World Champ Surfer Sunny Garcia Suspended for Attacking Fellow Surfer

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.”

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  • Hotmann

    I’ve never surfed so maybe ignorance is bliss…do really good waves not come along that often? What is the cause of such hostility? But to be honest, if I was skiing a really sick cliff line and got cut off by someone I would be a little pissed…but I could always just hike up and ski it again

  • Craig Rowe

    Here we go. More of the same from this dolt. The thug mentality has to end in surfing. One would think, if these clowns are so into the spirit of respect in the line-up that they would understand how contradictory their actions are to the tradition of the lifestyle.

    At some point, a localized surfer is going to come after someone in the line-up who may not be a good surfer, but happens to be a UCF combatant. That may be the only way some guys learn.

  • Patrick Roark

    This guy is a complete asshole. From his days out here in California @ no fear preying on girls that worked there. Then dumping his wife to marry his stripper wife. All along the way acting the tough guy at every bar between Newport and San Diego. I did have the pleasure of seeing a much smaller guy beat the shit out of him in Solona Beach…….of course all his pro ho wannabe friends drug the little dude off him but that little guy knocked him out cold face to face and was about to demolish him when it was stopped. He is a unhappy person with a major chip on his shoulder. And he is just plain DUMB-as in un-educated island boy who wants to be a stud.

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