Archive for February, 2011

Meet Your Candidates – March 1st 2011 Director Election

The Board is pleased to announce we have two candidates for the upcoming March 1st Directors election.

Meet your candidates Kantbe Thursday and VW Sands. Their application notes are provided below:

“I hereby petition for a candidacy waiver so that I may submit myself as a candidate in the upcoming election. While my RL schedule continues to only rarely allow me to participate in official SLSA competition events, I do feel that I have illustrated that I can and do spend other time in an effort to help promote surfing in SL in general and to help the SLSA specifically. I believe that my past several months as an SLSA Director further shows that I can contribute in some small way, even with the constraints on my inworld time.

I would like to thank all of the current Board for their consideration and hope my candidacy waiver will be granted.

If my petition is granted, I would also like to submit myself as a candidate for the upcoming election. I am willing to serve another 6 month term and have the ability to do so as far as I know. I am one of the owners of the Reef Rider team group and an officer for that team. I am also on the staff at West of Ireland and one of the managers of Bundoran Reef. In addition, I am on the staff for SurfWatch. My only other affiliation is a self run SL video production business. To the best of my knowledge, I have no other SL surfing or business affiliations.

Respectfully,

Kantbe Thursday
February 14, 2011″

” Aloha!

I VW Sands would like to send my intent to run for a seat on the SLSA board of Directors. I am willing to serve the full six month term.
I am the owner of the Vibrations Surf Team and the Alliance sim.

Mahalo,

/V

VW Sands – Febuary 16, 2011″

SLSA issues revised Event Rules

The following SLSA Event Rules represent the current state of the work.  It is still under revision to include things to hopefully make event proceedings more clear.  The Board would like to thank all of the previous Board members, especially Sally LaSalle, who have put so much effort into this and elements that will be included in a future revision.

SL Surfing Association Event Rules

1. To enter competition join the Second Life “SL Surfing Association” group, and then Join the SL Surfing Association web Forum at http://surfslsa.org/forums/index.php Notices that competition registration is open will be sent to the in world SL Surfing Association group, and will also appear in the forum in the Competition Registration Topic.

2. Surfers competing in an SLSA competition must be in the SL Surfing Association group at all times during the competition.

3. Surfboards – All surfers must use surfboards supported in the competition. Information about surfboards used in the competition will be posted it the forum in the Competition Registration Topic. Surfboards the competitors use may be verified by the Beach Marshall before the heat starts. –

4. Rashguards – All surfers must wear their assigned rashguard while in the water. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

5. Preliminary heats, semi-finals and finals will allow 3 waves per surfer.

6. Event Check in
Surfers should check in with the Event Coordinator (EC) 15 minutes prior to their assigned heat. They should:
– Ensure that they are wearing the correct color rash guard (rashie) as prescribed in the heat draws.
– Remove all HUDs and scripted attachments.
– Remove prim heavy attachments during your event.
– If you log in after your assigned heat has completed, you cannot be placed into a later heat. You forfeit your place for that event.

7. Beach Marshall Check in
When directed to by the EC, surfers should go to the designated marshaling location on the surf SIM.
The marshall will provide confirmation of surfing sequence and perform a board measurement and rashie check.

8. All ride attempts will be scored by each of 3 judges.

9. Wave score
Each wave that a surfer surfs is scored by 3 judges independently, Each judge assigns a score between 0.5 minimum and 10 maximum for each wave surfed.

10. Heat score
A surfers heat score is calculated as follows. The two best wave scores from each judge are added together for each judge. The added judge totals are then averaged between the three judges to arrive at the final score for the heat for that surfer.

11. Judging Criteria
All waves are scored out of ten points. The criteria below are a categorical breakdown of what the judges will use to score surfer rides.
For each heat, the top two wave scores per surfer are taken for a possible score of 20 points (10 per wave) from each judge. The best 2 wave total from each judge is then average with the other judges to arrive at each surfer’s final score for that heat, with a maximum possible score of 20.
Wave length
A maximum of two points can be assigned for how far down the wave the surfer makes it (on their feet). The wave is divided into quarters and 0.5 points are assigned for each quarter that the surfer completes.

Style and control
A maximum of 4 points is assigned for style and control. This is a measure of how in control the surfer was of his board and the wave, whether they were able to use the entire wave, whether their moves were choreographed into a smooth transition between wave sections and tricks, and whether any innovation was exhibited. Loss of control also pertains to bellying out, and falling off either end of the wave.

