Saturday, August 11, 2012

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Sponsorships


Printed by permission of SLSA

SPONSOR THE SLSA's 2012 Surf Season 2!!!
New waves, New Venues, New Members.


1. SLSA Sponsor New Additional Benefit
2. SLSA Booster Program, for Individual and Team Sponsors.
3. SLSA Sponsorship Levels
    3.1 “TITLE” Sponsorship
    3.2 GOLD Sponsors
    3.3 SILVER Sponsors
    3.4 BRONZE Sponsors
4. Contact information

1. SLSA Sponsor New Additional Benefit
This Season SLSA Sponsors will receive a new benefit for their continued and generous support that allows us to keep running fun and successful competitions.
The SLSA is pleased to announce that SLSA Sponsors will now be able to direct-market to the entire (1100 plus) SLSA group a number of times per month, based on their level of sponsorship as follows.
* Gold Sponsors twice per month
* Silver Sponsors once per month
* Bronze Sponsors once every 2 months
Messages will be submitted to the Sponsor Manager, who will then send them to the group using the SLSA's Postmaster Messaging Gadget. Messages can include a notecard, landmark, object, texture or any combination of these. The Postmaster system sends messages when people are online to ensure delivery, and each Sponsor Message will be queued for 24 hours, to target members coming on line, after 24 hours, the remaining unsent messages will be sent as offline messages.
Because the messages will be sent via the SLSA Sponsor Messaging system, members may choose to opt out of receiving messages; however, we would encourage all members to take the time to support our generous sponsors.
Messages will also be posted to the SLSA Facebook page and tweeted through the two SLSA Twitter Channels.

2. SLSA Booster Program
In addition to our existing commercial sponsorship levels, Individuals and Teams are able to sponsor the SLSA season, with the new “SLSA Booster” program. The revenue from his stream of will be pooled, divided and donated evenly to the 5 surf venues that so generously, provide a place for all of us to enjoy surfing competition at their expense.
The INDIVIDUAL SLSA Booster Program will have 3 levels of Individual sponsorship
* Diamond 6000L per season, Diamond Dog tag necklace, Name on Diamond Rotating Sponsor Panel on the Sim and on the Competition Stands
* Ruby 3000L per season, Ruby Dog tag necklace, Name on Ruby Rotating Sponsor Panel on the Sim and on the Competition Stands
* Emerald 1000L per season, Emerald Dog tag necklace, Name on Emerald Rotating Sponsor Panel on the Sim and on the Competition Stands
Individuals will also receive a special recognition Tag in the SLSA Group.
Team Boosters are for SURF TEAMS they will be set at 5000L per Season and will have the Team Flag fly over the Spectators stands for the season. A plaque of recognition will also be given for display in the team's Clubhouse.

3. SLSA Sponsorship Levels
For the purposes of this document an event is one day of competition while a series is the two days of competition at the same sim (usually 2 Saturdays in a row within one month), and a season is all 5 series’ (5 months in a row.) 
* It should be noted, that the number of competitions per series may be 1 or 2 depending on the number of competitors that register for the series. The first event in a series contingent upon more than 30 surfer registrations is known as the Open Competition.  The second event in a series, which runs irrespective of registration numbers, is known as the Pro competition

3.1 “TITLE” Sponsorship (Offered to Host Sims first)
• Logo/name/Branding on rash guards (back)
• 3 1024×512 ratio banners placed throughout the event with ability to give out as many freebies or other objects, notes and Landmarks as you want per touch
• 6 x Additional double-sided square banners with shared 35 second rotation with other Gold level sponsors
• 3 Announcements from the DJ during the first event
• 4 Announcements from the DJ during the second event
• Placement of branding on the SLSA website as a clickable SLURL (www.surfslsa.org)
• Placement of branding on trophies for the event,
• 2 Messages for the month (with attachments) Direct marketed to the 1100+ member group

Price for 1 season series = (2 competitions*): 5000 L
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3.2 GOLD Sponsors:
• 1 large square banner on the presentation deck which can give 1 Landmark, 1 Note card and 1 Object (freebie box) per touch. (Presentation deck gets most photo exposure),
• 6 additional large square double-sided banners providing rotating exposure of your brand shared by other gold sponsors in 35 second rotations,
• 2 Announcements from the DJ during the first event,
• 3 Announcements from the DJ during the second event,
• Placement of branding in the SLSA website Sponsor Page as a clickable URL or SLURL (www.surfslsa.org)
• Gold level season event sponsors will additionally get front page web site and rotating surfslsa.org forum exposure
• 2 Messages for each month (with attachments) Direct marketed to the 1100+ member group
Currently available options:
3500 L per series (2 competitions* each series)
14000 L for all 5 series of the season (20% off)
11900 L for 4 series of the season (15% off)
9450 L for 3 series of the season (10% off)
6650 L for 2 series of the season (5% off)
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3.3 SILVER Sponsors:
• 1 fixed medium banner placed on the mid-level seating deck which can give 1 Landmark and 1 Note Card per touch,
• 6 additional medium square banners providing rotating exposure of your brand shared by other silver sponsors in 45 second rotations,
• 1 Announcements from DJ during the first event,
• 2 Announcements from DJ during the second event,
• Placement of branding in the SLSA website sponsor page as a clickable URL or SLURL (www.surfslsa.org)
• 1 Message for each month (with attachments) Direct marketed to the 1100+ member group

