PROFESSIONAL SURFERS Sunny Garcia and Jeremy Flores have been suspended from contest surfing after attacking a local surfer in Burleigh Heads, Australia, on Saturday in front of hundreds of onlookers. The surfer apparently dropped in on Garcia’s son, cutting him off a wave, and Garcia and Flores responded by holding the man’s head under water and punching him. The assault was captured on video and can be seen in this Australian news report.
”I didn’t swing first. I didn’t look for trouble and I wasn’t going to turn around and run away,” said Flores, currently ranked number nine on the world tour.
Former world champion Garcia was banned by the Association of Surfing Professionals from competing in his next event, a contest in Newcastle, Australia, next month, and Flores was booted from the ongoing Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro.
Garcia then chased a man who was filming the incident 100 yards, kicked him in the back, and knocked him to the ground.
The ASP issued this statement: “The Association of Surfing Professionals does not condone any form of physical violence and we have strict rules in place for the conduct of any member both Jeremy and Sunny have also been referred to the ASP rules and disciplinary committee who will review the facts and make a decision if further action is required.”