Item description for Bunker Spreckels: Surfing's Divine Prince of Decadence by III C. R. Stecyk & Art Brewer...
The libertine: 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 documentarians 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.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Bunker Spreckels: Surfing's Divine Prince of Decadence?
divine prince of wreckadence!!!! Dec 29, 2007
highly recommended in depth look at one of the 1970's most outrageous,larger than life,innovator & hedonist personalities that is sadly missing in todays couch potato,console playing,tv watching,'staying in,is the new going out'superfluous wasters.expand your mind....read a book!!!!
Bunker Spreckles Devine Prince of Decadance Dec 20, 2007
I was very interested in the person Bunker Spreckles. Here was a person who, before he had any money, dropped everything and lived on the North Shore, to just surf. He was said to surf as well an any touring pro, but did so only for passon. He rode and made his own boards and had his own style. To me, he represented what surfing should be, to a committed person, and not what it is, and has become. I was thrilled to see a book about him coming, but when I got it and read it, I was very disappointed. I would like to have seen it focus more on his surfing in California and in Hawaii in 69, and also, his lifestyle while in Kuai, and more pictures from the South Africa trip. All it was was a recap of the Surfer's journal article from 93, with a few more photos from when he was spinning out from all the money.
Beautiful and very interesting Nov 29, 2007
I'm a big fan of Bunk's stepfather Clark Gable, so I was thrilled to see something about Bunk in print. It added another dimension to a more personal side of Gable. But my husband was a surfer, and he was thrilled with the photography and history regarding this sport. From a social history standpoint it is also quite interesting - the 60s and what money can do to people, etc. All around valuable book - kind of a "coffee table" book, actually. I liked it!
Big waves, beautiful girls, drugs and money. Nov 27, 2007
Big waves, beautiful girls, drugs and money. A fascinating glimpse into the insane life of Bunker Spreckels. At 21, he inherits fifty-million dollars, so like any other reasonable person, he arrives at the bank with an armored car and takes it in cash. This is just one episode in the short life of Bunker Spreckels. Art Brewer's photos perfectly capture the essence of Bunker's wild ride. I would be surprised if Hollywood isn't already in production.