Saturday, June 24, 2017

Who's on the Beach? A follow up to the Surfer's Bay story

Submitted by Opal Rivers
Photos courtesy Dreamy Paradise

While doing the story on Surfer’s Bay, I was able to speak with Dreamy Paradise about her thoughts and experiences in Second Life (SL).  She has been a resident for almost 3 years. 
Pictured:  Dreamy Paradise

On the day I met her, she was at Surfer’s Bay exploring new photography techniques and to enjoy the beach vibe.  One of her passions happens to be photography, and she graciously provided the photographs for this interview.  Dreamy also has a passion for DJ’ing.  She has come to SL to pursue her passions in the form of artistic expression on the SL forum. 

 Surfer's Bay

Dreamy considers herself to be a person who is intrigued by others. Some people more than others.  She looks to new Avatars' profile to determine if she would like to greet and exchange in conversation with them.  A good picture or a friendly greeting will inspire her to begin a conversation.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: Free or Almost Free Bikinis and Swimwear on MarketPlace! A How To......

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.

Through the years I have found that there are plenty of free or less than L$10 bikinis on the MarketPlace and we all love a bargain right?  I have bought 20 or 30 of them and only had to toss 1 or 2 due to a bad fit.  So what are you waiting for?  Let me give you some helpful tips.......

*sign up for MarketPlace if you have not already.

*on the left side of page are categories or filters.  Choose Apparel and under that Women's Bikinis..  At the top of the page are more search filters.  I always make sure my searches include adult items.  Under keyword put "free" (no quotations).  

*okay it tells me 388 matching items have been found.  I also add that I want to see 24 items per page and that under "Sort By" I select Price:  Low to High.

*Hit search and see what you get!  You may get a lot of demos of higher priced kinis at the beginning of the listings but keep on scrolling.  I promise many goodies are to be found and all for under $L10.  If you prefer mesh then be sure the one you select say mesh in the description.

Pictured is a lovely I found today.  It's a 

::: MFSL Fashion :::

100% Mesh in five sizes
Model:  Valerie 
Location:  T'ai 
Hair:  DeLa Fitted Mesh Hair Blondes "Kelsey"
Head:  Catwa AnnaGrey
Body:  Maitreya Lara 3.5
Shape:  Custom by Nash
Jewelry:  ^^Swallow^^ Lock of Love Necklace and Matching Ring
Appliers:  DeeTale Z Catwa Head Face Gaby Mixed Type

Contact me if you need any help!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Legends Series: INTERVIEW-- DeVinna Toll (Originally Posted 2/14/2008)

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".

SurfWatch was fortunate enough to catch avid Second Life surfer DeVinna Toll out of the water this week for an exclusive interview.DeVinna, or Devi to her friends, is still ecstatic about her recent trophy win at the SLSA Majini Surfing Competition in January: "it's my first ever first-place trophy! Woot!". The first place gives her an early lead as number one in the 2008 SLSA standings, following on from her fifth place in the overall 2007 surfing competition table. The dark haired, tattooed and, dare we say it, cute, surfer girl, looks quiet low key when off the beach, favouring hoodies, jeans and sneakers, casual all the way. However, looks can be deceiving! You can probably find DeVinna surfing at Sunset Bay, which she owns together with her partner Rani Decosta, at one of Helio Estates surf beaches or with her new found friends at Majini.

SurfWatch: How long have you been SL surfing?

DeVinna: I've been bustin' my British ass surfing ever since I found Second Life. It's been over a year now! [laughs]

SurfWatch: What was your very first board?

DeVinna: Namiko 500L and 'had to camp my ass off to get it! [laughs]

SurfWatch: What board are you using these days?
MC Surfboards Range

SurfWatch: How often do you find time to surf?

DeVinna: Every day!

SurfWatch: What's your favourite surf break?

DeVinna: Sunset Bay and Majini beach are my faves, with a twist of my friend's place Heliopolis too.

SurfWatch: Do you have a favourite wave?

DeVinna: I'm fluffies and pipes all the way! Big EPICs? I eat them for breakfast. Yum!

SurfWatch: Do you have a favourite or trademark maneuver?

DeVinna: I like to think I can pull off the carve-up wave upsidedown flip! You be the judge!

