Saturday, March 25, 2017

Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Top 3 2017: Interview with Moira

SurfWatch recently caught up with Moira (venera74) at Bundy Surf Beach, ranked top 3 in the SLSA standings in 2017 and SLSA Director, to get to know her and share her thoughts on Second Life (SL) surfing.  


SurfWatch (SW):  Have to ask, how did you find out about SL surfing and how did you get started?  Where, who, when all the details lol!

Moira:  I have to go a little behind with my story.  I live in a seaside town in Italy, a small town, but great for surfing.  Here everyone surfed and competitions are organized at European level.  I started surfing when I was child, about seven years, but at 10 I had an accident and health problems related to it.  After recovery, really long, I tried to surf again, but understanding, I  never can surfing again.  It was really hard to accept.  The sea, surfing, is my passion.  I live them as if they were part of me.  It is my lifestyle.

I was really down.  My sister told me about SL and surfing.  She told me that I could ride again.  So she gave me her avatar, and I entered in SL for the first time.  It was June 20, 2015.  I had search with her the sim for surfing, and the first I found that inspired me was Tsunami.  And I went and WOW, the waves.  Could not believe my eyes.  Took a board and threw myself on the first incoming wave.  I stood up on a surfboard, and I was again surfing.  It was a wonderful feeling.

While I was surfing, I saw someone waiting sitting on the board.  Petra Xaris.  I began to talk to her, knowing her, and she spoke of how it worked, SL surfing, the various differences of surfboards, showed me some waves.  And I stood ecstatically - really, you could do all this in SL?  She spoke to me about surfing competitions, inviting me to attend the LSD competition the following Saturday.  I went there and it was beautiful.  I decided then to want to compete.  Petra and I became friends and I asked her if she wanted to become my coach.  She accepted and so it all began.  Time later, I met MaryAnn Maa, owner and team captain of the Team Tsunami
She spoke to me about her team, and asked me if I wanted to join, I thought about it for a few days and finally accepted her invitation.
I'm glad I did it, I immediately felt in a family with her and all the team members.

SW:  What made you want to surf?  How hard was it to learn?

Moira:  What made me want to surf?  Passion!  That fire inside which does not make you stay away from the surfboard and the waves.  In every way you can have it, even behind a monitor, that sense of freedom I feel when I'm surfing, the chance  to do and making it true, and not just a memory.

How hard was it to learn?  Well, really good question.  I don't know.  I surfed a lot.  In the break between the 2015 season 1 and season 2, I was in the water every day trying again and again all the surfboards and many waves as possible.  Petra was an extraordinary coach, gave me advice I tried to put into practice, trying to do what I liked.  And was good for me, surfing the waves in a way that felt right and that gave me pleasure.

I practiced a lot, every day, even for 8 - 10 hours a day, but without all that was or is a burden.  I can practice for hours, days, weeks and months without never getting tired, because each wave I surf is a world unto itself that begins, ends, and begins again the next wave.  Understanding what can I do with a surfboard and what the surfboard can do for me, adapting to my style, understanding how my style can be adapted to a specific wave and what I have to change to make it effective.

Arrived on the day of my very first open competition, I did not know how I was surfing.  Petra said it was good, but I was not convinced.  So I did the first heat and got a good score of 15:00, second high score of the comp. Qualified for the Pro competition where I arrived fifth.  I realized what I had done was good and the way I had followed was right .  So I can't say was hard, it was just fun.

SW:  Did you know anything about real life (RL) surfing?

Moira:  I was a RL surfers and I am in love with surf, so I think the answer is ...yes.

SW:  How did you get involved in competition surfing?

Moira:  I wanted to surf, and I was happy to do it again in SL but I knew nothing about comps and SLSA. When I was child, I attended many surfing competitions, saying to myself, one day I will compete. Petra told me that in SL were surfing competitions.  I quickly realized that I wanted to participate, and  I wanted  be able  to do it soon.  I'm very competitive.  I love the competition and especially love surfing, the perfect blend, and it was easy to decide to enter in the world of surf comps.  I saw the last competition of the season 1, 2015, and, like I said, it was the right push for me want to participate in the new season.

SW:  What are your favorite competitive moves?

Moira:  I love to be smooth and fast, not, like, just press the keys trying to make mechanical moves or combinations like a video game.  I like to try to adapt my style to wave I'm surfing and to the board I'm using, trying to do something can be nice and effective, but overall can be nice for me and I like (not sure if was this the question, lol)

SW:  What do you get out of competitive surfing?

Moira:  A lot of satisfaction, not for the results I got, not only for those, but to have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, and know a beautiful world where I feel really at home.  And overall for having had the opportunity to realize my dream of being able to compete in the surf when I was convinced that would never be possible and I had lost hope.  Surfing competitions gave me a new life!

SW:  What's your favorite board?

Moira:  I like each board I use because are different, but maybe my favorite is LSD.

SW:  What music, if any, pumps you up for surfing?

Moira:  I don't have a favorite music.  Much depends on how I feel and my state of mind.  I usually listen to old rock, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, for example, but I can listen everything.  It depends on what at that time give me the charge.  I love classical music and the great composers, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, etc.

