Monthly Archives: January 2016

So How Does This SLSA Competition Thing Work? Re-Post again.

surfing_001This is a re-post of something I wrote about this time last-last year… being this is the beginning of a new season and there are lots of new names and faces, new rules, this is a good time to throw it out there again.

What seems like such a simple thing can get confusing for new and old surfers alike. You just show up, get on your board, and ride the wave, right?

Yes, but there is a little more that goes into it in order to keep the competitions running smoothly and most of all fun! Virtual world competitions are not set up the same way as RL competitions. First off, we don’t have a week to dedicate to the event. We all have real lives, you know? So there are event rules set up to keep everything running like a well-oiled machine.

For SLSA competitions this is how it goes. Number one – You have to be a member of the SLSA (SL Surfing Association). Just join the group. That’s all there is to it. No fees, no dues. One group slot is all it costs you. Number two- you have to join the SLSA forums.  Why? Two reasons. First, you can keep your eyes open for an announcement for an upcoming competition.  Next… How do you register for a comp? That’s simple, look for the Competition Registration thread and sign up.

There are 2 parts to the event – the Open and the Pro. The Open and the Pro are held on two consecutive weekends. The Pro is for anyone who is ranked in the top 20 (and remembers to register for the competition). The Open is for everyone else. But it is not a guarantee that both the Open and the Pro will be held. If more than 30 surfers register prior to the registration deadline, then both will be held. If 30 or less surfers register, then the two are combined into one event to be held on the date scheduled for the Pro. With me so far?

After everyone is registered, the head judge makes up the heat draws. That is who surfs when and what color jersey (or rashie as we call them) you wear. Shortly before the event the competition organizers send out a notice with the heat draws and a “comp pack”. Inside your comp pack you will find all the possible color combinations of rashies they will use and several note cards full of information about what is going on. Sometimes you find extra goodies too!

Okay so now you are registered and have received your heat draw. What is this heat business anyway? Well, the heats are the group of surfer you will be out on the water with. This can vary from 3-6 surfers depending on how many people have registered and what heat it is. So how do the SLSA  organizers figure out how the heats are set up?  Again the Open and Pro are a little different.

In the Open event, when there are between 11 and 14 surfers registered, surfers are divided into 3 heats.  If there are 15 or more surfers registered, then it is divided into 5 heats.  Part of the Open event is deciding who gets to advance to the Pro event the next weekend. The surfers with the 10 top scores in the preliminary heats advance to the Pro. Surfers who do not automatically advance are put on “stand-by” for the Pro event, in the order of how they scored, to fill in for any surfers who qualified  and registered for the Pro event, but are unable to surf. There is an unofficial final in the Open event consisting of the top 5 scoring surfers.

Okay… how does heat set up work in the Pro event? In a Pro event, there should be 30 surfers. They are divided into 6 heats of 5 surfers.  These are the preliminary heats. There is also semi-final heats and then the final heat to determine the winners. In the preliminary heats, the top 12 scoring surfers advance to the semi-finals. You have to keep your eye on the scoreboard to see who is in the running for those slots.  The semi-finals are 3 heats of 4 surfers (12 total). The top 6 scoring surfers will advance to the finals. So, we now have 6 surfers in the finals. Winners are naturally then determined by order of scores in the finals.

Still with me? Good.

Scores.  Scores are awarded by the judges. There is a head judge and 2 additional judges. They each give a score for each surfer for each wave.  Scores are between 0.25-10.00, in .25 point increments. Surfers get three waves and the two highest scores are then added together. For example, let’s say you get a 5.0 6.5 and a 7.o. The 5.0 is dropped. Your score for that heat is then 13.5.

How are those scores determined? Remember a surfer can receive between a 0.25 and 10.0 for each wave.  Each judge determines how well the surfer performed on that wave. There are guidelines on how to score them, but as with everything in life the guidelines are subjective. More about this in a second.  Scores are broken down into 3 categories; style and control are worth 4 points, tricks are worth 4 points, and length of ride is worth 2 points. To receive the best possible score, a surfer has to blend a good combination of all three categories. For example, style and control is very subjective, but each judge scores consistently throughout a competition based on their interpretation of style and control. Typically, the judges are competition surfers, so they know what the tricks are and their degree of difficulty, this is less subjective. Length of ride is purely objective, did the surfer stay on the wave until the end, and did they belly. This isn’t the olympics and we don’t have instant replay, so don’t get upset with the judges. They are doing their best and are consistently fair. After 8 years of being part of SLSA, as a surfer, a judge, and in other roles, judging has always been the most consistent part of a SLSA competition.

So what actually happens? You hang out in the spectator stands with the other surfers and spectators, dance and talk.  Pay attention for your heat to be called to the beach. The marshal will give you some instructions. Basically, what order to go in, not to take a wave until instructed, and to go the marshal in IM with any questions, problems, or concerns. Under no circumstance should you IM a judge. That’s grounds for disqualification 😦 After you finish your heat, you head back to the spectator stands and keep an eye on the scoreboard to see if you advance!

