At 43 years old, Hawaiian Sunny Garcia is scheduled to surf in the nostalgic “Clash of the Legends” heat at both Haleiwa and Sunset in the upcoming weeks, facing off against other icons of the past, including Mark Occhilupo, Tom Carroll, and Tom Curren. These are high profile battles for bragging rights among former world champions.
The funny thing is that after winning the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach over the weekend, Sunny is not only seeded into the main event as a wildcard for both contests, he’s looking primed to win the Triple Crown for a record seventh time.
The win came 20 years after Garcia stood victorious on the same stage in 1992. The runner-up check went to Maui’s Granger Larsen, who was just two years old when Sunny won this event last.
Fellow legend Mark Occhilupo is also seeded into the Triple Crown after having a comeback story of his own begin to unfold earlier in the year at age 46. Sounds like they may have to think about changing the age requirements for “legends.”
1st – Sunny Garcia (HAW) – $15,000 – 14.83 (8.5, 6.33)
2nd – Granger Larsen (HAW) – $7,500 – 12.5 (7.17, 5.33)
3rd – Gregg Nakamura (HAW) – $5,000 -11.74 (6.57, 5.17)
4th – Fred Patacchia (HAW) – $3,500 – 7.33 (4.0, 3.33)
SF1: Gregg Nakamura; Fred Patacchia; Torrey Meister; Lincoln Taylor
SF2: Sunny Garcia; Granger Larsen; Kekoa Bacalso; Joshua Moniz
QF1: Torrey Meister; Gregg Nakamura; Kiron Jabour; Ian Gentil
QF2: Fred Patacchia; Lincoln Taylor; Keanu Asing; Alex Smith
QF3: Kekoa Bacalso; Joshua Moniz; Dion Atkinson (Aus); Nathan Carvalho
QF4: Granger Larson; Sunny Garcia; Shane Beschen; Thomas Woods