Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SurfWatch: Second Life Inside the Wave

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Exploring the Wave Report: ** THE BEACH ** Rezzing Area

My mission is to hit up every beach in the SurfWatch Wave Report and see who I find and what it's like!

First, you go to the right sidebar of SurfWatch and click on the Wave Report.

Thanks to Kantbe Thursday, this list takes you to a one-click link to all the surfing beaches in Second Life.

First stop:  **THE BEACH**.  On the LM, **THE BEACH** is described as an Adult Public Sandbox & Nude Beach.  So sandboxes are always useful!  And nude beach?  Well, let's go have a look!

The tunes are pop:  Seven Lions & Echos - Cold Skin.  I landed right in the surfboard rez area offering me a test board - great for peeps new to the surf scene!  And on top of that, a Surfboard Sale along with other things for sale like skins, swimsuits, etc.

Pretty deserted on my visit but it was a weekday and early SL morning.  Someone left a jet ski just waiting to be revved and a pool ball.

There's a huge party deck for hanging out with friends and an upper deck with game tables.  The shop KYXE Designs is on the sim for shopping so it seems a little overkill to have so many advertising boards marring the beach view.
There are some comfy beach chairs along the shoreline and a POMF wave made by Denise Foxtrot rolling into shore.

I rezzed my board but couldn't click it because of all the effect waves on top, so I bumped it out of the rez area and was able to sit on it but it seemed stuck in the current.  I couldn't get it to move so I used the board rezzer and rezzed an LSD test board.  The wave is short but it's a long run in so you can practice your turns.

My experience?  It's a great spot to catch this wave and work on turns.  It's probably a fun place to hang out with friends and maybe even to do a little shopping.  Check it out for yourself and let us know your experience there!

Monday, August 21, 2017

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: Tres Chic

Submitted by Valerie Lavender

There's more to the Second Life (SL) surf scene than the wave.  Beaches are full of dudes and babes checking each other out and checking out the latest in beach fashion.  Stay tuned for Valerie's regular series on SurfWatch Beach Fashion.

Hi Beach Gals! 

I hope you have enjoyed the summer of fashion I have provided you!  It being Summer, I tried to showcase mostly bikinis and beachwear and furnishings.  I will continue to post beach fashions, of course,

but keep in mind Summer is about to end and the shops will be full of Fall fashions and swim wear will become far and few between!  I will faithfully keep looking for you-:)  Just don't be surprised to see more Fall fashions in the coming weeks!  Enjoy this nude colored sexy bikini I picked up at Tres Chic today (pictured).  It comes in an array of pretty colors to choose from and the landmark to Tres Chic is:

Look for the SYS shop and it's called the ALIX bikini.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thank You!

Photo courtesy JT Castanea
A huge thank you to those that came out to support the benefit at Bundy Reef yesterday!  The surf was huge and the beach was rockin' with a large number of visitors that came out to surf, tan, hear live music and last minute musical guest, JC Rugani.  Thank you to everyone that donated their time and efforts and that came out to support Bundy Reef!

Catch a Wave

SurfWatch wants you to join the fun!  SL surf, beaches, fashion, art, music, clubs, motorcycles, hang gliding, skate boarding, horseback riding, creating, the list goes on!  Join us and share it on the pages of SurfWatch!  Friend us on Facebook - SurfWatch Resident - and join our in-world group, SurfWatch!

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Bundoran Reef Benefit Concert Today - Saturday, August 19 11 AM SLT

Come join the beach gang at a benefit for Bundy Beach today!  Concert starts at 11 AM SLT 
There's a chance you could be in a Second Life (SL) music video!  Enjoy the waves, the sun, the sand, the surfers, and a live concert by Tauri Tigerpaw!  Put on your boardies and bikinis and just come hang out and share the love with Bundy Beach!  There's also a noob friendly wave competition - come join the fun!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bundy Reef Benefit Concert + More

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

This Saturday August 19th, the Bundy Reef Community will be having a benefit concert day plus more for Bundy Reef.

You all are what keeps this place going!

There will be a live concert from Tauri Tigerpaw starting in at 11am SLT.

