Water Sports


Juhu gets nod for water sports centre

By Chaitanya Marpakwar, Mumbai Mirror | Feb 4, 2014, 11.57 PM IST

Juhu gets nod for water sports centre
The plan for a sports centre at Juhu beach was first mooted in 2010 but ran into trouble when local citizen groups opposed the facility

Work to begin in March after revamp plan, mooted 4 years ago, is given a go-ahead; facilities will include jet skiing, sailing, parasailing and speed boats.

Almost four years after it was proposed, Mumbai’s iconic Juhu Beach could soon boast of a state-of-the-art water sports centre.

On Monday, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation was given the go-ahead for their beach revamp plan by the Juhu Beach Monitoring Committee, that had been set up by Bombay High Court.

Once complete, the project will offer water sport enthusiasts and adventure buffs facilities such as jet skiing, sailing and parasailing, among other recreational activities. An array of equipment, including speed boats and banana boats will also be made available to enhance the experience. A landscaped garden also forms part of the approved plan.

At the moment, Girgaum Chowpatty is the only beach in the city that has a water sports centre. Work on the Rs 12 crore Juhu project is expected to start next month.

While the plan includes a host of facilities, to begin with the committee has approved only those that do not require any construction on the beach.

“The proposal had been pending for quite some time. The entire beachfront falls under the coastal regulation zone and requires an NoC from the monitoring committee,” said Ashok Jadhav, local Congress legislator.

“Once ready, it will boost the tourism potential of the beach, while local residents will also be able to enjoy the facilities,” Jadhav said, adding that funds for the project have been sanctioned by the Central Government.

The monitoring committee includes the Mumbai Suburban Collector, noted architect P K Das, local residents, and officials of BMC and Maharashtra Maritime Board.

“We have only cleared some of the planned components like the water sports equipment, lighting, security cameras, safety equipment etc, and have asked for more details of other components that need construction, such as changing rooms, watch towers and jetties. Once those plans are submitted, we will study them before granting approval,” Das told Mirror.

“Beach safety equipment, lifeguards and watch towers will also be part of the revamp plan,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh. “The committee has approved some components of the plan and work will begin soon.”

The plan was first mooted in 2010 but ran into trouble when local citizen groups, who had successfully undertaken the ‘Save Juhu Beach’ campaign, opposed the facility. The activists had claimed that the High Court order bars commercial exploitation of the beach.


Watersports in the TN River raise money for charity

2:28 a.m. EST January 19, 2014

Watersports in the Tennessee River

(WBIR) – Even in the cold, people donned wetsuits Saturday and hit the Tennessee River for some skiing, wakeboarding and tubing– all to help local charities.

“I enjoy seeing the proceeds going to help other people, especially the young kids who go out there and have traumatics injuries or illness. I enjoy giving back to the community,” said Matthew Porterfield, who is a board member of Eskimo Escapades.

That money is going toward the Patricia Neal I-R-C, the Amputee Adventure Camp and Dream Connection, which gives opportunities to children who have life-threatening illnesses. This is the 20th year of Eskimo Escapades.