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Get to Know the Candidates – June 1st Elections

SLSA+logo1On June 1st elections will be held to select three people to fill seats on the SLSA Board of Directors that will be open. Running for Director are Summer Amaranth (SummerRain Garnet), Annie Panties (jadeeast), and Petra Xaris. Alvaro Pevensey and Revlon Benoir have withdrawn their applications for personal reasons and RL commitments.

You are eligible to vote if

2.1.1.2. An SLSA Member must have competed (and been assigned a score) in at least one of the previous six SLSA sanctioned competitions prior to the election.
2.1.1.3. An SLSA Member shall be an SLSA Hall Of Fame inductee.
2.1.1.4. An SLSA Member must have served as an appointed officer or director at, at least, one of the previous three SLSA sanctioned competitions prior to the election.

Check to see if you are on the Eligible Voter List on the Forums. Voting takes place via a voting machine, most likely located near the clubhouse on Solace Dreams. Voting is easy peasy and quick, unless of course you are having a hard time making a decision. In order to help to make your decision, we wanted to give you a chance to get to know the candidates better.

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Surf Side: Let’s start at the beginning, how did you get involved in surfing in Second Life?

Summer: I just love the beach.. I was searching out beach sims and came across surfing with a rezzer board by chance.. Then I fell in love. LOL!

Annie: It may have been a friend who introduced me to it.  I surf in real life so it was something I wanted to try here.  I did some surfing here and liked it and joined SLSA in June of 2013.

Petra: Just by chance I looked up beaches in SL search and tp’d to a surf sim, What? Surf & Simboard. They had a surfboard rezzer and after trying it out I fell in love with surfing instantly. Soon after, I met Fuzzy Cheeks aka bullet Admiral who became my best friend. He introduced me to SLSA and gave me a little nudge to try competing.

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Surf Side: What prompted your decision to run for SLSA Director?

Summer: I feel like SLSA is a great organization and I want to continue to make it better and stronger. I want to get more involved with the SLSA, want to help make a difference, to help out by encourage them when they are struggling.

Annie: My friend told me I would be good since I like working with people and I’m loyal and dedicated and usually successful in those things I do believe in.

Petra: When I first ran for director in 2013, it was a friend of mine that suggested I run. I was a little bit shy about running.  At the time, two candidates dropped out suddenly and there was an urgent need for someone to run and so I did to help out. Now two terms later, I’m running again. I love the SLSA surfing comps. I have a lot of fun participating in them and I enjoy helping out and giving back to the community.

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Surf Side: What areas of improvement do you currently see for the SLSA as an organization?

Summer: I really would like for the SLSA community to grow closer together. I dont like the separation of some teams, I want a family/community feel. I know people will always have disagreements and not get along but it shouldnt divide us and our passion for surfing.

Annie: It’s very organized and successful, I would like to continue that and make sure communication is foremost and also training and recruiting new members.  I would listen to the needs of the surfers as to what they like, dislike and want to see added.

Petra: I think we need to continue to move in a positive direction. Do our best to make the competitions both a fun experience and fair for everyone. We’ve tried to keep our comps moving at a good pace and have improved on that. We need to keep an eye on it though, make sure we stay on track with this.

We are trying to be more open with communication between members and board of directors so that we may address concerns and talk about ideas members may have for improving SLSA. I believe we should continue to move forward with this.

I still think for new directors, coming into the job, we could improve a bit more on having all the information collected in one area to make learning the jobs easier. That will only help to make the organization more efficient. I’ve continued to work on this myself with step by step guides for the different jobs as well as other of the directors contributing and so together we are trying to reach this goal.

I think that as members of SLSA each one of us should try to keep in mind that we really are one community, one family. We should try our best to be supportive and respectful of one another and try to lift each other up so that we may all enjoy the one thing that has brought us together, our love of surfing.

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Surf Side: What do you see as your first priority as an SLSA director?

