Sunny Garcia and Jeremy Flores brawl with “local surfers” at Burleigh Heads during the Breaka Burleigh Pro.
Miss the action at Burleigh Heads this weekend? Here’s what happened…
-Sunny’s teenage son got into it with a couple other surfers at Burleigh Heads during a freesurf.
-Jeremy Flores, who is pals with Sunny and surfing with his son, paddled over as the situation escalated.
-After seeing what was happening, Sunny ran down the point, put the guy into a choke hold and dunked him a few times.
-Sunny snapped on a guy on a Brazilian guy on beach who filmed it all happen.
Here’s Jeremy Flores’ side of the story as posted on www.jeremy-flores.com:
“Hey for now, all i can say is that everything that has been said on the news and all the stories people hear are told in a different way which makes it look very bad. I just stood up for 16 years old Stone Garcia while a local surfer was getting aggressive with him. Next thing,everybody knows,he got aggressive with me, i defended myself and we went at each other fighting face to face all the way to the beach.Somebody told Stone’s dad,Sunny Garcia,that his son was in trouble so he ran down.Any parents would of done the same thing if their son were in trouble. Anyway,the ASP decided to take me out of the event because a new rule says that no violence should be tolerated in a professional event,i agree with that rule 100% but it wasn’t the case for me,i just defended myself while i was training in the contest area before my heat. People have to understand that family and friends are everything for me and i will never walk away from it (especially when it’s a under 18 boy ). I hate violence and i never get into any troubles like that. I love Australia and i have most of my best friends here. All the Burleigh boys have always been so nice to me so i won’t let this story change that. I’m so sad this story happened but i don’t regret anything,these things happen in life unfortunately and i will never let anyone walk thru me !”
As of now no charges have been filed against either ASP World Tour surfer. However, Sunny and Jeremy were promptly disqualified from the event. According to a post news.ninemsn.com.au, Sunny has also been banned from an upcoming event in Newcastle.
The ASP released the following statement:
“Following a physical altercation today, Jeremy Flores, has been disqualified from the event. The Association of Surfing Professionals does not condone any form of physical violence and we have strict rules in place for the conduct of any member both Jeremy and Sunny have also been referred to the ASP rules and disciplinary committee who will review the facts and make a decision if further action is required.”
PS. Taj Burrow won the comp for the 2nd year in a row but all anyone is gonna talk about is this beef…