.. baja norte ..

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Do you like a quiet, deserted beach for reflection, some surfing, maybe some conversation with a friend?  Let me tell you about the newest one that I have found.  Okay, I really didn’t just find it… I watched it being created from flat sim surface to this great, remote style beach.  It is similar to the coastline of the Baja Peninsula and the creator has tagged the sim as “Baja Norte“.

Jac Mornington really strives to make a natural environment and Baja Norte is no exception.  The beach is very multi-dimensional with the feeling of a windblown dunes with turtles coming up on the beach to nest as the waves lap against the shore.  Jac has put in a boardwalk to allow access across the water to an out island with a look out area that is perfect for relaxation.

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In the center of the beach, up on the rise, there is a beach shack offering a respite from the sun and heat.  And just over the rise, you will find a fishing dock fully outfitted with a fishing boat or sailboat that you can jump in and take for a ride around the sim.  It is a tight fit but you can fully glide across the water in either boat along the edges.  Just watch out for the Maoli mesh surf waves that are rolling in.  Jac has placed two different types of surf waves out. A fun low rumbling wave that is fairly realistic for many real life surf beaches, and a larger wave that crashes in as well.  This adds to the natural environment as most surf breaks would have varying types of waves to experience.

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While on Baja Norte, you will share the environment with a seal colony out by the lighthouse.  Be sure to look out beyond the surf for the whales breaching and cavorting, it is very relaxing to watch the magnificent creatures roll through the water.  The sounds of nature will surround you so be sure to have sounds on as well… and just enjoy your visit.

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Jac has done it again with this sim; it is a beautiful spot for capturing pics, surfing, boating, and just relaxing.  Visit Baja Norte soon, as we never know how long this beautiful sim will be around.


…it was a great ride…

The virtual world of Second Life provides opportunities, challenges, new, old, change…  We have lived them all,  just as we do in our every day real life world.  Everyone handles these very differently…and probably most handle a virtual event differently than they might handle a similar event in real life.  The one thing that is really not the same…when something in our virtual life just disappears.  It is rarely a challenge we have to face in real life as we usually know why something disappears…we lost it, we moved away from it, we didn’t nourish it, it passes away, etc.  But in Second Life, a friend can just never log in again; a shop might just close with no warning; a region…a place we have created and enjoyed and shared…can just “pooof” !


If you have followed my blog, or my Flickr photostream or if you know Jac or me, you are aware that we have been part of the SL surf community for a few years.  Jac maintained a surf sim in the Costa Rica Sims Estate for the enjoyment of all prior to our relationship.  This was where we hosted our first SLSA surf comp in early 2009.  After leaving that estate and setting up our own sims in June 2009, together we provided a public surf experience on Sol Mañanero!  We hosted our second SLSA surf comp in the fall of 2009.  At first, we were fully tropical with a small shopping area that included merchants such as LeLutka, Jak Surf, Namiko, Frankie Miles… and then after nearly a year, we made the decision that we needed a change.  The shopping area was taken down and a beautiful waterfall, stream and tropical forest were put in its place.  The surf still crashed upon the beach, but it was a more natural break than before.  We had a few residents living out on the surf sim for nearly a year too, and found that they were always happy to have such a beautiful home.  We also provided a dive area too… natural beauty under the surf!

Then…everyone might remember that we had a MAJOR change in October 2010 when we went full arctic surf and winter solstice…and we had ICE and SNOW everywhere!  This was such a beautiful change as well…and welcomed for many reasons.  The surf sim was placed on Showcase by Torley in January 2011 and visitors came in droves to see the seal colony, the orcas and the narwhals under the Northern Lights.  In February 2010, we hosted our third SLSA surf comp…and the surfers had the most unique lag-free (and chilling) experience ever!

As Jac and I looked back over our Second Life and we discussed how things had progressed and changed, we were planning our next sim design.  We did want to move out of Winter and into a warmer season, and had many discussions on just what we might create.  Tasmania was an idea often mentioned…the wild  uninhabited coastline with the huge wave crashing at Shipsterns.  But as we thought more about it… it became more apparent that maybe we didn’t need to provide a surf sim any longer.  Looking back over the two years, we realized that very few SL surfers used our sim.  It was enjoyed much more by non-surfers who came to enjoy the beach, the water, and the view…more for the relaxation and the photo-op, than anything else.  Sooo….a huge decision was made and executed quickly…and on March 28, 2011, Playa Sol Mañanero was removed from the grid.

If you ever had a chance to visit our beach …during tropical days or arctic freeze… we hope you enjoyed your stay.  I’ve seen many gorgeous photos taken on our sims, and am happy that those memories can be contained in some medium.  Will I miss having a surf sim at my doorstep…?    Yes…but change is part of any life…and YES… it WAS a great ride…

’til next time…


p.s.  Sol Mañanero is still under reconstruction…but I’ll share more when we have it near completion.

~ Wave Crashing upon a New Sim! ~

The Waves of a Virtual Life

To live a Second Life, you must willing to discover,

what you find might surprise you;

 all the fun and activities that are covered


Beauty, art and activities abound…

it might simply be the creativity, the role play or the craze

but to find your niche, you have to take a look around.


One such discovery could be,

the spray, the foam, the waves…

All that has been created for the virtual Sea


The surf waves, scripted beauties that can provide something new

to those that are landlocked; the chance to ride upon a surfboard

the opportunity taken by so few


Take a ride upon a wave,

learn to control the board like a pro

listen to all on the beaches as they might rave!


The oceans of Second Life are fun

with the willingness to try something new

across the waves you will run


Teleport to a beach when you are bored

or when you need solace or space

paddle out to the wave, to the crashing and the roar


Rip along the waves, feel the virtual air

As you learn your new moves…

you will feel as if you are flying without a care.

by Sunshine Zhangsun

There is a new beach on the grid…one offering a great surfing experience.  Renn Luik, the creator of The Mother Road, has developed a life-like beach experience on Wing Princess for Mahina Kohime.  The beach is natural and open with the required amenities…shower, shelter and sand…just what is needed for a long day of shredding the waves.  This surf sim is on a full prim sim and is performing very well so far.  The HP Surf Teahupoo wave rolls in with a crash fading out into SSi Fluffies… the set up is beautiful.  The tidal pools are a great realistic touch and the protected floating pool is a nice place to hang out to watch the surfers.

Check out this sim soon…if you don’t have a board (yet), there are loaners there… but believe me, once you try, you’ll want your own board for sure!  And right there on the beach, you can pick up an SSi scripted board with Analog Jun‘s graphic design!

Grab a friend or go alone…it is an experience to be enjoyed…shred across the wave, and feel the virtual air… enjoy !

’til then…