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Global Surf Treaty Class – SSI

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When: Today 6pm SLT
Where: Island Sea Dreams
Global Surf Treaty Camp School

Cya on the waves afterwards!!!

Island Sea Dreams

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TRICKS and STYLE

A commentary and history of surfing and extreme sports, by Flynn Sheridan (retired).

I am about to turn in RL 50 years of age. I started surfing in junior lifeguards and skateboarding at about the same time… 10. I jumped on my first YZ 80, a friend’s bike and crashed landed over my neighbor’s hedge… got up and whooped for joy. My friends thought I was crazy.

IMG_6334aBack to surfing and skateboarding. I lived in PV, with some of the best surf there is in the LA/SoCal area. But I was limited to a good board and the folks were not forking over the cash to buy a Becker for me. My friends also preferred the easy access of riding a skateboard. So I started riding the steep streets where we live grinding up the curbs and carving up and down the streets. They were fucking steep and you could do a lot going back and forth. Plus it was our main form of transportation.

jayadams1 Then we discovered pools… just sitting there empty…. sometimes not. And we would ride all day long scraping the coping. To an extent we were the z-boys of PV. This was at the same time new trucks and wheels started coming out… and I bought my share… YoYo’s, the grippy green Power Paws among others. We “shaped” our own boards. I never caught air, although I had seen it done once… we were young and not ready for the likes of Tony Hawk.

The next summer I was in junior lifeguards and on a board surfing once again. God I remember to this day the cold mornings and utterly glassy conditions… you could see the bottom 30-40 feet down filled with sandsharks. I was in junior high at Malaga Cove and life was pretty sweet. I was a fish, as I call it. A beach rat by other standards. Anything that had to do with the ocean and hanging out there I did from sun up to sundown and, if we could get away with it, all night long drinking and other fun things when you are 12 years old.

Skate-1970s-PaulFisher-blog-1976-2Flat days were often enough, so I remember the first ramp we built in my friend “backyard”, in an easement between his house and the elementary school fence next door… it was perfect.

But as junior high lead to high school and a divorce split our family, friends changed and motorcycles became the new toy. And I learned many of the cool “tricks” you do on a dirt bike. I can blame my step-dad for that (not that I regret it one bit)… but we would make trips to Baja and I’d see those waves in the distance calling to me. I’d bring my piece of shit board, and hop out to surf every chance I could. I was growing up fast, discovered and then followed the Dead for almost a year, and all along the western coastline were waves beckoning to me, from Ventura to Portland.

Back then the major surfing comps were all about style, baby! Fun to watch the pros, but it was all about style. Innovative moves were ignored at best. I never got around to buying a sweet board, just a patched up fiberglass and epoxy 7′ 8″ board that had seen much better days, but I surfed the coves and bluffs around the hill, RAT beach (many non-surfer and surfer alike try to figure out what RAT stands for, but that is another story) and of course Haggs, until I hit a boulder and that was that for many years to come.

Bummer! But then I had a hottie and the Dead and school (cough) took over my life for many years. That is a little history about me you would not know (perhaps didn’t really want to know… HA), but each of those experiences shaped the way I view surfing in competition today in RL and SL.

LMAO… Now, I’m finally getting to the point of this commentary.When we created SLSA we looked at Keala’s three competitions that preceded our formation. Sammy Jo Ah won the first comp. I did not really get to see her ride. But what made her the winner was that she was doing tricks most of us either ignored or just did not know how to perform. Surfing Heather and Seb’s Pipes (at Chi) was a lot like skateboarding. So she did the same trick over and over again with some style in between as filler. Competition Two was a repeat of Comp One, but this time Sammy’s friend beat her out, again tricks over-ruled style. Malcolm and I broke that streak in the third comp, with style over tricks, because of the nature of the wave. When we wrote the SLSA scoring guide there was a good reason for style to be equal to tricks. Once you do a trick over and over, it just becomes passe’. Style is when you connect one trick to another in a way that has… well… style. A wave in RL or SL has a mind of its own… there are a lot of variables. I won’t bring up my philosophy on the Flow, but if you listen to RL surfing competitions, it comes out loud and clear. Flow is a universal in life… I picked it up from practicing Qigong.

