Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Drunken Surfrat in Rubber Nose and Glasses Babbles "SurfJam Contest" at Local Taco Bar or SurfWatch Interview: VW Sands

SurfWatch's Tauri Tigerpaw recently caught up with VW Sands, Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA) founder, former Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Director, SLSA Hall of Famer, Official Surf Legend, in this exclusive interview at Barbuda Shores (234, 171, 21) - Moderate - HummingBird Point to find out where's he's been and what he's up to now.

SurfWatch (SW): You got a lil something something on your chin...right there...
VW Sands: Lol.  Flavor saver? Had this for years.

SW:  Ya, but I haven't really seen you in years! I was gone for like 5 years!  I'm almost a noob again, lol.
VW Sands: Neat that SurfWatch is up again. Enjoy that from time to time.

SW:  Lol, trying hard. Did you see the wrestler interview?  Those pictures of me in a headlock - a riot!
VW Sands: Oooooh!

SW: She face planted me on the mat, lol!
VW Sands: I GOTTA see THAT.

SW: So first question - and this will be painless, I promise, lol.
VW Sands: *gulp

SW: Shush.
VW Sands: No...Yes...Maybe..

SW: It's been, what?  2007 - 10 years, dang!
VW Sands: Roger, that. May 2007.

SW:  So the SL (Second Life) surfing technology hasn't really changed - it's still a board with a script on a wave but it seems like the vibe in general is different.  Talk a little about the early days of SL surfing and what it was like.
VW Sands: Well, as I´m not really "in" the current surf scene", I can´t really say but the "old" days were........so much fun because we were all in the same boat. So to speak. It was just pure fun with "new" toys to play with.

SW: What was it about SL surfing that drew you to it?  I know you surf RL (real life).
VW Sands: I think it was more about the people and the lifestyle more than the surfing part. I mean, it´s nothing like paddling out in RL, that's a given. But what seems to transcend is the vibe of "sea people".  SL surfing is a blast, don´t get me wrong, but hanging out with friends is universal like.

SW: Oh man, do you remember you, me, Buffy (Munro), and Tony (Perlman) drinking on the beach?  I think we spent hours cracking up and falling down drunk, lol.
VW Sands: I have very faint recollections of drinking too much back in the day, yes.   ;-)

SW:  Hahahaha - save yourself!  So you still surf in SL?
VW Sands: Of course! Is a duck's arse water tight?  Still drink too much as well but....don´t print that.

SW: Rofl!  Oh ya, I'm soooooo printing that!  So since I've been back, I've noticed a huge drop in competitve surfing - they get maybe 10 competitors in a comp. What do you think happened there? We used to get 40 fighting to sign up!
VW Sands: Yeah? Sounds like the perfect time for a SurfJam ;-).  Dunno.  Burnout?

SW: I dunno - I just got back myself, lol.  No one hanging out at the beach...few spontaneous parties.  No one can really tell me what happened except maybe SL dropped off.
VW Sands: Like I said, I´m kinda removed from the scene but maybe some of the old firestarters just aren´t starting fires anymore.

SW: Why have you stepped away?  You were such a big part of it.
VW Sands: I dunno. It started to get too political for me. It seemed like "comp surfing" had become way too serious and winning was to be had at any cost.  It was still fun running comps but competing and politics just sorta burned me out, I guess.

SW: Would you consider getting involved again now that that doesn't seem to be an issue?
VW Sands: I would consider running my SurfJam comps again. As well as Surfari now and again :-)  Anytime the SLSA (Second Life Surfing Association) needs a hand, they know where to find me.


SW: SurfJam would be fun! I would love to have the SurfJams start back up!  I placed in the finals in my first one and never got to do another cause of marshalling and SurfWatch - let me have my comeback!
VW Sands: I have the perfect sim set for SurfJam, so who knows. Maybe I´ll surprise folks and have a wheelchair comp ;-)

SW: Oh hahahahaha, you have to now, lol!
VW Sands: So yeah....SurfJam might be a way to bring back the Vibe of the old days. Who knows :-)

SW: That would be awesome - please let me help if I'm in the day you have it!
VW Sands: The day I have it....you're marshalling, lol.

