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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741666767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741666762
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Occy was always a missile going hyperspeed, about to blow up at any moment—it's true of so many highly intelligent or gifted people . . . All of his passion was put into his surfing."  —Kelly Slater, eight-time surfing world champion


"By going down so hard, by fully falling apart, he was able to give himself longevity. It's like the Buddhist teachings about birth and death—something has to die for new birth to happen, and that happens inside us too. Occy was the ultimate example of that."  —Tom Carroll

About the Author

Tim Baker has contributed to Rolling Stone, GQ, and Playboy and is the author of Go Surf and the coauthor of Bustin' Down the Door.

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"Tim Baker may well be the most brilliant and incisive surf writer working today, or on any given day for the last twenty years." worldprosurfers.com

"Baker will make you look at wave riding -- and life -- in an entirely new light." Jaimal Yogis, author, Saltwater Buddha.

Tim Baker is the best-selling author of numerous books on surfing, including "Bustin' Down The Door," (Harper Collins, 1996), "High Surf" (Harper Collins, 2007) and "Occy" (Random House, 2008). His latest book 'Surfari,' (Random House, 2011) is based on the great family surfing road trip around Australia. He has won the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award three times and been nominated for the CUB Australian Sports Writing Awards. He is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines, and former editorial director of Morrison Media Services. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Bulletin, Inside Sport, Playboy, GQ, the Surfers Journal, Qantas - the Australian Way, as well as surfing magazines around the world. He is currently a senior contributor to Surfing World, Coastalwatch, Surfer's Path (UK), the Surfers Journal and US Surfing and Surfer magazines. At 47, he has worked in the media and surfing magazines for 28 years and has surfed and travelled throughout Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, Central and South America, North America, Europe, South Africa, Fiji, Tahiti, and Sri Lanka. He lives in Currumbin, Queensland, with his wife and two children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josafat on December 7, 2010
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My fascination with Occy started when I first saw him in the 1993 surf film "The green iguana". In one part he is surfing a desert left in Australia with Margo. It is a true lesson in barrel riding and carving huge turns on the open faces. I have always been interested in his life. Before one was only able to follow his surfing life by watching all the Billabong surf films, but now he tells us about his early fame, his first bout of competitive surfing on the ASP world tour, the depression and the hard times. He speaks about his experiences of working with Jack McCoy on films such as "The green iguana" and "The Billabong Challenge". What is probably the most interesting is how he was able to get fit again to take on the world of competitive surfing after sitting on the couch for a very lengthy period and ultimately winning the world title. It will inspire even the most out of shape surfer to get back into the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NoodleArms on December 6, 2010
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There were some really cool sections that I had already read in excerpts Surfline, they were pretty much the best sections, and a handful of others that made me laugh out loud a few times.

However, I was hoping for a deeper novel. It has its moments, interspersed with tons of heat by heat analysis of Occy's rise, fall, re-rise, re-fall, and finally his orbit into legend.

Bottom line, unless you are a WCT junky, dont bother, of course I am a WCT junky, hence, I was entertained enough to finish it, slightly inspired to try harder.
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By Michael Shanahan on July 10, 2014
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Excellent story. Every surfer should read.
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