~~A Little Surf, A Little Scuba – Our Shops on Sol Mañanero Surf~~

Along with the our three awesome merchants, Jac also has a couple of shops within our plaza at Sol Mañanero Surf.  We have changed things up a few times over the past eight plus months, and currently, we have the Sol Mañanero Surf Shop and the Sol Scuba shops open to provide the gear for two activities we enjoy in Second Life.

The Sol Mañanero Surf Shop!


In our surf shop, Jac carries Surf Systems Inc. (SSI) scripted surfboards designed by Analog Jun, Sebastian Saramago (SSI)  and Reaction.  The boards by Analog and Sebastian are long boards, which is the most popular length adn what most all new surfers start with.  The Reaction boards are shorties and perfect for pipelines… if you are an avid surfer, you should have one of each in your inventory!  Jac also has boards scripted and designed High Performance Designs (Leogarto Burt) for sale as well.  Our pet monkey hangs out in the surf shop keeping busy while waxing one of Jac’s boards on top of the counter.  Don’t hesitate to stop in and take a look!  


Sol Scuba Shop at Sol Mañanero Surf


Jac just reopened the scuba shop a month ago…and offers diving gear created by HEPS.  We have a good selection from the basic to the full avatar ready for a deep diving adventure!  The vendors in the shop also contain fish and other items that can get your own dive area started under your own waters.  If you plan on diving  more than once anywhere in Second Life, be sure to splurge for your own gear so that you don’t have to look for a rental kiosk at your fave diving location!   

The Shopping Plaza of Sol Mañanero Surf


Also along our plaza, Second Life photographer/artist/surfer, Bobbi Laval displays some of her art for sale. Come by and take a stroll to see the beautiful pieces she has to offer.  Every once in a while, you might even drop in to find Jac streaming some of his favorite tunes or subjecting me to the newest mixes in his music inventory while I dance alongside.    So stop on by, shop a bit, surf a little, or dive to the depths…or maybe just sit a spell and enjoy the sounds of the surf.  You are always welcome so feel free to join us any time on Sol Mañanero Surf.   

’til next time… happy surfing, shopping, diving and exploring!   


~~Dive into Beauty~~

If your Second Life is activity based and you enjoy exploring, have you spent any time swimming with the fishes in the blue seas of our virtual world?  If you haven’t, what are you waiting for??  Some time ago, we made changes to the underwater landscape of the Playa Sol Mañanero sim providing an intercoastal type of dive.  Recently, with the other changes on the sim, we have spent some time updating the experience down under too \o/.  So come on over and check it out!

First… if your avatar has some awesome lungs and you can hold your breath for hours, you don’t really need to do more than just walk or swim (fly) under the water for a realistic view of a reef area.  But, where is the fun in that?!?  Better to either put on your scuba gear or perhaps become a mermaid/man and dive in for the full experience.  If you are wondering just where to get that scuba gear, you are in luck!  We have a HEPS equipment vendor for rental gear (5L/minute) and have just opened Sol Mañanero Scuba, if you want to really do it right!

Once you are all geared up and ready for this shore dive, just walk out into the waters of Sol Mañanero and let your diving gear take over.  A shore dive is one where you can just walk out from land to enjoy.  These are quite often considered, our sim not excluded, to also be intercoastal dives which can offer some of the most varied and popular sea life.  As you cross the sim border, you will enter the world under the waters of Playa Sol Mañanero. where you will find sea turtles, rays, sharks and fish swimming and swirling all about the aquatic vegetation.  Look out for wreckage as well… yep, sadly our reef has been the demise of several sea and air going vehicles *wink*   I find swimming underwater in Second Life to be rather peaceful, a moment to enjoy for one’s self.  And if you are suited up  with the appropriate gear, you will also hear your breathing regulator apparatus enhancing the experience.  The ability to see the re-creation of real world sea-going creatures, flora and other items of interest, just add to that moment.

Now, Sol Mañanero is not the only place that you can find such wonderous under sea adventures.  The PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructor) sims called Dive World offer a great environment and the complex supports the world of diving.  On the HEPS website, you can find other locations as well (gear rental and diving).    For a fantastical undersea adventure, check out Syncretia sim where you can suit up with a free skin and gear, including ears and tail, and head underwater to find some very unusual creative scenes.

All in all, diving is just another fun adventure that we can experience year-round in Second Life.  So brush the snow from your hair, and sit in your comfy chair and allow your avatar to explore… while you remain warm and dry!

’til next time,