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Occy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Mark Occhilupo
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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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.