Beach!"

I wandered the sim. There are so many cool little touches. A little hut with a sign that said, "Colleen's Corner", a Man Cave… hmmm… wonder if I can peek inside.  There is a dance floor, a few shops (already with tenants) and some beach houses.  Dolphins have already taken up residence and can be seen splashing away.

This crazy ass bird became my best friend, lol.

I caught up with the owners Pova Rustamova and MaryAnn Maa and pestered them with questions.

Cierra: What inspired you to bring back Tsunami Beach?

MaryAnn: I remember day the sim was lost, I  tp'd here and saw not a drop of water but land surrounded by mountains, I felt sick seeing that. This sim holds a lot of wonderful  memories for Pova and I  and probably every surfer in SL.

When it became available, again,  I knew  Pova and I had to have it,

It was a no brainer to us. We wanted to give it back's it's life.  I hope Colleen (Brennen) would love what we have done, I think she would be proud of us...

Pova: One night Maa was out and about and saw the Tsunami was up for sale and she got all excited couldn't wait for me to log.  She immediately cornered  me and asked if we could buy it.  She was all sentimental about it and since we were bouncing around from parcel to parcel trying to find a place we wanted to live it made good sense,  let alone good Karma, lol.
So we jumped in head first.

Cierra: Why do it? I mean why "Tsunami"? Why not just a new surf sim?

Pova: There were several thing actually.  First off, Tsunami Beach History, it has been around for so long and I have spent hours there surfing and talking and building relationships within the surf community and when it went away it was a big loss to me personally.  Maa has expressed the same to me in the past.  One of those relationships was Colleen Brennan, more or less, the heart of Tsunami Beach.  You have no idea how may hours we spent just talking Waves, Surfing, Board Performance, Trick Techniques and even personal stuff.   Then on top of that I'm a member of the Tsunami Surf Team and there is some Legacy there with all the surfers and finally it just seemed like the right thing to do.

MatyAnn: We know Tsunami Beach was missed, we missed it.  It's historical.
Black sand beaches,  years of comp's here, lot's of fun parties, my first dance with Pova was actually on the old boardwalk by the pier.  We wanted to  make it  less commercial and more native as they say... A happy peaceful place to surf, be lazy  and enjoy life here

Cierra: There are a lot of different niches on the sim. What is the story behind them?

Pova: Well, Tsunami Beach re-incarnated, since it couldn't be put back to the original as it was with FreePort attached, has been built more from sentiment from several parts of my life in SL and Maa's life in SL, while trying to preserve the spirit of Tsunami Beach.  The team clubhouse is a given, its Tsunami Beach.  The Club House build is one I made for my old Paradise Dream Sims and I really like it. Its a great place to hang with a great view. Colleen's Corner is heart of the sim of course.  The dance floor was a Maa creation to prod my DJ Career and give us a place to party.  The Man Cave is just that.  All men, lol, and the occasional woman as us men are nothing with out our women.  The shops are to help preserve the sim along with the rentals.  The rentals, however, are more geared to give the die hard Tsunami Beachians a place to live and be a part of Tsunami again.  Lastly there is the Light House.  That is the first item I ever put on a sim.  If you look at my profile, that light house is the one I'm standing next to some 5 or 6 years ago, plus its a great few and a nice place to neck, Check it out.

MaryAnn: The club house is 3 floors, 1st floor Pova's surfboard shop.  2nd floor  is  Tsunami Surf Team Clubhouse, with darts, pool table and a snazzy Hula Girl Bartender ... 3rd floor  is a wonderful spot to view the sim.

Now Colleen's Corner is a funny story, When Pova was editing land, there was a "hill" that would not flatten, Pova investigated and found it was still in Colleen's name... this little tiny square, survived 2 owners.... We joked it was where the bodies were hidden.  Pova joined it to the rest of the land and we put the little hut there, with 2 picture viewer's, one for Colleen and one for Kim with a rocking chair. Bandit has been  on duty guarding it.

The dance floor is a, humm, a cove surrounded by rocks,  you'll just have to come and see.... Now, Pova's Man Cave, started at our home, we decided to move it to Tsunami cause well Men need a cave ;-))

We have 4 shops, small little huts, 2 are rented 2 are available.
Bullet ( fuzzybutt ) has his wonderful art, and Lou Nizna his sexy swimsuits and t-shirts. There is an info hut in the middle.

We also have a light house, at the top is a Paradise Blanket, everyone is welcome to use it.. Now the  living arrangement here, we have a small island in the NW corner that is rented.  Four huts and 1 house. Each is a separate parcel and comes with it's own radio and TV... all are rented .
But you can ask if we have someplace to put you .. giggles

Cierra: What type of waves do you plan to use?

MaryAnn:   That is HOF Surf Pro 2008, Pova Rustamova's department.
There are boards you can rez by the landing area.

Pova: Whatever inspires me on the day, lol.  At the moment I have some old school waves in my inventory, such as epics, pipes and fluffies.  The fluffies are a big lag generator on the sim so their use may be limited, but I love fluffies.  I also, currently have some of the newer waves that include the Teaphoo and some 60M Sunsets and I'm looking to purchase some others if I can make some deals, lol.

Cierra: Anything else you want to add....

MaryAnn;  I have considered getting back in the wedding business, considering it on a small scale.
We purchased land on Freeport so we will have a place that holds people when we start having comps.

And a Grand Opening is in the  planning stage. we will  announce that as soon  as possible...
Pova and I  hope you all like  our vision of the sim, how it has turned out.

