Sunday, February 6, 2011

SL Surf Association Valentin Intermezzo

Tonight I met MaryAnn Maa at the Archipelago (, who is the Second Life Surf Association (SLSA) Host. We talked about how the SLSA finances its surf beach and the Hall of Fame. Actual a valentine date auction is on and there are 7 more days left to bid on hot surf chicks and guys. I recommend to have a look and support the SLSA by bidding on a date. I myself did a last minute entry to it, will research Valentins day and its possibilities in Second Life and chill afterwards as a reward with my date. As well I hope it's someone creative, whom I could make a cowriter or photographer for the article about that event. ;-)

Nadja Revnik: What's the work of an SLSA host? You arn't one of the five directors?
MaryAnn Maa: No, I'm not in management at all, my job is to think up ways to earn the sim tiers for the Archipelago: Home of the Hall of Fame and some great surfing,
SLSA also has parties and  Awards ceremonys here. A Surfing Class too ;-)
/comment My last interview partner Abel Halderman is one of the surf teachers. And guess what...he's on the auction board as well.
Nadja Revnik: Did you get chosen by vote or took the job?
MaryAnn Maa: My wonderful friend Colleen Brennan suggested me for the job.
MaryAnn Maa: This is the second auction I have done for them...
/comment She means the SLSA, which she actually wanted to mention a bit more often then done Nadja Revnik: So you are the host for a certain time or since you will get old and grey ;-)?
/comment What for sure will never happen in SL. ;-P
MaryAnn Maa: Hummm, good question, ha ha.
MaryAnn Maa: If they ask me, I do it ..
Nadja Revnik: Are you the first SLSA host?
MaryAnn Maa: Officially maybe, in this fund raising position.
Nadja Revnik: So auctions are one part of fundraising. What else dod you do for that?
MaryAnn Maa: They have events to raise money.
MaryAnn Maa: I have thrown a few parties here, special occasions, dancing entertainers, some fun times.
MaryAnn Maa: I decorated the sim for a halloween ball.
Nadja Revnik: Ok, in general all entertaining things. ;-)
MaryAnn Maa: What ever they let me do or I can sneak in.
/comment We won't imagine what she thoughts of and wasn't allowed to do there already ;-)
Nadja Revnik: Heh.
MaryAnn Maa: lol
Nadja Revnik: When did the valentine auction start off. Wasn't it pretty early?
MaryAnn Maa: Yes, started very early, 3 weeks ago.
Nadja Revnik: And did you have to push the volunteers or did they do it by free will. ;-)
MaryAnn Maa: Bid's seems to come in, in bunches, slow that wham flooded.
MaryAnn Maa: I did a bit of begging, but we have such great people in the surfing community, so was not too hard getting people to offer themselves as a date.
Nadja Revnik: Astonishing more female than male people applied. You have any reason for that?
MaryAnn Maa: Not really sure, but I will say this: the women know how to bid , war's. lolol
MaryAnn Maa: The men are a bit shy!
/comment Wake up MEN! ;-)
Nadja Revnik: lol
MaryAnn Maa: Worried they wont get bid on.
MaryAnn Maa: And we have some very nice looking men and women on the boards.
Nadja Revnik: I see Milo Voss has the highest bid of all with 10.500 L$ you tell what makes him so expensive?
/comment That's more than double my rent.
MaryAnn Maa: He said he was buying calogne..............have not been close enough to give him a sniff.
Nadja Revnik: Heh.
MaryAnn Maa: We will have to ask the highest bidder that one, I better add ...
MaryAnn Maa: I think everyone would be a good sport about going out with winners. The dats is 2 hours long and should be PG rated, after the 2 hours, SLSA is not responsible.
Nadja Revnik: lol
MaryAnn Maa: We have 2 dogs up there........!  That says it all. lol
Nadja Revnik: ack i wont imagine
Nadja Revnik: Well i see in Milos profile his skills are kissing...might have attracted someone.
MaryAnn Maa: Pucker Power! Hummmmmm. Maybe that and the cologne.
Nadja Revnik: Did Juna change his picture to raise bids?
MaryAnn Maa: Who cares,  it's nice to look at...Omg dont write that! haha
/comment Sorry ;-) I thought it's good promotion ;_)
Nadja Revnik: Some totally unknown chicks on the board as well.
Nadja Revnik: Looseleaf resident for example....
MaryAnn Maa: The photos are very easy on the eyes, I tend to dillydally here after working.
Nadja Revnik: heh
MaryAnn Maa: Yes, all will have bids. We have some high bids and we hope everyone has a chance to bid within  their means.
MaryAnn Maa: I think we have 4 ladies and 1 man needing  bids. Not bad! And a week left.
Nadja Revnik: And what about you? ;-) Did you already place a bid?
MaryAnn Maa: Yes i did......
MaryAnn Maa: I went for the puppy dog Surf Rang.
Nadja Revnik: Oh, I thought that was the skeleton you Bid on there. ;_)
Nadja Revnik: lol
MaryAnn Maa: Last auction he offered dumpster diving, this date chasing cats.
Nadja Revnik: Chasing cats sounds fun....thought about special ones?
MaryAnn Maa: The puppy in the picture, I think is eyeing the bones.  ;-)
MaryAnn Maa: Maybe a visit to Zooby and chase em all.
Nadja Revnik: Heh.
MaryAnn Maa: lol
Nadja Revnik: And do all dates have happen on SL monday exactly? How do people arrange with time zones?
MaryAnn Maa: No, bidder and date, I will notify each, then it is up to them to make the actual dating time.
Nadja Revnik: Ok, I'm very curious, what people will tell after their dates. ;-)
MaryAnn Maa: Auctions ends Sunday Feb 13th at noon SLT. I will notify everyone with in the next day or so.
MaryAnn Maa: I did remember to mention SLSA?  haha
Nadja Revnik: Heh. Now you did ;-)

