Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cierra Theriac "Waves of Courage" Champ Shares Her thoughts

Cie has sent her thoughts in about the "Waves of Courage" Competition, I thought you would enjoy reading the thoughts of the first Opensim Surf Competion Winner, WTG Cie xx

"My thoughts on the Waves of Courage competition… hmmm… so many different things go through my head.

I have to mention my thoughts leading up to the competition first. I approached VH with mild curiosity. It was kind of, Meh, I had SL what did I need another virtual world for? But then Mari mentioned surfing and I had to go check it out.  So I went and looked.  I couldn't really form an opinion at that point because there weren't any rezzers or loaner boards. And I wasn't ready to invest any money into VH yet. Since I couldn't try it out, I didn't know what surfing was like at that point. Then I read Mari's article in SW that the competitors would be given boards to practice on and keep. My ears perked up on that one. A free board??? Hard to turn that incentive down. 

I went back to VH to look again. I ran into Mari. She asked if I was going to compete and I said I was thinking about it. Next thing I knew, she was giving me a board, a kini and a rashie. Guess I was going to compete then.

I didn't have a lot of time to practice. I went into VH every couple of days about 2 weeks before the comp. I would surf for about 15-20 minutes before starting to scream, "I hate this board! I hate this wave!" NO ONE SHOULD TAKE THIS PERSONALLY AT ALL. I hate every new wave (and some of the old ones if I haven't been on them in a while) and every new board. And screaming and bitching about it is par for the course for me. Then I settle into the challenge of learning their nuances and what works and what doesn't. You should have heard me leading up to the HP5 comp in SL. It was ugly. LOL. But generally by the time the comp rolls around I am fine.

Unfortunately my practices were terrible. In each session I might make it to the beach once. Every other time, it was up and over! And frankly I expected the same thing to happen during the comp.

The day of the competition I was as nervous as I am before every comp, even though there were only 4 of us competing and a small group of spectators. I just was hoping not to embarrass myself too much and have at least one good run.  But seeing all those familiar faces made me feel a lot better and calmer. And all the usual encouragement and camaraderie that I have ever experienced in a surfing competition before was going strong here too.

On every wave I was talking myself through it, remembering Mari's pearls of wisdom. Start low on the wave, head away from the wave first, then weave. So I tried to be patient and wait for the wave to come to me. Not to stand up until I actually was touching the wave (even though Flynn was shouting in my ear GO, GO, GO!). Then it was "stay low," "go left, " "go right", "ack, too far," "left, left, left, " "ack, don't surf off the wave," "move, move, move, don't just stand there, you look stupid," "oh god, TURN, go down the wave," "DOWN, DOWN, DOWN," "crap, do a trick," well, you get the idea.

And don't ask me how it happened, but every wave I surfed into shore. Well, except the party waves, but we won't talk about those.

I felt the same adrenaline rush that I get while surfing in any competition.  Having all those wonderful, friendly, supportive people around made it so enjoyable. Yes, I won. But that wasn't the best part. (Okay, that was pretty exciting.) But honestly it was the people. That was the best part. In any world, VH, SL, RL - it is the company you keep that makes life enjoyable.

I couldn't have asked for a better group of fellow surfers - Colleen, Kako, and Melina - to be with. We had the best judges - Bobbi and Sally. Of course a wonderful EC - Mari. The wave and board inventor being our marshal - Kayaker - fit in so well. And those that just came to hang out, watch, and encourage - Flynn, Mick, Zadi, Eireen, Tiffany, logger, geez who did I miss? We just partied the whole time and had a blast!"

Friday, July 27, 2012

Body Surfing In Virtual Worlds!!

You will not believe what Kayaker Magic just had me test here in Virtual Highway at Breakers Point-BODY SURFING!! Body Surfing will allow you to swim in the water on your sim in Second Life or Open Simulator grids. Your avatar is animated to crawl, glide or tread water. You can bodysurf on Ocean Engineering Waves, but if you run into an Ocean Engineering rock, you could get stuck until the next wave comes by to wash you off! Body surfing also allows you to swim in Ocean Engineering White Water Rivers. Body Surfing works as a "bodysurf base" vehicle that you can leave on the beach. It can be marked private or you can allow your friends to use them. It's COPY so you can leave several out for your friends and visitors. Do you live up in a skybox? Body Surfing also works at altitude! You can install one next to your skybox and swim out onto your water prim, into the air, or on "Sky Water" available from Ocean Engineering. Waves and other features will complete your skybox environment. can be seen at his VH SIM Panthalassa home of Ocean Engineering

SLSA Sim Fundraiser and "Surf Off" Mini Comp Coming Up Sunday!!!

