Adolph B Spreckles |||
Bunker to family and friends.
Surfing, Privilege, Hedonism
Reincarnated Hawaiian Prince.
Heir to sugar Baron and Clark Gables Step son at age 5
Bunker started life fast and then threw it into overdrive in his 20’s.
He was born into a Maui sugar fortune. His Great Grandfather was a sugar baron… Bunkers family was revered by the native populace in Hawaii because they had supported King David Kalakaua, the last absolute Hawaiian monarch, in his battles against colonialism. He was taught things few would ever learn because of his lineage. Old kahunas, the keepers of island lore, proclaimed that he was a reincarnated Hawaiian prince. Back on the mainland, Bunker turned into a highly skilled surfer, practicing in the manicured perfection of the private-access beaches of Point Dume in Malibu (Craig Stecyk Interview 1976)
His life was to go one way – school, business, offices,banks etc… but he had other ideas and in his late teens spurred on by the times and the psychedelics went to Hawaii full time to keep surfing. Turning his back on his families fortune and wishes.
Living a simple life of a surfer,(albeit one of the best ) not much money, just surfing and testing surfboard design theories.
He made an important design contribution in 1969 by helping invent the “down” rail, a feature that remains nearly universal on short surfboards.
C R Stecyk (friend and collaborator with Art Brewer on the book Bunker Srpeckels: Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence) states Bunker crafted radically short, hard edged boards that he rode lying down, on his knees, and standing up, often times changing to the most effective body position several times during a single ride.
At 21 he came into his families fortune and his legend grew form there.
50 million dollars will buy you a lot of things and it bought Bunker girls, cars, drugs, alcohol and outrageous adventures.
Bunker died at the age of 27 in a hotel in Paris, lived fast died young. Caught a lot of waves and surfed a lot of boards.