Saturday, July 21, 2012

Waves of Courage Proves To Be Huge Success!!

We cannot begin to thank everyone who came out today for the V.H.S.A. Waves of Courage Competition, it was a Great day for all of us!

Judges Sally LaSalle and Bobbi Laval worked with Kayaker Magic creator of Virtual Highway surfing and Marshall for the competition to fit the judging criteria with the surfing here in Virtual Highway. They decided to score the same as in SL (Second

In this first photo you see Sally LaSalle and Bobbi Laval and myself checking Sim stats prior to competition.

 Here we have Kako Wilder ready to take the first wave.

Melina Horten shows skill as she rides high up on the wave without going up and over, that is the most difficult to master with Virtual Highway surfing.

Cierra Theriac surfed flawlessly each and every wave,

The heart of Colleen Brennan amazes me, a
last minute entrant with virtually no time on the board, jumps on and makes it look easy!! Thank you Colleen for making this official with your surf chant :)
Ok no all i have to do is Haka and this is official:
Ka Mate! (Te Rauparaha's Haka):

Taringa whakarongo
Kia rite, kia rite
Kia mau, hi.
Ringaringa pakia
waewae takahia kia kino nei hoki
E kino nei hoki

ka mate, ka mate
ka ora, ka ora
ka mate, ka mate
ka ora, ka ora
tenei te tangata

nana i tiki mai
whakawhiti te rā
a upane, ka upane
a upane, kaupane
whiti te ra

Melina Horten and Cierra Theriac with Marshal Kayaker Magic ready for final heat!
These two surfed impeccable, in the end, Cie took the gold!!  Congrats Cie!!  Melina a very special thank you for being so brave and taking on the challenge, you were the inspiration that gave me the name "Waves of Courage", for it was your very first surf competition on a surfboard few dared try.  You amaze me.

We had a very special guest show up and teach us all a thing or two!! Can you guess who this is? LOL that's right!
None other than Mick Lunasea taking the Virtual Highway waves!!

Today we had the first Opensim Surf Competition, guess what? It was HUGE success!! Thank you everyone and see you all at the next V.H.S.A. Surf Competition, in Virtual Highway. Remember to come practice :)

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Waves of Courage Competition Scores

Our Waves of Courage Competition was the most incredible time!! Thank you each and everyone for making Virtual Highway's first surfing competition so special. Here are the Scores!!

Red Kako 5.75
Blue Melina 13.25
Green Cierra 14.5
Orange Colleen 7.75

Then we moved to finals

Blue Melina 9.75
Green Cierra 14.25

Congrats everyone!! Congrats Cierra Theriac for winning the first Opensim Surf Competition Wooot!!
We will be posting photos soon.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Waves of Courage Heat Draws

The Heat Draws have been selected for the Virtual Highway Surf Association's “Wave of Courage” Competition:
When: Saturday-July 21st-2012-11 AM PDT
Where: Breakers Point
Wave: Tube
Board: V.H.S.A. Commemorative fish board, 6 prims (five fins)
Kako Wilder-RED
Melina Horten-BLUE
Cierra Theriac-GREEN
Colleen Brennan-ORANGE
Virtual Highway
Good Luck everyone !!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Dax Verlaine

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: 
Dax Verlaine
2. Team: 
Tsunami Team

3. Surfing Since: 
18 months

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
HP5 definitely because it's fast. I like. Also it manages the best. The other boards feel very slow.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Depends. I like all but the important thing is the distance. Travel. To do some moves. But actually I like all the waves.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?:  Surfing in SL has grown. For me it's excellent, especially people who are very good which to me is the most important. SLSA is an organization that's very well balanced. They are very concerned that things go very well. "OMG" was my first reaction. "Can I ride a wave?" But my friend Sunshine Zhangsun and I went to a store and bought my first board. Where it all started. But also Jordan, Colleen, Figger, Rick, Zelda, CK helped me a lot .

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
I am a photographer. I take part in two competitions and whenever I go to events to take pictures of surfers. I love this group.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
My thoughts are good for what I said before. It's a very organized and disciplined group. It is also open to the views of others. And they listen to suggestions and try as much as possible for everything to go well. I have no negative opinion to the group.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?: 
That anger on the fly. On development to make with respect to surfing on SL.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
I would like to see more realism with boards.  I also think that they could make other arrangements such as putting obstacles in the path of the waves and avoiding them. I always think that. I would like to see the HP5 board work on the function of the wipe out. I would like to see two surfers compete on one wave without hitting one another.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
SLSA only. No other organization. I know of no organization.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?: 
I think comps are pure fun. Nothing daunting. I have not seen a death rivalry between participants. Compete to have fun and that's good.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
I think it's good that its' opening to other types of boards. That gives the opportunity to people who do not use the SSI. Organization that is growing.

