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Meet Your Candidates – Board of Director September 1 Election

SLSA+logo1Meet Your Candidates for Two Vacancies on the Board of Directors to be filled by an election on September 1, 2015!

An election for 2 SLSA Director Positions will be held on September 1st, using a voting machine on Solace Dreams just outside the SLSA Clubhouse.

If you are an eligible voter (i.e., 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, who graciously and selflessly have chosen to stand for election on June 1st. We thank these candidates for their community spirit and willingness to serve. They all deserve our appreciation. Each of the following statements was prepared by the respective candidates.

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My name is Vally (valium) Lavender and I am willing and able to serve a full six-month term on the SLSA Board of Directors. I am affiliated in name only to Lucky 13 Surf Team as they have made a home-base at my sim. I no longer competitively surf. I also have my own line of surfboards – C-3 Valium Surfboards which I sell at my sim only. I own Lavender Moon 1 and Lavender Moon 2, one being a full sim and two being a homestead sim….with both being surf sims.

My background in Second Life consists of being inworld for nine consecutive years and during that time owning 20 surfing sims. I have a lot of experience deal with surfers and sponsors, and am a proud sponsor myself. I try to support the lifestyle by living it myself. I was a real life surfer during my high school early college years. I have had a 25 yr. real life career in nation-wide fund raising such as capital campaigns, annual campaigns, grant writing, and corporate sponsorships.

My vision for the SLSA is that we continue with the good job we are doing and find little ways to improve taking into consideration what the members would like to see. Treating all with fairness and equitable treatment.

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Name: Daphne Yardley-Wayward
Team: Lucky 13
Outside of Surfing: I cheer for SLCS Cheerleaders, I help run SLCS Airlines and I’m blocker for M.Inc.Riot Bitches of the Second Life Roller Derby Association.

My vision:
I think my vision for SLSA to expand it and make it more visible across grid. WIth the visibility, it can bring more sponsors to our competitions. Also organizing concerts with tribute bands and having parties will help our brand grow and attract more people that never have surf before.

I commit to serve a 6 month term.
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I GiavannaMarie Melody would like to run for the open director position within the SLSA. I am willing to serve the full term. I was previously the Co Captain of Reef Riders and now a current surfer for Tai Chi surf team.

I have previously served 4 terms as a director and believe that I can be an asset to the current board. My past goals as a SLSA director was to find new sponsors, setup surf events, as well as vote on numerous proposals to help further the growth of the SLSA. One of my earliest objectives as a director was to allow for new board types to be used in competitions. I had to leave SL for a while due to family, but to come back 3 years later and see that this vision I had has finally come to this great organization had made me happy to see finally take place.

My hopes going forward would still be the same. To find new and innovative ways to grow our great organization. I love working with everyone and look have a great work ethic to bring to the table.

~Gia Melody

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Meet the Candidates

SLSA+logo1posted on the SLSA forums:

Meet Your Candidates for Two Vacancies on the Board of Directors to be filled by an election on March 1, 2015!

An election for 2 SLSA Director Positions will be held on March 1st, using a voting machine on Solace Dreams just outside the SLSA Clubhouse.
If you are an eligible voter (i.e., 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, who graciously and selflessly have chosen to stand for election on March 1st. We thank these candidates for their community spirit and willingness to serve. They all deserve our appreciation. Each of the following statements was prepared by the respective candidates.

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I would like to nominate for director !!! Countess Decosta Connieeeeee

Ive been around the surfing community since 2007 and been involved in all aspects of the community.

I would love to step up and help for the next six months

Connie
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Name: Daphne Yardley-Wayward
Team: Lucky 13
Outside of Surfing: I cheer for SLCS Cheerleaders, I help run SLCS Airlines and I’m blocker for M.Inc.Riot Bitches of the Second Life Roller Derby Association.

My vision:
I think my vision for SLSA to expand it and make it more visible across grid. WIth the visibility, it can bring more sponsors to our competitions. Also organizing concerts with tribute bands and having parties will help our brand grow and attract more people that never have surf before.

I commit to serve a 6 month term.
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I, Zelda Zimberman, am able to stand as director and fulfill the full six month term. I surf for Montego team. I’ve been surfing slsa comps since 2011 and enjoy having fun during the comps.

