“Sunny Dayz: A Westside Story”, the 2001 biopic on Sunny Garcia, opens with a clip of Garcia as a teenager, wearing a blue tank-top and ’80s Oakley Blades, speaking to the camera, sheepishly. “I wouldn’t mind being a world champ,” he says. “And I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.
Think about it: By the time the year 2000 rolled around, when Garcia won his first (and only) World Title, Kelly Slater was already a 6-time champ, and a new generation of surfers like Taj Burrow and the Hobgood brothers had just qualified, seriously threatening Garcia’s title window. But he never let up. And he never gave up.
While Garcia was never going to beat those guys at their “new school” game, neither could Burrow and co. match Garcia’s work on a rail, and at the turn of the century, Garcia finally turned his way to a title–truly one of the last surfers to win a championship without ever leaving the face of the wave.
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