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: 
I am not inactive. I am active on a daily basis regarding surfing. I surf everyday.

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics? Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
SLSA is very dynamic one can see that it works daily. Everyday they are reporting on various activities, and always at some point comes fun. And above all surfing is the ultimate goal. Very dynamic. My favorite team is team Tsunami. I belong to that team. Figger and Colleen  knew I wanted to be part of them and eventually I was part of them. I love this team, besides having the best surfer Wil Decuir.

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: 
Colleen, Zelda and Jordan also. Brody Bolero is excellent. I like the style of Lou. I love surfing. Although it is difficult to copy styles here each has their own style. CK Carver I forgot her style is unmistakable and has great charisma. But I love to watch them all surf and take pictures.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
I think it is definitely what happened in the last competition in Encinitas. I went to the semi finals with Wil Decuir. And then in the semi finals I tied with Lou and had to go to a sudden wave. It was very exciting. I think that's my best.  Above all the playoff with Lou.

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?: 
I would like CK and Wicked Carver to return because they are very good surfers. They put flavor to the show and lately they have not participated. The real reason I do not know, but I would like them to return. And Colleen had not come back too but thank god for her return.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
No comparison. RL surfing is totally different. There is surf culture. Surfer mentality if you can match. But there is no question of execution compared. Many of us here are surfers in rl and are now retired and what better way to have the surfing then practice in SL.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:  I would recommend them to integrate the group and always bring new ideas to improve the group :)). And continue practicing surfing because it's a great fun. And it's reaching people and surfing. There are very good ones like Lauren, Sarah, and her husband Alvaro. And I forgot my friend Petra Xaris.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
Hooray for SL surfing and congratulations to SLSA.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last Day to Register!

Graphic courtesy Marianna Monentez

Last day to register for Virtual Highway's first ever surfing competition!!!  Contact Marianna Monentez in! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Virtual Highway Opensim Surfing Competition

Submitted by Marianna Monentez

I wanted to point out a few differences in Opensim Surfing
Competitions compared to Second Life (SL) Surfing Competitions.
Lets take it from the top, First we have the venue and a wave, SL
waves are physical bullets that push the boards towards shore.
Kayaker Magic waves send back-channel messages to the boards so that
the boards can figure out where the waves are and react in a physical

Then we have the board.  Turns out the physics is all done in the
script inside the board. The opensim board is different than the SL
board as far as the dynamics of what can be achieved in opensim, yet
the board is still one you can ride and do a few tricks.  When
combined with a little style I feel you have a board you can compete
The competitions in Opensim will be very much like what we have become
familiar with in Second Life.
The rider will have 3 waves.  The judges will judge those three waves
and depending on the scores, the top riders will go into the finals
where you will also be given 3 waves.  If there are no ties, the rider
with the top score of these waves will be the winner of that
Competition is what keeps us striving to become better and better.  It
is healthy and makes not only us but the waves and surfboards too
become better and better.
I think having opensim surfing is the best thing to have happen, to be
able to go to any grid and surf. When most counted our sport as
“dying” or fading, this to me shows it is far from dying in fact, it
has just taken on a whole new life.
Please join us Saturday July 21st, 2012-11 AM PDT- for the first
Opensim Surfing Competition.  It is history being made, we would like
you to be a part of that.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Virtual Excellence Awards

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Moments from SLSA Final Competition Season 1 2012 #3

Photos courtesy Dax Verlaine
Submitted by Cierra Theriac

If you can identify the participants in these photos from the final Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) competition Season 1 2012, please add in the comments!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

SLSA End of Season Celebration

It was that time of the year where we brush the sand from our feet and dig deep into our inventory for dress-up clothes. Yes, I am talking about the ceremony to celebrate Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Season One of 2012. Held in the ballroom at the Balboa Hotel, it was fun to see everyone all gussied up.

Many awards were given out and well-deserved. 

The Hall of Fame Awards:
Inductees: Leogarto Burt and Wilfred DeCuir
Season Top Performers: Abel Halderman and Sunrize Mornington

Angel Award: Sally LaSalle
Sportpersonship Award: Sunrize Mornington

Rookie Award: Petra Xaris

Team Awards: 
1st - Montego
2nd - Tsunami
3rd - Reef Riders

Top Ten Finishers:
1st - Abel Halderman
2nd - Sunrize Mornington
3rd - Bobbi Laval
4th - Jordan Mendle Halderman
5th - Zelda Zimberman
6th - Maldrul Morris
7th - Rayzza Rubble
8th - Damiana Babcock
9th - Cierra Theriac and Ashoka Moseley   (tie)

VHSA Competition Preparation!

Photos courtesy Marianna Monentez

Virtual Highway Surfing Association (VHSA) member, Cierra Theriac, hits the waves at Breakers Cove, Virtual Highway, in preparation for competing in the first VHSA surfing competition!