- 22 November 2010 | Surfing
Sunny Garcia has conquered the Clash of the Legends, an event held during the 2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro. The homeboy defeated fellow surfers Mark Occhilupo (Australia), Tom Curren (Santa Barbara, CA. USA) and Tom Carroll (Australia).
"It was inconsistent and I knew I got lucky because I got three set waves and those guys didn't get any," said Garcia, of his 30-minute final. "After I got the first one I figured I didn't have anything to lose and I paddled them deep.
Garcia, 40, has already won six Triple Crown of Surfing events. He stormed it in 2004, 2000, 1999, 1994, 1993 and 1992. During this special contest, there was a real clash between surfers. An interference incident almost ended the party atmosphere.
"I thought it was going to be a mellow thing, and that first heat woke me up to the fact that those guys were hungry and they still want to win so it was anything goes. But it was an honor to surf against those guys."
Reef Clash of the Legends - Final results:
1. Sunny Garcia (HAW) 40.05
2. Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 36.46
3. Tom Curren (USA) 35.49
4. Tom Carroll (AUS) 28.11