Friday, March 10, 2017

Monkey Cove 2017

Submitted by Opal Rivers

 A great place to surf, explore and just hang out.  LM:   Bones, Monkey Cove (33, 170, 21) Moderate

 When you first arrive at Monkey Cove, you do get the feeling that you want to stay there for a while, as stated by Syx Toshi.  This lovely surf beach is nestled among tropical islands.  The beach provides classic beach sights and sounds with a twist of uniqueness and reality that is very refreshing.

The mastermind behind Monkey Cove is Syx Toshi.  His real-life love of the ocean will be apparent to you as you explore this creative beach.  Syx is a long-time resident of Second Life (SL).  He has been active in creating sims and supporting the Second Life Surf Association (SLSA) throughout the years.  It is interesting to note that this is not the first version of Monkey Cove for Syx.  There have been several versions of Monkey Cove throughout the years.  For the current version, Syx decided to focus on the environment first to create a total experience for the visitor.
What an environment it is!  First there are chickens on the beach, giving one that Key West, Florida, feeling.  Don’t forget to visit the Rock Bar for drinks and a happy hour buffet for your enjoyment.   Make sure you don’t step on that snake as you enter the bar - it looks poisonous.  I am sure the Alien doesn’t bite, though.  It didn’t even seem interested in probing anyone.  The back deck of the bar offers an eclectic mix of games and unique items to include a surfing Elvis.  As you wander further down the beach, you will find a relaxing place to throw a fishing line in.  Based on the size and number of fish displayed on the sim, you better use that heavy-duty fishing rod.
Get ready to ride the Maoli Dreambreak waves on this sim.  There is a board waxing station for those with boards that need some maintenance.  There is also a board rezzer for all to enjoy the experience of surfing in SL.  If you happen to wipe out while surfing, you will surely notice the underwater environment as well.  This realistic underwater world is a great place to get your scuba gear on and explore the many species of fish and corals.  Syx tells me that there are over 100 species of animals that reside on the island.  From bees to Leather Back Turtles, all are present to give the visitor that “real” experience.          
Don’t miss the creators favorite spot on the sim.  On the south side of the island on the cliffs there is a fire pit with chairs.  The night sky offers a beautiful view of the sim that completes the trip to Monkey Cove.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Do We or Don't We...

Sitting at the coffee shop sipping a hot one, debating about whether it's a good time to roll out SurfWatch 2.0 or SurfWatch Revival or SurfWatch Lite - whatever we want to call it.  Several have asked if we plan to start it up again, others have asked if they can do a write up for publication, and still more have told myself or other SurfWatch staff that they have been enjoying reading through past postings to understand the history of Second Life (SL) surfing.  So my thoughts at this point are, a limited SurfWatch rollout featuring some past favorite posts as well as new pieces, not every day but possibly several times a month.  Anyone interested in submitting a written or photo write up as long as it has to do with SL surfing, beaches, competitions, surfers, the ocean, etc., please contact me.  We'd love to hear your comments and thoughts.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Original Sin, er, Skin (part 5 of 5)

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Skins, clothing, and photography credits:


Skin:  .:SKING:. HD V11_Evanna_Extreme_Tan_M4

Beachwear:  V-Twins Tinnie Winnie Red

Photographer: Tanya Palantia

Kantbe Serious: Original Sin, er, Skin (part 4 of 5)

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Skins and clothing used:

Skin:  .: SKING :. V11 / Chriss / Tan / Hair

Beachwear: Water Babies - "The Sock" Side Clasp Thong (Red)

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Kantbe Serious: Original Sin, er, Skin (part 3 of 5)

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Review skins and clothing used:

Beachwear:  V-Twins Costa Rica Red (broken strap)

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Kantbe Serious: Original Sin, er, Skin (part 2 of 5)

submitted by Kantbe Thursday

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Another Favorite from the Past: Kantbe Serious: Original Sin, er, Skin (part 1 of 5)

submited by Kantbe Serious

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