TV surfer Melodie visits relatives in Blackrock
SURFER Melodie Bohny who featured earlier this year on the RTE Big Wave Bootcamp spent a week in her mother's home village of Blackrock.
Melodie was one of eight contestants who were selected to take part in the Bootcamp which was filmed in Hawaii and was shown as an eight part series on RTE2.
The series was filmed last year with Melodie and her fellow contestants tutored by the best big wave surfer in the world and one of the sport's true legends, Ken Bradshaw during their month long stay.
Ken took them on a tour of the maddest waves Hawaii has to offer, from the bunny slopes at Waikiki all the way through to the monster wave known as Jaws.
With her mother Caroline (nee Traynor) hailing from the Old Golf Links Road, Melodie regularly visits her grandmother Betty and aunts and uncles and younger relatives in the village. She lives in the Canary Island of Fuerteventura where she took up surfing three years ago. In 2011 she won the Lanzorate girls surfing title.
She represented Germany in World Junior championship the following year in Panama following which she was selected on the German Euro Junior surf team to compete in France in September and qualified for the semi-finals. She finished in 11th place.
She also won the International Surfing Association scholarship award of 1000 US$ for being a dedicated student and surfer. She was invited to go to the World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) in Nicaragua in June, but had to forgo the invitation on account of her studies.
She had hoped to do some surfing during her break in the village, but it would have meant travelling to the west coast and couldn't fit it in. She is now to embark on a new and important phase of her life, starting university in Gran Canaria in the autumn to study engineering and industrial design.