Sunday July 29th
11:00am SL Time
Solace Dreams
Spectator Stands will be at Coronado Beach.

Music, dancing, surfing, raffle, and a little something new.
Nico will be our DJ for this event. Raffle boards will be up for a chance to win cool prizes, including clothes, jewelry, a Hyperwave, and Surfboard.

Mini-Comp will feature surfing in a "surf off" tie-breaker format. Each heat will be two surfers, each getting only one wave to see who moves on to the next heat. And because this is a fundraiser, and to keep things interesting, spectators will be able to bet on the outcome of each heat.

To enter the "Surf Off" sign up here:
Entries will be limited to the first 16 surfers that sign up. If you are having problems signing up, contact the EC Bobbi Laval, or the Beach Marshal Sally LaSalle.

See you there !!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Maxwell Silvansky

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, Maxwell Silvansky: 
Maxwell Silvansky - NOOB
Maxwell Silvansky - NOW

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Melina Horten V.H.S.A. Surfer Shares Her "Waves of Courage" Thoughts

We thought it would be interesting to see how the surfers all felt about competing in Virtual Highway and what it was like for them.  Melina Horten shared this with me which of course does make me smile.  Melina is one of those stories I just love, an unknown surfer who comes along and rises literally to the Top.    Congratulations Melina Horten!!  Here is what she had to say.

"Before coming to Virtual Highway I had never surfed a day in my life and I was pretty sure I didn't want to start.  But Marianna kept after me, telling me how much fun it would be, and I gave in.  The first time I made it all the way to the beach was awesome.  And Mari was right ..... it was lots of fun.

Then Mari said I had to enter the VHSA Waves of Courage competition.  Excuse me??!!??  Me, compete against experienced SL surfers?  No way !!!!!  But we all know how persuasive Marianna can be.  LOL

So there I was on the beach, waiting for the competition to start.  My stomach was doing flip-flops, my heart was somewhere up in my throat and my hands were shaking so bad I didn't think I could manage the arrow keys.  After I made the first wave though, I calmed down.  Until I made the finals ..... then the nerves started all over again.

I felt exhilarated once it was all over and can't wait for the next competition.  I do want to thank everyone who made my first time such a wonderful experience.......Cierra, Colleen, Kako, the judges Sally, Bobbi and Kayaker, Tiffany and Logger.  Most of all, I want to thank Marianna.......teacher extraordinaire !!! "

Melina, you simply RAWKED!!  Great Job!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Sunrize Mornington

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: 
Sunrize, Sun, Sunny Bunny, Sun Bun.... ROFL
2. Team: 

3. Surfing Since: 

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
SSI short board. I just love the movement of it and it fits my body better than a long board. ;)

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Joaquina because it works well with short and long boards.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?:  Maldrul Morris told me about SL and surfing in SL. So I signed up for SL and started checking out the surfing. It didn't take long to get addicted. LOL

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
I have been a director, judge and competitor.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
I think the SLSA is going in a good direction. This season we have seen a lot of new surfers join and compete. The SL9B exhibit brought a lot of attention to the SLSA and a lot of people have been checking into the organization. I understand the reasons behind branching out with boards other than the SSI boards, even though my favorite will always be SSI, it is always better to evolve so that we do not get old and stagnant. I hope we have gatherings other than surf comps in the future. It is fun to hang out and party with the surfing community.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?: 
The only negative thing I can think of is the communication between the directors and the surf community. Although the SLSA has improved in this area.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
I know how hard the directors work. There is more to the job of a director than just sitting around and having discussions on the surf season. Saying this I would like to add one more, this would fall under the communication officers job, have a monthly communication telling the SLSA community what is being worked on. I feel keeping everyone informed would benefit the community as a whole. Examples would be: awards ceremonies, changes in rules or constitution, changes in boards or waves for upcoming events, recruiting event staff, how the SLSA home sim is doing financially and scheduling training classes. Not all people go to the forum frequently and sending out information to the entirety of the group would help keep the lines open between members and directors.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
Not with any other SL surf organization but I do surf in off season comps. I have surfed in the Tsunami tandem (one of my favorites! I miss them.) and Vibers surf events.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?: 
Trying to get staff for the events. I don't understand why more people are not active in their organization. You are not penalized for judging. Marshalls get to surf just as the EC can choose to surf. It is fun to be involved and feel even more part of this wonderful group, more so than surfing alone.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
My preference is SSI boards. I have little to no experience in the other boards. But I guess I need to get that experience. LOL Like I said branching out the boards and waves keeps us evolving. Just don't ever stop using ssi altogether. :) The only problem is in today's economy there are a lot of people that just can't afford to buy boards so rezzers would have to be used.