Tricks and technique
A Maximum of 4 points is assigned for tricks and technique. Tricks and technique include the ability to perform inner and outer turns, low carves and high rolls, 360 and 180 combinations, barrel rolls, flips, hops between wave segments or transitions between waves, and obstacle avoidance of jumping. The nature of the break dictates what is possible.

12. Ties in heats
In case of a tie for first place in a heat, only the tied surfers advance.
In case there is a tie for second place in a heat, both surfers will advance to the next round. The exception is semi-finals in the Pro competition, where only two surfers from a heat advance to the finals, and in case of a tie for second place, and a single surf off wave will be held for the surfers that tied.

13. Competition format
– SL Surfing Association holds two season a year – season 1: February-June, season 2: August-December
– Each season consists of 5 series with two competition per series:
o The Open competition is open for all new surfers and also those currently ranked below 20th place. All heat winners will advance to a final heat. All first and second placing riders from the Open competition will be automatically qualified to compete in the Pro competition in this series.
o The Pro competition is open for the qualifiers from the Open competition and all surfers currently ranked in the top 20.
– The top 2 scores in the Open competition that don’t automatically qualify to compete in the Pro competition will receive wild cards.

14. Individual Rank Calculation

Series Placing
Overall placing in a series is determined as follows:
– Pro Finals placing takes precedence.
– Semi final Surf-off losers take the next placing(s) in descending score order.
– Semi finalist that did not progress to the final take the next placing adding together their semi final and preliminary scores in order to sort their position by descending total points.
– Surfers not advancing to the semi finals from the preliminary heats are sorted by their scores to obtain their series place.
– Surfers not advancing from the Open Event are sorted by their scores to obtain their overall series place.

Points for Placing
Surfers are assigned the exact same number of points as their series placing. First place = 1 point, second place = 2 points, 10th place = 10 points and so on.
Points for Non Competing
Surfers that do not compete in a series (DNC) will be assigned points equal to the number of surfers that are assigned a score + 1. So for example if 40 surfers surf and obtain a score, Non Competing Surfers would receive 41 points in this example.
Points for Disqualification
Surfers that are disqualified from an event will be assigned points equal to the number of surfers that are assigned a score + 2. So for example if 40 surfers surf and obtain a score, Disqualified Surfers would receive 42 points in this example.

Rank
Overall Ranking will be determined by which surfer has the lower total for the season. The Surfers Seasons Ranking is calculated by adding the points for each series in the season and discarding the highest point (worst series score).
Discarding One Series Result.
– All surfers may discard one and only one series score (irrespective of if and how many times they may have been a volunteer).
– Surfers may not discard a disqualification.
– Surfers that finish a season ranked in the top twenty, may discard a DNC for the first series of the next season, but they will become unranked for the second series and will need to compete in the Open event to proceed to the Pro.
– Surfers that are ranked in the top twenty who miss an event by volunteering for an event official role and subsequently slip from the top twenty, shall be given a wild card entry into the next series Pro.

15. Team Rank Calculation
– The event rank points of the top 3 placing scorers for each team are added to give the team rank score for the event.
– The team with the lowest number of points for the season wins the season.

16. Competing for a team
Registrants should be an officially designated surfer of a surf team before nominating to surf for that team. Their name should be listed with the team on the SLSA internet forum, prior to the event.

17. Disqualification – A disqualification will result in the following penalties-
1st offense – surfer will be disqualified from current heat and heat score will be zero.
2nd offense – surfer will disqualified from current contest/event and that competition points will be zero.
Offenses will accumulate across multiple events.
Disqualification may be caused by:
– violation of the SL Surfing Association Code of Conduct, Second Life Terms of Service or Community Standards of Second Life.
– not belonging to the SL Surfing Association group at all times during the competition;
– using a non-supported surfboard in the competition;
– interference with other competitors rides in any way;

18. Interference –
– If a majority of judges call interference, then that wave will count in the final tally as a zero score. This applies to a riding interference or a paddling interference, where the surfer catches that particular wave.
-Under top two wave tally, the interfering surfer will be penalized with a loss of 50% of his second best scoring ride.
-If a surfer incurs another interference penalty during the same heat his best wave score will be halved also.
-A majority of judges must call the interference to be considered an interference.

19. Spectators
Spectators are expected to behave in a respectful manner to other participants of the event – spectators, competitors and officers. The event Security Officer may use their powers to eject or ban a spectator from the spectators area or sim in case they do not act according to that manner.

Sol Mananero Competition Series Registration Open

New SLSA season is about to start. REGISTRATION for the first season series is now OPEN!

You can register at: http://www.surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1419

If you do not have a SLSA forum account yet, please create one to register for the Sol Mananero series.

