Master Of The Ocean
February 23rd - 27th 2017
Cabarete - Northshore
Dominican Republic
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Master Of The Ocean Deury Reynoso Finals 2016It’s Independence Day here in the Dominican Republic, the whole town of Cabarete just exudes its patriotism and what a good time to presence innovation, hard work and talent in the water. All athletes save the date for the Worlds Championship for watermen and women, Master of the Ocean. With a sunny mood, you can breathe the beach air and smell the competition.

The conditions are optimal to begin with SUP and surf sessions. The public gets comfy under the palm trees and share comments on who’s their favorite and who’s going to win. The music is at its level and the competition kicks off with some serious action, each heat more intense than the last. The more they advance, the more clear it becomes which athletes feel more under control.

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Sharing moments with these, we got to chat with Venezuelan Francisco Hernandez who spoke to us about his experience in the event:

“My specialty is SUP, therefore for these heats I managed to get what I expected, nevertheless the conditions were hard for me at some points. I managed to get into the finals with good scores thanks to our teams strategy. We’ve felt good with our outcome in the event. We want to thank the organizers for the opportunity and hope to continue competing in the future. Today’s the last day and the main plan is to wrap it up with some good vibes!”

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With style and elegance, all athletes gave the crowd the show they were looking for. Something they will never forget. Leaving them with a desire for more coming from Master of the Ocean.

Semi Finals Overall SUP 
Heat 1

Francisco Hernandez 33.25 
Brandon Sanford 29.5 
Diony Guadagnino 23.75 
Shelby Schweitzer 22.25

Heat 2

Zane Schweitzer 36.75 
Daury Reynoso 31.5 Luciano González 22.25 
Jeremy Green 10.5

Overall Finals SUP

Francisco Hernández 30.75
Daury Reynoso 23
Zane Schweitzer 22.5
Brandon Sanford 18.5

With intensity and character in his ways, Francisco wins the judge’s approval with each wave and therefore the highest score in the SUP category.

Semi finales Overall Surf 
Heat 1

Francisco Hernández 25.5 
Zane Schweitzer 26.75 
Luciano González 21.5 
Daury Reynoso 19.75

Heat 2

Derek Gomes 30.25 
Brandon Sanford 27 
Emmanuel Rondon 16 
Eniel Narváez 14.75

Surf Finals

Even with tough conditions, Derek Gomes comes out with flying colors in the surf finals, thanks to his arsenal of tricks such as backsides and cutbacks.

Derek Gomes 33.25 
Zane Schweitzer 23.5 
Francisco Hernandez 22 
Brandon Sanford 19 SUP 

Team Finals

Zane Schweitzer 30.25 
Francisco Hernandez 26.5 
Daury Reynoso 20.5 
Shelby Schweitzer 16.75

Surf Team Finals

Getting the best out of each wave, Derek goes back in the water to impress with his killer skills and top control of his environment.

Derek Gomes 40 
Brandon Sanford 27.75 
Brian Coutu 25.5 
Jason David Diaz 19.75

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Official Photographer: Tony Roberts www.tonyrobertsphoto.com 
Contributing photographers: Adriana Badia ^ Hege Holt / DreamBuz Media

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