So our belief was a trick is a trick and when you are one of the first ones to bring it into a routine it is awesome and should be rewarded as such. Control is very important to RL surfing, and in SL surfing too; otherwise you belly because you do not have the speed to do much else.

Picture 15.fwThere has been debate in both SL and RL about the role of style in surfing. When I first saw a film by Jelly Bean Madison with Desiree Beaumont performing a trick I had never seen before, I asked her how she did it. SL surfing in 2008, Pova, and Ritch both innovated signature moves. I played for a week before I discovered mine (W+E standing flip), which only works on SSI Boards and some selective waves today.  Still today, I am more proud about that than anything I ever did for SLSA.

Which is what happens in RL as well. My memory is far from perfect, and this example might have the surfer wrong, but it happened and Cierra and I watched it. In Heat 3 at Bell’s Beach 2014, Easter mid-morning, Jordy pulled an aerial and landed it, a winning one trick score, I think it scored him more or less an “8”. The rest of his surfing during that heat was excellent, and I do think Jordy deserved the heat win.

John John’s amazing aerial ride was much better (trick included) and although I do not think it was a 10, the judges did. And I give John John credit, he committed to the wave and rode it out to snap another washwater wall. A “9”, IMHO was what that ride deserved and would have still won him the heat. For Jordy to drop into a wave and stick a single difficult trick should not be worth more than half a wave score. It was a difficult trick, but it is no longer innovative. So will RL and SL judges find balance between a single and amazing trick and the artistry of style?

The bottom line is this:
Tricks are vital to competitive surfing, it keeps everything fresh and innovative. It also shows the knowledge and skills of the surfer with the board and wave. Style is taking those tricks and transitioning between one and another, not just repeating the same trick over and over. Style is also trick selection and the order of tricks so as a surfer rides the wave it shows knowledge and timing of the wave. And finally the most subjective and at the same time the most technical, its called the artistry of surfing. It’s flowing with the wave and combining the knowledge and skill of tricks and creating a series of moves that awes the audience, judges and most of all your fellow surfers. Some surfers power trick after trick to show skill and knowledge, while others try to create an artistic flow on the wave dancing across its surface as they move from one trick to another.

The question I leave you with: “Is packing in more tricks worth more than style and creating artistic flow?

~ Flynn

Footnote:
You can see the early evolution of SLSA surfers trying to move tricks into style on my Video site . Today’s competitive surfers are far more advanced than these videos show, but what I see is that judges are scoring higher on tricks over style, then and now.

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Registration Opens for SLSA Cape Marauder Series

SLSA+logo1Registration has opened for the Cape Marauder series!

Dates: May 3rd (Open) and May 10th (Pro) at 11:00 AM SLT
Place: Cape Marauder
Wave: Sunset
Board: SSi Longboard (5.x series only)

Registration is open until midnight SLT, Tuesday, April 29th. Register on the SLSA Forums.

There must be at least 30 people registered, for both the Open and the Pro to be held. If less than 30 people register the events will be combined into one to be held on February 22nd. Top 20 ranked surfers you still need to register! Your registration into the event is not automatic. This event is open to any SLSA member, even if you have never competed before (you will be competing in the Open event).

Full event rules can be found on the SLSA Wiki.

Also, if you would be interested in working the event, contact any SLSA director. Now, wax up that board and get out there!

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wave rider designs

Totally self-serving post here:

Many “old timers” may remember Flynn’s line of SSi surfboards sold under the name wave rider designs. This was before the last set of updates and are no longer available as a surfboard. BUT, I have re-released the designs. You can purchase the texture to place on your copy/mod SSi surfboard. They look great on both long and short boards!

Please note: this is the texture ONLY; you will not be buying a surfboard.

Flynn and I are very excited to be able to make his designs available again.

