Saturday, August 5, 2017

Aftermath...

Photo courtesy Opal Rivers


Opal and Tauri dishing after the show


The Tigerpaw Tour Reignited



Submitted by Opal Rivers

It's hard to believe Tauri has restarted the engine of the Tigerpaw Tour.  It's for sure the love has not died.  She sings beautifully emoted singer songwriter style songs.  Look for her next show, it's the hottest ticket in SL.


SurfWatch New Headquarters

Come chill with us at our new location on Solace Beach!  
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solace%20Dreams/155/18/21

The Surferazzi Strikes




Tauri and bodyguards in a stand-off with the surferazzi

Getting ready for the show in SL at 11 AM SLT, Tauri Tigerpaw and bodyguards making their way through the surferazzi to prepare for the show.  See you at 11 at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amadoris/142/59/22




IN CONCERT TODAY: TAURI TIGERPAW

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amadoris/142/59/22
Saturday, August 5, 11:AM




Friday, August 4, 2017

O Karaoke Lounge

Feel the need to belt out a good song and looking for a place to do it?  Look no further!  O Karaoke at Morabeza http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morabeza/42/52/25



If you're lucky, you might find the adorable Scratchy Fhang and the beautiful Bluesy Bloozegirl scratching and dancing, and you may hear some amazing singers!

Opal's Gems presents Calypso Cove

Submitted by Opal Rivers

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















Calypso Cove has that elegant deserted beach feel right from the rez point (209, 35, 22).  Beside the dilapidated dock is a picturesque sea plane.  The sea plane makes you want to enjoy an aerial tour but rudely denies your request by dumping you into the ocean.   While looking to the shore, the overhead sign displays the jaws from the fierce Great White Sharks, showing what a seasoned beach town this is.  The Spanish style shopping village reminds me of a wonderful Caribbean vacation.  The stone streets lined with old style buildings and water fountains are welcoming touches to this well-appointed homestead sim.  After your shopping delay, you stroll upon Club Calypso.  This awesome DJ club is a welcoming place to meet beautiful people.  If you are not in a dancing mood, sitting by the sparkling pool and listening to the beats of the DJ is a great way to spend your time.
Club Calypso is where I met the co-owners of the sim.  Cosmeja and Angelinaa33 are beautiful fun-loving avatars from Germany.  Cosmeja enjoys the virtual vacation, she is able to take as soon as she logs on.  She appreciates the creative nature of Second Life (SL).  Her creations started with simple outfits and have exploded to ever expanding sims.  Calypso Cove initially took about 48 hours to create, however both sim owners find the creation to be a constant work in progress.  The first
inspiration she had in the creative process was a tropical feel, she used the 1/16 sim for creating objects for her shop.  She built a little cafĂ© and dance floor to enjoy, and her friends loved it.  Then, she continued the expansion by adding a surf beach.  Cosmeja owns a fashion clothing store called Xtra Ordinary (215,69,22).  She loves to wear fancy designer clothing and wanted a meeting place that allowed beach attire or high-end clothing.  She successfully meshed these two concepts.  Now that the Calypso Cove has expanded to a full sim, she finds that she must have a plan to execute a high-end build. 

When stepping onto the beautiful sandy beach with realistic water movements, watch out for the coconut tree the frequently drops the hard nuts.  This is a hard hat area for sure.  This amazing sim is alive with wildlife from scurrying crabs to jumping dolphins.  The wandering peacock is a unique touch that adds character to the sim.  There are many toys on this beach you can play with from jet skis to motorized kite surfing.  The C-3v2 Surfboard rezzers are not obvious at first.  The unique presentation becomes obvious when clicking a random board standing by the rocks.  The Maoli 4All wave has a long run, but is challenging to surf in the shorter width.  Once you complete a trick be prepared to turn quickly.  Cosmeja explains, they are excitedly waiting on placing a Tahiti Break as soon as possible.

A walk down the beach is so awesome with the crabs scurrying along the beach.  There are many places to cuddle on this adult sim.  It’s a great place for an intimate date night.  Suddenly the continuity of the beach is disrupted by a shallow water tide pool fed by a mountain waterfall.  This is my favorite spot on the sim.  Cosmeja said the same thing during our interview.  She referred to it as her “zen” place.  Wading through the shallow part allows your journey to continue along the beach. 
Honestly, there is not one bad spot on this sim.  I have left some of the sim to be discovered by the visitor to Calypso Cove.  Perhaps there is a hidden treasure chest.  You may want to bring some scuba gear.  In that hidden grotto, you just may even find a little secret place.  The sim is also attach to several other rental sims so there is plenty of open water for sailing adventures. 

There is a caution, this sim is also hosts some rental properties for the sim owner’s friends to enjoy.  Please keep your journeys confined to the public areas along the beaches.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Giants of Surfing

Submitted by Kantbe Thursday




Lately, we’ve see SurfWatch interviews of the real greats in SL surfing.  People who include some who were imaginative creators of the sport of surfing in SL, some who pulled people together to form what we know as the SL Surfing Association, some of the best surfers of their time in competitions, and some who have contributed a lot to furthering the sport in SL.

