World's Premiere Watersport Event to Bring Elite Surfers to Dominican North Shore
With an impressive roster of international competitors and sponsors, the 13th annual Master of the Ocean competition will crown the world's best overall surf riders during five days of action on the tropical north shore of the Dominican Republic. Originally conceived as the „IRONMAN of Water Sports”, the Master of the Ocean was created by German waterman Marcus Bohm in 2003, with the idea of providing an opportunity for Dominicans and Dominican residents to compete side by side with international professionals.
Defending champions Zane Schweitzer of Hawaii (men's) and Fiona Wylde of Oregon (women's) will put their titles on the line against challenges by Israeli athlete Omri Hazor,Dominican star Luciano González, renowned action waterman Brian Talma of Barbados and more top competitors from Canada, Germany, Israel, Puerto Rico, Scandinavia and the USA.
"As the only competition in the world that combines all four surf-related disciplines, Master of the Ocean challenges the most skilled surfers, kitesurfers, windersurfers and standup paddlesurfers," explained German waterman and event founder Marcus Bohm, who moved to Cabarete nearly 25 years ago in his search for the perfect watersports playground.
Lying at nearly the same latitude as Hilo, Hawaii, Cabarete boasts ideal conditions almost year-round for all kinds of watersports, explained Bohm. "For example, the water is glassy in the morning, so it is very smooth for surfing and standup paddlesurfing. Then we have 15- to 20-knot, side-shore winds in the afternoon, which allows the most favorable riding for windsurfing and kitesurfing."
Not only does the event attract competitors, their friends, families and supporters, from around the world; it has also captured international media attention, factors behind increasing support from the Ministry of Tourism’s global network of 27 offices around the world.
Lorenzo Sancassani, Tourism Minister for the Puerto Plata province, said that ministry funding, which had been held back for lack of resources, once again is vigorously promoting the north coast. "Now the Ministry of Tourism will commit resources for continuing, because that is important to the economy of Cabarete, which is based on water sports," he said. And that's definitely a good news for years to come.
Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports, among many others, Master of the Ocean is expected to hit its 12-team capacity when the Feb. 23-28 showcase unfolds at Playa Encuentro, just outside the international watersports Mecca of Cabarete. Stay tuned, the comp starts on Monday 23rd of Feb 2015.
Photos: © Tony Roberts