Occy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Mark Occhilupo

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Random House Australia, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 309 pages
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Child star at 16, ranked third in the world at 17, Mark Occhilupo looked set to sweep all before him with a radical, spontaneous, irresistible brand of surfing. Yet a spiraling descent into drug abuse and depression snuffed his flame out prematurely when he quit the pro tour at just 22. Faltered comebacks, spectacular bursts of free-surfing, and manic breakdowns followed as the surfing world watched a freakish talent self-combust. After years spent immobile and overweight on the couch, Occy eventually emerged from his cocoon, reborn and ready to tackle a whole new generation of surf stars. His celebrated comeback to win the world title in 1999 is a sporting fairytale without equal. In this no-holds barred account, Occy tells the complete, remarkable story of his spectacular rise, terrifying fall, and miraculous rebirth.

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User Review  - frederikv - LibraryThing

The voice of Occy filters through really well in this partial auto-biography, partial biography of the icon surfer Mark Occhilupo. Maybe not enough a critical account of his life - the role of drugs ... Read full review

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Tim Baker has contributed to Rolling Stone, GQ, and Playboy and is the author of Go Surf and the coauthor of Bustin' Down the Door.

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