That’s all fine and that’s all great, but I would like to introduce y’all to the only true giant of surfing in SL, Sapok (shkebesh15).

I was exploring public surfing sims and was visiting bg5 Slade’s two sims, THE LOST CRUISE SHIP - a tropical Wasteland  and The Abandoned Beach Resort .

I was focused on the waves and didn’t notice when I tripped over what I thought was the roots of a big tree.  When I picked myself up and checked out the roots, they weren’t roots at all, they were the largest high heels I’ve seen in my life.  Looking up, I could see the tree trunk was a leg and further up (nearly in the clouds, I could make out what appeared to be a blond woman.

“Hello”, I say… nothing… nada… crickets… she totally ignored me.  Then I realize she was so tall, she probably couldn’t hear me.  Shouting hello made all the difference.  I found out that her name is Sapok and that she was exploring the beach just like me.  She hadn’t tried the surfing yet, so I suggested we go over to where bg had set up some loaner rezzers.  We changed into bathing suits and headed over.

Sapok hadn’t surfed before, so I rezzed a C-3 for her to try.  I could tell right away, there might be an issue.  The board seemed to disappear when she sat on it.  Being a good sport, Sapok paddled (well, looked more like she just swam) out to catch a wave.  She got up on the board on her first try.  At least I think she was on the board, either that or I was having a religious experience involving a variation of walking on water.

Sapok stayed upon the wave all the way to the beach.  I’ll have to admit, though, that the large Maoli wave looked more like a fluff when Sapok was on it.


All in all, it was great fun.  And how many times in one’s life does one get an opportunity to meet one of the real Giants in SL Surfing?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hanging out at One Love

Submitted by Opal Rivers


A lovely fireside chat at One Love

Dog Pile at Solace Beach...


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kantbe Serious: Kantbe Found (5 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 five:




Hint:  The Devil made them do it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Here Come Da Judge!

Submitted by Solsty Kismet

Want to know how you are being judged when you are in a competition? Just curious how it all works? Let's take the mystery out of it!

Come to Judging 101 for surfers on Wednesday, August 2. Two classes will be held:  11:a.m. and 6:p.m. at Bluff Cove.

No reservations needed, just show up.  Open to everyone, competitive surfer or not. :)

Hope to see you all there!

(this is an informational class, not official judge training)

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: Shiny Shabby

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.








Hi Beach Babes!
I found this short/top set at one of my favorite sales events called "Shiny Shabby".  Shiny Shabby is at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shiny%20Shabby/141/186/21  - You still have lots of time to visit as this round does not end until August 15.
Name of Short Set:  !EE Fit Mesh shorts with top v2 with HUD
Anklet:  Apple May Designs - Garden Anklet
Model:  Valerie Lavender
Location: Kona Beach and Surfing
Hair:  DeLa - "Lacey" in Blondes
Head:  CATWA AnnaGrey
Appliers:  Dee Tale Z Appliers Catwa Head Face Gaby Mixed Type
Body:  Maitreya Lara 3.5
Shape:  Custom by Nash





Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Legends Series: Interview 2 Years Later: Pova Rustamova (Originally Posted 5/6/2010)

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.  We were lucky enough to get a follow-up interview with Pova Rustamova two years after his original 2008 interview.  It gives us a great perspective on how much can change in SL surfing in just two years.  Enjoy these interviews and the perspective from these surf legends as SurfWatch continues "The Legends Series".



submitted by Abel Halderman

Abel Halderman recently caught up with Pova Rustamova on behalf of SurfWatch to follow up with the 2008 Second Life Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) champion, SLSA Hall of Fame member, and the Australian Surfing Association (ASA) marshall, who recently came back to SL after a break (editors note: see Interview: Pova Rustamova, June 24, 2008 by Tauri Tigerpaw)

Abel Halderman: First of all, welcome back to SL surfing, bro! You make me remember the old times. How do you remember them?
Pova Rustamova: I miss them mostly. I was fresh to SL and was messing with my first sims and (laughs) the community came and gave me some great tips. In fact Thor (author's note:  Thor Bishop, a supporter to SL surfing; died in 2007) was instrumental in how I developed my first sim and then in me joining the SLSA. I met Desne (Aabye) and Thor, and they got me on the water. (Laughs) My first practice board was pink. But what I know is, it was all about family back then.

AH:  How is it different now?
PR: Well, lately its been getting back to some cameraderie. But for a while it seemed to get a little political, get segmented.  At one point, and it’s what kept me surfing, is I decided not to worry about it all, just surf and have fun. If I did well, great. If I didn’t, then great, I could go party quicker. And it's kept it fresh for the most part.

AH: Many people remember you as an SLSA champion in 2008. What did the championship mean to you?
PR: I had a good year that year and it was fun. I'm a competitor so I was pushing myself to stay on top, trying to develop a nice style, and one of the old timers told me one day it's not about all the tricks and jumps. It’s about the ride - you have to paint the wave. So since then, I have just been trying to paint my board all over its canvas.

AH: I remember people always said you had the best style. I tried to beat you. I didn't succeed.
PR: Awww, you ain’t so bad, buddy. You’re one that I had to worry about every time out.

