Bajan Surf Bungalow opened its doors the following week with Pat O’Connell, Ross Williams, Mike Rommelse, Saxon Boucher and photographer Tom Servais being the first guests. They scored 100% perfection at Soup Bowl for a whole week. As a result a 10 page article was featured in Surfer Magazine.
“Besides our incredible luck of coming into a swell with glassy offshore conditions for a whole week, The Bajan Surf Bungalow is insane! And we were the first group. Guinea pigs as they say, but I don’t know how a place could be any better!!” Quoted from the BSB guest book, written by Tom Servais.
Luck? Melanie knows it was Gods confirmation that she had done exactly what she was destined to do. Melanie’s guest house was open from October 1996 till she closed the doors on April 30, 2004. During the last few years of business Melanie became a new mom. Darian Shea was born December 31, 2001. When she became pregnant with her second child, she decided that it was best to just be a MOM for a while. Kelsey Kay was born December 29, 2004.
“Moving to Barbados and running my guest house was the greatest experience I could have ever imagined. I met so many fascinating people form all over the world and acquired so many wonderful friends.” Says Melanie. Bajan Surf Bungalow is greatly missed, locally as well as internationally.
Six years ago after being at stay at home mom for two years, Melanie missing being involved in the surf world. In 2006 She started a new venture, Barbados Surf Trips. “I’m ready again to show my beautiful island to great people from all over the world. This is where my heart is. I desire to help visiting surfers enjoy, and make the most out of their vacation.” Proclaims Melanie. Most of her days are spend driving people around, surfing Barbados' best breaks, and planning surf vacations for visiting surfers.