I like surfing with everyone and open to help out the group. I’m trying for director so I can see it still running. My vision for the slsa is for it to just be active. I think collaboration and word of mouth from everyone is important for the slsa to be noticed. I would also like to see more participation and most importantly, everyone having fun! ^.^

-Zelda

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Meet Your SLSA Board of Director Candidates

SLSA+logo1posted on the SLSA forums

An election for 3 SLSA Director Positions will be held on December 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 think each of the following candidates, that graciously and selflessly have chosen to stand for election on December 1st. Even before the election we should thank these candidates for their community spirit and willingness to serve.

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I, Summer Amaranth (SummerRain Garnet) wish to add my name to the list of nominees for board of directors for December- May 2015. 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 co-capt with team Da Hui.

As you all know I hold a current Board of Director seat with the SLSA and if elected to carry on I will do my best to help see SLSA succeed to the best of my ability. I have enjoyed my time as a chair with the Board of Directors and enjoyed meeting new people and getting more involved.

My surfing journey started back in 2011, I was a lone surfer for a good awhile before coming into the SLSA a year ago. I compete in competitions when possible (hard for me to do both EC/surf at the moment) and I am also a trained EC, Marshal and Judge with the SLSA. I personally don’t care about ranking but would rather spend my time serving as the SLSA needs people to volunteer.

I feel like I bring good things here to the SLSA and would like to further serve if you all would have me..

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Summer Amaranth (summerrain garnet)
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OK, so, I’m Missy Lovesu (missylovesu resident) and I am willing and able to serve as a director for a full term beginning December 1, 2014.

I am an enthusiastic but thoroughly mediocre surfer and a proud member of the T’ai Ch’i Zen Team. I have been in SL since September 2012, and am in my fourth season of SLSA competition. I spend a lot of time here and have a lot of wonderful friends and do all kinds of things to amuse myself in SL, but VERY high on the list is my participation in SLSA.

I have always had an interest in RL surfing and have some (very slight) RL experience, so when some friends introduced me to SL surfing, I immediately fell in love with it. I have truly enjoyed being part of the SL surfing community and would love to see it continue and grow.

On the negative side, I have never qualified to judge any competition and in between competitions, I tend to forget how to surf each board and have to relearn from more or less scratch, which goes a long way towards explaining the “thoroughly mediocre” portion of my relatively undistinguished SL surfing resume. :-)

My vision for SLSA — OK, well, number one, we should seriously consider eliminating management-speak cliches like “vision statements.” *laughing* More seriously, obviously our number one responsibility is making sure that the competitions take place and run as smoothely and fairly as possible. To that end, we need to guard against unnecessary drama, which I believe is a cancer that could kill the SLSA if it ever got out of control. Also, it is important that SLSA not only be run fairly and impartially, but also transparently enough so that anyone with an open mind can be confident of our integrity. As a Director, I would always keep that in mind.

So, if I became a Director, I don’t think it would be a disaster for SLSA, but if enough better qualified candidates stand for election, I will CHEERFULLY campaign for them. Thank you!
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My name is Annie Panties or Jadeeast and i have been surfing since June of 2013. I am currently a Director having the responsibilities of HR and now Sponsors. I would like to run for re-election as i feel there is more i can assist with and contribute and learn. i belong to the Montego surf team and also have been trained as a Marshall. I am also looking forward to being trained as a Judge as this would give me a better perspective on what a judge looks for in a contest. I have signed up for the training. I have met many great people here and want to see SLSA do well here in the competitive climate as SL and give surfers what they need to have fun and compete.
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My name is, Petra Xaris, and I’ve been a SLSA director for 3 terms. I can remember when I first decided to run, it was simply to help out and after almost 1 1/2 years of doing this job, I still feel the same way. I’m here to help in whatever way I can so that our organization keeps moving forward.

I love that we have tried to make the community more a part of some of the bigger decisions we’ve made in the last year. For example the decision to include the C-3 surfboard in competitions. I don’t think anyone would argue that as a community we made the right decision to include the C-3 surfboard in our comps. What a fun board and great comp we had at Bundy Reef this season!

And so, If you all would like me to stay on, I’ll do my best to help in whatever way I’m needed so that we may all enjoy our monthly comps as well as the other functions we have in our community.

