Jay now one of the youngest ever to receive a sponsorship deal
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 May, 2014 - Jay Occhilupo, 11, son of former surfing world champion Mark, signs deal with Billabong. The son of Australian surfing champ Mark Occhilupo, Jay Occhilupo, has made his first breakthrough in the sport after being signed to a deal by Billabong.
One of the youngest surfers to ever receive a sponsorship deal from the iconic brand, Jay joins a star stable including Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, Andy Irons, and dad. “I’m feeling stoked, I was hoping for it but I wasn’t expecting it so soon,” Jay said.
Mark Occhilupo was 14 when he was signed by Billabong more than 30 years ago. “So it’s fitting for Jay to be in the Billabong team,” Mark said. “It’s crazy how life turns out. When I signed my first deal, I was 14 and at that point I wouldn’t have dreamed of having kids, let alone having them sign a deal with Billabong earlier than I did.
“Jay started three years earlier than me, he was surfing by the time he was three, so he’s got a few years more experience than I had at his age, hence getting signed earlier than me.”