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Master of the Ocean 2015 Is Almost Here

World's Premiere Watersports Event to Bring Elite Athletes to Dominican North Shore

CABARETE, Dominican Republic — 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.

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.

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.

"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.

Delta once again is providing flights for selected athletes and international press. Among MOTO’s Media Partners one finds SBC Media (Canada), Surfers Magazine, Golden Ride (Germany) and The Kiteboarder(USA).

After arriving in the sparkling Puerto Plata province, athletes, media and sponsors will enjoy auto rentals provided by Europcar. Top lodging sponsors include the luxury beach resort Ultravioleta Boutique Residences, Millennium Resort & Spa, and Viva Wyndham Tangerine Resorts. 

Competitors will again shine wearing the colors of Dakine, which specializes in sportswear and sports equipment for alternative sports. Several Cabarete fine restaurants, such as Lax, Roma and Tropicoco, will help the athletes satisfy their appetites, and Solarium will provide eyewear prizes for competitors.

Lying at nearly the same latitude as Hilo, Hawaii, Cabarete boasts ideal conditions almost year-round for watersports, explained Bohm, who launched Master of the Ocean (then called the Ironman of Watersports) in 2003. The competition features 12 teams of four athletes per team (one for every discipline). The 16 overall athletes who master all four disciplines then compete for the Master of the Ocean title.

"Cabarete and nearby beaches are a perfect playground for all watersports," Bohm explained. "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, and 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 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.

For more information visit masteroftheocean.com or look for the Master of the Ocean page on Facebook.