Saturday, August 18, 2012

SLSA Barton Spring Open Results

Heat 1
*Colleen Brennan 13.16
*Alvaro Pevensey 13.66
*Pova Rustamova 13.16

Heat 2
*Curshaw 12.83
Revan Jin 0.0
*Graxis Darnova 12.66

Heat 3
*Alliejj 9.17
Lyn Naveah 0.0
*Willowwynn 14.33

Heat 4
*Ekozlov 15.00
*0000Luca0000 13.83
Rachel Emodemon 8.33

Heat 5
*Terruce Chau 13.16
Zoso Zepp 0.0
Selina Otsuka 0.0

Willowwynn 15.33
Ekozlov 14.83
Alvaro Pevensey 13.33
Terruce Chau 12.33
Curshaw 12.00

*advances to the Pro competition
Standby-Rachel Emodemon

The Pro event will be held next Saturday, August 25th, same bat time, same bat channel. I will post heat draws as soon as they are announced.

Boho Beachwear Review Series - 4 of 4

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

The last in our SurfWatch series on Boho beachwear is one of the "boho skirt" including the Swanky Crystal Bronze triple bangle designed by Taylor (digitaltaylor) of Swanky and L&N Designs

The natural tones of this dress are featured next to the colorful Tiki on the beaches of the well known Ocean Shores surfing sim.

For those special parties on those hot nights, something a little different with the Swanky Tahiti skirt and white bandeau top might be in order.  Shown here at Chi's Girls on Film dance club.

Swanky Designs is known for wonderfully sexy beachwear for men and women alike.  In addition to their in world store, more can be seen here on their website.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Give Us Your Opinion

While there have been many other virtual world blogs in the course of the last 5 years, SurfWatch has been consistent with reporting on the surf and beach communities initially just in Second Life (SL) since 2008 and, as more grids become available, SurfWatch has been reporting on surf and beach through out the virtual worlds.

Our staff work tirelessly to promote surfing with no compensation (other than my eternal gratitude!).  They send scores, photos and videos after a grueling day of competition; they research, they investigate, they spend their own money on photos and considerable time on coming up with questionaires, story lines, product comparisons, updates to surf sim lists, etc.

Our goal has always been to promote surfing and beaches in all virtual worlds, to share the action, the fun, the personalities, the fashion, the trends, and the news effecting the community.  We are interested in whether you believe SurfWatch is still a viable communication option in a time when so many other blogs, sites, and links are available. 

Please take a moment to let us know your thoughts in the comments section on whether SurfWatch is providing a valuable service to the virtual world surfing and beach community. 

Thank you for your input!
Tauri Tigerpaw

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Changes to SLSA Competition Event Rules

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) has updated and revised the event rules for the Open and Pro competitions. A complete copy of the event rules can be found on the forum.

Changes for the Open competition are that when there are 15 or more surfers registered for the event, they will surf in 5 heats. The winner of each heat will advance to the Pro round. The next 5 highest scoring surfers will also advance, rounding out the 10 who move on.

Changing for the Pro competition is the way that surfers will advance to the final heats. The winner of each heat will advance to the semi-final, as well as the next 6 top scoring surfers who did not win their heat (equalling 12 surfers in the semi-finals). If there is a tie for 1st in the preliminary heat, both surfers advance. If there is a tie for the final position in the semi-finals, a surf-off will be held to determine who advances. In this case each surfer takes one wave at a time until one of the surfers has the higher score. To advance into the final heat, the winner of each semi-final will move up. The remaining surfers in the finals will be those with the top 3 scores that did not win their heat (so 6 surfers total). In the event of ties in the semi-finals, the same rules as above apply.

I encourage you to visit the forum and read the complete event rules.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SLSA Barton Springs Open Heat Draws

The heat draws for the Second Life Surfing Association's (SLSA) first competition of the season have been announced!

Place: Barton Springs
Date: Saturday, August 18th
Time: 11:00 am SLT (competitors are asked to arrive at 10:45 am)
Wave: Maoli NextGen
Board: HP5

Heat 1
Colleen Brennan (Red)
Alvaro Pevensey (Blue)
Pova Rustamova (Green)

Heat 2
Curshaw  (Red)
Revan Jinn (Blue)
Graxis Darnova (Green)

Heat 3
Alliejj (Red)
Lyn Naveah (Blue)
Willowwynn (Green

Heat 4
Ekozlov (Red)
0000Luca0000 (Blue)
Rachel Emodemon (Green)

Heat 5
Terruce Chau (Red)
Zoso Zepp (Blue)
Selina Otsuka (Green)

Spectator stands will be located at Carpe Diem Surf and competition packages will be sent out soon.

