…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.

Riding Away on a Wave…


The Forever Summer Surf Fest II is now a memory… it ended with an absolute BANG! on Sunday 6/27/2010.  There were so many activities over the 10 days, so much to see and learn about… and all have agreed, the festival was truly a success!  Hat’s off to Revlon Benoir and Mick Lunasea for pulling together a community to celebrate Surfing of Second Life in a way that encouraged unity!     

The Festival officially opened on June 19th with carnival rides, exhibits and games already set up.  The Photos being submitted for the contest started popping up in the contest huts and people were free to mill about the entire full sim to see what the Second Life Surf Community has to offer.  Exhibitors ranged from surfboard texture designers to wave and board scriptor/creators to surf sims to other creators that support the community.  There were an amazing number of exhibits all creatively put together.     


 On June 20th, the first ever (that I know of) paddle board competition was held!  This contest required the entrant to lay on their boards and just paddle around the sim perimeter.  It was an event that anyone could participate in!  The competition was fierce and held in a multi heat style.  At the end, the results were…1st: Colleen Brennan; 2nd: Kim Henig; 3rd: Kalif Christenson    


After the Paddle Board comp, Jac and I hosted “Sol for the Soul” with DJ Azu Catteneo spinning some awesome tunes.  This event brought in quite a number of non-surfers and seemingly was enjoyed by all.  The music was great, the conversation lively and all in all fun evening.


  Throughout the week, there were other various activities generally anchored by a DJ or Band.  Lots of just gathering and exploring the exhibits and just hanging out with friends – old and new.  On Friday night, 6/25, the festival returned us to HighSchool with a Homecoming party of sorts.  DJ RJ Schwade provided the sounds, Tauri Tigerpaw provided the “speech” and the Festival Couple was crowned.  That couple just happened to be Jac and me, so we were awarded the crowns and then danced the night away with friends, laughter and fun.. 


  The weekend brought lots more activity with an awesome Fashion Show featuring surf- and beachwear on Saturday afternoon.  The Opium Modeling Agency did a great job showing off the creations of several of the surf community’s finest.  The models fought the lag and displayed some very hot and sporty looks.  The show was well attended and the crowd very receptive to the hot chicks in bikinis and the equally sizzling guys in boardies and such.  


The Festival’s Final Day was so action packed, that it was hard to leave the sim!!  Starting off with an incredible exhibition from HP Designs, we saw Leogarto Burt and his team on the HP Joaquina waves with HP5 surfboards and his new kite surfer.  The surfers zipped around and over the waves totally ripping it up.  It was action packed, fast and furious, and a great way to see just how much fun surfing in Second Life can be!  Next up was the mini competition sponsored by Vibrations Surf Alliance.  Competitors included surfers who had either never competed or had not in a long time to those that compete regularly.  It required the competitors to show their stuff on three different type of waves – the HP Joaquina, the SSI fluffies and the SSI Pipeline.  At the end of the comp, the competitors were exhausted but thrilled with the results:  1st – (tie)  MaryAnn Maa and OldSurferDude Danitz; 2nd – Kim Henig; 3rd – Maxwell Silvansky; 4th – Bullet Admiral. Truly a fun event, with Max never competing and MaryAnn not competing in a very long time, it was a true confidence builder as well!


After the competition, Sally LaSalle, a long time surf community member; former SLSA director and owner of the Chi sim, talked to teh crowd about why the surf community of Second Life is important and how all can be involved.  Then we were treated to Sebastian Saramago, Surf Systems Inc Creator,  speaking about “Future of Surfing Technology in SL” from his point of view.  Both Sally and Sebastian are well thought of throughout the community and the crowd was very complimentary of their presentations.  Sally’s Speech and Sebastian’s Speech can be found on the Surfwatch blog. 

 After the speeches, Syx Toshi announced the winners of the Photo Contest – 12 photos received accomodation and will be part of a calendar to be published later.  Those submitting winning photos were as follows:
1st – Livia Nayar; 2nd – CoolKat Delicsio; 3rd – Monq Pinklady; 4th – Aeryn Kidd; 5th – Rockytheskaterboy Dreadlow; 6th – Rayzza Rubble; 7th – Sunshine Zhangsun; 8th – Renn Luik; 9th – Matti Portal; 10th – Figger Arun; 11th – Maryann Maa; 12th – Rom Heungsung.
Then for the finale…  the SLNFL Bronco Cheerleaders cheered in the Final Event – The Beach Boys of SL concert!  For the next 1.5 hours or so, the crowd of 65+ danced, shouted, and swooned to the sounds and songs of the Beach Boys.  Definitely a great way to end a Surf event… the quintessential band for the world of surfing for the last 45 years!


Truly all in all, the biggest accolades go to Revlon Benoir and Mick Lunasea who pulled this event together.  This festival allowed all to come together and get to see and hear about the sport of Surfing in SL as well as enjoy the time with friends – new and old.  Revy and Mick totally shredded the waves by encouraging the SL Surf Community to feel the sense of unity… Can’t wait for Surf Fest III!!!
Let’s go surfin’ now.
Ev’rybody’s learnin’ how.
Come on a safari with me.
(Come on a safari with…)

Early in the morning we’ll be starting out.
Some honeys will be comin’ along.
We’re loading up our woodie with our boards inside,
And headin’ out singing our song.

Come on baby, wait and see, yes
I’m gonna take you surfin’ with me. (Come on along.)
Yes baby, wait and see, yeah,
I’m gonna take you surfin’ with me.

 Let’s go surfin’ now.
Ev’rybody’s learnin’ how.
Come on a safari with me.
(Come on a safari with…).



~til next time…keep on surfing the waves!


