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Surfer Gets Prison for Not Paying Taxes

October 19, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Hawaiian "surf king" Sunny Garcia was sentenced Wednesday to three months in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on money won riding waves.

The six-time winner of surfing's Triple Crown, who retired in 2005, won more than $1 million.

"Coming from a poor family, you want to buy everything you never had," the 36-year-old Newport Beach resident said outside the courtroom. "I spent my money foolishly."

Garcia also said he is considering a return to the pro circuit.

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