Also  a new group, * TSUNAMI BEACH *, please join  us so you don't miss out on news and fun times...

Pova: People this gift of love is here for you to use.  So come enjoy!!!!!!!

MaryAnn: (The) Grand Opening is May 8th, Tuesday from 6 to 9pm SLT.

Cierra: I will be there! I am sure it is going to be a great party. Tsunami Beach and Colleen meant a great deal to me. So thank you for doing this!

BTW - I have already moved in :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mark Your Calendars! Tsunami Beach Grand Opening!

Circle May 8 on your calendars now so you don't miss the Grand Opening of Tsunami Beach!  6:PM SLT - don't miss it!

SLSA Team Member Informal Survey - Part 7

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: There has been a time when there was a sense of quite a bit of rivalry between teams. Do you feel that is the case now? If so, do you feel this is a positive or negative thing? If you feel like it, please elaborate.

Although many teams have their Team 'shouts' that they like to use during comps, it appears to me that all the teams are very friendly to one another. Since the focus of teams in SLSA is to rank them according to best member performance, you would have to expect some rivalry. But that doesn't stop the members from being friendly towards others.

i haven't noticed a whole lot of rivalry.. i don't really see teams besides tags and rooting from team mates.. but everyone roots for everyone for the most part..

Don't feel the rivalry too much. The bantering can easily annoy some. Team Surfcrazy celebrates SURFING and the joining of the tribes SLSA style :)

no, teams are groups of friends, all part of surfing family in SL.

The rivalry I see now is nothing but friendly. I don't see anyone letting the air out of anyone's tires, or egging another team's HQ (actually that'd sounds kind of fun!), or badmouthing other teams. I get the feeling that team affiliations mean little anyway--everyone seems to surf for the SLSA.

I dont see why it would be a bad thing, it just gives people another reason to try and better themselves. Competition is healthy :)

I feel there is NOT ENOUGH competitiveness. There is no buzz, there is no story lines, there is no "positive drama" (negative drama is well ... fighting, sarcasm, etc etc .. the bad stuff) , there is no team pressure to do well against other teams, there is no hype, there is no supporters, no title races.

The Hall of Fame I think is funny because, while I am not in it, 80% - 90% of SL SA surfers are. There is no value in it if everyone becomes a Hall of Famer. Some perhaps become multiple entry Hall of Famers, but, come on ... its like a diluted currency, no value.

Competition is needed to be stronger. Competition is needed to create a buzz. Competition can create a strong following if it is dramatized and leveraged throughout SL. It creates something interesting and it will bring traffic.

Competition will make better surfers. Competition will result in better surf boards. Glorifying this competition will attract people in SL to SL SA.

Look at ESPNs coverage of NFL, NBA, College sports , there is so much hype and stories and drama as a result, people are hooked.

Look at the English Premier League soccer. IT is CRAP compared to the Spanish and Italian and Brazilian leagues. England has a CRAP national soccer team. But English Premier League has the strongest global following. Because it is MARKETED brilliant and the story lines are AMAZING.

"Media Coverage" is important and I feel , Surf Watch and other sources should start drumming up the story lines and the buzz.

This is something that is missing and could possibly generate more traffic and interest.

How about giving it a go to see? Can't hurt to try? :)

I can't speak for the current moment, but one of the reasons I was majorly turned off of comps was the so-called "friendly rivalries". Teams would sabotage other teams (tapping boards / waves in an organized way), tag opposing beaches with their colors (leaving calling cards or other scripted objects), and create hostile environments for opposing teams. It also created a strange dynamic where team members were also judges in comps, and that created an air of distrust. It also detracted from the social side of SL surfing. Several teams would suddenly stop talking when a rival member came onto "their beach". "Trade secrets" were not shared, and the only way to figure out how to do things was to literally spy on other people, see them do it, and then figure it out yourself. The "fluffy hop" comes to mind, in which instead of bringing it up for the group it was handled as if it were nuclear secrets, and it became a bigger mess than it needed to be.

The reason I stopped surfing in SLSA comps is competely different, and has no bearing on this discussion, but the "team" aspect was a big part of that.}

I don't think it's the case now. That or I haven't really noticed it, lol. But I have seen the case of competitive streaks coming from individuals, mainly pertaining their scores. I think as the whole team rivalry thing, I don't really see anyone scratching someone's eyes out because their team scored higher. As individual surfing, it looks like a different story. I think everyone has a different outlook when surfing in competitions which makes it more of an interesting bunch. I think when it comes down to it, everyone should just have fun. Competition is fine, as long as you take it with grace.

Again,being absent for a whole season ,I cant say what the rivalry's like now,but it used to be hectic when I was there, and I think most other people from all teams loved and thrived on the rivalry, but it was all meant in fun, never got nasty like someone trying to tie a lead weight under another teams board (winks) hmmmm

The rivalry was as much a fun part of comps as the actual competing to me,gave us all a laugh,and it didn't matter which team you were on ,if you (or another team) won,we all cheered just as loud as if it were one of our own,and thats a special kind of sportsmanship,one that shouldn't be lost.

For sure......defecately. Haters Gonna Hate....... LMAO

I believe that there is competition, but in a positive way. We compete, but we also root for each other. A good example is that Wicked and Kat are two of my favorite surfers and although they surf for another team, I still root for them. I can't forget that Wicked was one of the first people to welcome me and help me, when I first started competing. It didn't matter which team I was on, she just helped me and really cared.

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