Mark Occhilupo : photo courtesy Billabong
Tribute To Legendary Surfer Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March, 2008 : - - Recently retired surfing legend Mark Occy Occhilupo will be honoured in a special tribute night as part of the 2008 Surfest celebrations in Newcastle on Saturday 5th April.
After more than 20 years on the elite surfing tour and a 1999 world surfing title, Occy retired at the end of 2007 as one of the sports most universally loved characters. Now residing on the Gold Coast but raised in Kernell, Occy has had one of surfings most celebrated and documented careers.
Bursting onto the international stage as a 16-year-old armed with cheeky grin, a lethal forehand and a formidable backside hook, Occy stormed the surfing world by winning the Beaurepaires Open, The Gunston 500 and defeating Tom Curren to win the OP Pro all in the same year (1985).
His rise to fame is as well documented as the personal battles he faced and his eventual hiatus from the tour. His fight to win the 1999 world title has been dubbed one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.
Occys long time sponsor Billabong will be hosting the OCCY TRIBUTE NIGHT at the Panthers Hotel in Newcastle. Tickets are $100, which includes a three-course meal with beer and wine provided, they can be purchased from the Panthers Hotel on 02 49262700.
I went to Luke Egans tribute in Newcastle a few years back and it was a really good night, said Occhilupo. I am honoured that the guys at Billabong and the people of Newcastle would do this for me.
I have a lot of good memories about competing in Newcastle and the guys at Surfest do a really good job in throwing this event and supporting the sport that has been my whole life. I hope that everyone comes along, has a really good night and enjoys having a few beers with me.
The OCCY TRIBUTE NIGHT will feature special guests including former world champions, current surf stars and some all time funny moments because when you put Occy in front of a microphone with a captive audience you never know what is going to happen.
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