10 [wrd] board textures

Where can you get them? Glad you asked. I have opened a little shop on Chi called wave rider designs.  What else?

The textures are priced at 100L$ each. There are two 5-packs, a fractal set and a classic set, for 400L$ and a Fat Pack of all 10 designs for 700L$.

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If you have any questions about the designs/textures, or how to use them, please do no hesitate to contact me in-world or by email (cierra_theriac[at]yahoo[dot]com).

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Surf Classes from Global Surf Treaty

Latest “class” from Global Surf Treaty

When Friday, 25th April
Time  6pm slt
Where: Global Surf School
Subject: SSI Longboard

From Connie: “come along and pick up some tips  or just hang out and chill with friends.  We love to see you all”

Island Sea Dreams

Picture stolen, errr, borrowed from Kantbe Serious

Picture stolen, errr, borrowed from Kantbe Serious

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Out and About

TsuOpen_005So, my partner in crime, Flynn Sheridan, is out and about checking out new things, sims, waves, surfboards, that kind of thing and wants to tell you about it. If you know of something new, drop him a line at Flynn@mtcd.net, or via notecard in-world (his messages are capped in a day). You could even leave something here in the comments 🙂 Don’t forget to send him a LM.

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SLSA Da Hui Pro Results

SLSA+logo1Date: April 12th, 2014
Place: Solace Dreams
Wave: Maoli Tahiti
Board: HP5 

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Final
1st Wilfrid Decuir 15.00
2nd Zelda Zimberman 14.50
3rd Kristen 14.00
3rd Lanky Silvercloud 14.00
5th Bobbi Laval LaSalle 13.83
6th Harbor Piers 13.66

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Semi-Final 1
Kristen 15.00
Wilfrid Decuir 15.00
Harbor Piers 14.16
Sarah Pevensey 13.83
Roxy Angel 13.66
Robin Mapp 13.50

Semi-Final 2
Zelda Zimberman 15.66
Lanky Silvercloud 14.50
Reigndrop 14.00
Rayzza Rubble 12.83
Alex Danger 12.66

Semi-Final 3
Bobbi Laval LaSalle 15.00
Monq Mapp 14.16
Sally LaSalle 14.16
Colleen Brennan 13.33
Alvaro Pevensey 13,16

Semi-Final Heat winners and next top 3 Scores advance to the Finals

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Heat 1
Neptune01 12.66
Wilfrid Decuir 15.00
Followingwaves Sirbu 11.33
Summer Amaranth 12.50
Yari Ziplon 13.50

Heat 2
Zelda Zimberman 15.00
Monq Mapp 15.00
Roxyangel007 15.00
Lanky Silvercloud 15.00
Alex Danger 14.83

Heat 3
Bobbi Laval 14.16
Brad fresh 13.33
JohnnyWhadd 12.66
Robin Mapp 14.16
Zoso Zepp 10.16

Heat 4
Shannon Cardalines 13.33
Petra Xaris 12.33
Reigndrop 13.50
PsychoMac 13.33
TawnieLee 8.50
Bri Graycloud 12.00

Heat 5
Kr1st3n 14.00
Sally Lasalle 14.16
Annie Panties 13.16
Sarah Pevensey 13.66
Figger Arun DNS
Diamond Carbetta 10.83

Heat 6
Harbor Piers 14.83
Colleen Brennan 14.33
Alvaro Pevensey 13.83
Rayzza Rubble 14.00
Cierra Theriac 13.33
Mick Lunasea 13.00

Heat Winners and next 6 High Scores advance to Semi-Finals

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Staff:
Event Coordinator: Alvaro Pevensey/Robin Mapp
Head Judge: Xander Lunasea
Judge: Dax Verlaine
Judge: Revlon Benoir
Marshal: Neptune & Monq
Security: Bobbi
DJ: DJ Honeypot

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Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 8.06.03 PMNext Competition: 

May 3rd Cape Marauder Open
May 10th Cape Marauder Pro
HP Sunset/SSi Longboard

 

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