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.”