Master of the Ocean: an event for accomplished watermen | Photo: Tony Roberts

The 13th annual Master of the Ocean will hit the tropical north shore of the Dominican Republic, between 23rd-28th February, 2015.

Defending champions Zane Schweitzer and Fiona Wylde will put their titles on the line against the likes of Omri Hazor, Luciano González, Brian Talma and more top competitors from Canada, Germany, Israel, Puerto Rico, Scandinavia and the USA.

The 12 teams of four athletes each will compete in four water sports - kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing and stand up paddleboarding - for five days at Playa Encuentro, just outside the international watersports mecca of Cabarete.

"Cabarete and nearby beaches are a perfect playground for all watersports. For example, the water is glassy in the morning, so it is very smooth for surfing and standup paddlesurfing," explains Marcus Bohm, the founder of Master of the Ocean.

"Then we have 15- to 20-knot, side-shore winds in the afternoon, which allows the most favorable riding for windsurfing and kitesurfing."

The push through, or punch through technique allows surfers to get past a small broken wave and reach the lineup without having to duck dive or turtle roll.

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