Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Legends Series: INTERVIEW - VW Sands (Originally Posted 2008)

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 begins "The Legends Series".

By Tauri Tigerpaw. Exclusive to SurfWatch.

SurfWatch recently caught up with VW Sands, Bishara Estate Manager and surf legend of Majini Island to talk about surfing, Second Life and life on Majini. With a rez day of just 16 months, VW is currently ranked 6th place in the 2008 SLSA season standings, manages Majini Island's popular beach club, organises the Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) Surf Jam surfing competition each month and occasionally has time to surf the waves.

SurfWatch: How did you get started as a beginning surfer and how long ago was that?
Wow... well I started surfing my first week in Second Life. It was after I found Bishara that it got in my blood, though. We used to have a pipe running from the edge of the sim into Munch Bay, short and sweet it was. I surfed all over Second Life back then, but Bishara always felt like home somehow. My first board was this big ole Mermaid Longboard. Took forever to get those things turned going right [laughs]. I don´t really remember my first time but I´m sure I choked pretty good.

Who taught you?

I was lucky enough to meet a gal named Robin Choche who was also kinda new in the surf scene. I think we taught each other a lot back then. Nowdays I marvel at surfers like Pova, Devi, TK and Craig and a ton of 'new' riders that remind me how fun it was back then and make it fun still.

When did you start entering surf competitions and what made you want to start?

I sat out the 2007 season and practiced my ass off. I studied all the top riders, asked too many questions and floundered around the scene soaking up info like a sponge [laughs]. I did some judging and learned what the judges look for and how to score. By the time the 2008 season came, I was chomping at the bit to surf in the SLSA contests.

What advice would you give new surfers today?

I say this way too often but it's so true: just have fun! Surfing is fluid, flow, soul-food. It takes a bit to find your rhythm, and it's much easier if approach it with a sense of humor. Take a class, 15 minutes with a good coach is worth a month of belly-rides on your own. There are bunches of great riders that love to help new surfers. Watch, chat and LISTEN.

Where do you consider to be the best surfing beaches in Second Life and why?
VW: I love Chi and, of course, Majini. Chi has a zen about it, it just 'feels' good there. However, Bahia reminded me of my old days down in Baja - endless, spartan, warm. Majini is a very special place. I was lucky enough to meet Dumisani Ah way back when, my first month in Second Life, I think. He has allowed me to create a surf sim as I felt it should be. It's not just the waves, both the big wave and pipes on occasion, it's the atmosphere. It's pure surfing, surfers, lifestyle. Always laid back, warm and friendly. To me, it represents how we as surfers are in real life.

Where do you spend most of your time surfing?

[laughs] Well this is a no-brainer! I spend quite a bit of time in the water at Majini.

What are your favorite things about
Second Life surfing?
The best thing about Second Life surfing is the people. The Second Life surf scene is about having fun with your friends. I'm sure there are other activites in Second Life that share a certain amount of 'community', but surfers are, well, surfers. Aside from that, I guess maybe it's being able to slash even on flat days [smiles] Always another perfect wave coming!

Do you have a favorite or trademark maneuver?

Hmmm... not really. I like to try and change it up a lot. Try not to fall into a predictable pattern. If that is a style, it would be called 'erratic' [laughs]. I learned that the surfers getting the higher scores were all about movement. I just try to go nuts, bang the keys and hold on! [smiles]

What got you interested in managing a surf sim?

Hmmm....I´m not sure I was ever really looking for sim management, it just sorta happened. As I said earlier, I was fortunate enough to meet the best sim owner in
Second Life who has since then become a dear and trusted friend. I had some ideas that Dumi seemed to like for his sims, and the rest is history as they say [smiles]. Managing Majini and the other sims in the Bishara Estate is a team effort. I may be responsible for Majini per say, but it is with the help of a great crew that the place works. From my Vibrations group I have the best crew in Second Life to choose from that help with Majini. The rest of the estate has a great crew of managers that all work together, not just me [smiles].

