A once in a lifetime chance to surf with 1999 ASP World Surfing Champion Mark Occhilupo
MENTAWAI: September 2 – 9, 2016 (limited spots): from $3,100 per person + flights
Australia’s favourite surfing son and The Perfect Wave ambassador Mark Occhilupo will be hosting a unique Legends trip to the beautiful Aloita Resort, the Mentawai from September 2-9 2016 and you are invited!.
Occy has just returned from his sold-out 2015 Mentawai trip with The Perfect Wave and had that much fun that he immediately confirmed his 2016 trip with The Perfect Wave. His legion of worldwide fans are again invited to join him in 2016.
No Australian surf icon has captured the hearts and minds of as many people as Mark Occhilupo. Occy is one of surfing’s greats.
Respected Australian surf journalist and author of Occy’s biography Tim Baker once said, “The essence of Occy’s appeal is that he dares to lead the kind of life we all wish we could – simply surfing, pursuing his bliss, letting a freakish natural talent shine and trusting that all the rest, the messy details of life, money, career, will somehow sort themselves out.”
Occhilupo blew the surfing world away when he captured the world title in 1999 at the age of 33. It was one of the greatest comeback stories in world sport.
In his youth The ‘Raging Bull’ was one of surfing’s true child prodigies. He grew up in Kurnell, lighting up Cronulla’s beachies and south coast reef breaks before emerging as a young 17-year old to take the ASP world ratings by storm.
Occy captivated the world with the greatest backhand surfing ever witnessed at J-Bay, Bells and Sandon Point in The Skins. It was unbelievably committed on rail power surfing that may never be repeated.
Occy is still one of the most popular surfers in the world. He is known as warm-hearted, funny, entertaining, kind, caring… and all round waterman that is as stoked on surfing as ever.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with a true legend of our sport.
Aloita Resort and Spa offers slick accommodation right in the heart of the island chain. Two speedboats will transfer you to all the best set ups.
Occy will be there with you the entire week to share his experience, knowledge, stories and good times. He’ll help you improve your surfing with honest advice, keep you entertained at stories from his surfing life and share a beer at the bar.
On the Mentawai trip, you will also have your own personal professional photographer – Andy Potts on hand to shoot still and video footage of your trip. Andy will provide each individual with high quality, yet inexpensive packages. There will also be photos, posters and custom tour t-shirts available for autographs.
Inclusions: 2 – 9 September trip in the Mentawai
Evenings in the famous Aloita Bar with a surfing icon.
Testimonials from previous Occy trips
Wow!!!! Surfing perfect waves with WORLD CHAMPION, PIPELINE MASTER MARK OCCHILUPO, doesn’t get any better!!! I traveled to the Mentawai islands with “The Perfect Wave ” during a perfect season of waves, wind and weather. Traveling with the legends “OCCY”, The Perfect Wave’s ‘Ben Horvath and Swellnet’s Stu Nettle. Occy with his tips on board design and surfing technique, Ben taking us to destinations found by the true explorers and Stu predicting wave height, swell direction, wind speed and direction with the latest wave forecasting technologies. The “Aloita Resort ” was spectacularly located with its private beaches, perfect waves at your doorstep and cold Bintang in the “Liquid Lounge”. We scored perfect waves everyday and surfed for hours only to return to the resort to relax with a massage or a yoga class to stretch and get ready for the next surf. The nights were filled with laughter and stories of the wave of the day with internationally known photographer Andy Potts displaying footage from the day’s adventure on the big screen TV with shots from the boat, in the water camera and even a helicopter drone that would follow you as you flew down the line. I now have photos of some of the best waves I have ever surfed and will surely be plastered on my walls so as to never forget the waves, the local communities, the radical surfers I travelled with and the beautiful island I stayed on. All thanks to “The Perfect Wave”. Grab your board coz perfect waves are out there!!!!
I have used The Perfect Wave for both land based and boat trips and Marie and TPW team have always gone above and beyond for me. The Occy trip was amazing from start to finish and can’t wait for my trip next year on the Quest 1. I also plan to do the Occy trip again next year. To be able to spend a week with Occy was a lifetime experience.
Trip was unreal, Ben TPW, Stu Swellnet and of course Occy were great. Was an absolute blast.
Wow. Best trip of a lifetime. Charlie looked after everything perfectly on The Perfect Wave’s end, and Aloita was in a class of its own. The waves – perfect. Better than the pictures. The food – almost too much to handle. It is better than they describe. The staff – so accommodating and hospitable, it has a tropical island feel about it but the staff make you feel as if you were home. We were pretty stoked they got satellite tv installed the week before we got there – live footy, beers and a pool table after a few surfs. Living the dream as we kept saying. Thanks to everyone at The Perfect Wave and Aloita Resort for making it the best time.