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July 30, 1994 | JODY BERGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Defending Op Pro champion Sunny Garcia would have liked a few more days to settle in and practice surfing the Huntington Beach break, but in his first heat, it didn't seem to matter. Starting in the second round of the main event, Garcia easily won his first heat, scoring 24 points to the second-place Richard Lovett's 22.64. "I wanted to get here early but my sponsor, Billabong, had a contest in Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa). I didn't get in until Tuesday," Garcia said.
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July 24, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Sunny Garcia will tuck his surfboard under his arm, stroll to the water's edge and slash through the Huntington Beach saltwater like a Ginsu knife cutting through fresh bread. On the surface, the 38-year-old Hawaiian will probably appear as intense as ever when he paddles out for his opening-round heat today at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, but beneath Garcia's broad shoulders, he'll be breathing considerably easier. Garcia, the 2000 world champion, has bounced back from a three-month stint in federal prison and six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges to string together another determined run at requalifying for the exclusive World Championship Tour.
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July 19, 2000 | JOHN WEYLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five years ago, Sunny Garcia sat in the shade of the Huntington Beach pier and described his relationship with Kelly Slater. "We're good friends," he said. "And when we watch each other surf, we sit on the beach and pray the other one loses." Unfortunately for Garcia, Slater's prayers were answered much more often. Slater, whose radical maneuvers were revolutionizing the sport, had already won two Assn.
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November 9, 2007 | Pete Thomas
News flash: Sunny Garcia, who retired from pro surfing after the 2005 season amid tax evasion charges that led to imprisonment and house arrest, is not only competing again but will probably end up on the 2008 World Tour. Thus, he probably will not have to spend a year trying to earn his way back via the grueling qualifying circuit. Reaction: Good for Garcia, who served his time. And better for the Foster's ASP World Tour, which is sorely lacking in colorful characters.
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July 15, 2000 | JOHN WEYLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five years ago, Sunny Garcia sat in the shade of the Huntington Beach pier and described his relationship with Kelly Slater. "We're good friends," he said. "And when we watch each other surf, we sit on the beach and pray the other one loses." Unfortunately for Garcia, Slater's prayers were answered much more often. Slater, whose radical maneuvers were revolutionizing the sport, had already won two Assn.
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July 24, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Sunny Garcia will tuck his surfboard under his arm, stroll to the water's edge and slash through the Huntington Beach saltwater like a Ginsu knife cutting through fresh bread. On the surface, the 38-year-old Hawaiian will probably appear as intense as ever when he paddles out for his opening-round heat today at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, but beneath Garcia's broad shoulders, he'll be breathing considerably easier. Garcia, the 2000 world champion, has bounced back from a three-month stint in federal prison and six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges to string together another determined run at requalifying for the exclusive World Championship Tour.
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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. The six-time winner of surfing's Triple Crown, who retired in 2005, won $1 million-plus.
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July 4, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY
Hawaii's Sunny Garcia traced his motivation for winning the Op Pro surfing championships to April 15. Tax day. "The day I became more focused on winning was the day I found out I owed back taxes," said Garcia, who won his first Op Pro Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier. "I still owe taxes to the IRS. And I have a wife, two kids and another on the way." Garcia made a dent in his debt, taking home $8,000 for winning the $87,000 world qualifying event in five- to six-foot waves.
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July 31, 1995 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunny Garcia took immediate control of the men's final in the Op Pro Surfing Championship on Sunday to win before more than 40,000 at Huntington Beach. Garcia, who's from Honolulu and was the runner-up here last year, scored 7.0 on his first ride, followed by a 7.83, 7.37 and the heat's best wave, a 8.10. He finished with a 30.30 overall. "The tide was coming up and the waves weren't as glassy as they were this morning," Garcia said. "I guess I was just fortunate I had four good waves."
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July 25, 2007 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Though the electronic monitoring device was firmly wrapped around the right ankle of Sunny Garcia, he was feeling considerably lighter in the shoulders Tuesday when he arrived at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Garcia, a 37-year-old former world champion from Hawaii, is under house arrest in Newport Beach this summer. He pleaded guilty last October to tax evasion charges and spent three months in federal prison before his release in April.
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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. The six-time winner of surfing's Triple Crown, who retired in 2005, won $1 million-plus.
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July 27, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
For Sunny Garcia, there remains one more chance for glory before the prison door clangs shut. The legendary surfer from Hawaii, who came out of retirement to compete in the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach this week, impressed the judges enough to advance through the round of 96 on Wednesday, ensuring himself at least one more heat in a high-profile event that runs through Sunday. Soon after the U.S.
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September 13, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Sunny Garcia says he'll retire from competitive surfing after this season -- that after 20 years, he's weary of the travel and wants to spend more time with his family. If he means it, life on tour may never be the same. Contest officials, for example, will not again incur the wrath of a beefy Hawaiian whose scowl and tempestuousness are legendary.
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July 31, 2000 | JOHN WEYLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A week ago, Sunny Garcia stood in almost the same spot in the media area of the scaffolding overlooking the swells on the south side of Huntington Beach pier and bitterly ripped Australian Michael Campbell, who had just beaten him in the final of the Bluetorch Pro. Sunday, Garcia lashed out only at the waves, carving his trademark powerful turns and slashing cutbacks that sent buckets of water spraying in wide arcs as he dominated the final of the Panasonic ShockWave U.S. Open.
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July 31, 2000 | JOHN WEYLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A week ago, Sunny Garcia stood in almost the exact same spot in the media area of the scaffolding overlooking the swells on the south side of Huntington Beach pier and bitterly ripped Australian Michael Campbell, who had just beaten him in the final of the Bluetorch Pro. Sunday, Garcia lashed out only at the waves, carving his trademark powerful turns and slashing cutbacks that sent buckets of water spraying in wide arcs as he dominated the final of the Panasonic ShockWave U.S. Open.
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July 31, 1995 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunny Garcia took immediate control of the men's final in the Op Pro Surfing Championship to win the final Sunday in front of more than 40,000 spectators. Garcia, who's from Honolulu and was the runner-up here last year, scored 7.0 on his first ride, followed by a 7.83, 7.37 and the heat's best wave, an 8.10. He finished with a 30.30 overall. "The tide was coming up and the waves weren't glassy as they were this morning," Garcia said. "I guess I was just fortunate I had four good waves."
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July 4, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hawaii's Sunny Garcia traces his motivation for winning the Op Pro surfing championships back to April 15. Tax day. "The day I became more focused on winning was the day I found out I owed back taxes," said Garcia, who won his first Op Pro Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier. "I still owe taxes to the IRS. And I have a wife, two kids and another on the way." Garcia made a dent in his debt, taking home $8,000 for winning the $87,000 world qualifying event in five- to six-foot waves at the pier.
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July 24, 2000 | JOHN WEYLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Australian Michael Campbell said all American surfers were pathetic. Hawaii's Sunny Garcia said Michael Campbell is pathetic. The first was just a bit of Aussie bravado, the second probably a bit of an overreaction. In reality, the only thing that truly was pathetic was the surf south of the Huntington Beach pier as No. 1 Garcia and No. 6 Campbell squared off for the final of the Bluetorch Pro on Sunday afternoon.
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July 19, 2000 | JOHN WEYLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five years ago, Sunny Garcia sat in the shade of the Huntington Beach pier and described his relationship with Kelly Slater. "We're good friends," he said. "And when we watch each other surf, we sit on the beach and pray the other one loses." Unfortunately for Garcia, Slater's prayers were answered much more often. Slater, whose radical maneuvers were revolutionizing the sport, had already won two Assn.
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