Is there anything else you'd like to talk about?

Is it true that if I agree to this interview, I will be left on a deserted island with a killer break and a case of Corona?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Kantbe Serious: No Nudes is Good Nudes?

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

You know how it is when you get this unscratchable itch to get out and surf, but all of your bikinis or board shorts are so saturated with water and sand that it will take FOREVER to get them washed out and ready to use again?  What in the world can you do?

Go to a nude beach, of course!

Then there are those times when you’ve put on so much sun screen that you’ve had to cover places you normally don’t expose to the sun.  Don’t want that to go to waste, do you?  What can you do?

Go to a nude beach, of course!

Sometimes, you just want to feel the sun, air, and water on your skin and not be encumbered by beachwear. So what do you do?

Go to a nude beach, of course!

But how do you find one?  When there are like a bazillion surfing spots out there, how can you know which ones are swim suit optional without having to teleport from this one to that one until you finally find one?

You could always ask in group IM, “Hey Y’all know where I can go surf nude?”  Trust me, that gets all sorts of chatter in the group chat window (and maybe a couple of private messages), but you may never actually end up with a name of a place to go.  You may have invitations to come over and check out some sketches or invitations for a date, but no beach name.

What I do, er, what I’ve heard you can do, is use either of the Teleport boards provided by Clairebear or Kantbe.  A few of the beach names are clear enough that you can pretty much tell clothing is optional.  Also, when you pick one to teleport, a World Map pops up.  You can see the region maturity rating on the map along with the name of the region.  If it says Adult, chances are pretty good, although not guaranteed, that the beach will be clothing optional.

Another thing looking at the World Map can indicate is how busy a beach is.  While there’s a bit of a delay in who is actually there, the map can kind of show if the beach has been busy recently or not.

Another way to find a beach is to look at your wet and wadded up notecard of the Surfwatch public surfing sim list out of your beach bag.  When you pass your finger (OK, when you mouse over) the name of the beach on the list, it will show the full name of the beach along with it’s maturity rating.

Done!  You’ve got a smaller list of beaches to try.

It’s probably a good idea to check to see if there are any rules at the beach.  They vary a little.  Some are not beachwear optional.  No shirt, no shoes, so to speak.  Many let you wear all or part of your swimwear, but still don’t want you pixel perving others on the beach.  Some encourage it.  Just about all of them have warnings about walking around with your flagpole exposed.  If you have to keep it up, cover it up, so take a towel.

There may be one more thing you’ll want to do.  You’ll probably want to check the weather conditions.  You might not want to go to a nude beach if it’s too cold.   You girls know what I mean.  They don’t call it “nippy” for nothing.  And you guys, you may not want that Big Johnson to turn into a Mister Peanut when you’ve left your board shorts at home (another good reason for the towel).

Oh My God!  What is THAT?

[Beaches used as sign illustrations are Bare Buns, Cobra Lands, The Dreamers Island, and Secret Beach]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Picasso on the Beach

Submitted by Opal Rivers

When first landing on Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores Surf Beach (26, 133, 21) - Moderate, you realize it’s not your typical sandy beach.  The landscape reminds one of a mix of dark sand and delicate grasses.  This cove shaped island supports a wide variety of waves that are a joy to surf.  The multiple surfboard rezzers allows you to sample many types of surfboards.  This sim creation is the work of the surf legend, Wilfrid DeCuir.

After an entertaining conversation with Wil, I discovered that the beach hosts a wide variety of waves.  The south beach has Maoli Fluffies.  The big kahuna wave beach has Maoli Tahiti combined with Maoli Swell waves, which create a unique beach vibe.  The windy days are perfect to surf the HP Teahupoo waves.  There are some unannounced Fun Day Sunday events, where the sim supports some old school SSi Pipes and Fluff.  The wave options are vast in this unique sim, as they can be randomly interchanged with HP Sunset, JAWS, Joaquina wave, LSD, and Maverick waves to name a few.

