Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Marina Bay - Talk with Teddy Bear

Submitted by Surfwatch Contributing Correspondent, Teddy Bear (atlasshrugged3)

I first met Jean (jeanquille) while studying at the University.  Together, we sailed the Blake sea dreaming of creating wonderful stuff in Second Life.  Jean, a real life French photographer, introduced me to SL photography, and I exposed Jean to surfing in Second Life.

Marina Bay has grown significantly since its start as a small sailboat and marine accessory store.  Today Marina Bay sells buildings, clubs, homes, shops, clothes, and recently expanded into beach accessories.    

Recently, Jean has built Surfing Waves at Marina Bay Shop.

Teddy Bear (TB): What got you interested in Surfing in SL?

Jean:  I enjoy Second Life Surfing.  It’s better than driving cars, better than Skippo or any of the other activities in Second Life.  Surfing and sailing are the most entertaining activities in Second Life.  Part of the dream in Second Life is the paradise landscape of surfing sims.

TB:  What prompted you to create a surfing SIM?

Jean: For a long time, one of my dreams in Second Life was to create a surfing SIM, but my store was too small to pay the tier.  Now that I have become proficient at Mesh 3D modeling using ambient occlusions, my sales have improved enough to realize my dreams.  If my sales continue to grow, maybe I will have two sims with paradise islands.        

TB:  Marina Bay is a sailor’s shop, what type of sailing products do you make?

Jean: Since I am a RL photographer, I have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, so I started Marina Bay making texture kits for sailboats.

TB: You expanded Marina Bay to surfing, what kinds of surfing products do you make?

Jean:  hahaha, what does a surfer require?  Listening to Jack Johnson while riding the waves on a surfboard.  I create beach decorations, life guard huts, tiki theme accessories, and many other things required to decorate tropical sims.

TB: Marina Bay offers other types of building creations, can you describe a few?

Jean:  Second Life residents like to have parties, so I've created many types of clubs.  Since I love jazz music, I have created a variety of jazz clubs and jazz lovers from all over the grid come to Marina Bay to purchase and outfit their clubs.  Recently I began creating buildings and harbors for tropical sims.  

TB:  You are a top designer for Adam and Eve avatar, what got you into Fashion design?
Jean: Fashion design is very competitive business, some creators like Meli Mako create full perms mesh clothing templates.  Now you don't need to know mesh 3D modeling to create clothes, you only need to texture the templates to have your own fashion line.  I continue to support my friend, Adam and Eve avatar creator Ginger Chevalier.  I have a clothing store at her sim.

TB:  Do you include artistic features in your creations?

Jean: I recently created artistic mesh bonsai trees and very original 3D portraits.  Both items are new in Second Life.

TB:  You are obviously a talented creator in SL, what got you into designing and creating mesh products? 

Jean:  I love realizing my dreams creating mesh objects in Second Life.  I model using C4D animation software and all my work is exclusive.  I do not purchase mesh models on DAZ3D and import them.  I modify scripts for my creations and someday I will learn LSL (Linden Scripting Language).  If any surfer has an idea and I am available to help them realize their dreams.  I'm open for all ideas. 

TB: What are Marina Bay’s future plans?

Jean:  Continue developing accessories for surfers and sailors.  Marina Bay is an alternative to Tiki Tattoo, Headhunter, and other tiki stores.  Marina Bay is a little different, I'm not just "Hawaii", but any harbor or beach in the world.
Everyone is welcome to visit my market under the palms and surf on my beach.  I do not have a Tip Jar.  The best show of appreciation is to purchase my creations. 
TB: You have a C-3 rezzer and Maoli Real Curly waves, let go Surfing!

Jean: I love surfing, nude?  Why not, but take care, there are sharks in ocean.

TB:  I know you sell boardies shorts in your store, so why don't you put on a pair and let’s tests your waves?
Marina Bay, as with every beach sim, is full of romantic locations

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The New Surfers Bay VIP

Stats courtesy Persia Bravin

Surfers Bay VIP - where the party meets the curl!
Parties around the clock and a new wave run that'll have you riding all day!

We stopped by Surfers Bay VIP to have another look at the new wave and found The Beach Party Headquarters going on.  We were lucky enough to catch Persia Bravin who recently designed the new sim around the wave, with her partner, sim owner, Duncan Blackburn.  Persia updated us on the latest information:

-     The new Bali inspired sim opened on May 4 and there's been a really positive response from new and existing members

-     Surfers Bay VIP is averaging 35-40 avs on sim at any one time and are now top of search for surfing

-     Surfers Bay VIP has taught about 25 new people how to surf using the C-3 board and Maoli waves

-    Surfers Bay VIP has just launched a new photo contest with prizes of 5,000L, 3,000L and 2,000L

-     The new Surfers Bay VIP group now has nearly 4,000 members and growing

-     There are 8 stores on the sim

Come have a look at the new Surfers Bay VIP!