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: 
Leave the SLSA? Not be involved? My computer would have to die first. But I have Maldrul to keep it running for me so I do not see that happening. LOL

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics? Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
Montego, of course. hehehehe I enjoy being co-captain. I love having practices with my team and chatting and just having a good time with all of them. I think teams are a good idea. Saying that I do not believe a person has to be a part of a team to enjoy the events. We are all extended family, a team is like the core family.

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: 
Lots of people! Maldrul introduced me to surfing in SL and gave me some of the basics, Mick held beginner classes that taught me even more. My first comp I recieved IMs from others that gave me tips to handle the board and wave. I watched others surfing and learned. Bobbi, Desi, Sally all gave tips from lag issues to how to judge. Just about any surfer, beginner to veteran will be happy to answer any question a new surfer would ask.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
My first team was Livestrong. When it was dissolved I felt so lonely. Then I met Kohona and Robbin. We would surf the fluffs together and they taught me a lot about them. Then I joined Montego. That was the happiest day for me.

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?: 
Socks Clawtooth. He was a good surfer and always had cute AVs. :)

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Seeing that I am not a RL surfer, sad but true, I can only compare by videos I have seen. There really isn't a way to make SL exactly like rl surfing. We can simulate it. I feel it doesn't matter if a person has never surfed in RL. There are a lot of reasons why one cannot surf in RL. SL gives those people a chance to at least have some experience and fun with surfing.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
✿❤✿.¸¸.Have Fun!.¸¸.✿❤✿

20. Any other thoughts?: 
Don't get frustrated. If you are having problems surfing the way you wish to, ask someone. If they don't know the answer the odds are good they know someone that will.

Monday, July 23, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Melian Catronis

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, Melian Catronis: 
Melian Catronis - NOOB
Melian Catronis - NOW

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Waves of Courage Video

Flynn Sheridan took so many awesome photos of the Waves of Courage Surf Competition and I wanted to share a few of those with you, so I made a small video.   Thank you very much Flynn.

A Dream Realized

Sally LaSalle-S.L.S.A. surfs Virtual Highway

When I first came to Virtual Highway I didn't see it as a grid with few residents. Instead, I viewed it as all the possibilities that lie ahead for a new grid. All the wonderful attractions, entertainment and sports soon to come. I wanted to spend my time in Virtual Highway creating the attractions just as an artist would with his paintbrush. Splash colors of Entertainment, blending hues of sports if you will.

I have to admit business ideas took me away from surfing that I love so much. I hadn't forgotten surfing altogether at all, I just got busy with trying to survive.

Those plans didn't pan out so decided to try Virtual Highway grid. I have often spoken of how the grid owners Tiffany Magic and logger Sewell have been supportive in every venture but what you don't know I bet is, it was Tiffany herself that brought me back to surfing. She IM me asking what to name that new surf SIM of hers. I was flabbergasted because Opensim didn't have surfing that I knew of anyways, so to think of it as actually a place we can surf literally blew my mind.

I immediately let our Tauri Tigerpaw know and wheels began spinning faster than you can say SurfWatch.
So I searched YouTube and found Kayaker Magics video about making waves in SL. He answered my IM within minutes that day was like perfect timing and has been ever since.

We just celebrated our very first Surfing competition, “Waves of Courage” on July 21st this was a dream realized. Thank you to all who was supportive, inspiring, and contributing, for it was you too that made this dream realized.