The series is open to every SLSA member. The Open competition with take place on Saturday Feb 19th and start at 11am SLT; the Pro one – on Saturday Feb 26th, and start at 11am SLT as well.

Let’s have a great comp!

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Playa%20Sol%20Mananero/237/63/30

Call for Candidates – SLSA March 1st Director Election

Two Seats will be open for the March 1st SLSA Board of Directors elections. Applications must be submitted between February 9th and February 16th. Director Eligibility is outlined in the SLSA constitution Section II.B and is quoted below.

If you wish to stand as a director, please create a note-card in-world, stating:
– your name,
– your willingness and ability to serve a full term,
– any affiliations of team, product or sim ownership,
– a paragraph or two outlining your background, and your vision for the SLSA.

Send the note-card to all of the current sitting directors; Kantbe Thursday, CoolKat Delicioso, Robbin Ember, GiavannaMarie Melody and Abel Halderman. You have until Midnight SL time on February 16th to submit.

Directors who’s term is up: Kantbe Thursday and Abel Halderman.

From Section II.B of the SLSA Constitution:

Please read the following relevant extract from our Constitution regarding the application requirements and process:

2.2. SLSA Director Eligibility

Any individual who is a current member of SLSA and who is an eligible voter is eligible to hold office as a Director of the SLSA Board, within the following rule(s):

2.2.1. Not more than two (2) representatives from
:
2.2.1.1 the same surf team (as defined in section 1.5.8 )

2.2.1.2 the same surf product vendor company (product developers, not affiliate sellers)

2.2.1.3 the same surf sim(s) ownership group (sim owners, not sim renters) shall be Directors of the SLSA Board at any single time.
 Candidates will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis for this election condition. (e.g Continuing Director A is Surf Team X, Candidate B and Candidate C are also Surf Team X, then Candidate B would be accepted as a nominee if their application was received first, Candidate C’s nomination would not be accepted)

2.2.1.4 A current SLSA member who is not an eligible voter may petition the board for the privilege of running for a Director seat. Their petition must state why their candidacy would be a benefit to the SLSA. If the board unanimously agrees that it is in the best interest of the SLSA the eligible voter requirement may be waived. This will be on a case-by-case basis and does not imply an endorsement of the particular candidate.


2.2.2. General Election Candidates shall apply in writing to all members of the standing board of directors (via note-card, IM’s are not admissible) not more than 21 days and not less than 14 days prior to an election. Candidate Applications must state their willingness and ability to serve their full 6 month term and must also state any team, product or Sim affiliations as defined in 2.2.1.1 through 2.2.1.3.

SLSA New Surfers St. Valentine’s Challenge at Hana Aloha

Open ONLY to surfers who have not competed more than once!!!

When: Sunday, February 13, starts at 11am SLT
Where: Teahupo’o, Hana Aloha
Boards: SSi Longboard – rezzer at the beach
Waves: HP Sunset

Format: timed heats. Each surfer will have 6 minutes for their performance. Best 2 rides will count for their score. 2 best surfers in a heat will advance to the finals or semi finals (in case there is more surfers in the competiton than we can accommodate without having a semi-final round).

*This is NOT a SLSA season ranked competition*

You can register:
1. (preferred) on the SLSA forum after you create your account and have it activated by one of the directors (www.surfslsa.org/forums) – REGISTRATION TOPIC: http://www.surfslsa.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1397
or
2. by sending a NC stating your will to compete in the event (e.g. I, Abel Halderman, would like to register for the SLSA New Surfers St. Valentine’s Challenge on February 13) to CoolKat Delicioso and Kantbe Thursday. CK and Kantbe will send you confirmation IMs as soon as they get your NC. In case you didn’t get confirmation, contact them directly as soon as possible.

Practice: contact Abel Halderman or stay tuned for a surf class notice during the week.

Competition packs, including heat draws, times, rashguards etc. will be sent to the surfers on Friday, Feb 11.

In case of any questions, contact one of the directors (or all of them ;-)):
CoolKat Delicioso
Kantbe Thursday
GiavannaMarie Melody
Robbin Ember
Abel Halderman

SLSA Announces Archipelago Manager Position

CoolKatThe SLSA Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of CK Carver (Coolkat Delicioso) to the newly created position of Archipelago Manager. Under the direction of the Board, CK’s responsibilities will include coordination of all activities taking place on Archipelago and SLSA events utilizing James Isle.

Archipelago is being used for more and more events and wave set ups. The Board felt it was time to appoint a manager to coordinate all of these activities. We gratefully appreciate all of the help from volunteers, some of whom have worked tirelessly in support of the sim, and we hope you will continue showing your support.