Saturday, July 14, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Lanky Silvercloud

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:
  Lanky Silvercloud

2. Team:
Reef Riders

3. Surfing Since:
  June 2010

4. Favorite Board and why?:
Well it was my custom SSI but since the last comp at Encinitas the HP5 is now my favorite, after surfing on the HP5, going back to the SSI seems like surfing in honey. :P

5. Favorite Wave and why?:
The Teahupo'o's a nice long ride, love the tube and a bit of fluffy at the end.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: I love the beach ..and surfing in rl and when I was about a month old in here a new friend told me about Braata beach and how there was surfing in here. I went there and met a girl called Bree who helped me get started. To be honest, my first reaction was like WOW. I was sitting at my keyboard with this silly huge grin on my face. Then I went to a surf a class held by Abel and Jordy Halderman. Jordy put me in Reef Riders and I was hooked.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (Second Life Surfing Association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
Ok, now I feel totally guilty. The answer is yes I'm a member, but as for getting involved ..not yet. I've been meaning to judge of course, but never seem to be online for any. My time zone and work hours have kept me from doing it. But I swore to myself that this year I will make the effort to do it. It's time I gave something back to the SLSA.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:
I think the directors are doing a fantastic job. The time and effort they put into organizing the events is amazing and the comps just keep getting better and better. One thing I think would be good is if we had more beach parties. Not during comps, but just parties to let all the up and coming new faces get to know everyone and just chat and dance without the nerves of having to compete.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?:
Well there was a brief time when there was some politics getting in the way, but I think now everyone is on the same page and in it for the same reason. Things are going great now that the comps are getting better and the number of new faces on the scene is great to see. Keeps us oldies on our toes.

How would you like to see it improve more?:

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?:
I love competing. I try to get in every comp but as usual rl interrupts sometimes. I still get a bad case of the shakes b4 every comp.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?:
Hmm, ok...only thing I despise is when that old lag monster shows his ugly head. What I love is everything else :)..the surfing and especially the mateship between all the competitors etc. "WE ARE FAMILY.. *sings*.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
Well to be honest I think the SLSA is on the right track starting to use the other types of has to grow with new developments and broaden its' views to keep up with the times. The HP's, LSD's etc can be frustrating to people that are so used to the SSI's, but after the Encinitas comp I'm looking forward to more comps with these boards. It breathed some new life into the comps and was a lot of fun.

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: Will never stop participating (smiles).

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics? Is there a team you particularly like? Why?:
Well being a Reef Rider from the start of course they are the bestest....but I think ALL teams are great and they all have a sense of family about them. We defend each other vehemently, but will also cheer on all other teams and their members. That is the whole spirit of surfing to me.

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:
Hmm,well everyone I met on the surf scene were always more than willing to help which I thought was so great. But if I had to pick a handful that really nudged me in the right direction to stay on a wave it would have to be Jordy Halderman, Bobbi Laval, Robbin Ember and Rayzza Rubble.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
My first ever comp. I was soo nervous I almost didn't compete lol, but did and ended up tying for first place. I was so shocked it was amazing.

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?:
There's a couple I can think of that I miss. Dane Kutenai and Dan Numbanumba both are really nice and fun guys, and hopefully we'll see them back more in the future. But I think it would be great to see everyone who left to get back when they can and all them to see what a great direction we are taking this year.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?:
Well I have to admit I loathed the HP5 board when I first got on it, but after many fights with it and being the stubborn person I can be I now think that riding it is more like rl surfing. You have to think about your ride more and plan it just like in rl. I hurt my back over 12 months ago and had to give up rl surfing, so surfing in here is my soul medication lol.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
Well all I can say to them is get involved, don't get disheartened by a bad ride, and most of all participate and have FUN.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
 I've been involved in a lot of activities in my time in sl and all good, but I have to say that the surf scene is by far the best. It's sad to see so many great surf sims closing lately but we really need to get behind the ones that still exist and help them to stay open. These people don't ask for anything. They don't put these sims up for themselves. They do it for us. So we need to do all we can to show we appreciate their efforts and give to them like they do for us.

