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December 2008 Election

December 1, 2008, we held our most recent election to fill 3 open director positions on the board. 94 members were eligible to vote, and 24 voted. The election was made easy by having 3 awesome candidates to vote on. The result was Sally LaSalle re-elected to an additional term as director, joined by Carenahh Kuu and Mick Lunasea. Sally has a long history of leadership and experience with the SLSA. Carenahh comes to us as a former SLSA board member, surf sim owner and SLSA judge. Mick is a surf instructor, coach, team captain and ranked competitor. All 3 will bring valuable assets of experience and expertise to their term as director on the board of the SLSA.

Stepping down this term are Ashleigh Dickins and Colleen Brennan. These dedicated directors have contributed so much to the SLSA, and we look forward to their continued involvement as advisors.

Our next election will be March 1 when the director positions filled by VW Sands and Tauri Tigerpaw will be up for election. Please be sure to vote – this is your organization!

SLSA Special Elections

***An SLSA Election has been called for****

This election is being called for the following reasons
1) there are not enough standing directors left to from a quorum in order to be able to appoint interim directors.
2) the next scheduled election is June 1st which is after the Neart Competition which would force the 2 remaining directors to run the competition three directors short.
The elected directors will be elected for a full 6 month term in addition to the 2 weeks before June 1.

The question is-
Do you support having an election to fill the three open directors chairs vacated by Ritch Goalpost, Sierra Sugar and Carenahh Kuhh?

Please vote yes , I support the election or no, I do not support the election.
Submit your note card with vote to Radical Twang, Milo Voss, Poid Mahovlich, Rani Decosta and Carenahh Kuhh
You may use the same note card as your SLSA Candidates note card if you do choose to vote.
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We have had three people express their interest to be on the SLSA board of directors. They are Sally LaSalle, Ashleigh Dickins and Colleen Brennan. Their announcements to run for this election will be posted on the forum. Since Sally has decided to run, Carenahh Kuu has volunteered to stand in her place receiving the votes.

Please submit a note card with your votes for SLSA director to Radical Twang, Milo Voss, Poid Mahovlich, Rani Decosta and Carenahh Kuu by Saturday May 17th. Please make sure to drop a note card on all five of us.

PLEASE VOTE. While there are three open slots and three candidates running it is very important that the membership vote on these TWO important issues.

Mahalo
SLSA Directors
Radical Twang
Milo Voss

Surfline Shortboard Pro

Congratulation to everyone who competed on Saturday. As usual, your patience and determination, in spite of sim crashes and Havok 4, paid off. There was some awesome surfing!

The Surfline Shortboard Pro Final Standings:

1. Abel Halderman
2. Desirae Beaumont
3. Craig Stallion
4. Wilfrid DeCuir
5. DeVinna Toll
6. Colleen Brennan

Season Point Leaders

Rank total points
1 Pova Rustamova 1995
2 Devinna Toll 1950
3 Colleen Brennan 1735
4 Abel Halderman 1660
5 Desirae Beaumont 1430
6 VW Sands 1330
7 Christine Daffodil 1240
8 Bobbi Laval 1155
9 Milo Voss 1080
10 Ashleigh Dickins 1015

Full details can be found on the “Rankings” page.

Monkeh Barrel Pro

Wow! What a day. There were some major issues regarding Second Life and the server that held the Monkeh Barrel sim, but thanks to all our wonderful members and staff, we were able to pull it off. Pova Rustamova was able to conquer the lag and push on towards a 1st place finish. Here are your finalists:

1. Pova Rustamova

2. Lanelle Saunders

3. Milo Voss and Timbo Flanagan (tied)

5. Vic Bonetto

6. Bailey Dazy

7. Kimmy Fitzgerald

Pushing on to the half way mark of the season. Next contest is at Surfline.

DeVinna Toll Wins Majini Pipeline Pro

Kicking off the 2008 SLSA season at Majini, DeVinna Toll showed the entire surf community she was a force to be reckoned with. It truly was a close contest all around with some great surfing. Here are your top 6 finishers:

1. DeVinna Toll

2. Colleen Brennan

3. Ritch Goalpost

4. Pova Rustamova

5. Bobbi Laval

6. VW Sands

Get stoked as the next event moves on to Monkeh Barrel with just 4 contests left in this season.

