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Occy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Mark Occhilupo

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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 a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Random House Australia (first published November 1st 2008)
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Oct 13, 2009 Susanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My fellow Aussies.
I wouldn't normally read a book about a surfer, but decided to because I remembered meeting Occy when I was a little kid and thinking he was just the "coolest". The book was definitely sad in parts and I really felt sorry for him with some of the things he went through, but it also showed that he has a really strong spirit to overcome things in his life. It really made me feel a sense of hope.
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Dec 12, 2014 Joel Wasserman rated it it was ok
It was ok.
I liked reading about the places he went, and the people he met.
I just felt like there wasn't a whole lot of conflict or resolution.
Just a slow autobiography. I was really interested at first, then I lost
steam about 2/3 of the way through.
A great story, but only just an entertaining read. A lot is skimmed over, especially during the "Elvis years".
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Oct 06, 2013 James Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
One of the best books ever written on a larger than life aussie hero, occyth commeth again.
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