Saturday, September 15, 2012

SLSA Tsunami Beach Comp Results

Submitted by Cierra Theriac

It was a record day at Tsunami Beach. The stands were packed with 40 people taking in the action! The surfing was tight on the twin Sunset waves. The poor judges had to deal with a slight hiccup with their judging computer in the 5 heat but rallied well. Congratulations to everyone and we will see you all back next Saturday, same bat time, same bat channel for the Pro event.

Final
Rick Galli 12.83
Damiana Babcock 12.50
Jen Gustafson 12.16
Robbin Ember 11.83
nicolette1nico2nikki 11.33

Heat 1
Rayzza Rubble DNS
Aurora Jacks 11.66**
Valium Lavender 11.00
Buck Ghostraven DNS
nicolette1nico2nikki 12.83 *


Heat 2
Jen Gustafson 13.50 *
amatsu Dezno DNS
Skaterider Resident DNS
Revlon Benoir DNS
selina Otsuka 11.50**

Heat 3
Followingwaves Sirbu 9.17
Naveah11 Resident 10.66
Rick Galli 12.50 *
Zelda Zimberman DNS

Heat 4
Curshaw Resident 9.33
Damiana Babcock 13.16 *
Katielove Adored 12.16**
Jordan Mendle 12.50**

Heat 5
Alliejj Resident 10.83
Lanky Silvercloud 13.66**
Robbin Ember 14.00 *
Pyper Dollinger DNS

*Heat Winner
**Top 5 Scorer after Heat winner Advance to the Tsunami Beach Pro Per event rules
– Heat winner and top next 5 scores advance.

Staff:
EC – Melian Catronis
Marshal – Cloudy Mikado
Head Judge – Bobbi Laval
Judge – Mick Lunasea
Judge – Figger Arun
DJ – Sierra Sugar
Security – Pova Rustamova/MaryAnn Maa

NOOB and NOW: Kantbe Thursday

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Friday, September 14, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Milo Voss

Submitted by Zelda Zimberman


1. Name: 
Milo Voss


2. Team: 
None

3. Surfing Since: 
Early 2007

4. Favorite Board and why?:
SSi because I cut my teeth on it.
Lately, I'm enjoying the HP.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Epics and old tubes for a flashback and Mavericks for the newer stuff.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
My first board had a vehicle script in it. I bought it as a decoration for my first house on a beach sim. It had one pose, standing, and rode on any surface. Very primitive. I somehow found Bundoran Reef early on and grabbed a better board (Namiko) and saw actual waves you could ride. I was facinated with it all! I learned in those cold waters and spent every morning and night surfing there.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
I am a spectator, cheerleader and former Board member.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:
I am very pleased with the direction we are heading in. New surfers are being introduced and the exposure now is better than ever before

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?
How would you like to see it improve more?:
The positive is allowing for new board types in comps and the negative would be that I wish it could be run more like a club and less like a Corporation, but I understand why the structure is what it is. I would like to see more SLSA events at Solace beach to increase the foot traffic.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?:
No, not anymore.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?:
The good-It is a great way to fellowship with all the other surfers. The bad- My ass gets sore after the fourth/fifth hour.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
I was against it at first, but boy have I changed my tune. I am having a great time learning the HP board and never would have put this much effort into it unless I was "forced to" (in a good way). I'm pleased with the trial run and hope to see things like this included in future comps.

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:
My Saturdays are not free like they used to be so I can't commit to comps like I would like to.

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?
Is there a team you particularly like? Why?:
I love surfing teams. Any dynamic you want in a team can be found amongst our group. Casual hangout teams to cut throat point counters can be had. A true taste for every person. I have been on three teams, the Misfits, Livestrong and Tsunami.

