Surfing legend Sunny Garcia hospitalized in intensive care, World Surf League says
“With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “Sunny has always been a great champion of surfing, both in and out of the water. Our prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time.”
The World Surf League did not specify what led to Garcia’s hospitalization.
Just hours before his hospitalization, Garcia posted an Instagram photo of himself as a teenager.
“If I told this kid the things he would go through and things he would achieve he would tell me I’m crazy lol Wow it’s been a crazy ride since this photo was taken,” the caption read.
Garcia was a six-time Triple Crown of Surfing champion, most recently in 2004, and the World Surf League’s world champion in 2000, when the organization was known as the Association of Surfing Professionals.
Garcia was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in 2010 and the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
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