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Occy for Dick Brewer Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features an ad from a pretty unlikely pairing: Mark Occhilupo and Dick Brewer. The ad you see here originally ran in the August 1990 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 31, No 8). Earlier today I was on Instagram and I happened to randomly come across a…

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Occy for Peak Wetsuits

Greetings, Shredderz! Thursdays here at the world’s lowest budget vintage surfboard blog mean one thing: fresh scans of vintage surf ads, as part of the Sagas of Shred series. Mark Occhilupo has been a Sagas of Shred mainstay over the years. Occy’s world title redemption story in 1999 remains one of my favorite…

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Occy for Peak Wetsuits: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest Sagas of Shred entry, where we share a fresh vintage surf ad every Thursday. Today we’ve got the inimitable Occy starring in an ad for Peak Wetsuits. Technically this is just one half of a two page spread, but it goes without saying that Cronulla’s Finest is…

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Straight Up Occy Pro Model by Carl Schaper

Greetings, Shredderz! I don’t know about the garbage bins near you, but apparently parts of New Jersey have trash cans overflowing with incredible vintage surfboards. Thanks to Tom on Instagram for sharing the photos of this beautiful Straight Up Occy Pro Model, which, unbelievably, was a trash find. In fact, I just might…

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Occy Reads Surfer Magazine: Sagas of Shred

Leave it to good ol’ Occ to not overthink things! This ad, which ran in the December 1986 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 27, No 12), absolutely kills me. I also happen to think it’s a good summary of Occy’s considerable, offbeat charm. (For more Occy and Sagas of Shred, see here and…

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Occy J Bay by Billabong: Sagas of Shred

Today, Shredderz, I don’t have much to say. Frankly, what more is there to add when your subject is a perfect power hack performed by one of the most famous backhands in the business? Even better is the fact this image features Mark Occhilupo lacerating a groomed wall at Jeffreys Bay. The Occy…

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Occy Billabong Ad: Sagas of Shred

First, let me say that I am a huge Occy fan. For a while Occy was my favorite surfer, and his redemptive 1999 World Championship campaign was a huge inspiration to your Shreditor in Chief. Occ’s legacy is not only a spot on power surfing’s Mount Rushmore, but also a space as one of…

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Holy Trinity: Occy, Rusty and Billabong

I’m not usually one for repro boards, but hey, there are exceptions to every rule. Located here on Craigslist is one of the Rusty Priesendorfer re-makes of a famous board he made back for Mark “Occy” Occhilupo back in 1984. This board is an exact replica and was made in conjunction with Rusty, Occ’s…

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