Sunny Garcia will defend assault charges

May 4, 2011 | Surfing
Sunny Garcia: stay cool, mate

Sunny Garcia will return to Australia to defend himself from arrest warrant issued after the alleged surf-rage incident in the Gold Coast earlier this year.

The Hawaiian surfer's lawyer, Chris Nyst, says his client his going to cooperate with local authorities but denies any guilt over the surf altercation had in February, during Burleigh Breaka Pro.

Garcia and Jeremy Flores were seen exchanging words with a local surfer after an alleged drop-in over Sunny's 16-year-old son.

Following the incident, the cameraman who recorded the alleged fight lodged an official assault complaint with police, but immediately withdrew it.

Sunny Garcia made himself available to explain what happened, at the time. The former world surfing champion will try to argue that he was defending his teenage son while enjoying the Gold Coast waves.