20 Questions: Surfer’s Perspective – Harbor Piers

submitted by Zelda Zinmberman

1. Name: Harbor Piers

2. Team: No team affiliations.

3. Surfing Since: November 2008

4. Favorite Board: Every board has it’s benefits. Over time, I’ve accumulated way too many boards and each one shares its own little space in my heart. I’m a huge fan of my Shark shortboard. It seems to handle fairly well. For sentimental reasons, I love my “Custom handcarved surfboard.” It was my first board (as a noobie) and given to me when I had met Sebastian Saramago at the weather channel epic wave break.

5. Favorite Wave: My favorite wave are fluffies. I’ve spent countless hours at the chi sim learning how to surf them. Every new surfer should really take the time out to learn how to properly surf fluffies, and the skills can carry to every other wave type that exists. My respect goes to those who can surf fluffies.

6. How did you come across surfing on SL and what was your first initial reaction to it?
Initially, I stumbled upon Reaction surf shop and talked to a surfer. I was a noobie. As a surf lover in real life, I was so excited to find out they had surfing in second life! Then I met Sebastian Saramago at the weather channel sim. He gave me my first board. A little bit later, I realized I was hooked.

7. Are you involved in the SLSA (second life surfing association) in any way?
Yes, I am a current member and one time Hall of Fame inductee of the SLSA.

8. What are your thoughts or opinions on the direction on the SLSA from 2012 and beyond?
I am looking forward to the year 2012. I am estatically excited to see what it will bring.

9. What do/did you find positive and negative about it?
The positive is that it’s surfing centered. We love to surf. Everyone who surfs in the SLSA loves to surf. The negative is that in my opinion, the politics of it all can get in the way. However, the simpler, the better.

How would you like to see it improve more?
Improvements? We could improve by having every single person on sl try surfing!

10. Do you compete in any surfing competitions SLSA or non?
I have competed in various non slsa competitions, including mini-comps, and a vibes surf jam. I also compete in SLSA sanctioned competitions. My advise to new surfers however, is that surfing really is about one competition: the competition within yourself. Always surf to have fun.

11. What do/did you find gratifying and dissatisfying about competitions?
I find surfing gratifying. I also love the excuse to kick back and have fun with people of the surfing community. The sense of community is outstanding when everyone comes together for one common purpose… simply, to surf. What do I find dissatisfying? Zelda Zimberman’s trash talk. (just kidding, but really!).

12. How do you feel about the SLSA using non SSI boards for competitions? (ex; HP5, LSD, Action):
If I can be frank (not a guy named frank, but honest), I was somewhat weirded out by this at first. I think my expression to be exact, was … “Wooooahhhhhhh.” Personally it definitely will take some time to learn new boards, but this is great overall… because it promotes SLSA surfing throughout the entire second life population. It’s a good thing.

13. If you are currently inactively involved in competitions (surfing, judging, etc.) what was the reason for leaving? Would you want to come back and participate?
If I miss a competition, it’s usually due to rl commitments. I enjoy surfing in competitions. I’m not a regular competer like some, but I’m an irregular regular competer. Get it?

14. What are your thoughts on the team dynamics?
Is there a team you particularly like? Why?: Teams are a great way to keep motivated and hold practices. Great social support. I particularly like team ______. They are the best. I currently am not on a team.

15. Is there anyone on here that particularly had an impact when it came to surfing, mentoring, and overall being a role model for you?
Can I list them? Sebastian Saramago, Triston Mayo, Wicked Carver, SexyBoy OH, Kimmy Jigsaw, Bobbi Lavel, Nash, Lissa Pinion, and VW. There are so many more, but when I had started to surf, these people helped me out a lot and shaped my view of surfing on second life. From SB’s 8 hour practices to Wicked’s carving, to Bobbi’s surf lessons, and the welcoming attitude of everyone else. This is what makes surfing on second life so amazing.

16. What was your favorite moment or memory on surfing here?
My very first competition…coming in 11th place. It was a lot of fun. Also, all the moments at Mori. There were a ton of them. Godddammm boyyy, i miss that place.

17. Is there anyone you know or knew that isn’t active as much in surfing and would like to see come back?
SB! and Triston Mayo. What happened ?

18. Many people have strong opinions when it comes to SL surfing and RL surfing. What is your take on the comparison?
They are what they are. You obviously can’t really compare the nitty gritty components to physical surfing verses a keyboard… but the similarity lays in the feeling you get when you are waiting for a wave to roll in… or out past the breakers, just you and the ocean.

19. Do you have any advice for new SL surfers on here?
Surf a lot. Try all the surf sims you can find. Meet other surfers and ask for tips. Mostly anyone is more than willing to help out as much as possible. Feel free to IM me for advise.

Most of all, welcome to surfing.

20. Any other thoughts? Yes.

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