Monthly Archives: July 2015

Featured Public Surfing Venue – Island Sea Dreams

Surf Side begins another series describing a few of the Second Life public surfing sims from the list of those compiled and made available the the SL Surfing Association’s home sim, Solice Dreams.  In this post, Island Sea Dreams is being featured and it’s owner, Connie Decosta was gracious enough to sit down for a few minutes for the following interview:

ISD 2

courtesy of JT Castanea

SS:  What public surfing sims do you have?

Connie: Island Sea Dreams – Palma de Majorca

SS:  Can you tell the readers a little about why you decided to create a surfing sim in the first place, and how ISD is different from what you’ve done in the past?

Connie Decosta

Connie Decosta

Connie:  My real home has always been on the beach and to share this feeling with those that may not be so lucky is beautiful.  I treasure what I have and if one other person can obtain a peace inside or enjoy the surfing  experience then I’m happy.  ISD this time round is just the one homestead. Like the last it does have a small jungle feel about it but it’s more about the waves and making sure they run smoothly. – no lag

SS:  How long has it been in SL?

Connie:  This sim has been around for years under ownership of JT [Castanea] and recently renamed Island Sea Dreams about a month ago.

SS:  What types of waves do you tend to run these days?

Connie:  Currently running – 2 sets of Maoli freestyle. 2 monster waves across the width of the sim (what a long ride that one is hehehe) & 2 Tahiti waves, 2 curlys.  Trying to paddle to the bouy is the challenge.  It’s a good work out for those that love a challenge.

SS:  Are you a surfer in either RL or SL?

Connie:  I grew up on the ocean.  My first real surfboard was a 4 fine fever.  It’s a shorter board and omg does it carve it up on the smaller waves.  I was 8 when I took to the water on the waves.  SL surfing I love it and do not compete.  I competed in real from the age of 8 to 21 doing the iron woman thing and eating my weetbix. lol

SS:  Are there any special surfing or design features you’d like to tell the readers?

Connie:  I am trying to capture the reality of waves as much as possible.  Every wave is different and the timing has been changed on each set.  So every time a set runs you could get something different from the last set.  It’s great challenge.

SS:  Is there anything else about your sim(s) you’d like to tell the readers (e.g., availability of other recreational areas, shops, home rentals, etc.)?

Connie:  No rentals this time.  I have Global Surf Treaty for new surfers – the school camp will open soon.  There is a path the ISD_001 ISD_002full length of the sim where you ride ya bike etc, hang out with friends round the fire.  There is an off sim hut – you can sit out there with friends but you have to IM in private as you’re off sim.  Great little hidden hangout.

SS:  Do you have any other regions in SL that aren’t related to surfing?  If so, can you tell us a little about them?

Connie:  Currently No other sims.  I did own a lot of land on the mainland where I had my clothing and jewelry stores.  These are all closed now days.  I just love enjoying my surfing and hanging with my best friends. ISD_003

SS:  Thank you so much for your time, Connie.

Wearing:

Bikini – Faboo Teal Wraparound

Beach skirt – Maoli Green Beachskirt

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SLSA Sim Surf A Thon

SLSA+logo1SLSA Group Notices

SLSA Surf-A-Thon Fund Raiser July 11, 2015

The SLSA will be holding a fund raiser on July 11th from 9AM SLT to 9PM SLT… SLSA Surf-A-Thon.
All members are welcome to participate… if you can surf, you can enter. The surfer that surfs the most waves will win a surfboard from Wave Rider Designs and the team that has the highest total of waves surfed by their team members, will win a trophy. It’ll be party waves all day long!

Details:

Hello Surfers,

The SLSA will be holding a fund raiser on July 11th from 9AM SLT to 9PM SLT… SLSA Surf-A-Thon.

On the day of the Surf-A-Thon, surfers will meet at Solace Dreams sim to do their surfing. You may choose your own times you would like to surf and you may surf any board of your choosing as many times as you can, the more the better. If you want you you may surf an hour or two and come back later to surf some more. It’s up to you.

**** Prizes ****

The surfer that surfs the most waves during the Surf-A-Thon will win a surfboard from Wave Rider Designs.

The SLSA Surf Team that has the most waves surfed (in total from all their team members combined) will win a trophy!

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How it works:
Any of our SLSA members may enter to surf. ..

1. Contact either Petra Xaris or Daphne Yardley to get signed up and receive a pledge Note Card.

2. Get pledges from friends, for each wave you surf, and please keep a record of those pledges on the Note Card.

*** Pledges***

Pledges may be a certain amount per wave surfed with or without a cap, It’s up to the sponsor.

For example:

A sponsor may pledge 5 linden per wave surfed. If the surfer surfs 200 waves, the sponsor would owe 1,000 lindens. If that sponsor has limited funds, they could put a cap of 250 lindens, 500 lindens, 750 lindens etc. Whatever the top amount they are willing to spend is.

Pledges may be as little as 1 linden per wave or as generous as the sponsor wishes to be. It’s up to the sponsor the amount they would like to pledge per wave.

Anyone may pledge, they don’t have to be a member of SLSA, so get as many of your friends involved as sponsors as you can!

3. On July 11th show up to surf at Solace Dreams any time between 9AM and 9PM SLT. The more you surf the better! It will be party waves ALL day!

4. We will have a Surfboard Counter on the beach that counts the waves you surf, click on the Surfboard Counter after each wave surfed, and it will keep track of the amount of waves you have surfed, posting it in local chat with your name for all to see.

5. When you are done surfing, give a total of the waves you surfed from local chat to Petra or Daphne.

6. Collect the pledges from your sponsors and send them to Cierra Theriac along with a note card with the total of what you raised.

Hope to see you all on July 11th! Thank you!

Daphney Yardley SLSA Director/Sim Officer
Petra Xaris SLSA Volunteer

P.S. No one said you can’t sponsor yourself 🙂

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SLSA 2015 Season 2 Call for Venues

SLSA+logo1posted to forums:

Want to host an SLSA competition? Of course you do!

SLSA is now taking applications from those that would like to host a competition during the 2015 Season 2 competition season (August – December).

Follow the Survey Monkey link to complete an application:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RHMBF99

Deadline to get your application in is Tuesday, July 14th.

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End of Season Award Nominations

SLSA+logo1It’s that semi-annual time of the year again and time to submit your nominations for Angel Award and Sportsperson Award for the season.

Angel Award

The Angel award is designed to recognize the person (male or female) that helped make this season a success, by contributing their time, effort, or simply their encouragement of surfers and staff, cheerfully and without seeking any recognition for themselves. They are the person that helped you and many others to have a fun season.

Nominations will Close at Midnight Tuesday, July 7th, at which time voting will take place in an anonymous poll here in this forum.

Sportsperson Award

The Sportsperson award recognizes the person that you feel displayed exemplary sportsmanship, displaying grace in victory or defeat, providing encouragement within and outside their own team, or making a sacrifice to assist another to the detriment of their own place. They are this season’s ‘good sport’.

Nominations will Close at Midnight on Tuesday, July 7th, at which time voting will take place in an anonymous poll here in this forum.

 

Details for the ceremony are still being worked out…  details to come.

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