SW: Omg, I'm not sure I remember how!  Lol, how about I sing after?  WTH, it's a SurfJam!  I'll marshall!
VW Sands: Deal.

SW: So I was going to have you talk about some highlights of the past but -
VW Sands: But?

SW: I think this is looking forward and way more fun to think about, lol.  I was looking through some really old pics, everyone on the deck, we were always all doing something, lol.
VW Sands: You know what they say......if ya wanna see the future, ya gotta understand the past :-)

SW: Well, in that case, is there a particular time or memory that comes to mind when you think about the best SL surfing times in the past?
VW Sands: Rad's (Radical Twang) place, the Boneyard and the comps there. What a blast. The real early SurfJams like 1 - 5, 6 when we started the comps by guzzling rum...........

SW: Lol.
VW Sands: Quan Li sim @ midnight with Seb (Sebastian Saramago) and Heather (Goodliffe).........The list goes on and on.  Flynn's (Flynn Sheridan) place, Bahia, with Craig (Stallion) and TK (Tightline Kidd).......Oh man.  Pova (Rustamova) on acid........Just say stop.

SW: Hahahahaha!  No way!
VW Sands: Well, I´m not sure he was actually on acid but he sure surfed like it. The parties on the deck. 2 waves....4 beers......3 waves....2 shooters....

SW: Lol, good times for sure!
VW Sands: You remember!

SW: I could never forget, lol!  Whenever you show up, there's a rumbling of...surf legend...mumble..idk who starts that.
VW Sands: I could wear a rubber nose and glasses and even the few that do know me wouldn't recognise me ;-)

SW:  Rofl!!!!  I have one if you don't - I will happily lend to the cause!
VW Sands: Lol.  So the headline would be: "Drunken surf rat in rubber nose and glasses babbles SurfJam contest at local taco bar".

SW: Oh ya, I'm copying that right now.
VW Sands: Lol.

[Editor's Note:  VW Sands will be covering SL Surf History at SL Surf Camp's final day of week 1 on Saturday, 7/22, 12 noon SLT at Teahupo'o]


Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Cierra!

Photo courtesy Nash Laville



SurfWatch Interview: Johnny Whadd, Champion of the SLSA 10th Anniversary Competition

Read SurfWatch's exclusive surfing interview with Johnny Whadd, Second Life (SL) surfer and hot off a First Place win at the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) 10th anniversary competition.                                                                                              



 SurfWatch (SW):  How long have you been SL surfing?  How did you get involved?
Johnny Whadd:  I've been carving it up since shortly after I arrived in SL back in May of 2012.  My first comp was Cape Marauder Open in Dec. of 2012.  I remember it fondly as I finished in 5th place, woot!  I got involved one day after I had landed at Tsunami beach and was strolling around and spotted this board in the water.  I had never seen an actual surfboard in SL so I jump on and start pressing arrows keys and moving about all crazy like.  The wave approached and I really didn't know what to do until some guy on the beach yelled out "hey, get yer own board ya kook!"  That guy turned out to be Rayzza Rubble, and I was on one of his personally modded LSD boards.  The wave was LSD.
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                           


SW:  You ever surf real life (RL) and, if so, how does SL surfing rate?
Johnny Whadd:  Nothing really can compare to being one with the waves.  I lived in Grayton Beach, FL (South Walton/Emerald Coast) fresh out of high school and learned to surf there.   SL surfing, for me, is a way to relax and remember how much fun it was to be in the water in RL.  There's so many variations of waves/boards in SL so the possibilities are damn near endless.  SL surfing is a lot of fun in its own way but I'll tell ya, nothing compares to owning a wave, slicing and dicing, dropping in then coming off the lip.  Being in a barrel is like heaven on earth!  I've always said, we come from the water and when we die, we return to the water.  Kinda funny cuz my sign in RL is Aquarius, go figger!



