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SLSA Hall of Fame


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


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.


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.

Thor Pink Hair

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


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.

Thor and Sierra

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.


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.

Tightline Kidd wins the Heliopolis Invitational!

SLSA’s first sponsored invitational was held at Heliopolis. This is one of SL’s sweetspots for surfing, with two pipes and fluffies that are split by a pier. Shooting it was one of the highlights! Here is how the top 4 rounded out.

1st Tightline Kidd
2nd Craig Stallion
3rd Kathy Heberle
4th Colleen Brennan

An awesome performance by all the surfers!

Welcome Rani and Craig!

Please join me in welcoming Rani Decosta and Craig Stallion to the SLSA Board of Directors. Congratulations Rani and Craig!

SLSA Board of Director Elections – SATURDAY

No matter how careful we are, sometimes things are not quite clear. Here are the basics regarding the election:

WHEN – Elections will be held over a 24-hour period, midnight to midnight SLT, Saturday Sept. 1

WHO CAN VOTE – Surfers who have competed in at least 1 SLSA event (imagi, Crab Island, Chi) may vote [Note: you must have competed/surfed not just entered] Still not sure? Check the results page-if you received a placing in one of the events (you have numbers after your name) you can vote

WHAT IS BEING VOTED ON – 2 seats/places/director positions are open

WHO YOU CAN VOTE FOR – Running in this election are: Craig Stallion, Dharma Austin, and Rani Decosta

WHAT DO YOU DO – Here’s the technical part: How to vote
1) Create a notecard
2) Rename your notecard – SLSA Election Vote
3) Write your name at the top
4) Select two of the above persons and write their names – Do not write one name twice, one person cannot sit in two seats
5) Save your notecard
6) Send your notecard (drop in profile inventory) to all 5 current board members: Cierra Theriac, Flynn Sheridan, Kimmy Fitzgerald, Malcolm Sydney, and Seano Osumi – if we do not ALL get your notecard your vote will be voided. You can check your transaction history to make sure it was sent to everyone

– not following all of the above will invalidate/void your vote. This is to insure fairness and accuracy.

– WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT? No SLSA Board-no one to organize surf competitions

If you have any questions at all, please IM Cierra Theriac or Flynn Sheridan. We want you to vote, so we are more than happy answer questions and clarify anything regarding the election process.

SLSA Board of Director Elections

Two seats on the SLSA Board of Directors are up for election in September. This notice was sent out to group members on August 12th. Please note the deadline to submit your nomination is today August 18th.

Below are rules about the election process. Contact Flynn Sheridan, or any of the Directors to clarify the election process.

Key dates:
Submitting to run for Directors’ Seat – August 18th
Election Vote – September 1st


Election Process of SLSA (*adapted from the Constitution of the ISA*)

The SLSA will be governed and managed by an Executive Board comprising of five (5) Directors. Each Director has equal rights and responsibilities. Each Director shall either step down from the Executive Board or apply for election at the end of their term.

Eligible Voting Membership
Only competition surfers are eligible to vote for Directors of the Executive Board, under the following rules:

(1) Competition surfers shall have competed in at least one SLSA sanctioned competition during the previous three months (i.e., election period) to be eligible to vote;

(2) Eligible voting members shall have the right to vote on each open director’s seat. If two directors’ seats are open, then each member will have two votes to cast; if three seats are open, then the member will have three votes to cast.

(3) Eligible voting members shall not vote for a candidate more than once, otherwise their complete vote will become invalid and not counted.

(4) Eligible voting members shall send in writing, to all members of the standing board of directors, a notecard (IM’s are not admissible) to cast their candidate votes. [This clause ensures open and fair elections, while preserving voter animinity among the SLSA general body. Directors of the Executive Board are forbiden from discussing voting results with anyone a outside the 5 standing Directors.]

Election of Directors
Rules for the Election of Directors of the Executive Board:

(a) The directors shall be elected by majority vote of eligible members and shall hold office for a period of six (6) months:

(1) Elections shall be staggered every 3 months, so that not all of the Directors will run for office at a single election;

(2) The election pattern will be 3, 2, 3… (where three directors’ seats will be open for election, followed by two directors’ seats three months later, then followed by three directors’ seats, etc.);

(3) The top three (or two) candidates elected by majority vote will fill the open directors’ seats. If a tie occurs for the lowest majority count, then a run-off will occur seven (7) days later.
(b) Should a vacancy occur in the membership of the Executive Board between elections, such vacancy shall be filled by resolution of the Executive Board in a unanimous vote, with that Directors’ seat being open for election at the next general election.

(c) In the event that there are no candidates eligible or willing to run for election for a Director’s seat(s), SLSA will dissolve as an association.

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

(1) Not more than two representatives from any one member body (i.e., surf team, vendor, etc.) shall be eligible for election to the Executive Board at any single election. A first come first serve process will be in effect for this election condition.

(b) Individuals shall apply in writing to all members of the standing board of directors (via notecard, IM’s are not admissible) not more than 21 days and not less than 14 days prior to an election

Craig Stallion Wins the Chi Shortboard Pro

What a day! SLSA’s first Shortboard competition produced some amazing surfing.

Due to a tie in the semi-finals – there were 7 finalists. The Final Heat results were:

1. Craig Stallion
2. ritch Goalpost
3. Mape Riptide
4. Colleen Brennan
5. Frankie Miles
6. Gypsie Summers
7. Tightline Kidd

Final Rankings will be posted to the Rankings page soon. Check your group messages and back here for information to be sent out and posted regarding the next competition.

First SLSA Sanctioned Surf Competition – June 30

The Second Life Surfing Association Presents

The Imagi Pipeline Longboard Pro

Saturday June 30th at 1 pm SLT (PST)

Imagi Learning East (31,49,5)
Imagi Learning East
for more information see the contest page