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WATER BABE

Adrenaline-charged TV show, Ra, is back on Foxtel and with a hot new host, Lauryn Eagle, a World Water Ski Racing Champion and Miss Teen International.

How did you get into water-ski racing?
We've had three generations in our family – grandpa, dad, uncle and my younger sister. It's in our blood. I was addicted the first time I tried it [aged four].

Is it dangerous?
Yes, it can be. My uncle and dad had very serious accidents and I have even lost a friend through the sport. But I think when you have a passion for something and love it so much you just block stuff like that out. That's what I do.

Tell us about hosting Ra.
The show covers anything to do with a board – so wakeboarding, body boarding, surf boarding. It has an audience of adrenaline junkies; I'm one myself. I also do a lot of surfing and I can relate to the people in the surfing community on the show, like Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow.

What's the best thing about hosting Ra?
Presenting something that I love – adrenaline, sports and anything to do with water.

The worst thing?
When we were shooting one day it was pretty cold and I had to get into my bikini and get in the water.

Anything weird happen on the set?
I had a wardrobe malfunction far more x-rated than Janet Jackson's.

What's it like being a chick in a guy's world?
I'm not a prissy girl. I'm a bit of a tomboy. I love my sport. I love footy. I think I fit in quite well.

What's the goss' on Ra co-hosts, Australian surfers Stuart Bedford-Brown and Barton Lynch?
They're both really, really cool dudes. They're total surfer boys – really down to earth and fun-loving. They're the same on-screen as off – they don't put on an act.

You're also studying commerce at Wollongong Uni. How do you fit everything in?
I barely sleep. I don't have much time to watch TV or spend time with my friends, which they get a bit cranky about, but they understand.

Got a boyfriend?
I'm a single woman. I'm very turned off boys at the moment. I think they're all the same.

Which are your top water-skiing spots in New South Wales?
Hawkesbury River; Botany Bay/Georges River; between the heads of Sydney Harbour; and Forster. – by Hugh Baldwin


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