 SW:  What was your first board and your first experience on a wave?
Johnny Whadd:  My first RL board was a longboard that I rented from a surf shack in Panama City Beach, FL.  I drove it back down to where I lived, it sticking out of my t-top, and set out on my first attempt at surfing.  It was a very turbulent day, weather-wise, and the waves were about 7-9 ft.  It was a very scary situation as I had never encountered a rip tide and almost drowned that day after finally getting up for the first time but I was too front heavy so I face-planted into very shallow water, sandbar for lunch pretty much.  With a mouth full of sand, I felt my feet almost smack the back of my head and the board knocking me almost out.  The current took me way down the beach, and I was experiencing what I guess was vertigo or not really knowing where I was. So kids, surfing alone for the first time is a bad idea!  After that experience, I learned a lot about waves, their many different conditions and how to breathe properly.        




SW:  What are you riding these days?
Johnny Whadd:  Eventually, after about three months, I managed to save up for a used 6'2 Rip Curl board that I bought for $150, lol.  That board stayed with me, dents and all, until it finally got waterlogged one day out at the jettys at St. Andrews State Park.  I do not surf anymore, sadly, now that I'm landlocked but do enjoy watching comps and competing in SLSA surfs comps.  As for SL, after that experience meeting Rayzza, I grew to love LSD boards and waves!  It's been a real pleasure to know Luscious (Starship) and Rayzza.  Also, I very much enjoy the HP board.  It's like the Porsche of SL surfboards, and you really have to understand its design and its rhythmic feel to it to truly enjoy a great ride on it.  I've had some of my best times on the HP and it saddens me still that I came along just after Leo (Leogarto Burt) left SL preventing me from buying my own HP so I rely on HP board rezzers throughout the many wonderful surf sims in SL.  SSi, to me, is pretty basic but is what I cut my teeth on learning to get good and get the basic maneuvers down.  It's a shame that Seb  (Sebastian Saramago) doesn't do much more with it as a brand.  Finally, C-3 is a fantastic new board that Shack's (Shapira) done an extremely good job on.  Its interface/menu is very user friendly and its many many tricks are nice and fluid.  Still  kinda new to me but I do enjoy my 4 C-3 boards!

SW:  Where's your favorite surf break?
Johnny Whadd:  This is a very tough one.  It is a toss up between the dearly missed Bisous Bay and Island Sea Dreams.  I was dared one day by Rayzza to go to Bisous and attempt the triple threat as they called it.  It was hilarious cuz when I got there and got the flow of the waves down, I IM'd Rayzza and asked if he wanted pics, lol!  Just a beautiful sim with low lag and great waves, kudos to Nash Laville!  Island Sea Dreams has always been one of my favorite places to surf in SL.  I was taken there by a dear friend once and when I got there, I was just floored by the wave setup.  It was like a whirlpool of different type waves, truly a masterpiece done by Connie (Countess DeCosta)!  So yeah, I have to say those two are tops in my book!  Oh, I almost forgot about Braata Beach and the debaucherous fun I had there!  I grabbed my first top three finish there at an HP comp that I was so nervous about.  Good times man, I tell ya!

SW:  Do you have a fave wave?
Johnny Whadd:  Yes, the Tahiti left/right break.  It has smoothness, a nice little tube, open face, and a very nice lip to catch some nice air off of!  It's also very easy on the eyes, lol.  Great job done by Denise (Foxtrot) on this iconic wave!

SW:  Do you have a trademark maneuver?
Johnny Whadd: I'd like to think so, lol.  It's my triple barrel on the HP.  It's three barrel rolls then I come out doing a handstand.