Staff for the event will be:
EC - Bobbi Laval
HJ - Sally LaSalle
J - Sunrize Mornington
J - Robbin Ember
Marshal - Cloudy Mikado
DJ - DJZone
Security - Valium Lavender

Top 20 registered surfers advancing to the Pro (to be held Saturday, August 25th)
Bobbi Laval
Zelda Zimberman
Rayzza Rubble
Cierra Theriac
Ashoka Mosely
Louinho Nizna
Sally LaSalle
Followingwaves Sirbu
Petra Xaris
Jen Gustafson
Robbin Ember
Wilfrid DeCuir
Mick Lunasea
Dax Verlaine
Melian Catronis
Sarahs Wirefly
Figger Arun
Buck Ghosthaven

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Something Surfy for the Beach Lifestyle

Exploring yet another artistic outlet, Something Surfy, jewelry by Bobbi Laval

Artistic sculpts and detail, realistic fit, exquisite design. 

Don't miss this chance to wear the Laval art you love.  Only at Chi:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Call for Candidates - Director

The Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) has announced a call for candidates to fill 3 seats on the Board of Directors. Two seats are full 6-month terms, and one seat is a 3-month term to fill a vacant  seat.

The elections are to be held on September 1st and applications are due by August 19th. Per the SLSA constitution, "Any individual who is a current member of SLSA and who is an eligible voter is eligible to hold office as a Director of the SLSA Board." Notecard indicating interest in running for a seat on the Board of Directors must be sent to members of the current board.

Further information on eligibility can be found in the constitution under section 2 "Election Process of the SLSA".

For complete details, visit the SLSA forum.

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Abel Halderman

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: 
Abel Halderman
2. Team: 
No team

3. Surfing Since: 

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
SSi custom shortboard - allows a very smooth style but at the same time it's very sensitive in turns.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
SSi Cortez - just love the way it looks. Also it seems it's a lucky wave for me in the comps ;-)

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
When I think about it... I was supposed to be a gallery owner ;p I started surfing by accident really. First impression I had was... wow... exciting! Wait, did I fall off?

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
I compete in the SLSA contests. Also used to help with organizing them and judged.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
The SLSA will still be active, maybe it will change a bit, but generally there will always be people around that share the same passion for competitions and standing up for a challenge. I think the SLSA will keep evolving and improving, too.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?: 
I've spent a lot of time of my SL being either a SLSA director or helping with comps. From my perspective it is a great thing that new people are taking over, new things are happening, new surfers are doing great in comps. It's a whole new generation of surfers now, and it's a great thing. It means that the idea the founders had when they created the association is universal and it communicates well. It means it will keep running.
New directors will learn and pass the skills and knowledge to the next ones. I see that many standards of organization my generation worked are still up-to-date and used.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
One thing I will always ask the SLSA to do, or the directors to be precise, would be "communicate, communicate, communicate" ;-) so even people that never participated in anything SLSA-related or are not the members of the SLSA forum can understand what's currently going on and what the SLSA is about. Communicate the love for surfing, too, by actively organizing classes, new surfers events including mini-comps etc.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I have competed this past season in every SLSA competition. Generally I've competed since 2008.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?: 
I like the thrill. I hate the wait... but that's really beyond anyone's control.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
Sure, why not. As long as it's surfing, not simboarding.

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: 

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?  Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I'm not a member of any team, and I really don't have favorites. If I had to pick, I'd choose small teams as favorites. They seem to be more familily-like groups. I also kind of miss the Vibrations team. They used to have 6-7 people in each competition. I believe they won one or two seasons, too.

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 Brennan and Milo Voss were the ones that really got me into competing and supported me all the way.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
Surfing pipes at Black River Harbor. Lots of friends, lots of laughs.

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?: 
Can I say all of the people that are not active? ;p Seriously tho, I'd like to see friends back, like Milo Voss or Ritch Goalpost competing again. Some others, too. Also there is a lot of skilled and talented surfers that would make the whole competition part even more interesting if they came back.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Well... SL surfing is in SL, RL surfing is in RL. There is no comparison. I suck at RL surfing, yet I'm an okay surfer in SL. In SL you surf when sitting in your chair. In RL it requires a lot more effort and skills. So no, no comparison. If I had to compare tho, or express my expectations towards the SL surfing, I'd say: make it look real.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Learn from other people, find your own style,  and most of all enjoy your ride.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
Plently ;-)