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RTÉ Surf Series ‘Big Wave Bootcamp’ In Pre-Production
17 May 2012 : By Steve Cummins
Big Wave Bootcamp
A reality TV series for RTÉ about teenage surfers is to begin shooting in Ireland and Hawaii next month.

‘Big Wave Bootcamp’ is currently in pre-production and will be produced for the State broadcaster by British production company Rival Media.

The series will follow eight Irish teenagers as they attempt to become expert surfers in just three weeks with the help of American professional surfer Ken Bradshaw.

Shooting will get underway in early June in various locations and surfing spots in Ireland. The production will then move to Oahu in Hawaii for three weeks.

‘Big Wave Bootcamp’ will consist of eight 30-minute episodes and will be broadcast on RTÉ in October. The series was commissioned by RTÉ Young People’s commissioning editor Sheila DeCourcy. Sound post-production on the series will be carried out in Ireland at an as-yet-undecided post house.

Rival’s joint managing directors Howard Myers and Steve Wynne will executive produce the series. Camilla Banks (Move Like Michael Jackson) is the series producer and director.

Speaking to IFTN, Myers said a number of senior Irish crew will be used on the production although he was unable to give further details.

Rival Media have previously produced ‘Mission Beach USA’ for RTÉ, which saw eight Irish teenagers travel to Florida to train as lifeguards. The series has run for two seasons on RTÉ Two.

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