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:
Everyone on the beach should be listed here. In a snapshot I would say my Mentor was Thor Bishop, who taught me more than just surfing. He was a Father figure for me when I first joined the Misfits a million years ago. Bobbi Laval is still one of my heroes and I always wanted surf with the dedication of Pova Rustamova. Abel Halderman is really someone special to me, that guy surfs so effortlessly it's like Neo seeing the Matrix.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
It was not a joyous occasion but one whopper of a memory. After Thor Bishop passed away in RL, the SL surfing community had a memorial tribute to him with 30 or so surfers paddling out at and laying wreaths in his honor in the ocean of Heliopolis . The beach was packed with spectators and the feeling of mourning plus togetherness was something very special for this world. A wonderful tribute to a good man.
I also miss Majini, that beach was a full time party.

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?:
All my old friends! I'd love to see a bunch of people back on the waves like Malcom, Rich, Oronie, Socks, Kathy, Crusader, Rani, Poid, Seano, Kimmy, DeVinna etc etc.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?:
It's apples and oranges. One is fantasy, one is real. The passions are equal in both camps though.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
Keep making turns on the water, learn your board and make as many friends as you can. Pretty soon you will belong to one of the best families on SL.

20. Any other thoughts?:
Let's have more SLSA parties!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Virtual Surfing Games

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20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Tauri Tigerpaw

Questionaire by Zelda Zimberman

1. Name:
Tauri Tigerpaw


2. Team:
SurfWatch!!!

3. Surfing Since:
2007

4. Favorite Board and why?:
My SSi longboard. I love the interaction of board and wave.

5. Favorite Wave and why?:
I'll always be a fan of very first wave I surfed in SL - the Epic.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?:
Looking for the pixel representation of things I love in RL, after I hit all the Harley riding sims, I started hitting various shorelines.  Quan Li was one of the first surf spots I found.  I fell in love with Chi right away.  Majini became my home base - my office was a rock around the firepit, hanging out with the Sisterhood of the Sand.  I took hella long epic rides at Weather and I took vacations at La Bahia.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.):
I served as director and advisor in the past, conducted marshall training and worked the comps.  I also sponsored any groups I could afford to buy a sponsorship for, including, of course, SurfWatch.  Not currently involved other than posting reports on events in SurfWatch.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?:
As long as the focus stays on second life surfing and ways to keep it inclusive and make it better for everyone, I think it will weather through the types of storms that every growing organization deals with.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?:
An organization is only as good as the leaders that are elected to run it and the membership that votes them in and participates. I believe the original intent, integrity and goal of the SLSA is worth fighting for and preserving through any negative.  But you can never be afraid to look at the negative and keep it from being said. Just learn from it and do better!  Anything that effects the membership, i.e., a rule change, a director position vacated, etc. is information that the membership deserves to be aware of.    The SLSA has had many, many selfless, creative, generous members serving as directors that have pushed SL surfing forward in a positive direction.  There have also been some self serving and manipulative members serving as directors for their own agendas.  The organization will always reflect those positive and negative intents of the members in charge and making the decisions.

How would you like to see it improve more?:
 The more people involved, the more sharing of ideas and information, the more true desire to benefit SL surfing as a whole - all the surf sims, all the sponsors, listening to all ideas, reaching out to past organizations like the ABSSL, the JSA, etc. - the more opportunity there is to improve and expand. 

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?:
I competed in Surf Jams before I started working the SLSA comps as marshall.  I also won the original SLSA Sportsmanship trophy AND, most importantly, Best Drunk (where's my tequila)!!!  I worked all the official competition posts at one time or another which precluded an opportunity to compete at the time although I understand now some officials can also compete.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?:
Gratifying - The camaraderie, first and foremost.  We used to have a blast in the line up, kidding around, loosening competitors up.  It was about fun and hanging together.  Surfers were always tickling my feet as marshall!  Dissatisfying:  The competitions took too long a chunk out of a weekend day, especially for the officials.  Changing to a two day format was supposed to cut back on the time committment but unfortunately meant it took up two days instead of one long one.  Also dissatisfying:  The serious egos caught up in winning a pixel surfing competition involving everything from harassing judges, disrupting competitions, interfering with equipment, etc.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
It means more training for the judges in understanding the capabilities of each script but I think it's a great idea as long as they are not mixed within one competition.  The RobJohn  board competition was a blast - everyone had to learn a totally new way of surfing but it leveled the playing field a bit so newcomers had an equal shot - everyone was a beginner!

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:
The weekend time committment was and is still a huge hindrance for me in continuing to work the comps.   

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics? Is there a team you particularly like? Why?:
Naked Surf Nation!!! 
I had belonged to several various competing teams in the past but felt I should try to maintain some impartiality for SurfWatch.  Years ago, and I'm not sure if this is the case today, they were a blast socially in terms of developing friendships, partying, learning new skills but more divisive in terms of competitions - at one point, teams were accused of griefing competitors beaches and boards during comps, yelling inappropriate things at comps, etc.

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:
My first beach peeps - the gang at Majini - had a real beach vibe that I missed in RL.  They're the ones that got me hooked.  Many of the original Hall of Famers were role models for me.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?:
Smoking doobies, passing the bottle, laughing so hard we were crying and falling on the sand on the beach at Maj.  Grabbing one board and trying to see how many we could fit on one ride.  Impromptu parties on the deck when everyone would show up.  My first SLSA comp as marshall when no one could instruct me how to do it (altho Cip and Rani gave it a good shot!), hearing a competitor say she was going to throw up from nerves and realizing they were way more nervous than me and I needed to help them get through it.  Too many memories over too many years.

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?:
AlexSurfer Hiron, one of the originals.  If you ever see him, kick him in the butt for me!  And Buffffffy - where are youuuuu!!! 

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?:
C'mon - there is no comparison.  Comparing the virtual "ride": why do outlandish unbelievable gamer tricks on a board and then pretend it's surfing?  It's skillful, it's gaming, it's awesome, but it's not surfing - call it something else.
Virtual surfing is about the skill of "riding" a board and trying to capture the fantasy vibe ideal that people that didn't grow up surfing imagine real surfers live, as if all RL surfers are laid back, easy-going stoners that talk like Keanu Reeves.  They clearly haven't seen surfer turf wars.  There is no cookie cutter surfer - RL surfers are as complex and varied as anyone else and that's no different in SL surfing. 

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?:
For anyone new to virtual reality, really, not just surfing:  Everyone says stay out of the drama.  Really what is "drama" but feelings, and you can't avoid those.  But be wary of the manipulations of real people behind the avatars with their own agendas that may be completely different than what comes out of their mouths.  And remember that people change - the personal information you share today may be something you regret later on.  Remember this is a virtual reality - never let it become your priority (I speak from experience!). 

20. Any other thoughts?:
I've been involved with SurfWatch since 2008, and it's been a huge part of my life.  While people appear as new avatars with the same questionable intent and try to rewrite the history of SL surfing along with their own history, SurfWatch has been documenting it for years from the mouths of the people involved in the history as it happened - the dramas, the charades, the improvements, the changes, the rivalries, the lies and truths.  Browse the archives and become familiar with the history so any mistakes of the past can be averted, and so the true pioneers of SL surfing aren't forgotten.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tsunami Beach Open Heat Draws

Submitted by Cierra Theriac


Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11:00am SL time
Check in for first heat at 10:45am

HEAT 1
Rayzza Rubble (RED)
Aurora Jacks (BLUE)
Valium Lavender (GREEN)
Buck Ghostraven (ORANGE)
nicolette1nico2nikki Resident (PURPLE)

HEAT 2
Jen Gustafson (RED)
amatsu Dezno (BLUE)
Skaterider Resident (GREEN)
Revlon Benoir (ORANGE)
selina Otsuka (PURPLE)

HEAT 3
Followingwaves Sirbu (RED)
Naveah11 Resident (BLUE)
Rick Galli (GREEN) (early)
Zelda Zimberman (ORANGE)

HEAT 4
Curshaw Resident (RED)
Damiana Babcock (BLUE)
Katielove Adored (GREEN)
Jordan Mendle (ORANGE)

HEAT 5
Alliejj Resident (RED)
Lanky Silvercloud (BLUE)
Robbin Ember (GREEN)
Pyper Dollinger (ORANGE)

STAFF
EC - Melian Catronis
M - Cloudy Mikado
HJ - Bobbi Laval
J - Mick Lunasea
J - Figger Arun
DJ - Sierra Sugar
SO - Pova Rustamova

PRE-QUALIFIED for Pro Event
Wilfrid DeCuir
0000Luca0000 Resident
Bobbi Laval
ilaurenb Resident
Willowwynn Resident
Colleen Brennan
Figger Arun
Pova Rustamova
Ignacio pevensey
Ashoka Mosely
Terruce Chau
Mick Lunasea
Graxis Darnova
Sally LaSalle
Lourinho Nizna
Dax Verlaine
Petra Xaris
Melian Catronis
Rachel Emodemon
Sarahs Wirefly
Sunrize Mornington
Abel Halderman
Imzadi Amaterasu

NOOB and NOW: Cierra Theriac

Submitted by Jimbo the Cart Boy

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Struck in Tsunami

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Kantbe Serious: Rules Are Made to be Broken

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday


Well maybe not broken as much as improved.
Some of you have probably already seen posts about changes in the
Second Life™ Surfing Association's (SLSA) Event Rules.  The changes
aren't so much about anything being broken, but rather to give more of
the best surfing performances a better chance to be recognized.
When asked if this new rule has been put into effect, rather than just
a trial at the Barton Springs competition, Director Melian Catronis
responded that, "these are the new rules, apparently they have been in
discussion for some time" and that "We [the Directors] feel, even
though some people are thrown a bit by it, that it is a more fair rule
than before."

The specific rule changes are:
"1.5 When 15 or more surfers are registered for the Open event, they
will surf in 5 heats, and the winner of each heat and the next 5 best
scoring surfers who did not win a heat in will advance to the Pro
event."
and in 12. Competition format,
"All heat winners and the next 5 best scoring surfers will
automatically be qualified to compete in the Pro event for that
series."
"- In Pro events surfers advance from preliminary heats to semi finals
by winning their heat or by scoring in the top 6 surfers who did not
win a heat. In the case of tie for winners of a heat, both winners
based on score, the tied surfers will surf off, each given a single
wave until one surfer prevails to move on."
In a nutshell, as Sally LaSalle put it in a recent SLSA forum post
, "what exactly does this rule change? It changes
this ...

Some poor shmo that maybe got the 3rd or 5th highest score of the
entire day, but who happened to be in the same heat as the others that
got the 1st and 2nd highest scores for the whole day. That person who
in the old system was eliminated, now has a chance to progress.
In other words the surfers with the best performances now progress,
instead of surfers that lucked out into a two-man heat. Anyone with a
performance in the top 12 of the prelims, no longer has to be gutted
by the fact that they surfed really well, but that someone-else is
going to the semi finals and they aren't simple because they were in
the "wrong heat"."
That's all it changes.  Nothing changes about your surfing style,
nothing changes about the way a ride is judged and scored, nothing is
changed about your beverage of choice during the competition.  Heck,
you can even dance that same dance animation you've been using for the
past 5 years and wear the famous Colleen Brennan "helmet hair" to cut
down on your Avatar Rendering Cost (I loves ya, Colls… and thanks for
the hair).

To review the Event Rules in their entirety, check the SLSA's forum
post <http://surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2129>.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

20 Questions: Surf Perspective - Colleen Brennan

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: 
Colleen Brennan


2. Team: 
Tsunami

3. Surfing Since: 
7/20/2006

4. Favorite Board and why?: 
That is to hard to say. I haven't met a surfboard I do not like. I love all my ssi boards, some are so precious to me because of the memories. I love my HP boards too especially the pink one given to me by a special  friend... and last but certainly not least I love the LSD board that cracks in  half when I  hit a rock and wipes me out... makes me  smile and laugh at Luscious's sense of humor which is  greatly missed these days.

5. Favorite Wave and why?: 
Maybe the LSD Malibu just because it is that perfect, sweet spot is between a fluff and a pipeline and I like how it looks.... I really can't  name just one favorite though, I love everything I have  ever surfed, even my nemesis the Cortes wave. Seb  definitely designed that to make me humble.... always  makes me want to try again... I get so close but never  feel like it is conquered.
 
6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?: 
My second day here I found a surf-anywhere board  (was before waves) and I surfed everywhere. Then one day Hall of Fame surfer and SLSA founder Seano was out looking for beaches and sponsors. He landed on mine and saw how I was surfing flat water and said "let me show you the light". He tp'ed me to some fluffs where Kimmy Fitzgerald let me borrow her board and I don't think I have spent much time on dry land since.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way? (competitions, events, etc.): 
I have been a member since the  first competition. I have served on the board  three times. I have been an adviser and worked as staff as well as hosted comps. I have been a team founder and a team captain. But what I am most proud of is that of the 51 comp we have had I have surfed 48 of them. I never missed one until this season. Also, as  far as I know there has never been a SLSA comp that either Bobbi Laval or I have not surfed in. I am proud of that.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?: 
Same as always, the mission of the SLSA is to promote surfing in SL in all it's forms and as long as it can do that and make a happy atmosphere it will thrive.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?:  
I am 100% positive that the SLSA can work through just about anything and keep its' mission.

How would you like to see it improve more?: 
I would like to see all its' members (whenever they can) be friendly to new people and invite them to join the party.

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?: 
Almost everyone I can find. I have also hosted my own independent ones and I respect the hard work   people do to make them.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about  competitions?: 
The most gratifying thing is the  friendships built and going through the battle together. Of course the dissatisfying things is the fact of life we call lag. But you should have seen it in the old days  when we could not even wear hair.

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action): 
The SLSA is to promote all surfing so if a board is relatively in circulation it should ge a chance. It also makes it so the SLSA champ has to be a real master of all boards and not a one trick pony. Variety also means a more level playing field.

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: 
N/A

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?  Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: 
I love all the teams and have friends to all. I like the friendly  competition but of course Tsunami is family to me. To be on Tsunami it's easy: Bet along with others, love surfing, be able to show up for some comps. Skills will vary and that is secondary.... we love helping people learn.

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: 
Oh there are so many people, I can't even answer this. I remember initially though way way back when I saw Devinna Toll winning, and the guy  surfers being afraid to get in her heat that I thought  "Wow, maybe I can surf like that too."

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?: 
Winning my second "Surf Jamz" after   finishing dead last on the prior one is up there. So was making HOF my first season on the last comp of the season. But my favorite moments are when I am just surfing with friends and  enjoying their company. I used to be so happy surfing with Kim Henig at Nash's sim or  catching a few waves at Wil's house, or when we went to Bobbi's house and just surfed to surf.

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?: 
That list is so so long starting with Kim Henig. Then so so many others, I am afraid to miss anyone so I won't start naming names.

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?: 
They're so different, but the one thing that makes SL surfing just like RL for me is that no matter how good a ride I just did, I know there is an  even better one waiting on the next wave and I can't wait to find it.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?: 
Join surfing groups and make surfing friends. It is a great way to meet nice people and have a lot of  fun. Never worry about your skill level. Just have fun. The greatest surfer is the one who enjoyed it the most.

20. Any other thoughts?: 
I love Surfwatch, I missed it  and all my friends here and I am so happy to be back  again.