Marco Occhilupo (born June 16, 1966 in Kurnell, New South Wales) is an Australian surfer and winner of the 1999 World surfing champion title.Â He, also known as Occy, began his professional career in the World Championship Tour (WCT) at the age of 17. Occhilupo’s strength under pressure ushered him into surfing’s most memorable heats.Â Even in America, where Tom Curren had become somewhat of a surfing deity, Occy was adored.Â In surfing’s biggest spectator event, the Op Pro, the two engaged in a rivalry.
With aspirations in the acting field, Occy played himself in the 1987 Hollywood flop, North Shore. Professional surfing was peaking, and Curren and Occy were the superheroes, delivering the surf industry unprecedented wealth.Â He hovered around the top five in the ratings, but some unfortunate influences steered him from a world title that many felt he deserved.Â With well over 20 years of competition under his belt, 2005 saw him contemplate retirement; but after a solid year wherein he was recognised as putting on arguably the best backside performance ever seen at Jeffreys Bay and with an immense amount of fan support, Occy changed his plans and is back to give the youngsters (who are literally half his age) plenty of stick.
On February 14, 1992, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx issued a press release ousting Vince Neil from Motley Crue contending that:
“Race car driving has become a priority in Neil’s life, and he’s dediciated much of his time and energy to it. The Crue’s relationship to VInce began to deteriorate because his band-mates felt that he didn’t share their determination and passion for music.”
The race car driving that the band was referring toÂ …Â Details
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