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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”.

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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.