Friday, July 13, 2012

SL Surfing and Destination Guide

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Gratuitous Nude Shot for No Good Reason
If y'all haven't seen it, the Second Life website and some in world viewers have what Linden Labs calls a Destination Guide to help people find categories of events and sims that the web site editors select for use in the guide.  Because there were so many beaches being listed as having surfing that really didn't have interactive waves for surfing, Linden Labs created a category last year that is specifically for sims that provide interactive surfing waves.  You can do a search and show the Destination Guide in world, or you can check it out on their web site.

As of this writing, we only have 12 sims listed.  According to the SW Wave Report we have somewhere in the 40 to 50 neighborhood of public surfing sims.  If you own a surfing sim, you can file a web based form request to suggest your sim to be added to the Destinations Guide. 

If for some reason, you can't or don't want to complete this form, yet you want to suggest your sim for being included, please contact Kantbe Thursday.  If you can provide a brief description of your sim like those in the Destination Guide along with a picture that you feel is a good representation of your sim, she can work with the Linden Lab web editors to try to get your sim listed.

There are no guarantees a suggested sim will be included, but it is guaranteed to not be there if not suggested.

Kantbe kanbe reached (couldn't resist) in world via IM or note card, emailed at, private messaged on the SLSA forum at kantbethursday, or messaged on Facebook at .

VHSA Judges Hit the Surf

Photos courtesy Marianna Monentez

Virtual Highway Surfing Association (VHSA) judges Sally LaSalle and Bobbi Laval hit the surf at Breakers Cove in preparation for the VHSA competition scheduled for July 21!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


SurfWatch has the exclusive!  Revlon "Revy" Benoir announces to SurfWatch, "Syx (Toshi) and I have business partnered to return Monkey to SL...the tickets are in process."  Stay tuned for more information on the return of Monkey Cove to Second Life (SL)!!!

Virtual Highway Surfing Competition!

Video courtesy Marianna Monentez

Virtual Highway gearing up for the first Virtual Highway Surfing Association competition scheduled for Saturday, July 21!  Spots still open but filling fast - sign up today!  Surf lessons anytime from Marianna Monentez on opensim surfing in Virtual Highway!  Virtual Highway is making it easy for you to give it a try from creating your Virtual Highway avatar with freebies to a free surfboard for competing!  For more information, contact Marianna!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beach Fashion InWorldz

Location:     Phantom Rose – AraWorks
                     InWorldz (Grid Users: 58764; 1093 regions as of 6-27-12)
Model:         Tauri Tigerpaw
Hair:            Fidelity lg - Chesnut
Eyes:            Mossy Brown Eyes
                     MDD Eyelash 1
Shape:          Custom Tauri
Skin:             Pulse Skin Altonia/Touch Me Cleavage
Clothes:        *Dani's* Pink teeny bikini outfit
Accessories:  Studio Nails: Red Shiny
                      [Delicate] Forever Bracelet
                      Left Two Toned Ladies' Bracelet

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Meeting the SLSA Directors - Bobbi Laval

I finally cornered Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) director Bobbi Laval and grilled, er talked to her about all things surfing and SLSA. She was kind enough to put up with my intrusive questioning.

SurfWatch:  Tell us how you got involved in Second Life (SL) surfing?
Bobbi Laval: I have been involved with SL surfing since 2007, since just before the first SLSA season.

SW:  What prompted your decision to run for SLSA Director this term?  What qualifications, skills, competencies, traits, etc. do you bring as a director?
Bobbi: Honestly, I wasn't looking to run for SLSA Director this term. I just saw that nobody else was stepping up to the plate, so felt an obligation to do so.  I'm broadly skilled in many areas, but not specially skilled in any one area. I have been playing SL for some time and have  developed some building skills, I have some experience with land and running events, and some experience with my art.  And of course I have surfed a little bit.