 Wil is a long term Second Life (SL) resident, who was introduced to surfing around his 1st Rez day.  He immediately embraced the sport with the encouragement of Abel Halderman and joined the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA).  As he began his surfing career, Wil’s talent at SL surfing was immediately recognized.  His first two seasons in competitive surfing were winning ones and close seconds in the next two seasons.  He is now a member of the SLSA Hall of Fame for his prominent surfing accomplishments and advocacy of the sport of surfing.  When this adventurous AV is not out surfing the waves like a champion, he is flying his collection of SL airplanes or sailing one of his fine boats. For Wil, SL provides an international platform for opportunities and friendships and he makes sure to seize all opportunities.

Wil’s first sim was created to be a no-frills surf beach.  He considered the sim as his contribution to the sport of surfing and the community that supports it.  This sim has gone through many changes throughout the years.  One recent design was an urban beach with a mountainous background.  It was through a soul-searching change that the current design was envisioned.

The adventurous sim also supports a skydiving area that challenges daredevils to a difficult landing zone on a wooden deck.  The base jump area is accessible through one of the Stargate TP (transport) areas.  There are plenty of areas for relaxing and watching the action on this beach.  That parrot around the main seating area is a frisky soul.  It whistles at you and will dive bomb you.

After sitting at the hookah for an extended period, I look up at the mountainous terrain.   Through the foggy mist, I vaguely spot something sitting there on top of the mountains.  Height has always been an issue for me, but I knew what I had to do.  I begin the ascent to the peak, making sure I had the appropriate ice clamps and climbing ropes in my Surf Watch backpack (Feel free to IM Tauri Tigerpaw or OpalRivers for a free verison of the SWack).  This dangerous steep terrain eventually lead me to a snow crested peak where I see Picasso0626 meditating about his next great work of art.  It was truly amazing to be in the presence of this great artisan.  After a short conversation about snow on mountains being as blue as the sea, I prepare for the descent.  As I arrive at the base of the mountains, I begin to hear the soulful blues in the air and realize there were some AV’s dancing on the elevated dance floor.  What a great way to end the day, appreciating the blues with some new friends.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sunrise on the Beach

Waking up to an ocean breeze, the cry of gulls, the spray of saltwater, and the sun peeking over the waves.  Bundy Reed Surf Community 48,130,21 Moderate.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Why I like Summer

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

So, I decide it’s about time to do some real Spring Cleaning.  You know, the kind of top to bottom, cleaning and dusting every crack and cranny kind of Spring Cleaning.

One must not approach this sort of thing lightly, in my opinion, so I start by first making a list of everything that needs to be done.  Wouldn’t want to go to all this effort and then miss something, right?

Notepad for my list…. check… pen…. check… hmmm… glass of wine(?)… check

I sit down and survey my surroundings and start making notes.  There’s the usual with the floors, bathrooms, laundry.  Then there’s the windows, the corners of the window frames, the base boards…

First, I need to refill my wine glass…

Hmmm… looking around… ceiling fans  (dang, need a step ladder), now with the step ladder, there’s those high corners in the ceiling.

Who the heck invented cathedral ceilings, anyway?  Sheesh!

Oh!  Need some more wine (maybe I should have just gone with tequila instead.  How can you go wrong with tequila?)

Cobwebs… there are cobwebs up there in those ceiling corners.  Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a Cob crawling around before.  I’d sure hate to destroy a habitat and risk making a whole family of Cobs homeless.

Come to think of it, who’s Big Idea was it to even do this Spring Cleaning stuff?  My Mom sure had some other ideas that turned out to not be the best ideas in the world.

I’m think’n Spring isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  I think I’ll just skip straight to Summer and go to the beach instead.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

Now, where did I pack that thermos for my tequila?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Remembering: SurfWatch In World Edition Volume 5

As seen in world, Volume 5 of SurfWatch In-World is now available on Issuu!

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