Saturday, September 8, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Roxxie Verino

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, Roxxie Verino: 
Roxxie Verino - NOOB
Roxxie Verino - NOW

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Virtual Surfing in Real Life

Looks like virtual surfing, and it is! It's the portable indoor surf simulator by Hawaii 5-0! Check out their site at! You balance on a real surfboard in front of a big screen, so you get the feel of riding the board! The screen transports you to a virtual wave! The site says,"Due to the true-to-life action of the board in relation to the on-screen surfer, the video surf simulators provide the rider with instant and accurate feedback of the surf experience..." No more sitting behind the computer while your av surfs - now you can surf behind the computer!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Lissa Pinion

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, Lissa Pinion: 
Lissa Pinion - NOOB
Lissa Pinion - NOW

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shamans' Surf Contest Results

According to Dial Terr, organizer of the Liquid Shaman Resort Shamans' Surf Contest, "The winners are as follows: Bobbi Laval took First Place, Sunrize Mornington took Second Prize and Willowwhyn Resident took Third."

Liquid Shamen Resorts is currently editing a video of the event that will be made public when it becomes available.

Win Linden!!!

photo courtesy Jimbo the Cart Boy

Be the first to name both of these long time surf dawgs hitting the waves at Solace Beach in the comments section of this post and win 500L!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NOOB and NOW: Phaenicis Decycla

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, Phaenicis Decycla: 
Phaenicis Decycla -NOOB

Phaenicis Decycla - NOW

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Natural Surroundings Shopping District

Submitted by Cierra Theriac for Valium Lavender

Immerse Yourself in Nature at Carpe Diem Surf's
"Natural Surroundings Shopping District."

A beautiful area nestled in the woods.

A distinctly natural shopping district created by one of SL's top sim designers has spaces available for vendors who:

*create quality items.
*want to be in one of SL's most beautiful and unique shopping areas. (you won't find another one  like this)
*need a satellite shop in addition to their main shop.
*create items, including art,  for sale that are related to nature, earth, surf, or animals.

Our cute and innovative shops rent for 400L per week with 100 prims allowed.  We sometimes do percentage arrangements on art and only allow one artist to be represented here.

Come by and look.  Landmark and Photo Below.

Carpe Diem Surf (220, 43, 21)

SLSA Tsunami Beach Event

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

Registration has opened for the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Tsunami Beach event.
Dates: Saturday, September 15th (Open) and Saturday, September 22nd (Pro) at 11am SLT
Place: Tsunami Beach
Wave: HP Sunset
Board: SSi Longboard, 5.x scripts
Registration closes at midnight on Tuesday, September 11th. Go the the SLSA forums to register and time to hit those waves!

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Jordan Mendle-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: 
Jordan Mendle-Halderman

2. Team: 

3. Surfing Since: 
August 2009

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
I love my Pray4Surf shorty and long board. They were custom made for me by Rayzza Rubble. They are my best friends on the waves.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
The Maverick is my favorite (Joaquina coming in close second). It is a nicely designed, smooth wave that I never get tired of riding. It has provided hours of fun for me over the years. :)

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
The first time I saw waves, and people surfing on them was at Mori Pwani. I fell in love with surfing then and there, and never turned back.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
Yes, I've been competing in SLSA comps since late 2009.  I have judged competitions several times in the past as well.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
I think that the SLSA is heading in a  positive direction. Lately, they are trying new things, such as the introduction of the HP5 board into our competitions. Also, the election of new directors who have never served before, bring new ideas and perspectives to SLSA which I find very refreshing.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it? 
see above.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
Updated rules, doing what is necessary to eliminate bias in competitions.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
I compete mostly in SLSA comps, but I've competed in Surf Jams,  ASA comps,  various tandem comps and whatever else comes my way.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?:  
Winning is always gratifying right?  Dissatisfying is when you feel something is being done that is biased or unfair.  We've all experienced it at one point or another in an SLSA comp. The true goal of surfing here in SL, truly is to have fun, and if you can achieve that mindset, then nothing can bother you.  If you take everything seriously and personally when competing, you will only be happy when you win. That doesn't sound fun at all.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
I enjoyed  learning how to use the HP5 again.  I think adding too many boards makes things too messy.  I enjoy SSI boards and being challenged on different types of waves. However, introducing  non-SSI boards couldn't hurt, you'll never know how it works out until you try it.

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 have always loved the idea of being on a team.  However, I am very serious about it as well.  If I don't "feel" like I am on a team or if it doesn't feel like a family to me, then I won't be around long.  I am willing to do whatever is necessary for my team, as long as I feel appreciated. I am really happy where I am now, and will stay as long as Montego will have 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: 
Wow, I can't answer with just one person.  There have been so many that have mentored me in surfing, to limit this answer to one person would be impossible. Some of the amazing mentors I've had since I've started surfing are:  Harbor Piers, Triston Mayo, Wil DeCuir, Abel Halderman and Colleen Brennan and many others.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
When Abel and I won first and second place at the 2012 Tai Comp a couple of months ago.  That was really fun and memorable.