SurfWatch: When did you start entering SL surf competitions?

DeVinna: I entered my name as soon as the first surfing competition came along (after a lot of hard training and working my little fingers to the bone to impress the surfers of SL!) I have a passion for surfing RL and surfing gave my Second Life a little purpose, you know? It can't all be sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and shopping all the time! [laughs]

SurfWatch: Do you see the line-ups getting busier these days?

DeVinna: Completely! There's alot of good friends of mine on the water these days, plus some new talent: creeping up on me everyday! Devinna's gonna have to keep an eye on these new surfers and up her game every day! [smiles]

SurfWatch: Are you an active member of any surfing clubs / teams?

DeVinna: Not at the moment. I have always wondered why no one would ask me to be in there surf team! Perhaps, I'm just missunderstood! When you get to know me then you'll find that friendly, fun and surf is me all over! [winks] The only guy that gave me a shot was MC Surfboards: yay! The owner is a good buddy of mine (and excellent designer by the way).

SurfWatch: Any plans to get involved in the business of surfing?

DeVinna: Nope, I'm just happy that all my friends and the SL surfing community can see that I love surfing, have fun everyday with them and have a good laugh. However, if anybody out there in commerce land is interested in Devi Toll, surf nerd, who loves to be involved in surfing in any way possible: just gimmie a crack round my UK head and say "hey, get working girl!" And maybe I'll take them up on it...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: Hair! Flexi or Mesh?

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 was looking among the SL (Second Life) forums for some interesting data about the older style flexi hair (which still has a following) and the newer mesh styles that so many love to wear.  I wanted to get a history of how it all developed and the pros and cons of each style.  Well, I found the perfect topic under Forums/mesh - and - flexi - hair!  I want to give credit where due so let me provide a direct link for you to the community forum page you need.  You'll be able to see who started the topic and all the responses.  It provides very good information you will find useful.  Visit
Example flex hair:  IvankaV1 sWEET HAIR sWEET FACEs (model Tauri Tigerpaw)

This Forum topic is from 2014 yet all the info is still considered current.  There are a few more hair developers now that try to incorporate both flexi and mesh into one hair style.  For example, using mesh for the all over look and adding flexi whispies etc.  Catwa, as pointed out in the forum, uses both flexi and mesh in a few of their hairstyles.

NEW is the LeLutka "Swish" hair which uses what they call animated hair (not flexi).  Follow this link to the MarketPlace to pick up a demo
Example mesh hair:  =DeLa*= Elsie (model Tauri Tigerpaw)

Also visit this page from the Strawberry Singh blog which goes into more detail on the Swish hair.  [Editor's note:  link under SurfWatch "Links We Like!" in the sidebar to the right].  She also posted some videos so that you can see the effects of the "swish" which doesn't show up in static photographs.

If you have anything to add, please leave comments!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Opal's Gems: Surfer's Bay

Submitted by Opal Rivers

Join the pages of SurfWatch as we explore Opal's Gems of Second Life (SL) surf sims.

Inspired by the Naked Surf Nation, I went looking for surf beaches that would work for gatherings since some surf beaches do not allow naked surfing.  Surfer’s Bay not only allows naked surfing, it encourages it.  Fabulous!  When you first land on Surfer’s Bay, it’s hard not to notice the ban lines that exist.  Wait what, we must pay for admission?  Are the 300 lindens, worth the experience?  After a few minutes of debate between new hair, shoes, or club membership for sim access, I finally decide to give Surfer’s Bay a go. 
Surfer’s Bay (located at 88, 77, 22 on the Second Life SL grid) is a collaboration of Duncan Blackburn and Rikki Six (giselehendrix).  The duo met on a quiet beach and began discussing what design elements would be need to create a good beach sim and which do not.  From this conversation, the inspiration for Surfer’s Bay began.  Rikki is the talent behind the landscape and sim design.  Her skill is quite obvious.  Duncan is the sim’s administration talent, and considering all the amenities the sim supports low lag.  Duncan has been in SL for 9+ years and still enjoys the experience of working on sims and meeting people from all over the world.  Rikki is a 6+ year SL resident who loves her store (*girlfriend*, located on the SL grid at 129,145, 23), working creatively while modeling, and hanging out with friends.

