- 12 November 2012 | Surfing
Sunny Garcia has taken the HIC Pro 2012 at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. The North Shore surfing legend replicated a win he enjoyed here 20 years ago.
Garcia accepted the victory while holding his baby grandson, who shares his name, and believes his win today is the perfect primer to launch his bid for a 7th series title at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
"I want to thank all of you out there who have supported me and continue to support surfing," said Garcia. "It's because of you that I've been able to live the dream for so long.
"For an aging athlete that's so used to being at the top and winning, it really is hard when you get old and you see all these young guys doing good and kicking your butt. I'm just glad I still get to compete against these young guys and beat them every now and then."
Garcia is the reigning ISA World Masters champion, the record-setting six-time Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion and a former ASP World Champion with 22 major titles to his name.
Sunny earned $15,000, the 2012 ASP Hawaii Regional Champion's title and a coveted Round of 64 wildcard into the first two events of the VTCS.
HIC Pro 2012 Results:
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)