Summer: Getting new surfers in! Letting everyone that is involved know they belong here old and new surfers!

Annie: (Giggles) To get used to being a director and to listen to the surfers as to what is needed to make SLSA better and more enjoyable for them.

Petra: My first priority will be doing whatever I can to  help make it a smooth transition for the new directors coming in. Also, I’ll do as I have been, continue with my job as finance officer, continue with my project on writing of the guides, and  try to help out wherever else it’s needed.

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Surf Side: How long have you been competing in SLSA competitions?

Summer: This is my first season competing! Pretty happy with myself and having a blast!

Annie: Since June 2013, so this is my first full year.  So far I have been fortunate to make it from 43 ranking to 18 now and also have passed Marshal training.  I like all the surfers how friendly they are and the challenges’ of the waves and boards.

Petra: A little over two years, since January of 2012.

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Surf Side: Since we are talking about comps… What do you like the best about them? And what is your least favorite part?

Summer: NERVES!! Wow, I get nervous.  My favorite part is people cheering each other on,  everyone coming together to support each others.. I love comps!

Annie: My problem is trying to find the beach when called.  (Giggles).  I like when I feel I did good and the sportsmanship of all the surfers.  It’s fun out there.  Moving off the wave and going belly up are very frustrating positions to be in.

Petra: What I like best is the fun I have on comp day, surfing with friends and doing something together we all love. My least favorite part is when I make a mistake and slip off a wave too early, argggghh. I did that in the last comp at Cape Maruader. I guess most of us know that feeling, ha, ha.

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Surf Side: Do you think SLSA today has a greater role to play in the SL surfing community?

Summer: I would like to see more activity in the SLSA.. Quite honestly, I didnt  even know who our directors were until I went and searched them out. We should have  maybe a meeting once every four-six months to get to know these people better or a open forum type board meeting? Where anyone within the SLSA can express concerns or ask questions.

Annie: Yes I do. I think it draws people to the shops and beaches and increases awareness and I want to continue that so not only the events are successful but those groups hosting them and the shop keepers and donors are also helped.

Petra: Well, I do think that being a long standing organization in SL and the fact that we have comps routinely scheduled, that we do play an important role in the SL surfing community. If people do have that desire to compete, they can join up at any time and give it a try. When most become members of SLSA they quickly learn that the comp schedule can be counted on.

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Surf Side: There has been a lot of great innovation lately in board creation. What are your thoughts on having a variety of board script/vendors into the competition season? How should it be determined which boards are used in competitions?

Summer: I like the idea of mixing things up, giving us a challenge each comp. I don’t really have much thought on determining which boards should be used and all. I’m not experienced enough to have an opinion on that, IMO. I just think they should be well tested and been out a bit before putting them in a comp, so we get experience with them.

Annie: I think the surfers and the directors should determine the boards and the various boards and waves add to the competition each month so I think it’s exciting and should be carefully looked at but varied to make it interesting and competitive and fun.

Petra: I think if the boards are of good quality and will offer enough of a challenge for competing on them,  it’s a good thing.  How should it be determined which boards are used in competitions? I think, first, we need to give careful thought as to whether each new board has merit and will be both challenging and fun to have in comps.

The board of directors, did set up a new surfboard approval process a few months ago that we will be following for newly proposed surfboards. I think it’s great that we decided the community should be involved in the decision making process.

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Surf Side: Time for some fun stuff… What board is your current favourite and why?

Summer: What board is your current favorite and why? SSI used to be until I fell in love with the HP.. Love the speed and the air I can get!

Annie: Oh I guess the longboard I just finished with at Cape since I had my best finish and it’s still embedded in my mine.  (Laughs)  Being that it’s my first full year I will experience many so the vote is still out on really my favorite.

Petra: My favorite is still SSi and I do like both long and short but long I would have to say is my all time favorite. It just feels really good to me and I like feeling I’m the one in control of the board and not the board in control of me. Even after two years of surfing on it, I still find it challenging.

