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Sunny Garcia wins the gold at ISA World Masters


One of our very own, Sunny Garcia wins the gold at ISA World Masters and brings it home. It makes us all very happy when one of our Hawaiian brothers or sisters makes us proud! Sunny is a #1 pro competitor and probably thy best surfer out there on the waves today. Growing up, I also wanted to learn to surfer those huge waves, but of course my mother wouldn’t allow it. So my spirit lives within Sunny and every time he wins, so do many other Hawaiians.

Sunny Garcia wins the gold at ISA World Masters

In pumping four- to six-foot surf at Nicaragua’s Playa Colorado Team Hawaii has captured the 2012 ISA World Masters Championships title. With over 150 surfers representing 26 different countires, the Hawaiians came into the event with the most established, recognizable team, anchored by 2000 world champion Sunny Garcia.

Sunny Garcia wins the gold at ISA World Masters

With the United States leading the ratings at the start of the final day, the gold was theirs for the taking, but after Dean Randazzo, Hans Hagen and Alisa Cairnes failed to advance out of their early morning repercharge heat the door was left wide open for Hawaii.

Surfing in both the Grand Masters and Masters finals, Garcia and Kaipo Jaquias, captured gold and silver, respectively, in the Grand Masters. Former world tour surfer Rochelle Ballard took gold in the Women’s Masters division, and Mike Latronic finished third in the Kahunas to round out a very successful event for the Hawaiian team.

“We didn’t come here to see how we did, we came here to win,” told Garcia. “As the finals came around we felt we were sitting in a very good position, but it’s not over until it’s over. This means a lot for Hawaii, and we’re all so proud to be representing our island and all of the surfers there.”

“Sunny’s been training so hard, he’s been running every morning,” told Hawaiian team member Glenn Pang. “His surfing’s been spot on since day one.”

Hawaii’s gold medal performance today keeps the momentum going for the island surfers, who took the gold at the ISA World Junior Champions in Panama in June, while native Hawaiian Ezekial Lau is coming off of a first place finish in the Open Men’s division at the 2012 NSSA Nationals, and John John Florence continues to make strides towards running away with Rookie of the Year honors on the ASP World Tour.

“There are so many amazing surfers here, and this is such a huge accomplishment for Hawaii,” said team captain Mike Latronic. “We came together as a team, and it may have been kind of thrown together at the last minute, everybody rose to the occasion and it’s such an honor to bring another gold medal home to Hawaii.”

Sunny Garcia wins the gold at ISA World Masters and as Sunny said it, “We came to Win!”

 ~~Aloha Nui Loa


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