"As a teenager he was often described as 'the next Mark Occhilupo'".
The “powerful, basso-voiced” former world number two surfer, Luke Egan, has offloaded his redundant beachside bunker in Cronulla for almost six million dollars despite a housing market teetering on its glitzy high-heels.
Egan, who is fifty-three, and his Fox Sports presenter wife Jess Yates (Fox Sports V8 Supercars, F1 coverage, hosts NRL game day coverage on Fox League) commissioned the build of the five-bed, four-bath, four-whip cubist joint maybe four hundred metres from the sand at Wanda four years ago.
Too late to buy 20 Links Ave, Cronulla, now, but the accompanying real estate spiel is breathtaking,
“Architecturally designed to capture the magic of its sublime beach-side setting, this world-class designer haven provides the perfect mix of luxury, tranquillity and privacy in one of the Sutherland Shire’s most prestigious and tightly-held beach-side enclaves. Harmonising a beautiful contemporary design with a commanding high set position, this exquisitely finished family home delivers luxury living and resort-inspired entertaining.
“From the timeless marble kitchen and butler’s pantry to the indulgent master retreat with opulent ensuite, walk-in robe and sun-drenched north facing deck, this home has the best of everything. At the top of my list is that the sand can be between your toes, or you can be on a surfboard within a few minutes’ walk from your front door.”
Egan retired from the tour prematurely, it was felt, in 2005 to become a marketing manager for Billabong, leaving eight years later.
Although rarely putting a foot wrong, his real estate chips are the stuff of legend, Egan’s one misstep was his foray into “adventure wear” with his brand Depactus, “a technical outfitter for surfing’s modern youth”.