So what are you waiting for........your next tp stop should be:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Meeting Mr. Halderman - Surfing in SL & the SLSA

I met Abel Halderman - director of the SLSA and team member of Tsunami - to learn more about reasons to surf pro surfing in Second Life. I surf myself since 2009, but I'm still an amateur. That's why I tried to understand how pro surfing is organized in Second Life. As well I took a trip to different Surf spots with Mr. Halderman, who could tell lots of stories about those. I will write about that one in the next post.

Mr. Halderman, how long have you surfed in sl?
Abel Halderman: It's December 2010 now...
/comment Yes, I am late with publishing, but started research early ;-)
Abel Halderman: Hmm...
Abel Halderman: It must have been 3 years since I started.
Abel Halderman: It was kind of different back then.
Nadja Revnik: In what way?
Abel Halderman: Well...
/comment as you will find of his favorite words ;-)
Abel Halderman: First of all it was all new to me.
Abel Halderman: When I first surfed the Epic...
Abel Halderman: I just loved the sound it made.
Abel Halderman: It was all just a new experience.
Nadja Revnik: ;-)
Abel Halderman: And of course we had only three kinds of waves.
Nadja Revnik: Which ones?
Abel Halderman: None of them were sculpted.
Abel Halderman: It was pipeline, fluffy and epic.
Nadja Revnik: Was Majini there already those days?
/comment Majini - a loved and lost surfspot where many pros started their carrier.
Abel Halderman: Yes.
Abel Halderman: Majini was the surf central.
Nadja Revnik: I started there as well, but never became more than an amateur ;-)
Abel Halderman: Everybody surfed there.
Abel Halderman: hehe
Abel Halderman: And that was the place where I competed for the very first time.
Nadja Revnik: Why do you ride in competitions?
Abel Halderman: Oh, I haven't for a while.
Abel Halderman: Just had my season off.
Abel Halderman: Generally...
Abel Halderman: I think for me there are a few resons:
Abel Halderman: I do it for fun.
Abel Halderman: My fun comes from seeing friends, competing... the thrill that comes with it.
Abel Halderman: And I do it for the party waves :-)
Nadja Revnik: heh
/comment the interviewer likes to laugh
Abel Halderman: Ok, and I like to represent my team.
Abel Halderman: ;-)
Nadja Revnik: Was the community much different in earlier days?
Nadja Revnik: What's your team btw?
Abel Halderman: Tsunami
Nadja Revnik: Ah...
Abel Halderman: So much has changed since then:
Abel Halderman: waves, boards, beaches.
Abel Halderman: A lot of people have disapeared from SL.
Abel Halderman: Some stayed.
Abel Halderman: Was it different though?
Abel Halderman: Hmm...
/comment I could see heavy wrinkles at that time on Mr. Haldermans youthful avatar skin ;-)
Abel Halderman: Objectively, not really
Nadja Revnik: And why did you start surfing those days? Special occasion?
Abel Halderman: This is a funny part.
Abel Halderman: Originally I was an art gallery owner...
Abel Halderman: or manager.
Nadja Revnik: Ah, me once, too.
Abel Halderman: Around Christmas 2007 I was looking for a perfect gift for my friend.
Abel Halderman: And I thought...
Abel Halderman: how about a surfboard?
Nadja Revnik: sl gf?
/comment I just asked this, cause prolly all female readers would be interested to know, maybe most likely his recent fiance ;-)
Abel Halderman: I knew she liked surfing.
Abel Halderman: Let's say a female friend.
Abel Halderman: Details aside ;-)
Abel Halderman: Anyway...
Nadja Revnik: heh
Abel Halderman: how do I get a surfboard that she would like?
Abel Halderman: I mean with a texture I would choose?
Abel Halderman: That is how I met Sebastian Saramago...
Abel Halderman: the guy who basically created SL surfing
Nadja Revnik: ah ;-)
Abel Halderman: along with Heather Goodliffe.
Abel Halderman: So I met Seb and he made a beautiful board for me.
Abel Halderman: I may still have some pictures.
Abel Halderman: If you visit the SLSA Hall of Fame...
Abel Halderman: and find Sebastian Saramago's plague...
Abel Halderman: the board's image is in the picture.
Abel Halderman: :-)