SW: How long have you been competing in SLSA competitions? Do you participate in other competitions? What is your favorite thing about comps and what do you like least?
Bobbi: I have been competing in SLSA competitions since the very first comp in 2007. Other than surfing I competed in some of the old VSN halfpipe simboard competitions. In surfing I have competed in a few fun comps, some of the SurfJam comps, and a few of the ABSSL seasons on HP boards.

SW:  What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization and what do you see as your first priority as an SLSA director?
Bobbi: There are always things that can be improved, though overall things are not so bad.  There will always be small improvements made over time.  I think the first priority is to run the best events and competitions for the membership as we can.

SW:  What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general?
Bobbi: The top issue facing SL surfing is the same thing that other non surfing ventures in SL are facing, and that is the economy in general, and the SL economy.  This affects surf related businesses and especially those wishing to run surf sims.  Running a surf sim in SL is expensive, trying to break even is difficult at best.

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. So 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? 
Bobbi: I had mixed feelings when this rule first came out. I surfed for several seasons and never missed a competition, so I was skeptical that it would do much good.  Now there are more judges and seemingly more wanting to help out, so this new rule allows them to help out without adversely affecting their standings so much.  I feel surfers should still be able to drop their lowest score of the season. Though maybe it did not serve it's intended goal of getting more judges, I think we have to keep in mind that SL is a hobby or pasttime for most of us, and that we each still have a real life. I think dropping the lowest score serves the membership well.   

SW: We now have had one event with a non-SSi board (the HP5). What are your thoughts on allowing other scripts into the competition season?
Bobbi: All in all I think the HP5 competition was a success. Many of the established surfers learned a new board, and there were new surfers surfing very well on the HP5 board.  I am not opposed to allowing other scripts, but at this point I don't know what they would be.  The overall goal is to serve the membership and put on good competitions. There are issues with some boards that make a fair competition difficult. This is why the SSI 6.4 board has never been allowed in competition. Action boards have just never become widely popular among members. I think there was promise with LSD boards and Luscious developed a fan base among some members, but since they are so highly configerable running a fair competition on one becomes problematic.

SW:  That's it for the tough questions.  (Laughs)
Bobbi: lol,  okies.

SW: What board is your current favorite and why?
Bobbi: I thought you said the tough questions were over.  I like riding and testing lots of boards.  Of course I like SSI boards, and like designing my own SSI boards. My own shortboard is maybe my favorite.  But I have lots of fun riding HP boards and have enjoyed a bit of success on them too.

SW:  What wave is your current favorite and why?
Bobbi: My favorite wave is the wave I happen to be riding on at the time. I do have a soft spot for old school pipes and fluffies.

SW:  What are some of your favorite SL surfing spots and why?
Bobbi: My old favorites are all gone it seems. I stay away from places that don't have rez areas or require group membership to surf.  I spend allot of time at Chi and Tai. I also like Tsunami and Ocean Shores. There are also a few lessor known areas I like. Parrot Island with its long long run of fluffies and Pirate Point with it's long wide Epic. And of course the SLSA sim at Solace Dreams. Thats really my favorite, is warm and cozy there.

SW:  Anything else you would like readers to know about you?
Bobbi: Isn't that enough? 

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

Monday, July 9, 2012

Moments From SLSA Final Competition Season 1 2012 #2

Photos courtesy Dax Verlaine
Submitted by Cierra Theriac

If you can identify the participants in these photos from the final SLSA competition Season 1 2012, please add in the comments!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Beach Fashion Second Life

Location:            SurfWatch HQ at the beautiful Alliance Surf Vibes Beach
Eyes:                   -cm-DRAAMA eyes - royal
                            Bohemia [glow] Studio Messy Eyelashes
                            *CUPCAKES-Enchanted brows - Brown
Hair:                   **Diva** Hair "Chrisato" (Black amber)
Skin:                   *cupcakes- Enchanted - Cioccolato - Gift 9
Shape:                 Tauri custom shape
Outfit:                *BOOM*  Miami Nights
Accessories:       SurfWatch watch
Model:                SurfWatch Resident