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Surf Side: When you are in search of the perfect wave, which one do you favor and why?

Summer: Perfect wave…  That’s a tough one because every wave to me is a prefect wave!

Annie: I prepare myself first so I’m mentally and physical ready for it then I greet the wave like a stranger wanting to make friends with it and showing how we can work as one.

Petra: I love Maverick if I’m surfing SSi, it’s a fast and fun wave, enough room for some high flying tricks.

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Surf Side: Any places (sims) in particular that draw your surfing soul?

Summer: Oh this is hard.. When I first started surfing years ago that sim was my fav but it’s not around anymore. Since being back I would have to say Island Sea Dreams, Kona and Tsunami are my favs.

Annie: Montego and Cape have been good to me but I do like them all.  Its fun finding a new beach, wave and board as I pursue my surfing career.

Petra: I enjoy surfing at SLSA home sim, Solace Dreams. And then there is Bobbi’s fairly new sim Bundy. I love it there even just to lay on those gorgeous beach towels she has. I find it relaxing and peaceful there.

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Surf Side: What else is there that might help us get to know you better?

Summer:  I love long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners.. lol  JK JK JK 🙂 I dont know, I think I’m a pretty open minded, friendly gal. I love getting to know and meet new people.  I try to surround myself with people who have a good sense of humor and are laid back.. I dont like drama and try to avoid it.  Other than my love for surfing, I have an addiction to buying bikini’s and shoes.. I love fairies and tie dye too. I’m a little bit of a hippie. 🙂

Annie: I love listening to people but will speak my opinion on matters and hope to come up with a good final decision on matters of importance to all. I like to have fun and I am truly honored being with so many hall of famers, quality surfers and skilled staff members who have made this a great organization and wish to continue to do well to try to fill their large Rashies. I would hope people will like me when they get to know me which doesn’t take long. Laughs.

Petra: In SL my other addiction is ABC horse racing. I’ve been doing that for nearly 2 years now. I started out thinking I’d be a horse jockey but with my lag issues I’ve become a race horse owner/trainer instead. I hire jockeys to race for me. Our own Annie Panties (jadeeast) has recently become a horse jockey and she has raced for me a couple of times. It really is a lot of fun. In the ABC horse community I enjoy helping new horse owners/trainers/jockeys and share the knowledge I’ve gained to hopefully help make their experience more fun. Most of all I enjoy helping others, whenever I have an opportunity to do so.

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Surf Side would like to thank all of the candidates who so graciously took the time to answer our questions.

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Registration Opens for SLSA Tsunami Beach Series

SLSA+logo1Registration has opened for the Tsunami series, the final stop for Season 1 of 2014!

Dates: June 7th (Open) and June 14th (Pro) at 11:00 AM SLT
Place: Tsunami Beach
Wave: California
Board: LSD Rezzer board only

Registration is open until midnight SLT, Tuesday, June 3rd. 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 June 14th. 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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Meet the Candidates

SLSA+logo1The contenders have thrown their hats in the ring! As posted to the SLSA forums:

An election for 3 SLSA Director Positions will be held on June 1st, using a voting machine on Solace Dreams just outside the SLSA Clubhouse.
If you are an eligible voter, (you have competed in one of the last 6 events or volunteered in one of the last 3 events or are a hall of fame inductee), you will receive a notice when voting is open.

We sincerely wish to thank each of the following candidates, that graciously and selflessly have chosen to stand for election on June 1st.
Even before the election we should thank these candidates for their community spirit and willingness to serve.

* The candidates are listed in the order in which they were received *

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Revlon Benoir
I am willing and able to serve the term

I own Encinitas and Surfer’s Point SIMs
I direct the San Diego Surf Club
I own Revolution Surf Tech
I own the Do It Yourself open source surf project
I own the Virtual Surf Review project
I am on the Surfari Surf RIders Team

My vision for the SLSA is an association free of politics and cronyism. It will be completely transparent and open to all members with equality for all.

