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Master of the Ocean competition returns Feb. 23-28, 2015

After a successful global mission to recruit world-class competitors, Master of the Ocean organizers announced commitments from nine international teams and an impressive roster of corporate support for their unique watersports competition on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic.

A kite lifts off at the 12th annual Master of the Ocean competition in February 2014.

A kite lifts off at the 12th annual Master of the Ocean competition in February 2014.

Master of the Ocean is an elite professional competition that showcases the best athletes in four watersports disciplines: surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddlesurfing (SUP). Founded by German waterman Marcus Bohm, Master of the Ocean will celebrate its 13th edition in Cabarete and nearby beaches from Feb. 23-28, 2015.

“We will have the participation of teams from Germany, Italy, Nordic countries, USA, Israel, Puerto Rico and Canada, among others,” Bohm announced recently at the third annual Discover Puerto Plata Marketplace 2014.

“Master of the Ocean is proud to have the support of the Dominican Ministries of Tourism, Sports, and Environment. The Ministry of Tourism has provided special assistance in the promotion of the event by including it in its GoDominicanRepublic Calendar and through its 28 offices worldwide in eight languages,” Bohm said.

This year the event was sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Powerade, CCN|Orgullo de mi Tierra, Dakine, among others.

Five days of competition, free-style expression sessions and music will all take place in and around Cabarete. Formerly a farming village, the bohemian town has morphed into an international Mecca for extreme watersports because of its ideal, year-round conditions. The festivities culminate on Feb. 27—Dominican Independence Day—with an awards ceremony and IndepenDance for athletes, sponsors, media and guests.

The Master of the Ocean competition, which Bohm launched in 2003 as the Ironman of Watersports, 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.

“This is the only competition in the world that incorporates all four surf-related disciplines in search of the most complete watersports athlete, who is crowned the Master of the Ocean,” Bohm said.

Star athletes expected to return include the defending MOTO titleholder (men’s) and winner of European for SUP, Zane Schweitzer from Hawaii; defending MOTO titleholder (women’s) Fiona Wylde from Oregon, Stand Up World Tour, second place; and Dominican Luciano Gonzalez, four-time Master of the Ocean title holder and third place, Red Bull King of the Air.

Over the summer Bohm and colleagues visited Canada, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the USA as part of the MOTO|Global Team Quest to recruit top athletes. Once again, transportation was provided by Delta, which accommodated athletes and international media attending the 2014 Master of the Ocean competition. During this Quest, Bohm promoted the Dominican Republic as one of the top watersports destinations in the world.

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