Currently available options:
1800 L per series
7200 L for all 5 series of the season (20% off)
6120 L for 4 series of the season (15% off)
4860 L for 3 series of the season (10% off)
3420 L for 2 series of the season (5% off)
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3.4 BRONZE Sponsors:
• 1 fixed small Banner on the lower seating deck which can give 1 Landmark on click,
• 6 additional small square banners providing rotating exposure of your brand shared by other bronze sponsors in 60 second rotations,
• 1 Announcement from the DJ during the first event,
• 1 Announcement from the DJ during the second event,
• 1 Message every 2nd month (with attachments) Direct Marketed to the 1100+ member group
Placement of branding in the SLSA website Sponsor Page as a clickable URL or SLURL (www.surfslsa.org)
Currently available options:
900 L per series
3600 L for all 5 series of the season (20% off)
3060 L for 4 series of the season (15% off)
2430 L for 3 series of the season (10% off)
1710 L for 2 series of the season (5% off)
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For Sponsorships covering more than one series you can pay:
- The full amount up front
Or
- Half before the 1st series of your sponsorship and half before the 2nd.
DJ Announcements must be written by the sponsor and submitted to the Event Coordinator for approval by the Wednesday prior to the event at noon. They should be approximately 30 seconds in length when read aloud, but not longer.
We also require a 512×512 texture for the Banner placement ads (and a 1024×512 texture for the title sponsor). The textures and all other sponsor items must have full perms in order to be placed on site or in the spectator stands givers.
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4. CONTACT INFORMATION
In case of any questions, requests or orders please don't hesitate to contact an SLSA Director; Melian Catronis, Bobbi Laval, imzadi amaterasu, or Gia Melody.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

SLSA Director Position Vacated

submitted by Kantbe Thursday


SurfWatch has learned that SLSA Director Revlon Benoir has tendered her resignation.  When contacted for comment, Revy said, "I would like to thank all the members of the SLSA and it was an honor to have served them. "

No by-election will be held to fill this vacancy as per the SLSA Constitution.  The relevant portion of the Constitution states:

"2.3.2.3 By-elections shall only be held if the vacancy occurs more than 28 days prior to a regularly scheduled election for that position.

2.4. Election Dates
2.4.1. September 1st – Two Directors’ seats open (application dates August 11th – 18th.)"


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Benoir Clarification to Monkey Cove Update

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

In response to the earlier post, "Monkey Cove Update:  LSD Servers Temporarily Unavailable" (see reprinted below), Revlon Benoir would like to add:

"The Monkey Cove Partnership did not work out as planned and the project has closed.  In deference to a request by the SLSA and Solace Beach, I chose not to bring back the commercial project San Diego Port.  The SIMs Monkey Paw and Monkey Cove have been renamed and restored back to the original private residential estate Enchanted Shores/Enchanted Reef.  Free residential housing and shops are no longer available, however, the Teahupoo Wave, HP5, SSL and Action vendors are still running and open to the public.  The Public Pathfinder Beta SIM Monkey Tail has been abandoned and is not longer available to SIM owners to test their waves in a Pathfinder environment.  I was unaware that the LSD Servers were located at Monkey Paw.  They are welcome at Enchanted Shores indefinitely."

Original Post:
Monkey Cove Update:  LSD Servers Temporarily Unavailable

Plans for the current incarnation of Monkey Cove (Enchanted Reef) will change it into a closed beach only available to group members.  This change, confirmed by Revy ღ (revlon.benoir),  has necessitated Pray 4 Surf and Surf Shop 6 leaving Monkey Cove.

Monkey Cove and San Diego Port

According to Rayzza Rubble, owner of Pray 4 Surf, this will temporarily shut down the Luscious Starship Design (LSD) servers. The servers will be unavailable until further notice.