SW:  How did you get started in competitive SL surfing?
Johnny Whadd:  After my first kinda weird experience which turned into a great one at Tsunami, I got to know the people there, mainly Maa (MaryAnn Maa), Mick Lunasea,  Rayzza, and Shannon Cardalines.  They told me all about the SLSA and their surf team at the time.  Mick taught me how to mod an SSi mod board, Maa is like my SL mom.  I love that woman dearly.  She invited me to be on team Tsunami which I very much enjoyed being a part of. Rayzza taught me all about the LSD waves and boards and of the SL surf lifestyle.  Shannon took so much of her time to devote to showing me all the different boards and different waves.  She is a very dear friend and I can never forget the fun times we shared out on the waves!  These four people are very important to me cuz they helped me cut my teeth in SL surfing.  It's important to always know, and let others know,             where you come from and who helped you get there.


SW:  Where do you see SL surfing in 5 years?
Johnny Whadd:  I see it evolving into a more interactive and graphically enhanced activity.  As long as we encourage new peeps to participate, we will continue to grow, and I say "we" because it's like a huge family.  Creators like Shack Shapira will continue to shape the future of SL surfing, I feel.

SW:  What else are you involved with in SL?  (This is a good place to plug anything you got going on, lol!)
Johnny Whadd: Well, let's see...I do some modeling (was Mr. SL USA 2016) which is very challenging due to having to know how to create unique outfits, styles, and tell about how you got your inspiration for each outfit.  Then there's flying combat air support mission for the SL US Navy 7th Fleet.  We do Vietnam-era RP.  One of my major achievements was starring as a fighter pilot in a war movie made in SL about the bombing of Hai Phong Bay produced by Luke Flywalker.  I flew my F-4 Phantom and had a blast doing it.  Finally, I love to DJ in SL!  Playing good music and watching people enjoy themselves at my sets is one of my favorite things to do in SL now.  Just check my profile for my schedule.  I do a Saturday set at Surfer's Bay from 11-1pm and a Friday night set at Hard Alley Social Club from 6-8pm which we call "Nakie Friday".

Photo credits:
Surfing action pic 1 -  Monq Pinklady
Surfing action pic 2 & 3 - Kendall Rayne







Thursday, July 20, 2017

SurfWatch In-World Issue 10



Open publication - Free publishing - More fashion

[Editors note:  This was the final issue of SurfWatch In-World Edition, the realization of a project of love and dedication to Second Life (SL) surfing.  When I put Ashleigh Dickens in charge of this project, I had no idea she would take it to the level of excellence and professional quality that she created.  She leaves big shoes to fill, and we are hopeful at some point we can do an annual in-world Edition, maintaining the same quality Ashleigh brought to the in-world pages of SurfWatch.]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Davy Jones Locker

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Conversations with Nash: Tauri Tigerpaw

Submitted by Nash Laville

Nash LaVille, Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) Director and long-time soul surfer, shares his enlightening, interesting and sometimes hilarious conversations in Second Life (SL). This post he visits with SL live performer, SurfWatch Editor-in-Chief, former SLSA Director and marshall, and SLSA Hall of Famer, Tauri Tigerpaw while they relax on a 4th of July at Bluff Cove.







