Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Latest Idol...Bunker Spreckels

Bunker Who?  Bunker Spreckels!  That's who betch!
I had never heard of this surf legend either till my homey Po of  The AMPAL Creative posted this and so I felt obliged to copy his post and put it up on here as well.  Lets just say the video below speaks for itself but this dude lived the dream life as a rockstar/playboy for a few good years just running wild all over the world and taking down myrts left and right!  Unfortunately his excessive partying eventually caught up to him and he passed as a surf legend never to be forgotten.  Read on and watch the video for more deets...  

I don’t think the movie ever got made, but Taschen did put out “Bunker Spreckels: Surfings Divine Prince of Decadence.”  Described as -

“The wild, brief life of a surfing legend and international playboy

“The tale of Bunker Spreckels (1949–1977) reads like a pitch for a movie to rival Boogie Nights: the stepson of Clark Gable is a privileged Los Angeles party boy who is heir to a multimillion dollar fortune; passionate about surfing, martial arts, guns, and women, he lives the life of a debauched international jet-setter before succumbing to his excesses at the tender age of 27.

“Born Adolph B. Spreckels III, heir to the Spreckels sugar fortune, Bunker became a famous surfer as a teenager, but after his inheritance came along, he began to slip into a life of pomp and excess where surfing took a back seat to drugs, sex, and wild road trips. So remarkable was his lifestyle that he created an alter-ego who invited photographers and documentarists to trail him, piecing together a tell-all epic of his own rise to fame and fortune. Before the project, known as “The Player”, could be completed, Spreckels suddenly died of “natural causes.””

From master surf photographer Art Brewer and writer/photojournalist C.R. Stecyk III.

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