Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Legends Series: Interview with SexyBoy Oh (Originally Posted 4/11/2009)

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 continues "The Legends Series".

Submitted by Abel Halderman, Special Correspondent

SurfWatch recently caught up with SexyBoy Oh, the hottest new surfer to medal in the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA) competition circuit, to find out the secret to his success.

SurfWatch: Who is SexyBoy Oh?
SexyBoy Oh: Sexyboy Oh is a pure gamer who landed in SL.

SW: But you're an individual, too. Who are you? If you had to describe yourself in three sentences.
SO: I'm someone marginal who walks where life brings him. I'm eccentric. I'm creative and like innovation. Also, I'm someone with a big heart who cares for people.

SW: You got famous because of your great results in competitions. How does it feel to come out of nowhere and rock the surf scene?
SO: It's cool. I worked very hard those last three months for it, and it seems to have paid off. It's showing me I can distinguish myself with the veteran.

SW: That's true. How would you describe your surfing? What makes it unique?
SO: I think what makes my style unique is I'm new. I have observed all the veterans, adopting mostly the same kind of style cause they evolved with the board and the wave. And me, I came after all the waves and boards were set up. I learned alone spending long hours, so I have built my own way to surf with what was present around me.

SW: Recently you joined Vibrations team. Why Vibes?
SO: When I started to surf, I met Cloudy Matova. She told me about VSA, the Vibers and SLSA. When Mori was first created, I started to hang here and met the Vibers pro surfers. I have shared time with them, and they became friends and people that I respect in the surf community. Also, they saw me evolve along the weeks, how I was progressing.

SW: Any favorite surfers that you learned the most from?
SO: It's hard to say. I got my base from youtube videos people have made like Colleen Brennan, Wil DeCuir and Cip Grut. Many surfers gave me hints and tips along my learning. I might forget to mention them all but they know who I'm talking about.

SW: What's the main goal for you in SL surfing?
SO: My main goal was to raise to the same level as the veteran and to win one SLSA competition. Now that I've acheived that, I think, I'm trying to fix some new goal.

SW: Is there anything you would like to add about SL surfing?
SO: I wish I could share my passion for SL surfing with the new arrivals on the beach. I have some new tricks not done in SL surfing before. It's my secret weapon to win JJ Lanes.

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Opal's Gems: Aloha Beach takes you to Hawaii

Submitted by Opal Rivers

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

This time my travels have led me to Aloha Beach, Legasta (168,221,21).  This beach sim presents itself as an weathered sim with a deserted looking beach town.  The road and docks are in a state of disrepair and the buildings are worn by the harsh climatic elements typical of living on an island.  It does not take long to realize that you are in an authentic looking community on a Hawaiian Island.  The sim's owner, Hina (Ikapono.catnip), had taken a few vacations to the Hawaiian Islands and decided to recreate Waikiki’s North shore in his sim.  After a year of building and working on this sim, Aloha Beach opened on April 30th of this year.  Although there was a language barrier as I do not speak Japanese, Hina very graciously took us on a wonderful hang gliding tour of the sim that you can access at the top of the highest mountain.

The rez point lands you very close to an awesome skateboard park where you can rez a free skateboard.  Riding the rails and doing tricks like the X Game pros is amazing.  There are a few businesses open along the road leading to the beach.  I personally do not recommend eating in that diner and have called the health inspector for a visit.  The motel is also of questionable quality.  As you continue down the broken roadways, you come to a hangout beach access area.  The surfers here sure got creative with the seating arrangement.   There is also a great bike that gives some exciting photo opportunities. 
This sim supports everything necessary in a premier surf sim with board rezzers and waves with nice surfing action.   The landmark for the sim reads, "Aloha Beach is most suitable for those who enjoy surfing".  This is most definitely true. 

A great place to spend time is at the banana tree farm overlooking the surf.  I also love the appearance of the lava fields on the mountain tops.  Hina’s favorite views are from his house watching the sunset.
  There are several creative and fun ways to hang out with friends and enjoy great views.  Aloha Beach will make you feel that you’re on the best vacation ever.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Exploring the Wave Report: ** THE BEACH ** Rezzing Area

My mission is to hit up every beach in the SurfWatch Wave Report and see who I find and what it's like!

First, you go to the right sidebar of SurfWatch and click on the Wave Report.

Thanks to Kantbe Thursday, this list takes you to a one-click link to all the surfing beaches in Second Life.

First stop:  **THE BEACH**.  On the LM, **THE BEACH** is described as an Adult Public Sandbox & Nude Beach.  So sandboxes are always useful!  And nude beach?  Well, let's go have a look!

The tunes are pop:  Seven Lions & Echos - Cold Skin.  I landed right in the surfboard rez area offering me a test board - great for peeps new to the surf scene!  And on top of that, a Surfboard Sale along with other things for sale like skins, swimsuits, etc.

Pretty deserted on my visit but it was a weekday and early SL morning.  Someone left a jet ski just waiting to be revved and a pool ball.

There's a huge party deck for hanging out with friends and an upper deck with game tables.  The shop KYXE Designs is on the sim for shopping so it seems a little overkill to have so many advertising boards marring the beach view.
There are some comfy beach chairs along the shoreline and a POMF wave made by Denise Foxtrot rolling into shore.

I rezzed my board but couldn't click it because of all the effect waves on top, so I bumped it out of the rez area and was able to sit on it but it seemed stuck in the current.  I couldn't get it to move so I used the board rezzer and rezzed an LSD test board.  The wave is short but it's a long run in so you can practice your turns.

My experience?  It's a great spot to catch this wave and work on turns.  It's probably a fun place to hang out with friends and maybe even to do a little shopping.  Check it out for yourself and let us know your experience there!

Monday, August 21, 2017

SurfWatch Fashion Focus: Tres Chic

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 Gals! 

I hope you have enjoyed the summer of fashion I have provided you!  It being Summer, I tried to showcase mostly bikinis and beachwear and furnishings.  I will continue to post beach fashions, of course,

but keep in mind Summer is about to end and the shops will be full of Fall fashions and swim wear will become far and few between!  I will faithfully keep looking for you-:)  Just don't be surprised to see more Fall fashions in the coming weeks!  Enjoy this nude colored sexy bikini I picked up at Tres Chic today (pictured).  It comes in an array of pretty colors to choose from and the landmark to Tres Chic is:

Look for the SYS shop and it's called the ALIX bikini.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thank You!

Photo courtesy JT Castanea
A huge thank you to those that came out to support the benefit at Bundy Reef yesterday!  The surf was huge and the beach was rockin' with a large number of visitors that came out to surf, tan, hear live music and last minute musical guest, JC Rugani.  Thank you to everyone that donated their time and efforts and that came out to support Bundy Reef!

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