Nash Laville: Ok, so we all comfy?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Yes! 
Nash Laville: Hi Tauri Tigerpaw. Nice to meet you.  KIDDDING!
Tauri Tigerpaw: Hi Sweetpea - er - officially, Mr. Laville! lol
Nash Laville: I'm trying to think when we first met or more specifically when the group Tigerpaw Tour was formed.
Tauri Tigerpaw: I'm counting back...let's see.  Majini. I came in world November 2007 so 2008.  Let me see if I can find out, lol.
Nash Laville: Ok. I'll pre-edit all this for you so don't worry about anything(fingers crossed behind my back).
Tauri Tigerpaw: I am totally not sure but I'm guessing 2009.  Cause we used to sing in voice and then started streaming before I actually started the group, I think.You were on uke and me on guitar, right? Singing our little hearts out for a small group of us on the beach. I didn't even know you could sing in SL when I first came in world - I went to a party and heard this guy doing a Bread song, I think it was "If", in voice. I remember my first gig was at your club back then, right? Or was it the big concert venue ONeil (Auer) and Lala (Recreant) set up for me at their sim?
Nash Laville: THAT was your first gig? At my and Aly's (Bressig) club, Castaways? Could be!
Tauri Tigerpaw: Either there or that concert - what was their sim called? Cornish! Cornish Surf Beach! I was the beach manager for awhile.
Nash Laville: Cornish yeah. We'd sit on the beach and play in (voice) chat. How did we do that????
Tauri Tigerpaw: Lol, idk but we used to have so much fun doing it.
Nash Laville: Oniell and Lala. Great sim. I was so happy to play along with you. Good times. Live spontaeous jams on the beach. Bam just like that.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Bam, lol.  Good times for sure. Was it 2008/2009? I think that was also around the time Barchan (Paderborn) asked me to help him with marketing for SurfWatch - 2008.  Everything happened at the same time almost, lol.
Nash Laville: He was the man behind the birth of SurfWatch, one of the most important surf related actions in SL.
Tauri Tigerpaw: That's why I will never let anyone forget him - it was brilliant.
Nash Laville: It was a time of HUGE strength in the SL surf community. Great important sims coming and going.  Tell me more about him.
Tauri Tigerpaw: We met on the beach at Majini like everyone else, lol
Nash Laville: Majini was THE place.
Tauri Tigerpaw: He was just starting SurfWatch and getting into all the business dealings and competitions and goings on... omg, huge sim complexes...business interests...he wanted to do sportscasting for SL surfing - just brilliant.  Treat it like a real sport.  I wandered onto Majini by accident.  Ran into V (VW Sands), Sizz Ling, Buffy (Munro), Slave (Lacey), that whole bunch, and got involved with drinking and dancing on the beach...and surfing, lol! We had massive spontaneous parties all the time.  Lots of growth and passion in SL surfing. People were passionate about their boards, their competitive standings.The Sisterhood of the Sand was started there: Buffy, Alex, Slave and myself originally.
Nash Laville: Were you competing then? I mean surfing.
Tauri Tigerpaw: I placed in the finals in my first Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA)comp. 
Nash Laville: Wow. See I never knew this. I have never known how great the people were that I was fortunate enough to be friends with or hangout.
Tauri Tigerpaw:  Then Barchan got me involved with SurfWatch, and I went that way, just surfed for fun when I wasn't working, lol. From SW marketing, I started doing interviews.  Socks (Clawtooth) was covering live events.  I think Abel (Halderman) was helping out. I did interviews and I loved it. I always believed that they would have historical significance.
Nash Laville: It was the golden era of SL surfing.
Tauri Tigerpaw: How better to document that era? Everyone had something to say, there were teams, tandem competitions, rivalries, bannings.
Nash Laville: See, to me, that is the one thing SL does not have is history.
Tauri Tigerpaw: It does now! lol.
Nash Laville: That is what is so meaningful to me about SurfWatch and SLSA and the Hall of Fame which document the beginning of surfing in SL.  Your music and performances also took off at that time. You were gigging alot if I recall.
Tauri Tigerpaw: I went from one gig to another. It was so much fun!
Nash Laville: It was constant and every show was a winner. You were synonymous with the surf scene... a legend in your own mind.  Umm...time.