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?: 
Yendor Destiny was a great surfer.  I hate that fact that many surfers stop surfing once they hit #1.  Also, I'd love to see Quench Spotter come back. He's a great friend and surfer.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
Lol... I don't have a take on it.  Comparing the two is a bit ridiculous.  Isn't it?  

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Don't get discouraged.  Have fun.  Don't let the little things get to you. The memories you will have here will be spectacular if you don't focus on winning. Winning competitions are just side benefits to surfing in SL.  The real fun is in the friendships you create here.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
OK random thoughts.. here goes...Surfing in the SLSA is fun.  If you don't mind sacrificing a Saturday or two a month to compete in a virtual world,  this is for you.  You can be as involved as you want to be.  It's free!   You make great friends here.   It's crazy, it's dramatic and definitely not boring. I met my real-life hubby through my participation in the SLSA. :)  If I had to do this all over again, I would. :))  Cheers!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Surfboards in SL, What's the Difference?

Submitted by Mick Lunasea

Surfboards in SL (Second Life), what's the difference?

The first fully funcrtioning surfboards and waves in SL were Heather Goodliffe / Sebastian Saramago (SSI=Surf Systems Inc) prims, sculpts and scripts. 
Other scripted boards and waves by other builders / scripters.
-Boards / Waves - Action, Action Scripts
-Boards / Waves, HP ( JAWS) Leogarto Burt Scripts
-Boards/ Waves,  LSD Luscious Starship Scripts
-Waves / Maoli Wave Co. Denise Frostbite Script
-Waves /Ninja Studios,
-Boards / Waves, Rob John Surf, Robin Mapp Scripts
-Boards Seb's Surfboards
-Boards Surf Republic
SSI scripts are used in stock SSI shapes w custom textures or custom shapes and custom textures. SSI Scripted SLSA Legal Surfboards:

- Analog (custom and stock shapes/custom textures) All but  6.1 script   slsa approved.
- Baracuda Surfboards (stock shape/custom textures)
- Big Dawg (Misfit) Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Candy Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- DW Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Jaks Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- FAKT Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- GR Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Hedonistic Isles Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Namiko Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- NZ Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Reaction Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- RJ Surf Surfboards (custom shapes/custom textures)
- Pray for Surf   (stock shape/custom textures)
- TCH Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- TSS Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
 - SSI Factory Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Sands Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Shark Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- SJA Surfboards (custom and stock shapes/custom textures)
- Sniper Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- SPL Surfboards  (stock shape/custom textures)
- Surfcrazy Surfboards (custom shapes/custom textures)
- WRD Surfboards (stock shapes/custom textures)

Other Scripted Boards:
-Action  (non slsa approved)
-Analog (other) 6.1 script  (non slsa approved)
-Atlantic Surf   (non slsa approved)
-LSD (non slsa approved)
-RobJohn's (non slsa approved)
-Surf Republic Kiteboards
-Wavelabs  (non slsa approved)
-Zen  (non slsa approved)
*This may not be a complete lists.

What is the difference between scripts?
*SSI Scripts*
SSI scripts are stable and smooth while surfing SSI's Pipeline, Epic and Cortes waves. They also function in action and HP waves. The surfboard interacts with the wave. Tricks, scripted and non-scripted are very stable.  There is only one scripted trick in SSI boards,  that is a backflip using the S and E keys. Croutching is not a trick, it is a way to attain shaper turning radius. Arrow keys, lift boards nose, slow and change board direction.
*Non SSI  Scripts*
Scripts by other makers... some surfboards will interact with SSI and HP  waves others will not.
-Action Surfboards work in SSI waves, many additional animations available with HUD and  keys.
-HP Surfboards work in SSI waves, many additional animations available with additional  keys.
-LSD  Surfboards work in SSI and HP waves, many additional animations available with additional keys.
-RobJohn Surfboards do interact with SSI  waves, keys produce a different riding experience than SSI scripted surfing.
Surf Republic Kiteboards also interact, but not well with the waves. But then Kiteboarding is not a big wave experience anyway, use the fluffies
Special Thanks to Sheridan Flynn for his early research and contributions.

Surfing Competition Today!!!

Submitted by Dial Terr

Liquid Shaman Resort is a proud sponsor of the SLSA!
Thanks for your interest in our Shamans' Surf Contest and grand opening of Liquid Shaman Resort!

This Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Second Life Time.
We are hosting a freestyle surf contest with cash prizes!
First prize is: $ 3000L
Second Prize is: $1500L
Third Prize is: $ 500L
All spectators will receive a free gift worth $ 499L
We have 23 spots open for surfers to join the contest. Please sign up via this notecard and return it to: dial Terr to secure your spot! This contest is first come first serve.
The rules are simple!
Each surfer will get 60 seconds to rip and shred away.
At the end of their turn the spectators will vote via our score board.
The top three surfers will walk away with a cash prize!

We will also be filming the event! Each surfer will get the opportunity to be interviewed. The video will be edited after the event and every one will get to relive the event!
Fill out this notecard and return to: dial Terr
Would you like to be interviewed?(Y/N) _____________________
Your Sponsor:___________________________
Board Type:_____________________________
(We used standard 2.0 waves - Be sure your board is compatible)

We are the newest beach in town! We plan to throw many contest, shows, and events in the future and hope you will join us!