ripple RIDE: An adventure enthusiast enjoys scurfing at Dimna Lake after Wednesday’s launch
Ahoy thrill junkies! Scurfing at Jamshedpur’s landmark water body just got merrier and cheaper.
Buoyed by the overwhelming response at the launch of the adrenaline-pumping amusement at Dimna on Wednesday, the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) has decided to make the hitherto weekend sport a six-day affair, starting Sunday.
And the excitement doesn’t end here.
The organisers have also slashed ticket prices from Rs 500 to Rs 350 for a half-an-hour skimming fun on the inviting surface of the lake, and are mulling a hike in the regular adventurer capacity from the current 30 to 40. For the latter, the scurfing time slot may be increased by five hours. The TSAF is further facilitating direct enrolment at the Water Sports Centre in Dimna instead of its office at the JRD Tata complex in Bistupur.
Secretary of TSAF P.P. Kapadia said that ever since the flag-off, requests were pouring in from various quarters to make scurfing a daily event. “We have decided to stay open (for scurfing) on all days except Mondays. We did not expect such a terrific response. People can enjoy six days a week from this Sunday.”
Kapadia added: “Keeping in mind the convenience of people, registration can henceforth be done on the spot. Just walk in, pay Rs 350 and scurf away. One thing we will never compromise on is safety (as the activity is open for non-swimmers too). If the city (Jamshedpur) has developed a knack for adventure sports, we think our objective has been fulfilled.”
TSAF manager Hemant Gupta confirmed that the time slot would be increased as well. “On the opening day, we had 30 enthusiasts vying to scurf between 8am and 1pm. Since the Water Sports Centre stays open till 5pm, we are considering allotment of more time to scurfing. In short, there will be more seats — maybe, 40 scurfers a day — available now,” he said.
Baridih businessman Ashutosh Sharma was the first among equals during Wednesday’s scurf launch. So, did he have fun? “Oh! It was great fun. It was my first time and I was thrilled to the core. TSAF is doing a good thing to make it a regular sport at Dimna Lake. It has also cut down on formalities and fare. Hey all, let’s go scurfing!” said Sharma.
Surender Singh, a student of Jamshedpur Co-operative College, echoed him. “It is sheer excitement the moment you hit water. I tried parasailing last month, but scurfing was a different experience altogether.”
Athletics coach Benjamin Horo has always been attracted to outdoor activities and wasted no time in enrolling his name for scurfing. “The TSAF has done a good job. Scurfing is fun all the way. The more you scurf, the merrier you get,” said the mentor.
Chief of Tata Steel’s adventure programmes Bachendri Pal urged active participation. “More and more people should come forward to join adventure sports. After parasailing and river rafting, we are offering scurfing. Come people, grab the opportunity,” exhorted the ace mountaineer.