Tauri Tigerpaw: Well, idk about that, lol, but I had a blast. Des (Desirae Beaumont) had just opened SurfSide (Hideaway), and I was their first performer. A few months later, it turns out, Barch didn't have time to keep doing SurfWatch. Keeping SurfWatch going was about SL growing and the surf community absolutely thriving.  Amidst all the drama, it was incredible. 40 plus people signing up for every comp - had to shut down registration at some point. Sally (LaSalle), V and I, when we were directors for the SLSA, set up this massive training for competitors, judges and marshalls.
Nash Laville: It was all SSi boards mod and stock, correct?
Tauri Tigerpaw: No. SSi and Action were very competitive rivals. Not so much SSi cause they were already in, but Action wanted in.
Nash Laville: oh, yeaaaaaaah. Action!  I forgot about that.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Barchan wrote about the beginnings of that in the early days. It was huge drama in it's day, lol.  Board burnings, etc.
Nash Laville: Drama???? in SL?????
Tauri Tigerpaw: There were a few comps not SSi - Rob John I think it was called, had a whole different surfing script.
Nash Laville: Can't we all just.... get a party wave???
Tauri Tigerpaw: Hahahahaha. So Barch asked me around 2009 if I wanted SurfWatch. Around that time, I had never even been to an SLSA comp, and Abel contacted me one night out of 
the blue, it was about midnight.
Nash Laville: About?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Said the marshall backed out and asked would I marshall. I was freaked out - no one could tell me how to marshall. I just remembered marshalls at the VSA comps were crazy, yelling at people and making everyone panic. Finally I found Cip (Cipriano Grut) and Rani (DeCosta), and they explained how it worked. So, next morning before the comp, I'm down at the beach and a competitor was walking by saying she was going to throw up.  I realized they are way more nervous than me, lol! So my goal became to keep everyone calm, focused on having fun. They used to joke around and tickle my feet - we had the best time! I marshaled all that season.  I think I won SLSA Funniest Drunk 2008 and the Sportsmanship Award.
Nash Laville: What was most of the drama about back then....same ol same ol?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Some of the drama was about Seb's (Sebastian Saramago) board designs.  Action said he didn't have the rights to sell them in-world.  SurfWatch went in-depth on all of that, even interviewing the real life (RL) board design company.  And the drama was also about competitive surfing moves. Should they be like real surfing or just anything goes?  SexyBoy Oh comes to mind.
Nash Laville: Woah.  I never heard about that.
Tauri Tigerpaw: He was gamer extraordinaire and won all the comps - his moves were incredible and people got royally pissed cause they "weren't surfing moves".  Also, SLSA director elections were big deals. SW would do interviews before the elections so people would have the background to make an informed choice. So I had a vision for SW.
Nash Laville: Tell me about your vision.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Well, for SW, my vision was to open it up to an in-world magazine, a video series, merchandise, etc.  
Nash Laville: Video series - tell me more please!
Tauri Tigerpaw: And the SW team we had at the time did it. It was all about promoting SL surfing. We started with the Lissa (Pinion) and Q (Quench Spotter) video for the wave report -
Nash Laville: Is it still on YT?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Yes and on SW. [Links below].  We're currently working on another video project.

http://surfwatch.blogspot.com/2012/04/surfwatch-surf-report-with-mari.html
http://surfwatch.blogspot.com/2012/03/surfwatch-live-traffic-report-video.html


Nash Laville: Excellent
Tauri Tigerpaw: Marianna (Monentes) was in our weather report that was awesome.  Those two videos still make me die laughing to this day. Kidd (Aeryn Kidd) did the videos.
Nash Laville: Need to see these links. How often was SW coming out then? Was it a weekly?
Tauri Tigerpaw: The blog was posting daily - that was important to me - so people would check it daily. The in-world magazine, which was totally different content, was quarterly. More like a "People" magazine format.
Nash Laville: Pretty ambitious..but the staff was hard working.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Ashleigh Dickens was incredible. Everyone was amazing.  In 2010 we had a huge 2 year anniversary celebration.  Heather Goodliffe even came as a speaker. A 12 hour party.  It was rocking - fashion show, surf and design competitions, comedians and performers. People were there partying around the clock. I even stayed and pulled a 24, lol. Connie (Countess Decosta) was our merchandiser by the way. She created the SWack - the SurfWatch backpack - which you can still get by contacting me in-world!  lol

