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Updated: February 23, 2011, 8:41 AM PST

Aside from top-level surfing, The Burleigh Breaka Pro showcased a violent incident involving former World Champion Sunny Garcia and 2010 Pipeline Masters Champion and current World No. 9 Jeremy Flores. According to reports, Garcia and Flores came to the aid of Garcia’s 16-year-old son after an incident with a local surfer escalated into a fight.

“I didn’t swing first,” said Flores. “I didn’t look for trouble, and I wasn’t just going to turn around and run away. The ASP took me out of the event because they think we shouldn’t do violence, and I agree with that.”

”They were punching him good – he was bent over and spitting blood,” a witness told ”It was just totally brutal.”

The ASP responded by disqualifying Flores from the contest and banning Garcia from the next 4-star WQS event which will take place in Newcastle, Australia on March 15-20. The ASP, however, has permitted Jeremy Flores to compete in the first stop of the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Garcia has encountered problems with physical altercations before. In 2007, he chased ASP competitor Neco Padaratz out of the water at the Billabong Pipeline Masters. As a result, Garcia was fined and referred to the ASP’s Disciplinary committee.

“Following a physical altercation today, Jeremy Flores has been disqualified from the event,” said Dane Jordan, the ASP’s Australasia Tour Manager. “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.”

According to reports, neither Adam Clarke, the Burleigh local involved in the fight, nor the 37-year-old man who captured an amateur film of the altercation and was allegedly assaulted by Garcia, have chosen to pursue legal recourse.

“Garcia could go to jail and then people would want to get me,” the cameraman told At the moment I just don’t feel safe. “I’ve had threats on the internet I don’t know how I’d protect myself and my family if something happened.”

  • Guest

    If that guy doesn’t go to prison for a LONG time this time, it’s an outrage.

  • Terrynails11

    Throw him back in jail. Seriously, this is total bs. He has a history of violent behavior and he’s a repeat offender. Lock him and throw away the key…

  • Jibay

    Everything but the surfing in “professional” surfing is pitiful. Duke Kahanamoku is spinning in his grave.

  • Jbw4600

    This kind of crap makes me sick. None of these people have learned anything from the time they spent in the water and in nature. They might as well be cage fighters. To them it is all about being macho and cool and nothing about being one with the waves. The ocean is free and EVERYONE has a right to be it, as long they follows the right of way rules and show common consideration of others.
    Total idiots.

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  • Stupid_azole

    all pics now clearly indicate that Sunny’s kid was never involved in any part of the fight, that he’s actually way bigger than the guy sunny pummled and that Flores was one-on-one with the guy when sunny blind-sided him. Sunny should be barred from the ASP forever at this point. From fights to felonies, the guy’s a loser. Too bad the ASP is more concerned with blowing the Hawaiian locals than it is with protecting the image of the sport it represents to do anything about it. support in Hawaii than it is about

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  • Surfanything

    Do any of you surf? Sunny would not have done this unless there was cause to. Also Jeremy Flores has no history of violence so this was a provoked incident.

    Respect for another surfer would have kept this guy from getting the beating of his life. This happens to barnos everyday on any beach unreported.

    • Al Baydough

      Not true. I’ve watched Sunny go off on people for the most minimal of “incursions,” meaning that if your pet fly farts in his general direction you’d better run for it – unless you feel confident that you can take him.

    • Oso Rojo

      interesting comments. as a surfer since 1977 I have to say you have zero understanding of the word RESPECT whatsoever. the stronger surfer is the one who can walk away from the violence. No need for what Sunny did, if anything let his son stand up for himself and learn to be a MAN, something Sunny still isn’t based on his adolescent behavior. wouldn’t be surprised to see Sunny’s life come to a violent end someday, sad thought but that’s where he’s headed.

      and ANY surf company giving him any money or product in trade as sponsorship should drop him asap. and if the ASP is worried about what happens in Hawaii because of barring Sunny then they are weaker than Sunny himself.

      regards, Oso Rojo

  • LiamB

    seems to me that he’s a ridiculous human being- the hawaiian guys can be brutal on the north shore, and people sometimes regard it as a neccessary evil, but it seems like sunny wants to be like it everywhere – he can’t be the enforcer on every break!

  • Cameron

    Sunny’s son has such a good role model in his life.Good luck with your criminal career Stone.

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