SW:  Is there anyone in the past or current surfing world that you admire their style and try to emulate?

Moira:  Well, I think everyone have his own style, different from each other, and I think everyone deserve to be admired precisely because of this diversity.  Regard to emulate someone, well, I prefer to be Moira, with my style and my way for doing things.

SW:  What advice would you give new surfers about how to start?

Moira:  The only advice  I feel I can give is this: be passionate.  With the passion and dedication you can get all results.  Do not rush, take your time trying and trying again.  Try to figure out what is your style without want to look like someone.  And over all, have always fun in every wave you surf.

SW:  Where are your favorite places to surf?  What's your favorite wave?

Moira:  Think I have not a favorite place for surfing and I have not a favorite wave.  I am happy when I surf in every place on every wave.  Nothing else matter.

SW:  What do you imagine SL surfing will be like 5 years from now?

Moira:  Surfing in SL, it is a reality, established from years.  There been and there are people who have committed their time, their desire, and why not, their money, to make surfing and competitions possible, to make it known, giving  to the community of surfers, something really great.  I think  by continuing with the same commitment and the same desire, surfing will become more, a solid reality in SL.

SW:  What else do you like to do in SL in addition to catching a wave?

Moira:  After discovering the surf and have surfed for days, I realized that SL was truly immense and you could do a lot of things.  I discovered my best friend years ago  made an avatar and using it for a few days, I convinced her to come back in SL.  And with her we explored a lot of places and is still one of the things we like to do. We found the clothes and shopping * sighs *, and  became the main activity.  I spend every competition prize in clothes and hair * sighs again *.  I even convinced my mother to be in SL, too.  My sister gave her second avatar to my mom, so I spend a little time with her, too, considering  she complains because of school and everything else,  we never have time to be together talking.

SW:  Anything else you want to add?

Moira:  I would just like to add a big thank you to all the people that have made and make it possible, who dedicate their time, and their commitment to serve the community of surfers, and their fun, to all those who have passed, but have left their mark, and to all those who today continue on this way, doing something great.  I'm really happy to say, to be part of that, too.  And I want say a big thank you to my team Tsunami, for all the support and for make me feel always a member of a family.






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Surf Cove, Playa Perdida

Submitted by Opal Rivers
Photos courtesy Austin Novaland


Landmark:  Surf Cove at Playa Perdida (148, 7, 23) Adult

There is a new beach in town and the creator, Austin Novaland, is a long-term resident of Second Life (SL).  In SL, you can usually find him surfing, sailing, and attending live music performances.  He is a self-described SL explorer, creator, and relaxer who is passionate about growing the sport of surfing in SL.  His profile claims he is dumb and has no sense of humor.  However, I have found that his profile and his sim’s informational notecard are written with a snarky intellect.  By the way, the notecard provides a complete explanation about the sim with pictures provided.   Additionally, the notecard gives links to other information and is an interesting read for someone looking to learn a bit more about surfing and the etiquette.  There is no group needed to join to enjoy the full benefits of this well-made sim.  However, this privately-owned sim does have rules that one must be aware of before proceeding.  The sim greeter gives the highlights of them upon arrival.  Please refer to the notecard given for specifics.


Austin finds his inspiration in the creation of sims that are virtual wonders that has been discovered during his time in SL.  His first whole sim creation, Surf Cove at Playa Perdida, is certainly very inspired.  The sim is a mature surfing sim that exists in the timeless harmony of blissful surfing, adventure, and nudity.  He honestly represents what an island surf beach can be filled with to make one want to stay for the day.  The large dark lava rock cliffs are balanced by several oasis of lush green tropical beauty that certainly make a huge initial impression.  Austin reflects that he wanted the sim to have the feeling of a newly created volcanic island.  The recent relocation of Surf Cove at Playa Perdida allowed him to fine tune his creation through textures and animations.  Austin shared that the sim is work in progress and is ever evolving.



The sim’s surf waves are found just around the corner from the landing spot on the sim.  The waves used here are Maoli – Tahiti Break waves.  Since there are large rocks in the path of the wave, there is a good amount of surfing skill needed to not crash into the rocks.  There is no 911 in Second Life, so surf with caution. There are convenient surf viewing chairs that are located just in the water to cool you for those hot tropical days.  The clubhouse also has a nice place to socialize with friends and watch the surfing slide show.  However, there is lots more to be discovered in this creative sim.
Not only can one enjoy surfing, the sim also provides opportunities for exploration, cliff diving, yoga, and Tai Chi.  If you like cave spelunking, this is your place.  Above ground and undersea caves are interesting to explore.  As you progress deeper into the cave, you will receive positive affirmations along the way.    The undersea cave opening has a rope climb located nearby that will hoist you up near the zip lines.  The rope climbs are a fun animation addition.  Make sure you have your AO off to enjoy the climb up.  Seriously, could that zip line be any more fun?  The zip line will locate you near the yoga mats, so you might as well grab some namaste.   As the day turns to night, you might want to slow life down.  There are a few quiet spaces to share with someone special romantically or to reflect on the day solo.  No matter what you choose to do on this sim, I am sure you will not regret making Surf Cove at Playa Perdida a favorite in your list.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Remembering: SurfWatch In World - Volume 1


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