The island sim is very beautiful once it rezzes.  It is just a quick walk along the pristine sandy beach that you arrive at the surf beach.  This cove has many cozy spots for yourself and one or two friends.  There are the standard surfboard rezzers that allow everyone to test the Maoli Waves, or you can rez your own board, since you are now a group member.  This group tag allows you to be named a Surfer’s Bay Surfer.  The surf wave is definitely unique.  The co-owner, Duncan tells me “In order to take full advantage of our island configuration, I set the wave up in a slightly unique way. We not only move forward toward the beach but also have the wave moving sideways as well. This give a longer ride which creates a long, smooth, and very enjoyable ride.”  It is my observation that, based on the number of quiet locations to cuddle in, this is not the only ride he is promoting.  If you like the speedy rides, you can enjoy a speed boat rezzer and a jet ski rezzer.  If you keep walking westward on this “no fly” beach, you will eventually find the Bay Dance floor.  This fun area is great for the entertainment that happens on this community-like sim.  There are multiple gathering areas for romantic moments with friend(s).  As you continue to wander, you will eventually end up on Turtle Bay.  The wildlife is fascinating to include turtles’ that scurry around making nests and laying eggs.  Here you will find the entrance to the lower end caves. 

The realistic cave trail has stalactites that make you want to watch the head room in the cave.  When you finally see daylight, you find yourself at the most beautiful tropical lake area.  The ice-blue island lake is dotted with mangrove trees, lush tropical foliage, and quiet cuddle areas.  This area of the sim is like the best resort ever.  The Beach Combers’ Bar is a serious fun spot to enjoy a drink and relax after a long day of riding stuff.  As I enjoy the drink, I realize there is a tennis court here, too.  A short hike up the mountain leads to the hot spring rock pools, beautiful views, and a very special tent.  This could be considered the best view on the sim, in my opinion.  The second crystal lake boasts a lobster buffet that I highly recommend in a 5-Star way.  

The descent down the steep cliffs gives a clear view of something in the water.  This is where the sunken pirate ship is found.  If diving is your thing, then this is your spot.  Be careful of what lurks under the sea, you might be in for a bit of a scare.  This island resort sim is so packed full of details, it's hard to cover them all. Right now, I am going to hop on this hang glider for an aerial view of this fantastic island.  I don’t want to spoil your sim travels, so there are a few more perks left for you to find on your next vacation trip to the must-see sim Surfer’s Bay.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Life at Tai

Photos courtesy Maxwell Silvansky

 Surfing's always better with your buddies.  Teddy Bear and Bandit trade surfing tips at Tai.

Second Life and Second Life Surfing Association Celebrate!

Reposted group notice by permission of SLSA 

Second Life (SL) is having its 14th birthday and Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) is helping to celebrate by having a display at their event. Everyone is welcome to come out and join us for the fun! Our booth will be open starting June 18th at 12PM SLT and will run through July 2nd.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: NEW ERRATIC BIKINI @ UBER

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.

Erratic never lets me down with their super cool selection of beach wear and lingerie.  This latest release (at Uber) is called "Kendall" and I am wearing the pink leopard.  Single selection or fatpack available.  Time is running out at the Uber showing because it will close on June 23rd.  The landmark is if you want to get over there to buy this one!

Model:  Valerie
Location:  Bunny Island - Lazy Daze Surf Beach
Hair:  DeLa Kendall (available at Uber) Blondes
Head:  CATWA AnnaGrey
Appliers:  Dee Tale Z Catwa Head Face Gaby Mixed Type
Body:  Maitreya Lara 3.5
Shape:  Custom
Jewelry:  ^^Swallow^^ Lock of Love Necklace and Matching Ring

and.....if  you need it.....the landmark to the Erratic store is:


Reprinted group notice with permission by Mick Lunasea

Wall hangers and pure riders. NEW surfers to expert riders. Copy plus, go off sm, rez another.Full menu with a host of settings, lowest prims and script time. ALL surfboards are one of a kind, originals. BUY any surfboard IM or notecard me for rebate. GO SURFING.

Sale ends when this batch is gone. I need room for new models and shapes.