Abel Halderman: Cherry blossom one.
Abel Halderman: So..
Abel Halderman: I think a few days later I met Seb at some beach
Abel Halderman: and he gave me my first surfboard.
Abel Halderman: I still love that board.
Abel Halderman: Da Cat I think was the name..
Abel Halderman: and we surfed for a while.
Abel Halderman: I think that was the moment when I got addicted.
Abel Halderman: hehe
Abel Halderman: But it's taken me a long time to learn how to surf.
Nadja Revnik: Do you surf in rl as well?
Abel Halderman: I tired...
Nadja Revnik: in your youth? ,-P
Abel Halderman: but I am really bad at that
Abel Halderman: LOL!
Abel Halderman: hey
Nadja Revnik: heh
Abel Halderman: I'm only 31!
/comment youth is relative ;-)
Abel Halderman: ROFL
Nadja Revnik: oh heh
Nadja Revnik: I'm in an ageless zone today I guess.
Abel Halderman: lol
Nadja Revnik: What makes surfing in SL special for you?
Abel Halderman: In comparision to other SL activities?
Nadja Revnik: mh
Nadja Revnik: Good question.
Nadja Revnik: More in general.
Abel Halderman: I guess I could as well be a simboarder or a sailor on here.
Abel Halderman: Generally it's the atmosphere
Abel Halderman: and the people.
Abel Halderman: Like I said I really ended up in the surfing community by accident.
Abel Halderman: What made me stay?
Abel Halderman: First I wanted to learn how to surf
Abel Halderman: cos it was darn difficult for me.
Abel Halderman: Then I met the people.
Abel Halderman: So I guess the answer would be: the surfers
Abel Halderman:
Abel Halderman: That is Seb's HoF picture...
Abel Halderman: with a tiny image of the cherry blossom board Seb made for me.
Nadja Revnik: You are director of the SLSA atm?
Abel Halderman: There are 5 directors in the SLSA at the same time
/comment I forgot to ask about the yearly income...sorry ;-)
Nadja Revnik: What's your job there?
Abel Halderman: Well...
Abel Halderman: the SLSA is about two things mostly:
Abel Halderman: organizing competitions,
Abel Halderman: and promoting surfing in SL.
Abel Halderman: In general that is a director's job.
Abel Halderman: Specifically...
Nadja Revnik: So thats why you teach?
Abel Halderman: I think I have already done everything in the SLSA.
Abel Halderman: Well...
Abel Halderman: I am performing a role of the Human Resources Officer on the SLSA Board of Directors...
Abel Halderman: which primarily is about recruiting and training competition officers.
Abel Halderman: But...
Abel Halderman: I kind of extended the role to training new surfers...
Abel Halderman: cos I simply like doing it.
Nadja Revnik: Can i join a lecture..maybe it keeps me away from being lazy.
Abel Halderman: hehe
Abel Halderman: Sure.
Abel Halderman: But it's not a lecture.
Abel Halderman: Well, maybe in part it is...
Abel Halderman: especially basic level classes.
Abel Halderman: Gotta know what you're doing before you start doing it.
/comment was this a hint on my surfing qualities? ;-)
Abel Halderman: ;-)
Nadja Revnik: I try knowing what I'm doing ;-)
Abel Halderman: There are no regular days and times.
Abel Halderman: lol
Abel Halderman: Kantbe Thursday, who is also a SLSA Director and Communication Officer, announced the classes via the group, SL events, website.
Abel Halderman: So it's hard to miss them :-)
Nadja Revnik: Which group?
Abel Halderman: SL Surfing Association
Nadja Revnik: The last formal question for the interview:
Nadja Revnik: why do you think people engage in sports in SL in general?
Abel Halderman: Well...
Abel Halderman: I think everybody has their own reasons.
Abel Halderman: Surfing?
Nadja Revnik: I want yours.
Abel Halderman: Often people just can't do it in RL.
Abel Halderman: That's why they do it in SL...
Abel Halderman: so I guess it is a substitute of a RL experience for them.
Abel Halderman: Other people just want to meet a lot of new friends interested in the same thing...
Abel Halderman: or be in a huge community of surfers, sailors, racers etc.
Abel Halderman: Ok, and for some it is an arcade game, too.

Nadja Revnik: Thank you for the interview Mr. Halderman ;-)

Up next: surf safari with Mr. Halderman...don't miss to read about famous surf spots and their history!