I’m an independent surfer and not affiliated with any team or sim/product. I’m able to serve a six month term starting on December 1, 2014. Thank you for your consideration :)
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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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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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SLSA Announces Candidates for Board of Directors

SLSA+logo1Announced in the SLSA forums yesterday were the candidates for 2 open seats on the Board of Directors. Elections to be held March 1st. 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. Rules for elections, candidates, and voting can be found here.

Below are their submission for consideration:

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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 I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as profit. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as an SL thing,, I don’t want to do that., 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. 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 Roxy (roxyangel007) would like to be considered as a candidate for an SLSA Director position. I am willing and able to serve for a full term commencing March 1, 2014 and feel its time for me to give back to the SLSA by volunteering my services.
Currently I’m a Pro surfer and co-captain for Tai Chi Zen Surf Team and am not affiliated with any Surf sim.

I will have been in SL for 2 years and have been an active member of the SLSA for nearly a year. I only wish I had discovered the SLSA earlier as I feel there is no other pastime in SL that can bring such fun while at the same time make you feel part of a big family.!

I love to laugh, am the eternal optimist and am eager to help the SLSA continue to be the type of organization that people are proud to be a member by providing them the opportunity to meet new people, broaden their horizons and increase their inworld surfing skills. I bring a positive attitude and willingness to learn and will humbly draw from the experience of those that have gone before me.

My vision for the SLSA is a simple one… I would like to see it continue to be an organization where its members can grow and learn new skills in a positive environment.
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I, Maldrul Morris, am fully willing and able to accept a position as SLSA director if elected.

I am currently co-captain and surf for Team Montego.

I have been competing in SLSA sponsored events since 2008. I am a fair and honest elf with a good work ethic and will do my best to fulfill the duties of SLSA director if elected. I will work tirelessly to guide the SLSA to provide the most fair and balanced events in order to maximize the enjoyment by both veterans and new surfers alike.

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SLSA Board of Director Candidate Interviews

SLSA+logo1Sunday, December 1st is the next SLSA Board of Director elections. All of these candidates are so awesome! I got a little nudge (although I don’t know if she meant to send it or not) that people may want to know a little bit more about our candidates and how they feel about things surfing and SLSA. So, at the last minute, I dropped interview questions on all 5. For Americans, it was the start of a long holiday weekend, the kind that takes us away from our computers. But they all rallied and got back to me, so I could get this out to you. Naturally, I thought of 3-4 more issue questions I wish I would have asked, but didn’t think it was fair to heap more questions on them after they generously got back to me so quickly. I apologize if there is something you were really wondering about that I didn’t cover. I hope this helps you get to know the candidates a little better. I do not endorse anyone over anyone else, you are going to have to make that decision for yourself. There are 5 candidates, and 3 open positions. The candidates are in no particular order. Thanks for checking in!

Candidates for SLSA Board of Directors: Xander Datura, Petra Xaris, Maldrul Morris, Johnny Whadd, and Sunrize Mornington

How did you get involved in Second Life (SL) surfing?

Sunrize – Maldrul Morris told me about surfing in SL. He showed me the waves at the Weather Chanel sim, we tried the rezzer boards and that was all it took. I became addicted to it. I found out about the SLSA soon after but didn’t join until I could surf better.

Johnny – Shortly after my initial first two months in SL, I saw that I was becoming bored with what I was encountering, so a much needed roll of the dice resulted in my  tp’ing to Tsunami Beach.  Tortolla was my very first encounter with an actual SSi surfboard which belonged to Rayzza Rubble whom promptly let me know that I was trying to ride another’s board.  This caused somewhat of a scene drawing MaryAnne Maa, Mick-O Lunasea, and Figger Arun to come and say hello.  These folks welcomed me with the warmest of warm welcomes and so it began, I’ll never forget these people as they were so kind and helpful!

Maldrul – My partner, Sonya Saarinen, found a sim that had surfable waves, so we went there and checked it out. I tried a rezzed board then went and bought my first long board. I surfed for fun and showed the sim to my friend Sunrize Mornington. She became involved with the competitions and invited me to be her partner at the PCX tandem event. After that I was hooked on competition surfing and joined the SLSA.