As director I will respect the variances between SL and RL surfing not imposing my personal beliefs as director; instead I will focus on the current issues.

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I, Summer Amaranth (SummerRain Garnet) wish to add my name to the list of nominees for board of directors for June-November 2014. If I am elected, I am willing and able to accept the responsibilities that go along with being a member of the Board of Directors of the SLSA.

I am currently a member of the Da Hui team.

I currently do not own or run any surf sim, or sell any products nor items here in Second Life.

My surfing journey started several years ago back in 2011, but I didn’t know of the SLSA or any other surfers. I have a tremendous love for the beach and all things involving the ocean so of course surfing called out to me. I surfed, alone and on my own before leaving SL for over a year to return last November. I started back surfing as soon as I returned and do almost daily since. Upon returning I have since found a home in surfing and within this community. Since joining SLSA I have competed in competitions (went on to the pro’s in two of them) and I am now a trained marshal.

If elected, I will continue to bring this community together, to help encourage both old and new surfers alike, keep communication open and have fun, that’s my vision for the SLSA. The best surfers out there are the ones having the most fun! I want surfing to have a strong sense of community and family, regardless of what team we are with. I am open minded, friendly, positive, passionate and willing to help anyone I can to achieve their goal. I also work well with others.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Summer Amaranth (SummerRain Garnet)

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Hello everyone, my name is Annie Panties or Jadeeast if you prefer, I am would like to be considered for a director position in SLSA. Those that know me can verify I am dedicated and loyal and willing to listen and voice my opinion for the good of the group and would like to continue to strengthen and enhance SLSA as those in the past have done.
I have been surfing since June of 2013 with team Montego and have been in Second Life for about 2 ½ years. Prior to here I was associated with Red Light Center, where I owned three clubs and managed many homes. In Second Life I am the commander of Bremusa Amazon tribe in Ancient World, a ninja warrior in Sengoku Japan and a raid leader.
I see a well-organized structure in SLSA and would like to continue making it strong and an ever-growing group for our experienced surfers and also an inviting center for new surfers wanting to learn and enjoy this great sport here also. Communication is always key and one of my strong points and I will use this to reach out for advice from experienced surfers and staff to continue to fortify the foundation here but also to bring in new additions and to teach and enhance the many interested in being a part of this great organization we call SLSA.

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I’m Alvaro Pevensey, I’m willing and able to commit my time and serve a full term. I’m a member of Team Da Hui, I don’t own any products, any sims or stores, I just love to surf.

I started surfing around the start of 2009, On Mori. Have surfed on most surf sims that have come and gone since then. I started competing last season, the second of 2012 and absolutely loved it. I served a term as director last year (2013). My wife Sarah and I are fully commited to the surfing community. I see the SLSA as a link between us all, keeping surf alive and helping others to love surfing for the sake of surfing. I’m a canadian, proudly a real life Great Lakes surfer, (as crazy as some might think that is), living in Toronto, I’ve worked in advertising all my life, I’m fully bilingual, english/spanish, and would like to contribute with that to the SLSA and all its members, current and all new members we might turn to the dark side… :P

That’s about it, thank you.

– Alvaro

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I, Petra Xaris, am willing and able to dedicate a 6 month term from June to November 2014, to serve as SLSA director.

I am not a member of a team nor am I affiliated with a product or own a sim.

I’ve been surfing in SL since November 2011. It has been THE most fun activity I’ve found in SL. When I joined SLSA as a surfer, I never guessed it would lead me to being a director. It’s been an interesting year for me and overall has been a good experience. I’ve had so much fun introducing new people to surfing and have made so many friends along the way. My 2nd term is ending and I would love to serve a 3rd. I really do like helping out so we can continue to have fun competitions for all to enjoy.