From 10am - 2pm SLT we will be having a wave competition.  Several loaner surfboards will be available.

You don’t have to be an experienced SL surfer, you just need to want to get out on the waves and have some fun.

How many waves can you catch?

Mark your calendars!

[Post stolen in large part from a Bundy Reef Community group notice by Cierra Theriac]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Could Be Found - The Answers

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

OK, y'all.  Here come the answers to the Kantbe Found series.  I know some of you figured these out, but if we find answers provided by some of you happen to own the sims in the pictures, sadly, your answers will have to be disqualified from the competition and will not be receiving any of the prizes.

So let's get started.  In the order of the series, here they are:

Kantbe Found #1

Kantbe Found #2

Kantbe Found #3

Kantbe Found #4

Kantbe Found #5

Kantbe Found #6

Kantbe Found #7

And now the announcement of the prize winners!!!!

Oh... wait... emergency call from Tauri Tigerpaw... what's that?  Oh... OK... sorry about that.

Well folks, it turns out there are a couple of issues with the prizes...  There's some good news and there's some bad news.

The bad news is we didn't actually keep records on peoples' answers, so we don't actually know who our winners are.

The good news is there weren't any prizes anyway!!!  :-)

It was all just for the fun of it!!  Right?...  Right?...  Hey!  Is there anyone still out there?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Legends Series: Interview with Robin Mapp (Originally Posted 6/21/2009)

Within the pages of SurfWatch is the rich history of Second Life (SL) surfing from the mouths of the surfers that created or developed or promoted or excelled in this virtual sport over the years.  Enjoy these interviews and the perspective from these surf legends as SurfWatch completes "The Legends Series".

Photo courtesy Monq Pinklady

SurfWatch recently caught up with Robin Mapp, a name most SL surfers will recognize as the former owner of Surf City, current surfboard designer, and proponent of realism in SL surfing, to discuss his surfing background and current views on SL surfing.

SurfWatch: How did you get started in SL surfing? Who taught you, what waves did you ride, and what board did you ride?

Robin Mapp: SL surfing is actually what brought me to SL in the first place - well, kept me here, anyways (smiles). I started out with what was available - fluffs. I have always been a hack, so when I saw guys out surfing, never thinking it looked real enough to me, I said to myself, "Wonder if I could build something more real?" Thru some experimentation and lots of trial and error, I came up with my first line of boards. They were completely different than the SSI's available at the time, but had one drawback - they wouldn't work on the fluffies. So in need of a wave, I started messing with some ideas and finally came up with a wave that worked with my boards but, as luck would have it, wouldn't work with the SSI boards. So again, not where I was hoping to be. As time progressed and I started hanging with guys like Flynn Sheridan and Thor Bishop, I gained a new appreciation of SL surfing and their dream of making a very realistic experience, sharing their passion and their commitment to surfing as a whole.

SW: You had the Surf City sim for a long time. What made you start that and why did it go away?
RM: Surf City was a dream of mine. Growing up and living in Huntington Beach, California, aka "Surf City", I was part of the iconic surf scene since the 70s. I wanted to bring that to SL. I wanted to build an actual surf legend and not your typical tropical beach surf venue. Lack of funds and assistance, Surf City was just more than I could handle. The dream still lives and maybe one day, the rebirth of Surf City will happen.

SW: How long have you been competing and what made you want to start?
RM: I have competed off and on for around 2 years now. Why? I'm a surfer. I love the environment and the people. The competitions were just plain fun!

SW: What advice would you give new surfers today?
RM: Decide: Do you wanna surf or do ya wanna play games? And have fun with whichever you decide (smiles).

SW: What's your favorite wave?
RM: I love pipes. To me, they offer the most realistic experience.

SW: What board to you use now and why?
RM: I use an RJ board, of course. Mainly because I have tailored them around my style of surfing - fast, clean and realistic.

SW: Do you have a favorite or trademark maneuver?
RM: I love snap turns and reverse rollovers. Once I figured these maneuvers out, I was like, "That seems like RL surfing."

SW: How would you like to see SL surfing evolve?
RM: I would really like to see SL surfing become more realistic. I know many think that is nuts, but to me, SL is more than a game, it's a virtual environment. We want real looking waves, real looking and performing boards, but yet, many of us are okay with totally non real surfing.

