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SLSA 2017 Season 1 Schedule

SLSA+logo1Let’s get this party started!

Season Schedule Season 1 2017!

Fiinally its time for the fun to start! Here are the details for this season, times will be confirmed closer to events.

Feb 25th – Bundy Reef – HP5 (Personal or Rezzer) – Maoli 4All – 12pm SLT
March 25th – Solace Dreams – SSi Longboard (TBD) – Sunset Wave
April 22nd – Tsunami – Solace Dreams – LSD (Rezzer only) – Maoli 100m Freestyle
May 20th – Bluff Cove – C-3 (Personal or Rezzer) – Maoli Freestyle and Swell.
June 24th – T’ai – SSi Shortboard (TBD) – TBD

New updated event rules for the season below.
http://wiki.surfslsa.org/index.php?title=Event_Rules

 

(posted on the Forums: http://surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=3619&sid=640923e85367c1eb111db2d9ad14be96)

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US Vans Open of Surfing

The Vans US Open of Surfing is coming up…This  is a WSL event:  CT event for ladies and QS for men. July 25-31 on the WSL website.

US Open

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Beach Rentals Available at Bundy Reef!

DW_002New beach level homes for rent on Bundy Reef!  Same Bundy feel, but now it can be your home.  Four homes available, customization completely up to you.  Homes come completely furnished. But you keep all the items you want to keep (or have them all removed) and rezz your own items.  Landscaping can be customized as well.  Any external changes must be approved by one of the management team.

These are beautiful homes, each distinct, but yet with the beach cottage theme, individually and thoughtfully furnished.  You have access to all areas of the sim, with the exceptions of other home rentals and skyboxes, and especially the beach and waves to surf on.  Free surfboard rezzers available.  Attached to Bundy Reef are 3 other surf sims, each with its own individual personality.

Each Rental is 2000L a week with an allowance of 1000 prims.  Homes and furnishings provided count into the 1000 prim allotment.  You are allowed to also rezz in the sky above 300 feet.

Come visit at Bundy Reef, explore the area and find your new home!

For information and assistance, contact: Kantbe Thursday, Cierra Theriac, or Sally LaSalle.

Bundy 3_001

Large open living area, with bedroom and roof access

Bundy 3_002

Living Room, Dining Area, and Sleeping Loft

Bundy 3_003

Living Room and Bedroom

Bundy 3_004

Main Living Room, Sleep Loft and Screened in Porch

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Ack! Where can I find an SSi Shortboard?

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Not to worry!  If you would like to buy your own personal board you can get one from Dee Waveriders’s Shop: DW Surf on Little London. They are between L$745 and L$754 for a copy version.  There are a variety of sizes, so make sure you measure one you are interested in to make sure it is between 2.25m and 3.38m (competition size). If anyone else has working SSi vendors, please let me know!

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If you just want a loaner for the Bundy comp, there will be a rezzer is coming soon.

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P.S. – If you need a portable measuring stick, contact me and I can pass you one!

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New Event Rule Changes Explained

SLSA+logo1recieved inworld from the SLSA Directors

Dear Member,

We’ve had various changes to our Event Rules over the last couple of months and we are sending out this letter to all surfers because we want to be sure everyone understands the new rules that have been put in place and what these changes mean to you.

1. Rule Regarding Post Comp Score Inquires
Rule Summary:
If you have any questions regarding your scores following the end of a competition please contact a member of the Board of Directors do NOT go directly to judges.

Event Rule:
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15.3 Post Comp Score Inquiries
Following the close of the event, post comp score inquiries can be made ONLY through the EC (if the EC is a Director) or one of the other Directors. At NO time may a surfer contact judges directly regarding their scores.
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2. Rule Regarding Heat Draw Assignment for Opens and Pros

Rule Summary:
In the past preliminary heat draw assignment was doine according to rank. This is no longer the case. We will be using the registration for Heat draw assginment and it will now be a first come first serve basis. We will also continue to be taking early and late heat requests.

Event Rules for Heat Draw Assignments:
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5.1 Open Heat Assignment

Surfers assigned to the Open event (see 1.4) are ordered by the sign up registration. First surfer that signs up goes first, last surfer that signs up goes last. When someone requests an early or late heat, then they are bumped to front or the back based on order of registration. The first person to request an early heat would be bumped up to first surfer, the second person to request an early heat would be bumped up to the second spot. Same for those that request late heats, first to request a late heat would get bumped to the end, the next second from last and so on.

5.2 Pro Heat Assignment

Surfers assigned to the Pro event (see 1.4 and see 17.2) are first ordered by the sign up registration. The first surfer that signs up goes first, last surfer that signs up goes last. When someone requests an early or late heat, then they are bumped to front or the back based on order of registration. The first person to request an early heat would be bumped up to first surfer, the second person to request an early heat would be bumped up to the second spot. Same for those that request late heats, first to request a late heat would get bumped to the end, the next second from last and so on.
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3. Rule Regarding How Surfers Advance from Preliminary Heat to Semi and Semi to Final

Rule Summary:
In the past, we had winners of heats that would advance first and then for the prelims 6 next highest scores for a total of 12 and for Finals winners of Semi heats and then 3 next highest scores for a total of 6. That has been simplified. We no longer have winners of heats. Advancement from Prelims to Semi’s and Semi’s to Finals is done solely on scores. Highest scores advance regardless of what heat you surf in.

Event Rules Regarding Advancing by Scores:
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5.4 Pro Semi-Final Assignment

Surfers shall advance to the semi-finals based on score. The Top 12 scoring surfers from the Preliminary Heats will advance to the Semi-Finals. If there is a tie for the 12 position, a surf-off will be conducted. Heat assignments will be highest score is Red 1, 2nd highest score is Red 2, 3rd highest score is Red 3, 4th highest score is Blue 1, etc. In the event that there is a tie score within the top 12 scorers, every attempt will be made to avoid surfers from the same Pro preliminary heat, being in the same Pro semi-final.

5.5 Pro Final Assignment

Surfers shall advance to the Finals based on score. The Top 6 scoring surfers from the Semi-Final heats will advance to the Finals. If there is a tie for the 6th position, a surf-off will be conducted. Top 12 scores advance to the semi heats. If there is a tie for the 12th position there will be a surf off. Top 6 scores advance to the Final heat. If there are any ties for 6th position there will be a surf off.
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4. Smaller Open Events

At times in the last couple of seasons we have had less than the required 31 sign up for our comps. We were seeing Opens canceled due to this and decided it would be better for our surfers and staff to hold Opens even if they are smaller ones. This is especially true for our newest members and new staff members whom need to gain experience. It’s fun to get your feet wet in an Open and have that experience among other new surfers. We will now be holding Opens as long as we get 25 or more surfers signed up for our comps.

We ask that all surfers bear with us while we get used to these new rules. Thank you and Happy Surfing Everyone!

SLSA Board of Directors

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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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Ack! Where can I find an SSi Shortboard?

Not to worry!  If you would like to buy your own personal board you can get one from Dee Waveriders’s Shop: DW Surf on Cloud 9. They are L$750 for a copy version.  There are a variety of sizes, so make sure you measure one you are interested in to make sure it is between 2.25m and 3.38m (competition size). If anyone else has working SSi vendors, please let me know!

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If you just want a loaner for the Kauai comp, they have a rezzer that will give out short and long boards on the beach. The shortboard is approximately 2.65m.

Kauai Shorty_001

P.S. – If you need a portable measuring stick, contact me or any of the directors and we can pass you one!

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