Xander – When I was a noob I met a guy at a party that had a SLSA tag on and asked him about it. He took me to Micks shop and I tried some boards, and had a custom one made right away. I loved it and been hooked ever since!

Petra – When I was first in SL, I looked for a beach in the search. The first one I found was What? Surf & Simboard. They had a surfboard rezzer, I tried it out and loved it. Over the next couple of months I met some friends there that were SLSA members and they helped me to get a start, Fuzzy aka Bullet Admiral,  Pova Rustamova, Cristal Rowlands, Melian Catronis to name a few.  🙂 That was the beginning of a great journey for me.

What prompted your decision to run for SLSA Director?

Xander – Well I’ve been director before in 2012, and liked the experience.  I think I still have a lot to offer and love to serve the community as I can.

Petra – SLSA has been a great community for me to belong to. I’ve made so many friends, have so much fun competing and really like helping out. During my first term, which is ending this week, my main job has been finance officer but I also have stepped in to help out with some of the other jobs as needed, updating the website, helping with sponsor liaison job, sending out group notices,  and I was event coordinator for the Island Sea Dreams comp. I would really love to serve another term as director.

Sunrize – I was a director once before. I ran the first time because there wasn’t enough people signing up to run and I didn’t want the surfing comps to end. Now I am running because I feel surfers should get involved in this great organization and keep it running, especially if they wish the comps to continue. As a Captain of a team I can not ask others to do what I don’t. I must set a good example if I want to see others on my team and friends not on my team to do the same.

Johnny – I have run and continue to run for a directorship…thinking about changing my name to JohnnyNuemonic, lol!  I just want to make sure that this great organization of such talented folks stays afloat for a long long time.  The SLSA has quickly become a major part of not only my SL life but my RL as well.  So it is with this that I feel compelled to give back to it since it has brought me much joy and happiness.

Maldrul – I have been an SLSA Director in the past and I decided that I should once again give something back to the organization.

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

Johnny – Co-branding and cross marketing with other types of trend-setters/active SL Sporting addicts could be advantageous as well as reaching out to those sim owners who’ve held comps at their sims in the past to find out what we can do better or how we can maintain a healthy relationship that’s mutually beneficial.  Also, the constant evangelizing about how fun it is to be a surfer in SL to those who have no idea you can surf and compete is always a great way to grow this amazing organization.

Xander – Theres always room for improvment and evolution in anything. Specifics I guess for the near future that I’d like to help with are more community involvment and activities, as well as good communication between the board and its members in both directions.  Research and development to do all we can to ensure the most fluid competitions and best possible surf experience..  Reach out across the grid for new members and to continue to promote surfing in SL to other groups and communities.

Petra – I think in general the SLSA is a well run organization but even so there is always room for improvement as with anything. I think we do need more focus on fund raising events for the Solace Dreams sim.  I like Sunrize’s idea of bringing back some of the events she would do when she was sim officer, the mini comps, raffles, etc. It brings the community together for fun events.

I think we need to continue to focus on reaching out to more potential season sponsors. We have made some progress with this but I think it’s important to continue forward with this effort since it’s ongoing.

We were facing a possible financial crisis this Fall as we had more money going out than we had coming in and at the rate it was happening we would not have enough to finish out the season. We had to make the difficult decision to decrease prize pay outs and staff pay until we could get this under control. We also worked together to try to make the comps run smoothly and in a timely manner and have had success with that. We need to continue on this track if possible.

I think it’s great to see our members pulling together to try to help out by putting on their own fund raisers. It’s amazing to see what a community can do when it pulls together with a common goal. I’m happy to say that we’ve recovered well and SLSA Surf Rang account, which funds our competitions, is back to being in a healthy state having enough not only to finish out this season but to get a good start into 2014.

I do think there could be better resource for the directors in the way of detailed instructions in a centralized place for some of the directors jobs where that is lacking a bit. Right now the info is sort of scattered about in the forum and some at the SLSA Wiki. I’ve taken the initiative to begin the writing of a detailed handbook for SLSA directors. Hopefully it will make learning the jobs a bit easier for future directors once it’s completed.

