~~Namiko @ Sol Mañanero Surf~~

Continuing with my little series about shopping at our beach – today, I’ll tell you a bit about Namiko!

Namiko at Sol Mañanero Surf

Namiko offers a range of ladies’ and men’s swim wear – cute bikinis and hot boardies along with wetsuits too!  The textures and prints are great and were inspired by the textiles found in worldwide surfing destinations.  Namiko also sells surfboards that sport beautiful designs and are a unique size – between a traditional short and long board in Second Life.

The Maya Bikini by Namiko

Keala Mimistrobell, Namiko’s owner+creator,  is a long time Second Life’r who was a pioneer in the Second Life surfing community.  She set out with a plan to not only support SL surfing but also pass on a portion of her profits to the real life Surfrider Foundation.  The Surfrider Foundation, is a grass-roots organization founded in 1984, dedicated to keeping our oceans, waves and beaches protected and enjoyable.  Namiko’s line of beach/swimwear work great for both surfing and diving, so be sure to check it out!

’til next time, keep surfing, shopping, and exploring!


credits:  bikini by Namiko – Maya in Cereza; hair by Truth – Danielle in Sangria;  location is again, a waterfall at our home!

~~ Jak Surf @ Sol Mañanero Surf ~~

A View of our Shopping Plaza

When Jac and I decided to add a few shops on our public beach parcel, Sol Mañanero Surf, we wanted to offer beach/surf/diving oriented creators.  We were blessed to find three very well-known brands – Namiko, LeLutka and Jak Surf – to join us, in addition to Jac’s own surfboard and diving shops.   Today, I want to tell you a little about Jak Surf!

Jak Surf Shop @ Sol Mañanero Surf

Jak Surf offers bikinis and Action Surfboards in our shopping plaza.  The creator behind the brand is Aurora Jacks, the design genius behind JJ Lanes Furniture!  Aurora is another very experienced creator who has been a great supporter of the Second Life Surfing Community for several years.  She and her business partner, Kristoffer Juneau, built a great furniture brand and have provided surfing venues to the community for a while now… and because she is a massive lover of fashionable swim wear, she wanted to branch out and offer cute ‘kinis to everyone!  She has a good selection, nice textures and changes around her inventory at Sol regularly!

The Belted Bikini in Margarita by Jak Surf

Jak Surf also offers Action Surfboards with their own unique designs ready to rip through the waves.  JJ Lanes and Jak Surf continue to provide multiple venues for both surfing and living on Braata Beach Estates while running an incredible business with their furniture line (which is wildly popular with the tropical theme crowd as well as most any other decor).  Come by and check out the cute ‘kinis on display at Sol and then when you want to try a different wave or 2, head on over to their estate and to the main store for Jak Surf where Aurora carries a larger selection of ‘kinis, other cute outfits and more boards!  You might find that there is a party going on at the Braata Beach Club as well!

’til next time… enjoy the surfing, the shopping and the exploring in Second Life!


Credits:  Bikini:    Jak Surf Belted Bikini;  Hair:  Truth – Lulu in Sangria;  Location:  Waterfalls at our home


…Sprinting across the sand, burn off my feet
Hit the surf running and don’t miss a beat
Take my place bobbing, out in the swell
Turn and spin and paddle like hell

Feel the wave grabbing and jump to my feet
A bottom carve turn like I’ve never seen
Six quick snaps and a floater inside
kick out the back, a nice f’ing ride

But that’s Okay, That’s okay another day on it’s way
It’s a beautiful day (yeah)
It’s a beautiful day…(“Surf Song” by Bag of Toys)

Yes…  we love changes!   And the newest one at Sol Mañanero Surf is on the surf sim.  The Joaquina wave has rezzed!  The latest creation by HP Designs was recently available and as soon as Jac heard about it, it was off to Crab Island where the HP team creates, tests, and enjoys!  We found the new wave to be visually pleasing and such a smoooth ride!  So… yep… we have added another wave to Jac’s inventory and we are one of the first sims to offer the Joaquina to the Second Life Surfing crowd!

When you buy a new type of wave, you get it home and then rezz it for the first time to see just how it works…and then you realize, you might just have to make some changes.  Our friend and the mastermind behind HP, Leogarto Burt, came over to assist and after much deliberation on what would work best (even went so far to have a double wave firing off), we found that our beautiful pier was, well, yep, just was in the way!  Soooo… Jac asked me to remove it, and with the awareness that in SL, all can be re-built, I took up each piece and our beach front/shorebreak changed once again.

After much work with terraforming the floor of the ocean and placement of rocks and objects, the Joaquina was firing beautifully and we had surfers ripping across the wave soon after!  This wave is indeed a beauty.  The color, the texture, the particles, the curl… all in all, it crashes towards the beach allowing for great shredding opportunities!

So now… our pier is gone and the beach front has been reworked, the break looks awesome!  The placement of splashing rocks and the corrective work on the water effects keep the beach of Sol Mañanero Surf looking as beautiful as ever.   🙂

’til next time…