SW: Tell us about the Da Hui Team: the members, how you guys train, your philosophy, etc.
RM: Da Hui (The Group or Team in Hawaiian) was founded on the premise of enjoying SL surfing and trying to bring a bit of RL surfing attitude to SL. The members of Da Hui are all either past or present RL surfers or those that have at least been surfing. With that under our belts, we try to demonstrate the RL philosophies of surfing such as camaraderie, a deep sense of the connection to the sea and, of course, all the terrific sarcasm (smiles).

SW: Talk about your current sim.
RM: Current sim is just a homestead Monq (Monq Pinklady) and I have. We have it set up for a place to play and practice. It's pretty much your tropical island with tons of waves.

SW: What other projects are you currently involved in?
RM: Currently I am just making new boards and being a surf bum. I have no immediate plans to do more than have fun.

You can find Rob John's boards at your favorite beach.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Live on the Beach...

They say life's a beach, but it isn't until you actually live there!  Come enjoy the beauty of Bundy Beach full time...relax on your porch to the waves...check out the bikinis and boardies...grab a surf and a sandwich all from home!  Contact Cierra Theriac in world for details!  Check them out below or stop by the Bundy Beach rental office:

Tigerpaw Tour Stop: Tauri Tigerpaw in Concert

Monday, August 14, 1 PM SLT at SurfSide Hideaway

Come with me and share the love 1 PM SLT
Join the Tigerpaw Tour group to get gig notices and random let's hang out messages!
Check every day for tour schedule and Second Life beach news!
Next performance Saturday, August 19, 11 AM SLT Bundy Beach Benefit

Sunday, August 13, 2017

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: Beach Hut

Submitted by Valerie Lavender

There's more to the Second Life (SL) surf scene than the wave.  Beaches are full of dudes and babes checking each other out and checking out the latest in beach fashion.  Stay tuned for Valerie's regular series on SurfWatch Beach Fashion.

I love this beach hut and I decorated it myself with merchandise from Zinnia's. The only thing that did not come from Zinnia's is the bed which is called the "Warm" Antique Bed Adult.

The beach hut is available on Marketplace and is made by 
Trompe Loeil - Seaside Cottage V2.

The photos show it all!

Landmarks to Trompe Loeil Marketplace and to the Zinnia's shop.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ask Dr. Phil...

Got some problems you need to talk out?  Well, no dog ever peed on a moving car...this ain't my first rodeo, son...don't make me put your head in my blender...that dog don't hunt...if someone out there doesn't agree with me, then somewhere a village is missing their idiot...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Kantbe Found (7 of 7)

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

And now, the last in our series of pictures of what may be some lesser known spots on pretty well known surfing locations.  Here’s number seven:

Hint:  Home to all surfers

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Who's on the Beach - Calypso Cove

Submitted by Opal Rivers

After doing the story on the lovely Calypso Cove, several things have changed.  Cosmeja (Calypso Cove, co-owner) graciously agreed to rent me the lifeguard shack on beach front property.  This is a personal bucket list item checked!  Cosmeja also recommended that I interview my new neighbors and lifeguard co-workers.  Not only is Cosmeja talented, she is wise.   
Photo by Kid Kruze
The interview was a face-to-face interview at the couple’s lovely beach home.  It was decorated with a relaxed Bohemian style with fabulous beach views.  We started the interview with typical conversation.  I explained the interview was for a “Who’s on the beach” interview, when Kid Kruze states, “Well, it is us often on the Beach :D. . . oh and my dog”.  The dog is a beautiful German Shepard.  As I was telling them of my new neighbor and co-worker status, Eleni Criss stated, “Writing stories and saving lives . . . Man is drowning and Opal is like, "Oh, no sorry ... I just rent the place! But good luck!" . . . "doggy paddle!"”  As I was wiping the laughter tears from my eyes, I realized that Kid and Eleni are easy to spend time with. 

