OCEAN ACADEMY DR
Located in scenic Cabarete, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Ocean Academy DR offers professional surfing, kite surfing, SUP & yoga classes with watersport professional athlete & international kitesurfing champion Luciano Gonzalez.
LOOKING TO CREATE UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES?
You’ll be spoilt for choice with Ocean Academy DR: whether you are a 5 year-old or 70 and want to learn the basics in a safe environment with a highly-experienced, kind and patient waterman; or whether you are looking to perfect your skills with advanced one-to-one coaching. Book your dream & along the way help Ocean Academy DR help its local youth.
A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Founded and operated by international kitesurfing champion Luciano Gonzalez, Ocean Academy DR donates 20% of its revenues to finance watersports training to local underprivileged children, helping them set positive goals in life, empowering them to become happy, responsible, confident, considerate, well-adjusted teens and adults, – and perhaps become professional water sport champions.
What do we expect from these kids in return? Good grades in school and the desire and hard work to complete their education.
Why are we doing this? Because we believe that kids become what they dream and that small steps can lead to big dreams. Because we want this new generation to become a new role model, crystallizing our hope and efforts to make this world a better place.
Here is a list of the way we will spend your hard earned cash:
- Weekly English classes for youth instructors
- Certifications & on-going education for Academy instructors
- Gear, i.e. rash guards, boards and necessary equipment
- Transportation for the staff
- Technology & education: access to computers plus weekly courses using Google and Google Drive features
- Education for staff. You can help their dreams of college come true!
Ocean Academy is currently not a 501c-3. We are exploring this for the future, but for now, we accept financial contributions via paypal or wire transfer.
LESSONS, PACKAGES & SAFARIS
LESSONS AND COACHING
SAFARIS & SUP ADVENTURES
MEET LUCIANO GONZALEZ
Luciano grew up in the magical land of Cabarete, with the waves and the wind as his guardian angels. Orphaned at a very young age, he has always considered the ocean as his “mother” and the wind as his “father”. A metaphor that has been guiding him forever.
Self-educated and self-taught, his strong purposefulness mixed with his unconditional love of the ocean helped him conquer life’s deep waters and an international watersports champion.
Luciano’s freestyle and wave riding skills led him to win a number of major competitions: Red Bull King of the Air (3rd place), PKRA and 4-times winner of the Master of the Ocean, a prestigious 4-discipline (surf, windsurf, kitesurf, SUP) event held in Cabarete and attracting international champions.
Following Luciano’s acclaimed world competition tour in 2003, the Dominican government awarded him the title of “Honorary Ambassador” for his contribution to promoting his country on an international scene.
An avid promoter of environmental awareness and ocean safety, Luciano is happiest while teaching others and sharing his passion for his country and the ocean. He is also a yoga instructor and leverages his knowledge of yoga in his surf, kitesurfing and SUP practice and teachings.