4th DAY OF THE MASTER OF THE OCEAN FESTIVAL WITH CLEAN CONDITIONS AND CONTINUOUS ACTION IN ALL 4 WATER SPORTS!
CABARETE, Dominican Republic— 26th of February, 2020
The fourth day of the Master of the Ocean 2020 started early at 7.45 am with cobalt blue skies and consistent clean swell and 5 to 6 foot faces in the sets. Tropical conditions were sunny and clear all morning on this Ash Wednesday.The day got started with Heat 1 of Round 3 of the Overall Surf Category in which Diego Anta from Spain and Bajan Actionman, Brian Talma, advanced to the finals. Anthony Collar from Spain and Samuel Perez Hults from the Dominican Republic just came short despite a good surfing performance. Luciano Gonzalez and Zane Schweitzer executed power surfing in the finals both performing impressive 360s and aerials to the delight of the crowd. Round 2 Heat 1 of Overall SUP came right after with Sammy Perez Hults doing the extra work to place first in that heat. In Round 3 Heat 1 of Overall SUP Diego Anta and Brian Talma advanced to the SUP finals. Diego Anta and Samuel Perez Hults had a very close call and rode out each wave aggressively until the end.
By late morning, the wind picked up slightly and the sky remained a dreamy blue reflecting the tropical waters. Brian, the Actionman, Talma was the only all round athlete and most consistent competitor to make it to the finals of all 4 water sports. The stamina, discipline and resilience of this ex World Cup windsurfer are impressive! His competitors also did very well with Sammy Perez Hults making it into the Windsurf Final, Zane Schweitzer making it into the SUP, Surf and Windsurf Finals and Luciano Gonzalez making it into the SUP, Surf and Kite Finals. There have been many close calls between Brian Talma and Samuel Perez Hults throughout the morning. As the wind was picking up to a solid 20 to 25 knots and after so many exciting performances, it was exciting to see ponder about who will take the Overall Master of the Ocean Title.
The tropical sunshine and jamming beats continued into the early afternoon as the wind remained regular and steady. The Overall Kite Category featured Diego Anta, Luciano Gonzalez, Francis Gonzalez, Zane Schweitzer, Samuel Perez Hults snd Brian Talma in its finals. Competitors pulled off big airs as well as many tricks to keep the crowd entertained. The surprise of the year was Diego Anta in the Overall Kite final who did not compete last year. Both Diego Anta and Francis Gonzalez had a strong heat. Team Kite finals were run after in which single sports athletes joined in with overall athletes. The wind filled in steadily and was sideshore from 20 to 25 knots. Wave sets were 8 feet and had a nice form to them. This made for great conditions for the Team Kite Category and highlights was a big air maneuver by strapless kiter Alexis Pierret who continued riding the same wave effortlessly after his massive jump. Local Nisael Gomez was penalized in his first Team Kite heat because of interference. Despite this, he advanced al the way to the Team Kite Finals with big moves to the delight of the crowd. Another local, professional kiter Jose Luis Ciriaco, was also very consistent and he had his fans on the beach cheering him on. The level of kiting on display was world-class throughout the afternoon and it was like watching gladiators in a natural water arena.
Poseidon kept bringing good wind and wave conditions and the afternoon advanced with an impressive Overall Windsurfing Final. it was a great show with athletes battling for their places in the optimal conditions. It was an impressive display of push loops, front loops and back loops as well as excellent waveriding skills between Zane Schweitzer from Hawaii, Brian Talma from Barbados, Sammy Perez Hults from the Dominican Republic, Christopher Buenger from Germany and Anthony Collar from Spain.
As the partially sunny afternoon advanced, conditions were great heat after heat until the last Team Windsurfing Final. This heat was last but not least as it was literally a world-class showdown between an energized Zane Schweitzer doing loops and wave riding as well as Samuel Perez Hults squeezing every second out of his heat with freestyle moves, waveriding and push loops. Resilient Brian Talma was also impressive riding 8 foot set waves and doing loops after competing all day! Local rider Tony Garcia, who won the Aloha Classic in 2001 in Hawaii, also put on a talent show along with Dominican Frederico Arias. The competitions ended at 5.45 pm after 10 hours of continuous action. Competitors were euphoric and exhausted. The exciting atmosphere was contagious at the end of the competition as Markus Bohm, the founder of the competition, and Adolfo Ramirez, a local judge for the competition, also took to the ocean for a windsurfing session!
Adrenaline is at an all-time high for the 5th and final day of the Master of the Ocean 2020 which will start early with Team SUP and Surf Finals. On the 27th, Dominican Independence Day, we will find out the winners of all overall and team categories in all 4 water sports. The awards ceremony will take place and we will find out who will be the Master of the Ocean 2020! There will be many artistic and musical activities on the beach with the Independance Festival and the Beach Culture World Tour Activities. The 27th promises to be an exciting day with great conditions and many fun activities finally wrapping up with a closing party at LAX/OJO with all our competitors and the Master of the Ocean 2020!