Globe Honors Mark Occhilupo's Record Setting Career with Special Tribute Shoe
Mermaid Beach, QLD, AUS- Following the formal announcement of 1999 ASP World Champion surfer Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo's retirement from competitive surfing, Globe is pleased to announce the release of the Occy Tribute Edition shoe.
Occy is synonymous with Australia and surfing, and his relationship with Globe epitomizes this association. Since signing on with Globe in 1997, his illustrious return to professional surfing climaxed during his World Championship year in 1999. Many have considered Occy's return to competitive surfing one of the greatest comebacks in the history of all sports. Eight years later, at age 41, he's still qualified to compete at the sport's highest level, but alas, following the 2007 Pipeline Masters, he will officially be retired from full time ASP competition.
"It's very surreal to be retiring, and particularly at Pipeline," said Occhilupo, as he prepared to compete in his 23rd Pipeline Masters. "Twenty two years ago I won the Pipe Masters, and my career began. Now, I'm wrapping it up here. It's too much to put perfectly into words. It's just special and means everything to me right now."
"Occy's story is an all-time classic. He's captivated the surfing public now for 25 years, in every way imaginable, including being on top of the sport at two different times, 15 years apart. We're excited for Occy as he enters into a phase of his surfing and look forward to supporting him in new ways," said Michael Marckx, VP of Global Marketing for Globe.
The Occy Tribute Edition will be available through Globe retail accounts in May 2008. It is a Special Edition first-look at one of Globe's newest shoe designs, the Detour.
"I'm really stoked that Globe is bringing this shoe out for me," said Occhilupo, as he prepared for the Pipeline Masters. "For me to continue to be supported so well by my sponsors is something I would have never imagined. Going into retirement with a new shoe coming out is unreal. I'm really happy with everything."
"Occy's Tribute Shoe takes into account his full icon status in the surf world utilizing a Warholesque Pop Art repeat image of Occy as a yardage across the heel of the shoe. Offered in a vulcanized sole, this Tribute Shoe is a classic with modern graphic updating," adds Marckx.
Globe would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Occy on an outstanding competitive career and thank him immensely for his contribution to the sport. He has touched so many surfers around the world with his colorful personality and inspirational surfing, and the sport of surfing will truly miss his presence in the competitive arena.
Occy's Competitive Highlights:
2006 Margaret River Pro (WQS)