Nash Laville: Interesting times.  Your singing ...your songs...
Tauri Tigerpaw: I was singing a lot...in RL and SL.
Nash Laville: Where does the inspiration come from?  To write.
Tauri Tigerpaw: SL surfing has brought me so much fun, so many friends, such great memories. I love talking about it, I want to know about the people that are spending time involved with it, and I figure other people do, too.  There's a whole world of possibilities.
Nash Laville: It is a very close community still.
Tauri Tigerpaw: It needs to be now.  We're all we have left, lol. 
Nash Laville: "We're all we have left."  Wow.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Put aside the petty stuff.
Nash Laville: Where is your favorite surf sim now?
Tauri Tigerpaw: The SW shack that Opal (Opal Rivers) set up for SW is on Solace, I do spend a lot of time there since it's currently SurfWatch home base.  Everyone is welcome to come by!
Nash Laville: It's a good wave. Good sim. Real smooth. I think it's becoming a little more well known.
Tauri Tigerpaw: But I also really love the wild ocean of Island Sea Soul and the beauty of Bluff and the naked surfing at Playa. Chi has always been magical to me.
Nash Laville: Ah! naked surfing, Tauri! Naked Surf Nation?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Naked Surf Nation, rise up and rule!  lol
Nash Laville: How did that come about?
Tauri Tigerpaw: There was a group of us back in the day that wanted to surf naked.  It wasn't as common as it is now, lol
Nash Laville: Where did that...rise ?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Majini like everything else, lol. Around the campfire - I used to call it my "office".  Cloudy (Matova) and I spent many hours around that campfire.
Nash Laville: Sigh..... Cloudy.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Great memories, though, ya?
Nash Laville: You founded Naked Surf Nation, did you not?
Tauri Tigerpaw: I did! And I did not have to pull any teeth to get anyone signed up!  Anyway, no 
one wants to hear me ramble on about the old days. It was a very different time.
Nash Laville: With NSN and SW and performing....I can't see you having time for anything 
else. What about competing. Any plans?
Tauri Tigerpaw: If I get fiber optics, I will plan on competing. My current connection is a 
beeeeyaaaaach! I still love surfing but not sure I can keep up with the new surfers.
Nash Laville: Keep up with the new surfers??? Have you tried the new boards?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Cie (Cierra Theriac) gave me a board when I came back - it's a ton of fun! I have so many friggin surfboards but Cie's is the only current one I have. 
Nash Laville: IS there one thing in particular thing that stands out in your time of surfing and playing music in SL? An event? a performance?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Let me think. There was the time we had a concert hall full of people at Cornish, and I couldn't get my sound to work and everyone left.  Then I discovered my cord was 
partially pulled out, lmao!
Nash Laville: LMAO, Tauri.
Tauri Tigerpaw: I was troubleshooting everything I could think of but the cord!
Nash Laville: I hate when that happens!
Tauri Tigerpaw: Lol
Nash Laville: Tauri...I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be friends with you for so long.
Tauri Tigerpaw: We have been friends for a long time, lol. Let's grow old together. 
Nash Laville: We ARE growing old together, and it makes it much much easier for me.
Tauri Tigerpaw: Sorry I talked your ear off, lol (picking up your ear and handing it back).
Nash Laville: I want to thank you for your time......and friendship... but one last question please.
Last question: Got time for a couple of party waves with me before you log?
Tauri Tigerpaw: Let's do it!
Nash Laville: Thanks, Tauri!











Photo credits:
Funniest Drunk Tauri - Ashleigh Dickins for SLSA
Group on Beach - Emilyn Knoller at Cornish
Sisterhood of the Sand - Alex Usbourne at Majini
Tauri and Nash jamming - Pauls Wylie at Cornish
Tauri at Castaways - Maxwell Silvansky at Nash Island
Tauri, Cloudy & Buffy at campfire - Cloudy Matova at Majini
Tauri surfing - VW Sands at Majini
All other photos Nash Laville and Tauri Tigerpaw






Monday, July 17, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Kantbe Found (2 of 7)

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday

Continuing our series of pictures of what may be some lesser known spots on pretty well known surfing locations.  Here’s number two:



Hint:  Careful not to burn your feet on the black sand.