It was obvious from my first question that Kid and Eleni are living a real-life love story.   I asked, besides this sim what is your favorite sim?  Eleni stated that they met at Dreamer’s Island, and Kid was quick to agree.  Eleni expanded on the answer by saying, “We enjoy the beauty of Dreamer's and I also like the Baja sims. The first sim I ever tp'd (transported) into when I first joined SL (Second Life) was a surf beach sim.
What is your favorite memory in SL? 
Eleni's immediate follow up question was, “Outside of his moment when he met me?”  Kid’s response was, “My favorite memory: When I was dating this chick from USA which was totally not my taste and she made it a speed dating. I mean, I am an outgoing fast person, Aries by birth sign, but when I was slowly start thinking of something like, giving a hug, or maybe holding her hands, I read the chat, saw the animation and noticed, she was always two steps in front of me and picked me up like I was a baby boy child noob dater.” Eleni just laughed and hung her head in her hand, in shame.  She then stated, “You can't give her a simple nice "My favorite moment was when I built this beautiful beach space for the love of my life"?”  Kid pointed at Eleni and said, "that’s the Chick".  Eleni continued by saying, "He really didn't like me. Then laughs, But now he's in too deep!"

Photo by Eleni Criss
What would your SL autobiography be called?
 Kid said, if everything goes like planed for now... "How I found my Wife in the USA.  If not goes so well it will be "Even Pixel can cry." Eleni slaps her hand to her forehead, and stated his would be, “May The Fourth Be With You ... How I Found My Wife in the USA”.  Eleni said hers would be, “A Decade of Lag, and 110,000 Inventory Items”.  Then, Kid stated more seriously “Earlier, when I told my first title…was Not a Joke. Since I met Eleni I did a lot stupid stuff, like having a pic for her, getting into a SL relation and so on... so well yes... meeting RL and marry is the only thing left.”

 If you could take credit for stealing any great works of art, or ideas, what would it be?
Eleni looked over at Kid and said, “Go on what do you take credit for?”  I must admit the idea Kid told us he would choose to take credit for was profound.  He wanted to claim inventing the ability create communications in the written word.  On a lighter note, he stated “I would steal the credits for printing smileys on t shirts.”

Cosmeja was telling me about your ideas for a marine information center and submarine rides.  Can you speak about this a bit?
Photo by Eleni Criss
Kid said, “so we always had a more or less well-built Sea life here at Calypso Cove.  Cosmeja loves Orca whales and also, I am a huge fan of free diving and sea life.  Then we had this dead shark hanging at the sims Landing point, which is a nice decoration but in my opinion, however, it sells the wrong message.  I came up with the idea to put it away (dead shard decoration) and instead showing a sign, which tells people of the great threat that humans are for the Sharks.  In fact, just a handful people die every year by shark attack.... compare to mortal traffic accidents and it’s a joke to be afraid of sharks.   And I was talking to Eleni about that and so she came up with the Idea of an Information center... or we came up with it.  Education of people is a big thing for that they do not have the wrong thoughts. Unfortunately, Hollywood is the biggest education machine on this planet."

 Eleni then said, “Cosmeja already adjusted the building to accommodate the information center and then there's a dock off the back of it. That's where a scuba/submarine tour will be behind that takes the riders around the sim to see the aquatic life and give some information at each pausing point.  We thought this would be a nice add-on to this type of sim.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Matter and Memory

Submitted by Kanjena Sweetleaf

Indigo, somewhere in a rainbow, the colour of deep sea seen from a gnarly promontory, surrounded by aromas; lemons, juniper, lavender, rosemary, pine, thyme, salt and ozone.

Indigo Beach
This place evokes deep memories, my childhood and teenage vacations to Mediterranean islands, the brightness turned up, the ambient symphony of lapping waves and birdsong, a tangerine dream of hot sun on the skin, of sand that squeaks and sometimes sings. Sunset coloured songs; the violet petal explosions amid ghost green clouds, indigo skies, azure everywhere. Perfumed air; ozone and sea fruits, coconut oil, factor zero tanning oil, the air infused with sounds, the splash of a diving squid fisher, a distant motorboat, that underwater sound, Balearica, the perfumed water.

Immersion at Indigo

 Indigo sets me adrift on this memory bliss, when I visit I am there but I am also deep in my own sensual reverie, I can feel that sun on my skin…
But for the waves.

The islands of the Mediterranean ocean are abundantly delightful but unless there’s a storm there is no consistent swell and no big waves. Persia’s Indigo beach is an accurately beautiful simulation of a Mediterranean island, a creator's vision of a uniquely European experience, upgraded and amplified by the gift of virtual surf.

When I am at Indigo I am elsewhere, too, as I recall memories in reverie; swimming au naturel off the Pine clad coasts of Menorca and Mallorca, diving off the sun bleached rocks into the turquoise waters of Gozo and Comino, a spaced out Spanish guitar strumming on Ibiza, the glare and glow of sand, sea and sun bleached wood on Fuerteventura and Espalmador.

Memory Bliss
 Indigo is the perfect Mediterranean beach because of the waves, it’s like perfection was enhanced, augmented by the fantastic ability to surf on huge Maoli waves. Surfing was never a consideration on those real life beaches where the aquatic pleasures were gentle pursuits, snorkeling between reef and rock and viscous floating on the saline layers, neither water nor solid, a being between. I feel that, too.  I like to swim and float at Indigo, to lurk in the water on the fringe of the foreshore in a state of suspended tranquility.

The colours of Indigo are stunning, there’s nothing shouting out, the fauna is gently humming and whispering and there’s a song if you listen, harmonies of tone and shade, a Bossa Nova sound. It’s a gentle voice with a smile; turquoise, lavender, pomegranate and gold, a painterly song of longing but not sadness, an understanding of cycles, of the need to return to the places that became home, the brush of a drum, a snare rattle like a southerly wind through the pines.

Sea Calls Me Home

As always I reach the point of questioning that ‘It’s all very well in practice but how does it work in theory?’
I’m reminded of Henri Bergson’s philosophies of time and memory and particularly his thoughts on intuition:

‘We see that the intellect, so skillful in dealing with the inert, is awkward the moment it touches the living. Whether it wants to treat the life of the body or the life of the mind, it proceeds with the rigor, the stiffness and the brutality of an instrument not designed for such use. The intellect is characterized by a natural inability to comprehend life. Instinct, on the contrary, is molded on the very form of life.’

It’s this molding into the form of life that I feel so strongly when I visit Indigo. This is not an intellectual realization of a real world location, it is intrinsic and sentimental, umbilically attached to profound memory, to lived experience. Indigo is both out there and inside and in this sense is intensely virtual, the ‘virtual’ being intuitively known and understood as an imaginative contract between the created world and it’s beholder.

Normally I would list the things to do at a Second Life (SL) beach, but apart from surfing this is not a place for doing, it’s for being. You can sit on the pier, lounge in the chairs and imagine the downtime of a Mediterranean siesta, or climb to the top of the highest rock arch and gaze at the light and colour sequence below, and all this is lovely, but Indigo is more than a place with activities, it’s an autonomous zone of immanent duration, the place and the person becoming each other.


My viewpoint is coloured by my own experiences in the real life places that remind me of Indigo but Second Life is what we make it, and we see and feel what we choose to feel or in this case, what is evoked by shared sensations and emotions.

Indigo beach at Passoa Island is a private sim owned by Persia Bravin. If you want to visit and surf IM Persia for a group invite and LM, she's very keen for surfers to come but, you know, you need to work a little to find the place.

While lazing on that dream of a beach, I asked Persia some questions about her vision.

SurfWatch: Tell me about the inspirations for Indigo?

Persia Bravin:  Indigo sprang from my imagination as my ideal place to live and surf in any life, although it is also an amalgamation of several real life Mediterranean islands that I have visited a lot. The island of Formentera is a place which I have always loved for its crystal blue water, wildlife and bohemian lifestyle: it’s been a big influence for my SL sim! My Grandma was from an island called Gozo which I visited a lot as a kid, so famous rock formations that I used to clamber over there have also been used at Indigo – my virtual homage to her. I have always loved the Greek islands, too, and wanted to include the pine forests, limestone outcrops, wild herbs and flowers that you find on islands such as Paxos, so I spent a long time rezzing trees and flowers that reminded me of Greece. Indigo is my favourite colour, so I named the sim that but also used different hues of blue and purple to create a relaxed atmosphere. There are so many brilliant surf sims with a tropical vibe already, so I wanted to step away from palm trees and other tropical themes and create somewhere uniquely European and tranquil.