Forever Summer Surf Festival II

Two of our friends from the Second Life Surf Community – Mick Lunasea and Revlon Benoir put together a Surf Festival last year that was very enjoyable and successful.  These two are at it again and are preparing for an even bigger and better event!  The Festival officially starts on Saturday, June 19 and will run until the 27th.  During this time, there will be contests, parties, events, etc…all focusing on the Second Life Surf Community.  Whether you are currently a surfer in SL or have never tried or maybe weren’t even aware that it exists, the Festival should offer a fun time!  Below, I have included the Festival Schedule with links to SLURLs for various events.  Be sure to note that there is a Photo Contest with cash prizes…as well as a few other competitions and fun!!  Hope to see you there!!!

The Surf Festival is a weeklong celebration of Surfing in Second Life.  This year’s festival  officially opens on Saturday June 19th and runs through Sunday June 27th on the beautiful Avoca Resort SIM.

The festival  features  surfing exhibitions and competitions.  There will be contests with prizes; a carnival, balloon rides, games and free food.  There are nearly  30 exhibits representing  Vendors, Creators , SIM Owners and Associations from our community.

Schedule of Events (All times are SLT/PST)

Currently and through the 26th we are looking for surf orientated in world photographs for the Surf Photo contest.  This event is made available through the generous support of Syx Toshi of the Monkey Paw SIM.   This is a blind photo contest.  Only Mick Lunasea will know who submitted the photographs.  Send FULL PERM photo to Mick Lunasea with title in description line. The contest will be judged by the award winning photographer Leroy Horton

See the photos exhibited here….

1st Prize is L$5000

2nd Prize is L$2000

3rd Prize is L$1000

4th-12th is $L100

Saturday  June 19th  9:00 a.m. The Festival Officially Opens.

Saturday June 19th through June Friday June 25th, there will be a  carnival with free rides and games.  The carnival is brought to you by Leroy Horton Photography and Lucky’s Game Room.

Saturday June 19th 11:00 a.m. The SLSA is hosting a competition  on their sim

Sunday June 20th 11:00 a.m. The First Ever Paddle Board Race will be held. This event is sponsored By Surf Crazy Surf Shop.  For the rules,  or to enter this contest,  drop by the Surf Festival Office or IM Mick Lunasea.  Send Note Card with name to enter the race by June 19th. We will try to accommodate stragglers.

First Prize is L$2000

Second Place L$1000

Third Place  L$500

Sunday June 20th 1pm SLT, Jac Mornington and Sunshine Zhangsun of Sol Mañanero host an Evening of Sol for the Soul with DJ Azufr3 Catteneo at the Surf Festival Dance Floor located in the NE corner of the sim below the volcano.

Monday June 21st starting at 6:00 p.m. The festival is proud to provide an evening of music, dancing and just hanging out with DJ RJ Schwade presiding.

Tuesday June 22nd at 6:00 p.m.  Hey kiddies listen up It is GROMMET Night!  This event while open to everyone is Made For Kids By Kids and features the coolest kid of kids – DJ Tobiath “Toby” Tendaze.  This event is sponsored by Just My Size kid stores.

Wednesday June 23rd 6:00 p.m. DW Surf got busy and is bringing you the Incredible Heartbreakers Tribute band featuring the music of Pat Benatar.  You will not want to miss this show.

Thursday June 24th  starting at 6:00 p.m. The festival is proud to provide an evening of music dancing and just hanging out with DJ RJ Schwade presiding.

Friday June 25th 6:00pm Take a trip down memory lane back to High School  because it is the Festival Homecoming Night.  DJ RJ Schwade will be spinning some good old 80’s music and Surf Watch’s own Tauri Tigerpaw will deliver her Valedictorian Speech.  Then Tauri announce the Festival Homecoming Couple.  To nominate a couple just drop a note card in the mailbox in front of the Dance Floor.

Saturday June 26th starting at 11:00 a.m. The SLSA Season 1 2010 Awards Ceremony will be held at the SLSA Sim

Saturday June 26th at 4:00 p.m.  Conscious about your surf style?  Then don’t miss the Forever Summer Fashion show produced by the fabulous Opium Modeling Agency and Sponsored by Revlon “Revy” Benoir in conjunction with Island Sea Dreams.  The show will feature top models wearing Surf Inspired clothing by top designers.

Sunday June 27th at 10:00 a.m. HP Surf Systems in conjunction with the ABSSL will put on an exciting exhibition of Legarto Burt’s latest boards in SL – The HP5.

Sunday June27th at 11:00 a.m. It is call to the wall as VW, Lissa and the Vibrations Surf Alliance host a mini competition. No need to register for this event .. . just grab your sled and show up.

First Place Gift Card

Second Place  Gift Card

Third Place Gift Card

Sunday June 27th is the Festival Awards at 1:30 p.m.

Syx Toshi of Monkey Paw will be awarding the Winner of the Monkey Paw Surfboard Art Contest.

Revy Benoir will announce Revy’s Choice for the best exhibition booth at the festival  the winner will receive L$1000.

Syx Toshi will announce the winner of the Festival Surf Photo Contest.

Sunday June 27th at 2:00 p.m. our very own Sally LaSalle former SLSA Board of Director, Chi and Tai  sim owner and long time SL Surfing Advocate will deliver a speech on The Importance of Supporting  the SL Surfing Community.

Sunday June 27th at 2:30 p.m. A very special speaker Sebastian Saramago  the creator of the fabulous new Cortes wave will address the Future of SL Surfing Technology.

Sunday June 27th at 4:00 p.m. The Grand Finale THE BEACH BOYS take the stage for a free concert .  This event is brought to you by Mickey, Revy and Kalif Lunasea.

And Remember  – Pray For Surf