BILLABONG IS STOKED TO ANNOUNCE JAY OCCHILUPO AS THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE AUSTRALIAN SURF TEAM
Eleven-year-old Jay Occhilupo, son of surfing legend and 1999 World Champion Mark Occhilupo (Occy), is the newest grom to link up with Billabong. Jay has been one to watch since he first began surfing in Coolangatta, as a toddler.
It is clear when you see Jay in the water or at the skate park that the Occhilupo legacy lives on. He is already showing signs of greatness at his local breaks Snapper and Duranbah as well as tearing up the Coolangatta skate park. When heâ€™s not at school, Jay spends every waking moment surfing and skating and is clearly doing both beyond his years â€“ scoring consistent finals results in Junior contests.
â€œThe Occhilupo-Billabong connection is deep and longstanding and weâ€™re stoked to see it continue into a new generation. It is both Jayâ€™s unrivaled surfing ability and vibrant personality that has attracted us and we look forward to nurturing his talent and carving out a bright future together.â€ â€“ Scott Hargreaves, Billabong Mens Marketing Manager.
Jay went on his first trip to â€˜the proving groundsâ€™ late last year - a month on Hawaiiâ€™s North Shore pulling into 6 footers (triple over-head) and learning from his master father. Jay is now 11 years old â€“ 3 years younger than his father was when he first signed to the Billabong team. Having always been a part of the Billabong family through Mark, Jay can now create his own legacy and carve out his own way to success.
Heâ€™ll join an illustrious group of Billabong surfers â€“ the likes of Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, Dave Rastovic, Shane Dorian and the late Andy Irons â€“ in the hopes of learning from them and eventually surpassing them on his on road toward a possible future world-title.
Images by Duncan MacFarlane