Sunrize – I feel we need more sponsors and more fund raising events to support the organization and the sim. This isn’t about the organization but it is something I feel the SLSA should help shop owners address….  I do have a problem with some of the vendors, especially the SSI vendors. Twice now I have bought a board only to have no board delivered. The store owners have been very nice in helping me get what I paid for but once it took 3 months to get a response from the vendor owner. We need closer communication between Sebastian and the SLSA. Perhaps a way the store owner can give a board when one wasn’t delivered? I have heard this has also happened to others that have bought boards from the SSI vendors.

Maldrul – Training, not only for event staff such as judge or marshall, but also for the various offcer duties such as SIM manager or HR.

What do you see as the top issues facing SL surfing in general, and what do you see as your first priority as an SLSA director?

Sunrize – First priority: read area 51 to see what has been going on and the ideas others have had. I have seen a lot of questions about judging and ideas how it can be made fair across the board. Basically people want to know what the judges are looking for. Some seem to like tricks and other just a smooth ride crossing back and forth, making it look more RL. One comp a surfer does tricks while trying to ride the wave in a smooth manner and scores high but the next comp they score low for tricks while trying to make a smooth ride with the tricks. The rules in place are good ones. The riders are confused about what they should or shouldn’t do. This confusion has to be addressed. Communicate with the participants and let them know what and why the judges look for things on particular boards and waves. If we do not address this we could lose members. We want to grow, not diminish the membership.

Xander – a BALANCE of evolving with new gear, while maintaining the older style as well!  The classics rock and are our heritage, but there are leaps and bounds being made in new things as well.  I think its important to grow, but keep in touch with our history, one because its fun, but also because it makes for more well rounded surfing experiences for everyone involved 🙂

Johnny – Well of course the economy has impacted the SL surfing community severely causing some of the most loved and well-respected surf sims to close but we have to stay strong and remain vigilant in these times so that we will eventually enjoy new surf sims and new competition formats.  I also see a need to have more fund-raising activities on an ongoing basis  to help keep this mighty ship afloat.  So my idea of 1st priority would be to get my arms around what types of marketing activities are in place and what they have yielded financially. 

Petra – I think some of the most concerning things in SL surfing is seeing some of our most popular surf sims closing down and also our active membership in the past couple of years was dropping, although, this past season there has been a rise in more surfers competing. This is great but we need to continue to try to attract more people to surfing in sl to help keep active membership up.

I think my first priority as a director is to finish up with the work I’ve started on and to continue along to help wherever I can and is needed.

Maldrul – I would say the top priority for all of the directors should be to make sure everyone is having fun.

Let’s talk comps. How long have you been competing in SLSA competitions? Do you participate in other competitions? What is your favorite thing about comps and what do you like least?

Petra – Since January of 2012 (SLSA comps). I have competed in non SLSA surfing competitions in the past and I had a lot of fun doing them. My favorite thing is having fun competing and supporting & cheering on the other surfers. My least favorite thing is the lag I get but a big part of that is my old notebook computer, lol.

Johnny – 1st comp, Cape Marina Open/Season 2 2012, grabbed 6th place so approaching 1 year as an SLSA surfer, wheat! (About other comps:) I get in where I fit in, I love the excitement of competing and have done so in one other comp, The Da Hui Open held in August of 2013 which I grabbed a 2nd place win and much momentum going into the start of Season 2 with the SLSA!  My favorite thing about comps is Maldrul Morris’ famous cookies, can’t resist the incredibly deliciousness of his sweet, eleven treats!  The thing I like least about comps lies within myself and my ability to practice hard then flop come comp time,…lmfao!

Xander – I’ve been surfing in comps and workin them for.. years? not sure how long.. just seems like my whole life 😀  I sometimes drag race and skydive competitively, but its been a while for those.

Maldrul – (Competed in SLSA comps:) Since 2008.  I have competed in the PCX tandem and recently in the SLSA Team vs competition.

My favorite thing about surfing competitions (aside from being on the podium at the end) is being with all of my friends and making new ones. The thing I like least? LAG!!!

