A virtual reality playground created by Linden Labs is a difficult
experience to explain. Users create 3 dimensional 'Avitars'
representing human or other charachters which are used to interact
with other SL citizens, play, work, build, and explore. Sign
up is free, computer specs are available on the SL website.
All else needed is to download the 'viewer' user interface.
Like a multifaceted diamond there are many sides to SL, some
duller than others some downright dark. They exist side by side
'inworld'. As in real life or RL the sun seems always brighter
at the coast on the beach sparkling off waves being ridden by
surfers. The surfing venues are stunning ranging from reefs,
points, piers and beachbreaks. One of my personal favorite simulations
or 'sim' was 'Surf City' a virtual re-creation of Huntington
Beach,, complete with pier, surf shops, etc. gone but not forgotten. Island sims are
breath taking, Chi, Majini, Quan Li, Surf Camp, Surfline (RIP), Tavarua, Braata Beach
just to name a few.
Second Life or SL is a world wide community affording
any virtual citizen, landlocked or coastal dweller, the virtual
experience of being a surfer and riding waves. No sunburn, reef
cuts across your back or tore up feet, no crying out for your
mom as a big set feathers on the outer reef, no surfboard opening
a gash in your head. All the fun without the pain and steep
learning curve of rl surfing.
Being a pc game player helps in surfing the waves I'm sure.
What differs is the communtity of surfers that exist in SL.
All continents and languages are represented. All points of
view from the Weekend Warrior to Soul Surfers. Pro Surfing exists
in SL with regular bi yearly compitition seasons. Heats, judges,
spectators, Virtual 'Linden L$' prize money. If I'm not mistaken
Surfing is the first and currently only organized sport in second
life thanks to the hard working SLSA founders, Volunteers, Directors and Pro Surfers.
I firmly believe that SL is a model of the internets future.
Linden Lab employees show up 'inworld' to work, go to their
virtual offices to work or roam around inworld working. Whole
cities can be contructed, regions, countries. Theories of all
sorts created and tested. Do not be suprised when your grandchild
dons their virtual business suit for their first interview with
the big techno corp 'inworld'. Only difference will be, the
fat cat behind the desk will be puffing a virtual cigar emiting
SL being 5+ years old, pages and pages of web content have been
devoted to this 'virtual world created by its members'.
See you Inworld
SL State of surfing update 09/09/09
Its been awhile since i updated here, geesh time flys. SL's Surfcrazy Surf Shop recently celebrated 4 years in business three of which on bratta / tortola / jj lanes beach. Many pioneers of the SL surf scene have faded away or returned as alts (alternate or a second new renamed avitar). It's cool with me as the line up is stoked as ever.
LSD has hit the surf scene kinda like the 60's - 70's transition era. This time though its a virtual wave and surfboard orgy created by Luscious Starship Designs. New sculpted / scripted waves are pounding the shores across the grid adding more variety for riders to choose from. The LSD surfboards are a kick as well with numerous new keyboard scripted animations and unique riding experience.
With the introduction of "Mesh" 3d modeling / drawing into Second Life LSD has produced the first wave and boards. In beta stage still i got a peek and they are cool!
Tsunami sim held the first SLSA contest using a LSD sculpted season 1 2011, it was a fun departure from Action, HP and SSI waves. The earlier waves created by Actiot, HP and SSI remain very popular as each require special learned skills to ride and remain challenging.
The surfing population continues to grow with new riders blowing minds daily free surfing and at surf contests. As I always tell new riders "Surfing is the best fun you can have in SL with your clothes on". The surfing family continues to grow in SL where the summer is truly endless and the Aloha is not virtual but real :)
Oh yeh almost forgot. This old dog won his first surf contest ever. I pulled it off in the Tsunami Open riding a LSD wave on a SSI Mickfish. WHOOHOO!
SL State of surfing update 7/09
The progression of SL surfing has not missed a beat with the
introduction of more realistic waves and surfboards. With inworld
companies HP and
leading the charge with new A frame peaks, spray blowing
off top like an off shore day at Sunset Beach. Incredible realism.
The inside Tube views are like looking at a Greenough movie
except you control the rider. Original surfboard designers Heather
Goodlife and Sebastian Saramago SSI
are said to be in development of new waves also.
New surf organizations are poping up like sunflowers to accomidate
the different surfing perspectives. Real Life=RL emulation or
gamer interpretation plus open surfboard usage policy as opposed
to competitions requiring only one brand of board. The XSA
and M.U.S.T. surfboard
organizations and competitions=comps are leading the way in