AH: Only if you crashed :-)
PR: I also remember that season as being a really, really hard one to complete. Havoc4 rolled in in the back half of that season and really did cause some havoc (editors note:  see Interview:  Sidewinder Linden, April 24, 1008, by Tauri Tigerpaw).  Everyone was having to learn how to surf all over again.

AH:  That's true. Everybody had problems at first. Now back to the present. What do you think of the current SL surfing, especially the competitions? Is it still fun?
PR: Yes, for the most part it is, but the comps have gotten so long that that makes it a bit less enjoyable. No one has six to eight hours to devote to surfing. Just too many things to interfere, SL and Real Life (RL). I hate to say it, but that’s why I personally haven’t competed much in the past year and a half. I couldn’t commit to a full day. I hated that several times I made it to finals but pressures of RL took me away, and I couldn’t even finish. But since I have been back, I think there is a small interest in trying to get it back to where things are fun with reasonable times to complete a tournament.

AH: What ways do you see to reach that? I know you're full of ideas.
PR: Well, micro tournaments, for one.

AH:  Like mini-comps once offered by the SLSA and Vibrations Surf Alliance (VSA)?
PR: There are some grassroots organizations out there trying new things. And more or less putting on a two to three hour surfing party on the weekends, or you can break down the quarters and respect some time zone issues. Now granted for the finals that can’t be done to accommodate everyone, but we can surely break it down.

AH: Yes. There were people unhappy about having comps in times good only for American surfers. But now, there is the ASA (Australian Surfing Association).
PR: Yep.

AH: You were a marshall in their last competition.
PR: Yes, I was.

AH: You rocked, man.
PR: (laughs)  I did my best. Hope I kept it running. Only seemed to be a couple glitches, but we move through them with good speed.

AH: Three hours, that's what it’s taken.
PR: Yep.

AH: As for the number of surfers, not bad at all!
PR: It was a fair showing. The big thing I seemed to notice as it was on a homestead sim is that the format didn’t tax the sim too much. I didn’t have or didn’t hear many complaints about lag as such. Also, it seemed to have more surfers get in full runs, no bellying, so it made the judging really tough. Close scores all around, proof being that we had a three way tie for 3rd. We ran four surfers per heat, three waves per each, and only had one issue pop up that we allowed a surfer redo because of a failed wave. And we know what caused it: another avi crashed on the sim while that surfer was on the wave, and it cause enough disturbance that the surfer fell right through the wave. It basically collapsed on her. So in the head judge's eyes, and more or less a consensus, we decided to allow a make up run. But besides that, it ran really smoothly.

AH: That's true. Another thing: for years there've been questions about teams and how they should work and participate in the SL surfing. What do you think?
PR: Oh, like individual teams like, say, Tsunami, Wave Riders, Misfits and so on?

AH: Yes.
PR: Well, I think of a team concept as more of a family concept as it started in the beginning. People joined a surf community primarily to get to surf the spots that had waves.  A lot that are gone now. But they became their homes. Then there were some competitions thought up, more on an individual basis. So we were having some friendly comps and awarding trophies and developed a points system to determine a champ. The individual teams were more of a cheering section of which the Misfits were the loudest in my opinion. Big Dawg and crew could hoot it up.

AH: “Go hard or go home!”.
PR: Yep, GO HARD OR GO HOME! But now this is were it got sticky. We all tried to bring teams into the fray and develop a way to boost or reward a team. And some individual I think saw the teams as a threat to the individual championship: if one team had more people on the board and more judges and such there was gonna be some bias, and it got political. I think a lot of feelings got hurt and egos bent. There seemed to be a lot of static in the SLSA. That’s when I told myself, I’m just a surfer out to have fun. So I love the teams as a cheer group, and you can have some bragging rights if your team members win some torphies or do well in them, but just cheer.

AH: They often practice together and try to reach their common goal: do as well as possible in team ladder.
PR: Yep. But as things are set up it competitions are for individuals and always will be.

AH: Surfing is an individual sport, so doing well as a team takes it back to teams being like families - supporting each other.
PR: Yep. And a way to pass on knowledge, support them youngsters that wanna surf, bring them into the family with a party.

AH: I see it as a huge part of team's activity. At least it's like that on my team (Tsunami)
PR: Teach them up, down, right, left, page up, page down, and let them beat your butt in the next competition.

AH: Okay, now let me ask you this, because many people are interested…
PR: Hides under the table waiting…

AH: Are you going to compete?
PR: Yes!!! I will compete again. And it will be in one of these smaller comps first. As I said, my commitments of time have changed, and I love to party.

AH: What would you say to a person who just started surfing?
PR: Just ride. Get a feel for the waves and, as I said, paint your picture. Don’t worry about beating your keyboard to death to do a flip or curl. Just move up and down the wave and get lost in it. Then go party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We always have to keep the relationships going and that will keep the community alive. People search out cameraderie, and I think we have one of the best atmospheres there is in SL in the surf community. Everyone loves everyone, for the most part.

AH: Champ, thank you for the chat.
PR: You're welcome. Now grab a board and shut up and ride, as my buddy, Doxx Drake, always says.