Thank YOU
Mick Lunasea

The Legends Series: Syx Toshi Interviews Mick Lunasea (Originally Posted 12/23/2009)

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 begins "The Legends Series".

submitted by Syx Toshi

Recently I stumbled across Mick Lunasea laying face down on the beach at Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH). I was checking his pocket for loose change and then I realized he was indeed alive. I had to come up with a quick story why I had a hand full of change and his straw hat on. That’s when it came to me! I told him that I really wanted to interview him for my blog (smiles). [editor's note:  click the SS6 icon under sponsor logos on the right to link to Syx' blog]

Mick is the owner and designer of SURFCRAZY and has been a fixture in the Second Life (SL) surfing universe for quite some time; he is involved with just about every surf organization here in SL and also served as an SLSA director.

SS6-Mick, how did you come to be in Second Life, and how long was it until you discovered the surf Scene?
Mick-I recevied an email from a buddy.  The subject line was "Second Life, for those who have NO LIFE",  lmao. After stumbling through orientation, I arrive at a snowy welcome area.  I trudge through snow and immediately observed a vampire fly in and seduce some girl. After a few excursions (winks), I do a search for SURF. I landed at Robin Mapp's "Surf City".

SS6-Since arriving in SL what's been your best experience?
Mick-Definately meeting people from all over the USA and worldwide.

SS6-Mick, what was your motivation in starting Surfcrazy?
Mick-My original intent was to promote my RL surf business, home of "Stanley's World Famous Surfboard Logo Library". I've been involved in the surfboard industry for decades now.

SS6-Like some other surfboard designers, you also have a full line of men’s and women’s surf and beach clothes.  Are you the main designer or do you have help? What is your inspiration for your clothes and accessories?
Mick-I design and create all that I sell in my shops. Being iinvolved in the Real Life (RL) rag business, I wanted to create authentic surf wear fresh off the beaches of southern California.

SS6-Mick, you’ve also done some great design work on your surfboards.  Why did you choose to go with the Action platform over some of the other options out there?
Mick-Action provided the most economical way to feature my artwork. I like the interesting approach to SL surfing the Action surfboards provide, especially the wipe out enabled mode. After creating textures for SSi mod boards, I offer design services for SSi boards, as well. I wish I would have entered the Monkey Cove Surfboard Art contest.  I was drooling at the thought of an SSI line of surfboards. I'd love to do an SSi line being they're the most popular boards in SL.
All my surfboard artwork is created from scratch 0 no googled images. I draw inspiration from RL surfboards. I personally shaped, deorated and glassed around 30 RL surfboards. There are reasons why RL surfboards look a certain way due to the manufacturing techniques involved.

SS6-It seems like everyone has a favorite creator of surfboards which, when you think about it, is natural.  All RL surfers have favorites so why would SL be different?  Do you think that in order for all boards to be acceptable in competitions, there should be a competition specification?
Mick-For an even playing field, comp spec boards are necessary in organizations that stipulate one manufacturer board be ridden. The main invisible prim length should be the exact size of the visible deck size for both short and long boards, in my opinion. Prim weight should be standardized, as well as density
There is room for specialized open surfing events "run what you brung". Judging criteria could be the most critical maneuvers in the most crititical part of the wave.

SS6-Knowing all the players, do you think a competition spec would ever be possible?
Mick-Best way is to issue comp boards to riders via rezzers or other means. This was done in the past - a board was given to each comp rider. Another way would be dealers sell certified comp approved boards where only artwork can be changed like Actions Pro Slammer.

SS6-Recently, you and Revlon Benoir hosted Surf Fest, which was terrific.  Do you see next year being bigger, and do you have any thoughts you might share regarding the next Surf Fest?
Mick-The Surf Festival was a lot of fun.  The next one is in the planning stages. We're considering many options and want to involve more of the surf community.

SS6-What are 3 things that you would like people to know about you or your work here in SL?
Mick-1 Authentic, 2 Surf, 3 Gear. Laughs

SS6-Finally, I’ll ask you what I ask every creator: what’s next in the pipeline for Surfcrazy?
Mick-More cool clothes and products for people to enjoy : )

SS6-Mick, I really appreciate your time and don’t worry, I bought my own hat!

Here’s where you can find SURFCRAZY products:
or contact Mick Lunasea for more locations!

Here’s Mick’s Home Break:

Originally Published: