Video: Lachie McKinnon
Is It A Blessing Or A Curse To Be The Son Of A Surfing Legend?
Let's ask Jay Occhilupo.
Nepotism: is it helpful or harmful?
On one hand, it all but ensures career advancement (see: Jared Kushner and anybody else familally associated with the cheeto), but on the other, you live in your creator's shadow and constantly have to convince people that you're not just there because your mom/dad/great Uncle Gary made it so.
This brings us to Jay Occhilupo, the teenaged son of 1999 World Champ and bona fide surf legend, Mark Occhilupo.
Jay grew up on the Gold Coast and quickly took to surfing. To cope with his surroundings (read: right points), Jay adopted a stance that placed his right foot on the tail (pad). This likely caused discord in the Occhilupo household, but Jay and Mark have since learned to accept one another's differences.
Like his dad (and nearly NFL star Raheem Mostert), however, Jay surfs under the Billabong banner. In the above video, Jay visits ability and puts his surfing out there for the whole world to see.
So, world, what say you?