2008 SLSA Season

Mahalo to all you surfers out there. We hope that everyone has had a wonderful little break from the contest season. But once again, it is time to get those boards out of the closet and start the second season of SLSA. Here is the season:

Majini (Double Pipeline)(January 19th)
Monkeh Barrel (Epic)(February 16th)
Surfline (Pipe)(March 22nd)
Neart (Epic)(May 24th)
El Corazon (Pipes)(June (tbd))

We hope everyone is excited to start the new season. Lets make it one to remember.

Mahalo,
SLSA Directors

SLSA Hall of Fame

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The SLSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of the official Second Life Surfing Association Hall of Fame. An idea conceived by Ritch Goalpost out of his love for surfing and as a way of contributing to the Second Life surfing community, the hall will showcase the history of the SLSA as well as recognize outstanding contributions to Second Life surfing and commend exemplary accomplishments of individual surfers.

As founder, Ritch has been appointed president of the Hall of Fame and has assembled a staff of fellow volunteers to complete the hall by its projected opening date of January 15, 2008. The building will be designed by Tightline Kidd and built by Yanieck Mariani. Christine Daffodil will be assisting in writing the SLSA history.

The actual Hall of Fame building and exhibits is offered at no charge to all sims with surfable waves available to the surfers of Second Life. Please IM Ritch Goalpost for more information if you would like a copy of the Hall of Fame placed on your sim.

This year, the following sixteen individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of their contributions to surfing in Second Life or in honor of their surf performance in the past SLSA surfing season. In future years, the top two surfers in the SLSA final point standings will be inducted, as well as two “at-large” individuals who will be inducted by vote of the previous members of the hall as well as the SLSA Board of Directors.

This year’s inductees are:

Cierra Theriac
Colleen Brennan
Craig Stallion
Flynn Sheridan
Heather Goodliffe
Keala Mimistrobell
Kimmy Fitzgerald
Malcolm Sydney
Poid Mahovlich
Rani Decosta
Ritch Goalpost
Sally LaSalle
Seano Osumi
Sebastian Saramago
Thor Bishop
Tightline Kidd

Induction into the Hall of Fame is open to all SLSA members based on individual accomplishments. Those inducted will have shown themselves to be outstanding in their contribution to the surf community or in surfing performance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ritch Goalpost or one of the SLSA directors. Please join us in supporting this effort as we look forward to the opening of the SLSA Hall of Fame in 2008.

Thor Bishop…… In Remeberance

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Like most of you I am shocked at the drastic news of Thor’s passing away. He started surfing shortly after the waves appeared in Second Life and his love of the sport inspired him to be one of the strongest supporters of surfing.

His dedication to the Namiko Surf Team Thor was incredible. Always there to support the team and later to help out with the beloved sim Quan Li.

As Thor became immersed in the surfing community he created his own team, foundly known as The Misfits. The name, a great reflection of that mischievous energy we all grew to love. The Misfits have become one of the largest surf teams in Second Life, a tribute now to him.

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It was at Hedonism that I first saw Thor with his pink hair. Always matching his rashguard to his clothing for competitions, he had a fierce avatar but was always up for making a fashion statement.

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A pioneer with surfing in Second Life, Thor brought to life Shortboards and created Big Dawg Surfboards.

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Shortboards have become a staple in the board closet of surfers everywhere in Second Life. Two shortboard competitions have happened this last season as a direct result of Thor’s efforts. The first ever Shortboard competition at Chi and the first ever Invitational at Heliopolis.

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Thor was the only person that ever surfed in every surf competition in Second Life, it deeply saddens me to know that we will not hear our brother Thor cheering from the stands or surfing in the competitions. The impact of his departure will be felt very strongly this coming Saturday and at all the surf comps to come. In rememberance of Thor Bishop, the SLSA Surfing Championship is now titled “The Thor Bishop Memorial”.

Thor and Sierra

Thor was never without the love of his life Sierra Sugar closely by his side, whom he was married to in Second Life and was his fiancee in Real Life. As many of you know Sierra Sugar is the “Voice of the SLSA” and has DJ’d the majority of the surfing competitions. Our hearts go out with deepest sympathy to Sierra, and Thor’s family and friends.

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Thor you will be missed by all and in our hearts you will live. May the waves you surf now, be endless.

Mahalo and Namaste Thor

Seano Osumi on behalf of the SLSA Board.