Sunrize – I joined the SLSA in July 2008. I do believe my first comp was at the Boneyard, August 2008. (Non-SLSA comps:) I compete in off season and Seasonal comps. I miss the off season tandem comps at Tsunami. Those were fun. I recently competed in the Tsunami vs Montego comp to raise funds for the SLSA. I do not compete in other surf community comps, I am just too busy with the SLSA and taking care of my team and our sim. 🙂

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

Sunrize – It would be nice to get other surf communities together with our own SLSA and perhaps have a comp between the winning teams or winning surfers. Like a world championship comp from all surfing communities. I know that Kantbe Thursday worked very hard to get the word out about surfing in SL and especially get the word out about the SLSA. I see more information on sailing and other sports than with surfing. Even though the SLSA is growing with new surfers each season it would be nice to see more publicity about our sport of surfing.

Xander – Well thats a tricky question, I think we need to clearly define the role it plays now first.  What it was set up as has changed to many people. Where as it was once just strictly competitions, now its geared towards spreading the word about surfing in SL, and forming a community of surfers to meet, mingle, try and develop new gear, etc.  I’m not suggesting the directors should legislate that stuff, but the SLSA itself isn’t made up by the board, it’s made by its members… so as membership grows and changes, the SLSA does as well.

Petra – Well, I do believe it has a greater role as we see other surfing organizations not thriving during the time SLSA has continued to. It’s been there consistently from the start, putting on the scheduled competitions each season.

Johnny – Yes I do because it is always gaining new surfers and more exposure which has got to be seen by those in SL who enjoy the sense of competition and fellowship.

Maldrul – Through the years, I have seen people attempt to increase the visibility of the sport of surfing in SL in general and the SLSA in particular, most notably by Kantbe Thursday. Other water sports do seem to get noticed more often than surfing. Organizations such as the SLSA should play a role in bringing this sport to a wider audience.

What are your thoughts on having a variety of board script/vendors into the competition season?

Johnny – I have always believed that  variety is the spice of life so bring it, I’ll ride it till the fins fall off!!

Xander – I think its EPIC! I wouldnt even mind seeing more of different waves and boards PER competition, or even a super comp event that blends diff boards and waves for EACH heat to crown a truely most diverse surfer!   It’s one thing to practice a break over and over for a couple weeks.. show up on comp day and ride that break 3,6 or 9 scored times… It’s another to show up, find out what the breaks doing, and ride best you can 😀

Maldrul – Honestly, I was against the idea at first because it meant having to learn the interaction of different boards with the waves. But I have discovered that friends and team mates will usually help me out if I have trouble getting the hang of a certain board’s controls.

Petra – I think it’s great to have a variety of boards for competition, it makes the comps more interesting and also more challenging.

Sunrize – Any one that knows me knows I prefer the SSI boards. (Hard to teach an old dog new tricks LOL) That being said I do see the importance of growth and variety to keep the sport from becoming stagnant.

What board is your current favorite?

Johnny – Oooh a tough one, hmmmm I’d have to go with the HP5 since it has some very realistic qualities about it and oh yeah, it helped me secure my first 1st place win, lol.  I love SSI ands remain extremely intrigued (to say the very least) by the LSD board and with the awesome new Revolution series boards as well as the extremely agile C-3 boards. We surfers can’t go wrong nor can complain about variety…let us eat cake!

Sunrize – The SSI short. Maybe because it fits my body better, maybe because it was my first board. I just love the feel of it and the way it moves. 🙂

Maldrul – SSI 5.1 long board. I have found it to be the smoothest ride with the best control for the widest variety of waves. (I own a 5.1 Tribe Earth and it hasn’t let me down yet)

Xander – Ive been asked t his before in interviews.. and its just too tough to answer now 🙂 I like them all, for different reasons.. when I hang out and surf with my buddies, I’ll often take a few rides on multiple boards at each break we go to.. just for the fun of it.. I know some others that do that too. It’s just fun for me, and keeps me in practice more with them all as well.

Petra – It really is difficult to choose a favorite board. I like SSi, HP and LSD all for different reasons and all are a lot of fun to use but perhaps I like SSi shortboard a bit better. I think because the surfer has a bit more control with SSi and shortboard can be so much fun with the quicker turns, 360’s and loops that can be accomplished.

What wave is your current favorite?

Sunrize – There are so many waves I totally love to ride. The Maoli waves are fun, Maverick, Cortes, Sunset, Joaquina and an oldie but a goodie, fluffs. 🙂

Petra – I love Maverick waves but don’t see them at sims as much anymore as I used to. Maverick is a speedy and fun wave, has plenty of room to surf longboard as well as short.