My vision for SLSA is to continue on in a positive direction with the hope we may all come together as a united family/community, be encouraging to one another and to simply enjoy the fun and love of surfing. Thank you for considering me as a candidate again!

Petra :)

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Being an SLSA Director

SLSA+logo1After the Call for Nominees goes out when the SLSA Board of Directors election comes up, people start asking themselves “Do I want to be a Director?” and if the answer is yes, then the next question is “Am I qualified?”

Short answer to “Am I qualified?” to probably yes. Do you like to help put on comps? Are you willing to participate in making decisions about issues that come up? Do you want to help maintain an organization with the thought of ‘What is best for the surfers?’

Technical Qualifications to being a director:

  1. Are you an Eligible Voter and a current member of the SLSA? If yes, you are eligible. (a few other technicalities, but this is the basic one.)

Technical Qualification to being an eligible voter:

  1. Competed in and received a score in one of the 6 SLSA sanctioned competitions prior to the election OR
  2. A member of the SLSA Hall of Fame OR
  3. Been a an appointed officer or director at, at least, one of the previous three SLSA sanctioned competitions prior to the election 

I am simplifying what is in the constitution. Go ahead read sections 2 and 3, I’ll wait.

Notice that no where in there does it say that you have to have competed in X competitions, held a position in any competition, or been a member of the SLSA for X amount of time. It says what I have outlined above. It doesn’t matter if you are new, or feel too new. If you meet the conditions above (and other technicalities in the constitution (Sections 2 and 3) and you want to be a director, go for it! Most important qualifications: heart, common sense, and desire, IMHO.

So how do you run for Director. Well, if you don’t want to go to the forums and read the official announcement, here’s the gist of it:

  1. Create a notecard, introducing yourself: your name, your willingness and ability to serve a full term, any affiliations of team, product or sim ownership, and a paragraph or two outlining your background, and your vision for the SLSA.
  2. Send it to all the current directors:  Xander Datura, Sunrize Mornington, Petra Xaris, roxyangel007, and Maldrul Morris before midnight May 18th (that’s in 2 days folks)

That’s it.

From personal experience, I will tell you that I really enjoyed being on the board. I love to help put on competitions. I love the camaraderie of working with other people to get things done. I love working toward making something better, and ensuring that all competitions are fun! Sure there is some work involved. But if you are willing… I bet you will love it too.

FYI – The positions are for 6 months: June 1st 2014 until November 30th 2014.

There a 3 positions opening on the board, and the SLSA members and the Board of Directors needs you!

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SLSA June 1st Call For Candidates

SLSA+logo1from SLSA forums:

As per the SLSA Constitution, we will be having a General Election to fill Board of Director positions. The election is scheduled to be held on June 1st, 2014

If you would like to help keep your SLSA running, please consider standing for election as an SLSA director. As with all Director positions, the term duration will be 6 months, in these cases from June 1st 2014 until November 30th 2014. Applications should be turned in between May 12th and May 18th .

If you wish to stand as a director, please create a note-card (IM’s cannot be accepted) in-world, stating: your name, your willingness and ability to serve a full term, any affiliations of team, product or sim ownership, and a paragraph or two outlining your background, and your vision for the SLSA.

Send the note-card to all of the current sitting directors; Xander Lunasea, Sunrize Mornington, Petra Xaris, roxyangel007, and Maldrul Morris.

Director Eligibility is outlined in the SLSA constitution Section II.B. and can be viewed … on our web site at http://surfslsa.org/main/?page_id=360 (won’t require a file download).

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SLSA and the SL Community

A commentary and history of SLSA and the SL surfing community, by Flynn Sheridan

I have witnessed a lot different interactions and relationships in my time, when I was actively participating or watching over Cierra’s shoulders over the past six years. I’ve gotten involved in some heated discussions and conflicts, which eventually made me decide to bail out because it made me that unhappy. But there are two things I have learned over the years. One is from a lifetime of experience, the other is from Cierra guiding me with her own wisdom.

