From The Vault.
In the mid-80s the rivalry between Occy and Tom Curren was surfing’s equivalent to McEnroe Vs Borg in the tennis. Occy was the brash, untamed talent who could bend through a turn with a unique artistry, while Curren was the fluid, but understated maestro. They were famously eight wins each in their head to head battles. Occy pictured here after victory in the final over Curren at the 1986 BHP Steele event at Newcastle. Note the wind-whipped mane, the presence of Coke as a co-sponsor, the sleeveless contest singlet and Occy’s muscle-ripped frame.