Xander – Same as above answer.. when i go surfari with friends we usually hop around to several breaks with diff waves.. it’s not so much as the WAVE anymore either, as what the sim owner does with it.. if its just a straight shot, or they get creative and merge diff wave types and styles, add obstacles, etc.. THAT is fun 😀

Johnny – Instinctively, my favorite wave is the one which presents the biggest challenge to me.  Lately it has varied, the fluffs were rough but eventually lots of fun, the Maoli is an all-time fav, and I guess if i had to pick just one, it would be  “The Swell” due to it’s enormity and swift movement.

Maldrul – Without a doubt, the Sunsetter 200 m because I’ve always excelled on that wave.

What are some of your favorite SL surfing spots?

Petra – I like Tsunami beach and part of the reason is I always feel like I’m at home when I’m there.  I like Solace Dreams sim home of SLSA, just love the way it’s set up with the longer run for the waves. Island Sea Dreams is a fun place to surf, love when Connie has the multiple waves running, so much fun with HP5 board to surf those. Tai & Chi are always fun places to surf. Aquadoc’s sim Future Haven Surf is another fun one, just love the wave he has running there. I always loved What? Surf & Simboard, it’s not available for surfing at this time but I do hope it returns in the future.

Johnny – Gotta love Surf Naked, Robin Mapp has done a great job in providing  no-lag surfing with the latest and greatest waves and rezzable boards you can find in SL.  Also have a  love for Tsunami for naturally being where I found my calling in SL and for the many fun non-surfing activities present.  I can’t leave out Bisous Bay, Nash Laville always delivers only the best combined surfing experience where one can ride several different types of waves in the same sim.  I found it on a dare by Rayzza Rubble while I was still very new, little did he know at the time is that I welcome challenges and seek to continually step outside my comfort zone so that I become a more well rounded individual, in this case I was tp’d there, saw the triple threat running so I  hit it hard and sent Rayzza a few snapshots of my work, lmfao…true story!!!  Lastly, I have a fondness for Island Dreams and the overwhelming beauty of that whole sim…stellar job by Connie!

Xander – I won’t even go there from fear of leaving someone out.. I’ll say that many of my old favs are gone now, but theres new ones popping up too.. I like a diversity of breaks so just picking one favorite wouldn’t be possible.. Anywhere there’s waves, tunes and friends tho.. is a perfect break to me.

Maldrul – I have no favorites. They each have their good and bad points, but in the end, they all present another place to surf.

Sunrize – I like the SLSA sim, Solace Dreams, my team sim, Montego Isle, Tsunami, our sister team, and Chi. For the most part my favorite sim is where the next comp will be. 🙂 Surfing all the variety of sims and waves makes for a fun surfing adventure.

Anything else you would like people to know about you?

Johnny – I don’t forget acts of kindness and just want  people to know that life is short and cruel, much like my RL accountant!  Always make it count, always want it, and always always always pay it forward!

Petra – I’m always happy to help out if ever I can.  If anyone ever has a question about surfing, the comps, etc. feel free to IM me and ask and I’ll do my best to answer 🙂

Maldrul – I am just a regular elf and very approachable. I know elves have gotten a bad reputation for being aloof but in my case, its just that I’m kind of shy. ;>

Sunrize – I am an easy going friendly person who has learned the joy of surfing, even if only in SL. I love this community and the fun we share. I believe that every surfer deserves to be rooted for when they put their time and effort on the waves. Supporting each other shows the comaraderie within the organization.

Thank you for taking the time to read my answers. HUGZ.

Xander – I’m not shy, and imagine most people reading this know me pretty damn well 😛 I’ve grown up in this family, and hope to stick around till I’m old n grey. I will add tho that there are so many great candidates this election, and I’m happy to see so many people take action again for the community.. no matter who gets the 3 open slots, we ALL win this election.. and as always, if there’s anything I can do to help within the community even not as an acting director, Ill gladly do so 🙂 HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!! ❤ MAHALO

(You can’t go wrong with any of these people, so good luck making your decision 😉 For more information on voter eligibility, read Section 2.1 of the SLSA constitution. -CT)

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