And that is pretty much it. Actually it’s not that complicated… basically you show up, pay attention, follow directions, ask questions, have fun!

Most of all have fun!. There is always a party in the event stands. And being out on the water with your heat buddies is always a good time.



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Surfing SLSA

This is a great picture taken by JT Castanea.  He posted it to the Photography Second Life group on Facebook. So far it has… let me check…75 views. Which is like a record or something. Most photos only get between 1-10 views. So way to go JT!  In the comments some people asked about surfing, so we included a few landmarks. 🙂

Cie Surf 3

The board is an HP5 Endless Summer Fun Board (sorry, no longer available) and the wave is the Maoli Tahiti located at the SLSA home sim on Solace Dreams.


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SLSA Fundraiser Rolling Stones Tribute Concert

SLSA rolling stones concert 1_30 4PM SLT

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SLSA 2016 Season 1 Schedule

SLSA+logo1Few More Details…

Feb 13th Open & 20th Pro 11AM SLT
Venue: Solace Dreams
Board: HP5 (rezzer or your own)
Wave: Maoli Tahiti
LM: … s/45/34/22

March 12th Open & 19th Pro
Venue: Bluff Cove
Board: C-3
Wave: Maoli Freestyle/ Swell Combo
LM: … 127/206/27

April 9th Open & 16th Pro
Venue: Bundy Reef
Board: SSI Shortboard
Wave: TBD
LM: … f/38/75/22

May 14th Open & 21 Pro
Venue: Tai
Wave: LSD
Board: TBD

June 11th Open & 18th Pro
Venue: Tsunami Beach (Solace Dreams Sim)
Board: SSI Longboard
Wave: TBD
LM: … s/45/34/22

*Boards and waves subject to change*

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SLSA 2016 Season 1 Schedule

SLSA+logo1Save the dates… final details still being worked out… ya know, the where and what… but we got the when!

Feb 13th Open & 20th Pro
March 12th Open & 19th Pro
April 9th Open & 16th Pro
May 14th Open & 21 Pro
June 11th Open & 18th Pro

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SLSA Season End Awards Ceremony

SLSA+logo1Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Time: 5PM SLT
Venue: Waterfront Theatre
Dress: Formal
DJ: Reigndrop


See ya there!



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SLSA Stuff Going On

SLSA+logo1Many things happening in the off season and they need your help (don’t worry won’t take but a few minutes).  Most of this is taken directly from the SLSA Forums.

Call for Venues:

SLSA is now taking applications from those that would like to host a competition during the 2016 Season 1 competition season (Feb – June).

Follow the Survey Monkey link to complete an application:
Deadline to get your application in is Wednesday, January 13th. If we do not get enough applications, we will extend the deadline at that time. Thank you!

Hall of Fame Nominations:

The SLSA Hall of Fame, is a fun way to acknowledge outstanding sustained excellence and contribution to the sport of Surfing in Secondlife. It was originally created as a way to acknowledge not only those people that have shown excellence in their surfing skill over a sustained period, but also to those that contribute in a significant way to the facilitation, organization, development and enjoyment of Surfing as a positive and character building experience in Secondlife.

Each Season the top two placing surfers for the season overall are inducted, the Season Champion and Runner-up, are added as a tribute to their sustained participation and their performance across the length and breadth of the waves, boards and conditions that were a part of the season.

Additionally, nominations are sought from the SL Surfing community for potential inductees to the hall for contributions to SL surfing which are pivotal and of great value to the entire surfing community over a prolonged number of years.

Nominees do not have to be a part of the SLSA, they may have contributed to surfing in a significant way outside of the SLSA. Nominees may also include people that have been inducted for surfing, but who have also contributed to the development of the sport.

Their is no limit to the number of people that may be nominated, but each nominee must have a seconder (ie a second person that confirms the nomination). In addition, there is no limit to the number of inductees that may be voted in to the Hall of Fame at any given vote, but each inductee must receive more votes for than against induction from eligible voters (hall of fame members plus current SLSA board members) that cast a vote. This may mean that none, one, two or more may be inducted provided that they receive a net positive vote.

Please respond to this post with your Nominee and please indicate why you think that person should be inducted.

Your nominees will then be voted on by the current Hall of Fame Inductees in combination with the current SLSA Board of Directors. Each of those voters is limited to selecting 2 candidates from all nominees received.

The list of current Hall of Famers can be found on this post:-

or why not visit the SLSA Hall of Fame on the SLSA’s sim “Solace Dreams”

Nominations will close on Wednesday January 6th at Midnight SL time.

Sportsmanship Award:

Please respond to this post with your nominations for the SLSA Season 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 Wednesday, January 6th, at which time voting will take place in an anonymous poll here in this forum.

Angel Award:

Please respond to this post with your nominations for the SLSA 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 Wednesday, January 6th, at which time voting will take place in an anonymous poll here in this forum.

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