Persia at Indigo. Photo by Persia Bravin.

SurfWatch: How and when did you get into SL surfing?

Persia Bravin:  SL surfing was the very first thing I got into when I joined SL in 2008. Because I have surfed since I was a kid, it is a real passion for me, and I wanted to echo that hobby in Second Life. My very first piece of land, a homestead, back in 2008 was at an awesome surf estate run by the lovely Aurora Jacks and Kris Juneau which some readers might remember called Braata Beach. I used to watch all the great SL surfers – some of which are good friends now - at the public surf beach there which joined mine and I would admire them from a distance. I am a journalist in real life, so needless to say, my first ever SL article for the Second Life Enquirer was about the surfing community, too. I still have it stored on an ancient USB and I read it sometimes for nostalgia's sake: SL surfing was a lot different in 2008!

SurfWatch: I love your surfing style, it’s a bit salsa, a bit tango to my eyes. Is there a dance influence to your style or am I imagining this?

Persia Bravin:  You aren’t imagining it! I bellydance in my real life, so music and movement are important to me. Obviously, you can’t dance on a surfboard in real life, but in SL, I always surf with music on loud and I enjoy ripping over the waves in time with the tracks. I like the sense of music, movement and surf all coming together in a way that’s impossible to do in RL. 

Indigo Beach. Photo by Persia Bravin

SurfWatch: I’ve always seen you as a vital promoter of creativity in SL.  How do you view the creative landscape of SL these days? How has it changed in your time? And how do you feel it will develop and change in the future?

Persia Bravin:  I have always just used my RL skills and experience to promote others in SL, via writing, TV or radio because I enjoy it and have been lucky enough to interview some truly incredible people that use SL to express themselves. I have written in SL from very early on, so can’t imagine not doing it now. Because I am a people person, I’m always fascinated by the creativity of others – whatever their genre – and SL is a very creative place. My SL addiction is seeing what others make and there’s never a shortage of new creators to discover. The creative landscape, certainly in terms of SL media, has changed so much in my nine years; that warrants a book of its own, but I’m proud to say that I still write for the Second Life Enquirer, where I started all those years ago. It is still going strong at twelve years old.

SurfWatch: What are your plans for Indigo?

Persia Bravin:  Indigo is my home, so it is a private location, but I am always happy to share it and my Maoli Tahiti Break waves with other dedicated SL surfers who have their own boards. Just IM me for a LM and group tag to rezz. Like any creative endeavour, I think Indigo will evolve over time: I am already thinking about sinking more land for more sea space. At present, about 80% of the sim is sea…I might make that 90% soon! I really wanted to impart the sense that Indigo is a small island in the middle of a vast sea at sunset and I will keep developing that. Since I created Indigo, I have been really busy with my work, but I plan on having a sim warming party this summer with Techno DJ’s, lots of dancing and of course – surfing. I might also make my own SL Surf inspired radio station to play at Indigo: surfing to my favourite tracks is just too tempting…

SurfWatch: If you could make a soundtrack for your sim, what would be on it?

Persia Bravin:  My music tastes are pretty diverse, but some tracks that put me in the mindset for surfing in any life include:
Cari Lekebusch - Obscurus Sanctus.
Minor Science - Naturally Spineless
The Kills - Future Starts Slow
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Confused
Reef - Place Your Hands
MC Conrad - Strategies & Plans
Aphex Twin - CIRKLON3
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Deep Dive Corp – Relaxer
Queens of the Stone Age - I Sat By The Ocean

You can listen to Persia's surfing selection right here:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another Awesome Live Music Venue - Amardon

posted by Opal Rivers

As many of you know, I love sim hopping and live shows.  Amardon is the home of the BOOM Warehouse! (131,161,12115) Just saying, this urban art venue is a special place.  The hottest acts perform here.  Tonight was a fabulous David Csiszer Show.  His  professional quality shows promote acoustic alternative rock scene.  A must see venue and show!