The first is that if I have a conflict with another person, that conflict is between me and them. I do not involve other people, because I believe it is our problem not anyone else’s. My closest friends can decide on their own their thoughts, feelings, and ultimately relationships with that person I might be in conflict with and it is not fair for me to get them to side with me. I would not appreciate being pressured into taking sides with a person I like between two “friends”.

The other took me a while to learn and has helped me be a better person… I am still learning it too. That wisdom is when I am mad about something (and I am an Irish redhead) I can say some really angry things. Cierra has taught me to write it out and wait a day, cool down and if I feel the same way… OK send it out. Otherwise, I think about what I really wanted to say and rewrite things from a calmer perspective.

There has always been conflict and anger between people in our surfing community since I’ve been around. That is real and no different from RL, and I’ve been around from almost the beginning of our community. When SLSA was first formed and just before the first comp even began, there was a very real and angry discussion about how things should be done. And it destroyed at least two relationships. I regret that today.

At the end of the comp I walked away from SLSA, which was far from fair, and another thing I regret. Because SLSA needed me and I needed it and the community. But that is spilled milk. I see and feel a lot of anger that can be resolved. I do not think most people in our community do or say things to hurt others. I just believe that we need to think about what we say and do, discuss what we individually think with the right person and allow ourselves to cool down before we say angry things we will regret later.

Like any family and community, it takes all kinds. And we may not always agree, but we all have the same goal. Love of the waves and surfing them the best we can, and sharing that stoke with each other.

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SLSA Cape Marauder Pro Results

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Date: May 10th at 11:00 AM SLT
Place: Cape Marauder
Wave: Sunset
Board: SSi Longboard (5.x series only)

  • Heat Winners and next 6 High Scores advance to Semi-Finals
  • Semi-Final Heat winners and next top 3 Scores advance to the Finals

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Finals
1st Bobbi Laval 16.16
2nd Roxyangel007 15.16
3rd Sunrize Mornington 14.33
4th KatieLove Adored 14.00
4th Zoso Zepp 14.00
6th Cierra Theriac 13.83

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Semi Final 1
Sunrize Mornington 15.50*
Cierra Theriac 14.16
Willow Wynn 12.83
Reigndrop 13.33

Semi Final 2
Zoso Zepp 15.16
Roxyangel007 16.33*
JohnnyWhadd 11.66
Annie Panties 13.83

Semi Final 3
Bobbi Laval 15.50*
Robin Mapp 13.16
Shannon Cardalines 11.50
KatieLove Adored 15.00

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Heat 1
Colleen Brennan 12.33
Neptune01 13.66
Robin Mapp 14.33
Willow Wynn 15.16*
Summer Amaranth 12.33

Heat 2
Monq Mapp 12.16
Brad Fresh 11.16
Sarah Pevensey 12.50
Zoso Zepp 15.50*

Heat 3
Bobbi Laval 16.66*
JohnnyWhadd 14.50
Alvaro Pevensey 11.83
Maldrul Morris 12.33
KatieLove Adored 14.00

Heat 4
Harbor Piers 13.00
Lanky Silvercloud 13.00
Alex Danger 8.83
Cierra Theriac 15.00*
Annie Panties 14.16

Heat 5
TawnieLee 11.00
Petra Xaris 13.00
Roxyangel007 15.66*
Reigndrop 14.16
Robbin Ember DNS

Heat 6 
Kr1st3n 13.66
Shannon Cardalines 15.50
Rayzza Rubble 13.66
Sunrize Mornington 14.66
Kairi Corral 12.33

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Staff:
Event Coordinator – Roxy Angel
Head Judge – Sally LaSalle
Judge – Dax Verlaine
Judge – Nico
Marshal – Neptune Maa & Monq Mapp
Security – Zoso Zepp
DJ Theon

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Full event rules can be found on the SLSA Wiki.

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