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Markfoo Waverider

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:
MarkFoo Waverider


2. Team:
TaiChi and also Vibrations, Reef Riders, Tsunami (as a guest and it is a great honor)

3. Surfing Since: 
I was born.

4. Favorite Board and why?:
HP5 smooth and "realistic" and Sniper radical and powerful.

5. Favorite Wave and why?:
FLuffies !!!!!! if you master on fluffies, I think you can ride any wave.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?:
I'm a surfer in RL and I met an old past dude named Cipriano. He gave me a board at Majini and..... I was done, addicted. I realized that I could feel my heart pinched like in RL and I never stop surfing, trying to ride the ultimate wave, the perfect wave. I hope I will, one day ! hahahahahahaha

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
No. It is a shame. I have been a Marshall sometimes but it is very few.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:  Directors and staff are making an awesome job, giving a lot of time only for us, surfers. They are doing their best with their strength and weaknesses. I took advantage of all their work and I have an endless respect for them.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?
How would you like to see it improve more?: 
If you think there is something to improve then move your ass (ooooops sorry) and join the SLSA staff. It is not constructive to discuss from the outside. Too easy. Then, on my side, smooth zipped and paddle ;) winks.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I had that luck to compete in SLSA, ABSSL,... I have shared unforgivable and unique moments with all my dudes. I have less trophies than awesome souvenirs. I'm very proud of that.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?: 
Does anybody know a competitor who loves to lose ? hahahahaha but it happens. Often, I find gratifying to be in the line up with all my dudes and after. I do my best to feel in peace. No fears, no expectations. Surfing and competitions is a very tricky subject. The point is that your only opponent is yourself and your only friend is the wave.... difficult hum? Being the best is very temporary and subjective. If you feel angry against yourself or anything when you lose, you would better stop competing... for the safety of your soul.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
Egality of chance. That's the key, right ? Or freedom ? I think the most important is to have a fair and known way of judging and scoring. Since then, you can use any board. I hope and trust that judges are clever and smart. If your surfing gives a great feeling of harmony and passion then you will be recognized as a surfer. You can try to "lock" the sytem with specific rules but you cannot control custom boards or powerful computers and connections againt lag. Then , I think, we should judge the feeling, the harmony, the control and agility. If one surfer makes me dream, he/she is definitely the best .....

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: 
Personal reasons. If I can and if the community allows me, I would love to come back and have tons of fun.

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?
Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I have a deep respect for all teams. I think it is important to distinguish surfers and teams. A great team is always the synergy of individuals and a leader (the captain). No matter if the individuals are the "best". A team has a soul which is unique and define the behavior of its' surfers. As far as I can remember, legendary teams never die. Vibers, Reef Riders, Tsunami, TaiChi for example.

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:
wow .... honestly, every single surfer impact my surfing. I'm a permanent beginner. well, I could mention :  Cip, Kimmy, Wil , Bonheur, Wicka, Buffy, Bobbi, VW, Lynda, CK, Colleen, Kim, Robbin, Dev, Desirae, Quench, Abel, Sally, Bodhi, Arjuna, Jordan, Kristen, Lacy, Vel, Jac, Triston, Sunrize, Tauri, ONeill, Lala, Cloudy, Seb, Heather, Koh, Rani, Cymi, Countess, Desne, Leogarto, Dixon, Rick, ..... Anyway, the last real Mark Foo remanes my model. I hope I deserve to use his name with humility.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
My next wave !! woooooooot

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?: 
Kimmy and Bonheur

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Hahahahaaha, sorry I don't understand the question! You mean, is there any comparison between RL and SL? Hahahahaha I'm afraid the answer is in the question. I think the correct question is: do you love surfing? Do you feel the adrenaline when you drop into the pipe? Are you happy and in peace and harmony? Hhahhaha I am surfing RL every day and SL. I never had a thought for this naive question. We are surfing for a higher purpose. I'm very sad if there is any conflict and strong opinions on this non-subject. I wish everyone enjoy surfing and carry the soul of surfing RL or SL, no matter where.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
Stay humble and stay a new surfer for life. Respect the ones who surfed before you and help the ones who will surf after you.

20. Any other thoughts?:
Yes: Sorry for my poor English. Eddie would go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Second Life: Bound to Excite Surf Beach!!


I have just left the most stunning surf SIM, Bound to Excite is new on our horizon but promises to be a destination you will be, visiting frequently. Vapor Paragorn, manager at Bound to Excite tells me the owners Bill Baramm and Aislyn Darcy installed the Sunset 40 by Leogarto Burt and have plans in future to install perhaps other waves too as the interest grows.

When you visit what strikes you first is the ambiance, the landscaping is spectacular with great places to sit and chat, I even saw a romantic dining area.
When new surf SIMS come to life we all must embrace each and every one and help give it life by supporting. This is one little jewel that I know you will love to come hang and catch a few waves.
Thank you very much Vapor for introducing me to Bound to Excite surf beach, I will be by again very soon.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bound%20To%20Excite/135/48/22

Monday, August 6, 2012

Loaner Boards on The Beach!!