Monday, May 21, 2018

What is SurfWatch?

SurfWatch is ...

A collective of creative people teaming together to promote, expand, celebrate, share, create, inform anyone interested about Second Life (SL) and other virtual beaches including surfing, fashion, competitions, surfers and beach lovers, merchandise, sims, businesses, designers, music, clubs and other endeavors.

SurfWatch has been supporting virtual beach life since 2008 with some time off for real life (RL).  No team member is compensated - SurfWatch is a labor of love.  And it's the dedication of SurfWatch Managing Editor, Kantbe Thursday, and the individual members of the team:  Cierra Theriac-Triton, Dillan Munro, Frankie Edon, Gia Villano-Triton, Jus Strat, Maxwell Silvansky, Persia Bravin, Solsty Kismet and Tyler Peace that keep it alive and going strong, supporting all the beach and surf sims, beach businesses, groups and associations, merchandisers, designers, musicians and clubs and everything else associated with Second Life beaches and surfing by expanding awareness, sharing information, and promoting activities.

We're who's watching the waves!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

SLSA Bluff Cove C-3 Pro Competition Results

Submitted by Jus Strat

The Bluff Cove C-3 was held May 19th and it was an amazing day. Jack Slade kicked things off at 10 am with a stellar set and the remainder of the entertainment was provided by DJ Smith. It was the largest registration pool of the season thus far and arguably the best surfing all year.

Heat One featured 2 of the SLSA Directors, Richie Marley and Gia Villano - Triton as well as this season's #2 ranked Johnny Whadd along with newcomer Bunni Kismet and talented surfer Illaria. Great scores for Heat One with Richie Marley winning the heat.

Heat One
Richie Marley     15.50
Gia Villano-Triton     14.75
Johnny Whadd     13.83
Bunni Kismet     12.16
Ilaria BLUE     9.08

Heat Two had past champion Moira facing off against Montego Captain Kristen Starquill, Grandhaven Surf Sim owner Aquadoc and another promising rookie DonGood. Moira showed once again the style and talents that have led her to championships winning her heat with a phenomenal score.

Heat Two
Moira BLUE     16.91
Kristen Starquill     15.08
Aquadoc GREEN     14.50
Don Good     11.83

Heat Three showcased Teddy Bear in her second comp on her new team Tsunami, another rookie Celestrii, Oasis of Life sim owner Markus Allan in his first competition and Cierra Theriac. Cierra selflessly and graciously gave up her spot in the competition to fill in as Head Judge and as always did a remarkable job. Teddy Bear made her new team proud winning Heat Three.

Heat Three
Teddy Bear     15.41
Celestrii RED     12.66
Markus Allan     6.75
Cierra Theriac     0.00
Nthcoast PURPLE     0.00

Heat Four included veteran surfer Bodhi Lowtide, the youngest surfer in the comp Andin Kismet, first time competitor Sly Dawg, Moonie Kismet in her first full season and Surfcrazy Captain Mick Lunasea. Bodhi won the heat by the closest margin in the comp, edging out Andin by .08 points.

Heat Four
Bodhi Lowtide     15.66
Andin Kismet     15.58
Sly Dawg     14.16
Moonie Kismet     11.66
Mick Lunasea     10.25

Heat Five wound up being a two person heat as there was a no show and Petra filled in as a judge which was incredibly appreciated by all competitors. Current #1 Kris Marley faced off against rookie Jus Strat. Kris taught one of the C-3 classes prior to the competition and continued his schooling by crushing Jus in Heat Five.

Heat Five
Kris Marley     17.83
Jus Strat     15.41
Petra Xaris     0.00
Tyler Peace     0.00

Photo courtesy Moonie Kismet

The Final round showed the best SLSA has to offer. Every final round this season has gotten more competitive and the C-3 was no exception. It was exciting to see everyone in the line up bantering, harassing each other but also pushing each other to be their very best. Great friends and great surfing made for a great day.

Final Round
1-Kris Marley     18.33
2-Moira BLUE     17.58
3-Richie Marley     16.25
4-Bodhi Lowtide     15.75
4-Jus Strat     15.75
6-Teddy Bear     15.58
7-Andin Kismet     15.41

Thanks to Flynn and Cierra for hosting the C-3. It was an amazing day and if you missed it you missed a really good time. The Season ends June 23rd again hosted by Flynn and Cierra at their legendary Bundy Reef sim so you have one more chance to see amazing surfing but more importantly meet the best people on the grid and as always SurfWatch will be there!

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