The sizzling heat has tightened its grip on the city, but the young and vibrant are in no mood to sit at home gulping buttermilk (and the occasional beer) or partying non-stop! Braving the scorching, sticky heat, many Chennaiites have taken up crash courses in rowing, surfing, golf and so on.
For some, these camps are just a fun activity to indulge in during the summer, but others have taken it seriously and have even quit their job!
25-year-old emcee Dhwani Rao shuttles to a million places everyday — what’s she upto? “Surfing, to cool off! I’m just six classes in, and already feeling like it’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever been part of. After sessions, I just paddle on the board and float around on the water with friends.. it’s just a fun pastime.
Surfing also improves your endurance, stamina, and fitness; in a way, it also teaches you to confront your fears when you face the massive waves head-on et al! Every weekend, I also socialise with people from different walks of life at surfing; so it’s almost like one big party.”
Tiruchy lad Selvaraj has moved to Zion Hills Golf County situated on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway to take up the sport. A dentist by profession, he even quit his job and is a full-time golfer now. “I always wanted to do something interesting in life and that’s why I chose golf. I was playing this sport during every summer, for the past few years. It was only recently that I decided to quit my job and take up golf as a profession. Since the heat in Chennai is unbearable, I shifted with bag and baggage to Zion hills,” says the 28-year- old.
For the first time, the Madras Boat Club in RA Puram is conducting summer camps for adults in rowing. Ranjani Chandran, one such enthusiast, is eager to master the art of rowing. “I love water sports and always wanted to learn rowing. Usually, the club offers summer camps for children. But, thankfully, this time they are offering classes for adults and I grabbed the opportunity! The classes will be in the morning between 6 am and 8 am. Before practicing rowing, they are teaching us stretching and other basic exercises that will help relax our muscles,” she says.
Now, don’t wait for inspiration. Get ready and head to these camps to get your adrenaline pumping this summer!...