Photo by Dax Verlaine
At first Kayaker Magic and I thought by placing loaner boards on the beach as loaners it may confuse surfers coming directly from SL surfing as this board is much different.  After discussing again we decided that a sign is all that's needed with few quick tips to get you started.  The board itself has a Help info card too for more detail.  The sign and board are now on the beach, we invite you to come anytime.
Virtual Highway-http://virtualhighway.us/
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Breakers%20Point/121/164/21

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Barton Springs Registration is Open

SLSA (Second Life Surfing Association) 2012 Season 2, Series 1 is ready to get underway. Registration has opened for this event and will close at midnight SLT, Tuesday August 14th.

Place: Barton Springs (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/B ... /119/68/22)
Date: August 18th (Open) and August 25th (Pro) both at 11am SLT
Wave: Maoli NextGen
Board: HP5 (use your own or borrow from the rezzer)

For all the details and to register, go to the SLSA forum.

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Sally LaSalle

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: 
Sally LaSalle


2. Team: 
Tai Chi Zen

3. Surfing Since: 
March 2007

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
It Changes and depends on the wave too. In general I like my SSi Mod board, it's tweakable to suit the wave I'm on. I really grew to love the HP5 board for the recent comp. I also think LSD boards can be fun too if they are configured well. :)

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Too many to choose, have a soft spot for fluffies, they really are a challenge and very difficult to surf compared to the big waves. Recently been checking out Maoli waves then Nalu Evolution is pretty damn cool !!

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
Seb and Heather were looking for sims to put their waves on and so I offered Chi. Basically that's how it all got started way back when. :)

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
Involved fairly deeply :), surfing , officiating , training, hosting and making gizmos and gadgets. :)

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:
 I think that the SLSA is making an important evolution into new wave and board types. I think this adds to the challenge for surfers, to master different formats, it adds to the fun with new innovations to try out, it brings people in from different backgrounds and communities and hopefully is a strongly unifying step in the right direction.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?: 
I think that it was a great season. I think the move to Solace Dreams and the programs put in place to help self fund was important. We have attracted a lot of new members and comp surfers as a result of that move.  Similarly we had people come over from the ABSSL and compete as a result of the HP5 based comp. I think this was a real positive move to break down barriers and bring more people into the association making it richer with new people with new ideas.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
I think we need to continue the reach out to the the broader SL community, more people, makes for a richer and funner experience. :)

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I compete in SLSA comps, in the past i have competed in ASA, ABSSL, VSA and PCX comps :)

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?: 
Have always seen comps as a fun activity, its always fascinating how each competition evolves with a mix of old and new surfers making good and a good mix of luck along with raw skill.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
I Think the HP5 comp was fantastic. I think it opened a lot of people up to the idea that there is more than one way of experiencing surfing in SL, it was fun and challenging.  I scheduled an LSD comp for Tai but unfortunately couldn't reach Luscious, but certainly would love to do that.

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 have never left, though I must say I have contemplated it occasionally, when people take things too seriously, when people are pushing their own agendas for personal profit and not to the benefit of the community, when people are putting in their own time and resources for the benefit of others are attacked and made to feel bad,  those things are a turn off... But I have to say those are pretty rare overall and the people involved in surfing today are all people that I call friends. :)

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?: Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I'm not that fussed about teams, provided that rivalry doesn't become negative and damaging they are okay. But even though I run a team, to me it's a way to bring together a disparate group of people with different backgrounds that can each contribute something to the team, and from which they have a base from which to develop as individuals.

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: 
For me it's Bobbi Laval, an incredibly skilled surfer, having surfed and finished in the top ten in every season. She is an inspiration in the sense of showing what it takes to succeed (lots n lots of practice, a huge dollop of curiosity and a good dash of aptitude), she is also a person that never hesitates to help new surfers regardless of team or background. A real and true sportsperson. I would also have to say that Flynn Sheridan  was a very important person to me, a guy with real surfers soul.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
Too many to choose. :)

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 was glad to see Flynn come to the last comp, would love to see some of the legends like TK, Ritch, Craig, Devi pop back in. :)

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
I recently watched a RL comp, which was really awesome to see how that is evolving and increasing its technical difficulty too. One of the best websites for RL is. http://www.surfline.com/surflinetv/trick-tips, where they show what is possible and what is being done today.  RL surfers seem to always be striving to invent the next most radical move and I think if they were in SL, they would be trying to do that here too. 

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
Get out there and enjoy the experience of catching a wave and riding it.  Start simple and add new things bit by bit. :) Say hi to every surfer you see.  And be yourself.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
Just would like to shout out to all the surf groups everywhere, there are different groups that are emphasizing different things and I say more strength to you all !! :) ... Go Surfing !! :)