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New Directors, and a personal word from Melian Catronis

First, let me congratulate Willowwynn, iLaurenB, and Cierra Theriac for their election to the SLSA board. They will be replacing Zadi, Bobbi, and myself and running things for the next six months. Also, congratulations to JohnnyWhadd and MaryAnn Maa Rustamova, who were very close to being elected for these three positions. The SLSA hopes they will be first in line standing for Director in March for the next election, replacing Xander and Sally.

When I was elected six months ago, I saw a few problems that needed to be addressed by both the SLSA board and by its membership. We had elections where nobody bothered to vote, and it was a struggle to even get enough people willing to stand for election to fill the open spots. There was a drought of new members willing to consider the idea of standing for election, and while we certainly needed the experience of long-term members and former directors running again, I felt we needed the energy of the new to come along take the reins. We had surf sims closing around us and no new surf sims coming along who wanted to be considered for competition use. But what a difference a season can make! We had THREE new sims who wanted to become competition venues, and each–Barton Springs/Carpe Diem, Asylum Reef, and Cape Marina, jumped on board enthusistically and offered us new waves and new vistas to look at. The SLSA board is now comprised of three members who have only joined in the last couple of years, elected by nearly twice the number of voters who participated in the last election. And now we see something new and different–multigenerational members as SLSA directors. Xander Lunasea, adopted by Mick Lunasea and Revlon Benoir (both former directors) was the first SL 2nd generation surfer to take the reins of directorship. And now we have Willowynn, the daughter of former director Maldrul Morris, wanting to take on the responsibilities of running the SLSA. There seems to be a paradigm shift at work and our younger generation of members wants to try out their wings and see what they can do, not just on the waves. It does the heart good to see it.

So as our term is ending, I can say things are in very good hands. We can sit back and watch what these new people do while being willing to offer the helping hand when needed. Our responsibilites as SLSA members are to still participate and ask questions and suggest and understand that sometimes the wheels move a little slowly, but they do move. Our new members and our new directors have caught a new wave and they’re using a new surfboard to ride it with, and I think I’m going to have fun sitting back on my little old Orca board and riding the wave myself from a distance. Bobbi will be trying her best to learn how to climb that wave, because that wave is certainly going to be made of Mesh and therefore climbable, and Zadi will be sitting on her board by me and shaking our heads and saying, ‘How in the world does the DO that??’. Thank you for letting me try this out for 6 months, and for paying it forward.


It is time for another SLSA election. This time there are three Director positions to fill–two are full terms of 6 months, while one is a by-election to fill a vacancy in the board and will last for 3 months. Please visit the forums and look under Annoucements for further details on how you can declare your candidacy for election. Please support the SLSA by fulfilling this very important task. Thank you.

Registration Now Open–Carpe Diem/Barton Springs Series

The 2012 Season 2 competition schedule kicks off on August 18 with the Open at Carpe Diem/Barton Springs. The Pro event will be held August 25.

All details can be found in the Forums under Competition Registration. Let’s get this season started off right with a huge turnout for both surfers and spectators alike.


With a new season comes the new push for sponsorships for the 2012 season 2 schedule. It takes money to put on fun events for everyone, and sponsorships are the way the SLSA can put on an entire season. Not to mention, a great way for your businesses to get exposure and potential new customers while supporting our organization. And you may be surprised at how inexpensive sponsorship in the SLSA can be!

If you are interested, please contact Bobbi Laval or Imzadi Amaterasu for further details.

Announcing 2012 Season 2 Schedule. New Venues and Waves to Surf!

The SLSA happily announces the 2012 Season 2 schedule, with three new venues hosting events: Carpe Diem/Barton Springs (August), Asylum Break (October) and Cape Marina (December).

This will be the first season where a Mesh wave will be used in SLSA competition. Other new waves to the SLSA competition schedule are the Nalu and the HP Jaws.

In addition to the new venues, the SLSA will return to Tsunami Beach in September for the first time since its rebirth, and rounds out with the traditional Fluffy comp at Chi in November.

Dates for the season’s competitions can be found in the Forums under 2012 Season 2 Fixtures. We hope to see you there, either surfing or watching!

Encinitas Comp to Make SLSA History to End 1st Half of Season 10

Coming on the heels of the historic 50th SLSA competition at Tai, the first half of the 10th SLSA season closes out with comp #51 at Encinitas. This will make history as the first SLSA-sanctioned competition to allow the use of a non-SSi surfboard. All competitors will use the HP5 board during the Open and Pro event. Come join us at Encinitas for the Open on June 16th at 11 AM SLT. The top 20 surfers and those who qualify from the Open will surf the Pro event on June 23rd. We hope to see you there.

The First Rankings of the New Season

MAN, this season is already off like a shotgun blast isn’t it? The Mori Pwani Epic Pro Competition ran like clockwork and was a lovely 3 hours long. By contrast, the exciting Mori Pwani Epic Invitational Competition was 7 hours long, and filled with great surfing and AMAZING scores. Congratulations to all the surfers who surfed! We’ve got your individual and team rankings under the cut!

Mori Pwani Pro Competition Results

The opening competition of 2010 Season One was held Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 11am. It was a great competition that ran like a Swiss clock! The SLSA wants to thank not only the competitors and spectators that came out, but also the volunteers who assisted with making the competition run smoothly! Congratulations to the winners, and good luck to those advancing to join the Top 20 for the Invitational this coming Saturday.


First Place - Yendor Destiny, Second Place - Bodhi Lowtide, Third Place - Rayzza Rubble; Fourth Place - rain Tigerfish & Fifth Place - sven Homewood (not pictured)

Congratulations to the winners, and good luck to those advancing to join the Top 20 for the Invitational this coming Saturday. Heat draws will be announced shortly on the forum and in-world through the group.

Mavericks WaveWhile we were all at Mori Resort in Second Life enjoying our fun and sun, Real Life’s bravest pro-surfers were battling the waves in The Mavericks Surf Contest®, a half mile off the coast of Half Moon Bay, CA, USA.  During the contest the spectators found themselves inadvertantly becoming a part of the action when rogue waves swept them from the seawall as well as damaging some of the equipment and scaffolding being used by officials, causing the awards ceremonies to be moved to a nearby hotel. Read more about the incident on The Associated Press: here. Also congratulations to the winner Chris Bertish of South Africa, and much respect for all of the surfers who competed in those amazing conditions!

Mavericks Contest Photo © Rick Bucich Photography.