Surfer Melodie in TV bootcamp
TALENTED surfer Melodie Bohnny, whose mother hails from Blackrock, is one of eight participants currently taking part in the televised Big Wave Bootcamp. The second half-hour-long episode in the eight part series on RTE 2 was screened on Friday last at 5pm.
The eight 'surf-mad Irish teens' spend three weeks being tutored by the best big wave surfer in the world and one of the sport's true legends, Ken Bradshaw.
The group comprising boys and girls face some of the world's most fearsome waves, training hard on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
They are tested to the limit as they gather the skills and courage to take on the Hawaiian sea. They swim in underwater caves, learn the basics of ducking and rolling, and walk across the sea bed carrying rocks.
They also explore local Hawaiian lifestyle and culture, and make friends with local youngsters and engage in some fun activities.
In the first episode they left the icy North Atlantic and travelled over 10,000kilometers to the sunny shores of the spectacular Hawaiian Islands.
Melodie lives in Fuerteventura and was Lanzarote under-18 champion in 2011. She is a regular visitor to Blackrock to see her grandmother Betty Traynor and her aunts and uncles and extended family. Her mother Caroline hails from the Old Golf Links Road.
She took the opportunity to sample what it is like to surf in Irish waters the Christmas before last, travelling to Easkey in Sligo to try out the waves there.
She is a relative newcomer to the sport, only a few years taking part in serious competition, and it is little over five years since she started surfing.
Her ultimate dream 'is to become a professional surfer and surf all the great spots around the world.'