Sunny Garcia In Critical Condition

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Tandem Surf And Sport | NEWS There are reports from sources that Sunny Garcia, 49 years old, World Champion in 2000, is in intensive care in the Oregon/Washingto region, USA after attempting to take his own life. Sunny is still alive, but in a critical condition, and those close to him are reported to be fearing the worst. UPDATE: The WSL have confirmed that “Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital.” Sunny has battled publicly with depression over the last 10 to 20 years. Sunny is well known for being one of the more fire bolt, competitive, strong people in pro surfing ever since he came on tour as a young kid of 17 in 1987. Through the 90s, in an era dominated by Kelly Slater and the new school Momentum generation, Sunny was a beacon for traditional Hawaiian power surfing and achieved great success for it, winning the Hawaiian Triple Crown a record six times, and finishing top 10 in the year end rankings 11 times straight between 1990 and 2000. He is also a three-time winner and five time finalist of the highly regarded and heavily respected Rip Curl Pro Bells. In the year 2000, after going close many times before, he finally won the coveted World Surfing Championship. Powerful, intimidating and outspoken, Sunny’s career has not been immune to controversy – featuring in verbal and physical altercations throughout a spectacular and colourful surfing career. In 2007, he served three months in prison for tax issues. He told Surfing World in 2017: “For most of my career I was made to look like a monster. I’ve been in five fights in my entire life and of course they’ve all been documented. In the end you can’t think too much about that. All I can do is be the best person I can be today and know that I’m not perfect. That’s my right now.” He and Luke Egan were the senior guys on tour for sometime in the 2000s, together they helped re-direct the world tour to better surf and a better deal for the pro surfers. Garcia retired from competition around 2008 and has competed in several other events such as the Eddy since then. In 2012, he won the WSL QS event the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach, aged 42 – a good 25 years after he became one of the world’s most respected surfers at 17. He has three children and some grandchildren. Sunny has been a scary person to some people, but he has always worn his heart on his sleeve and is known to his close friends and family as a gentle and loving man. They in turn have loved and supported him right back, as have his many friends and fans throughout the surfing world. This of course doesn’t make anyone immune from the illness that is depression. Today, tomorrow and onward,...

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Book Your Summer Surf Trip With World Surfaris.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in News, Surf Travel | 0 comments

  We have teamed up with World Surfaris, who are the leader in providing quality surf trips to destinations throughout the surfing world. Whether its a surfing boat trip of a lifetime or quality resort type accommodation with the world’s best surfing breaks at your doorstep, World Surfaris  is in the business of getting you stoked!     World Surfaris have launched their Summer Surf Trip packages, with destinations including Samoa, PNG, Pohnpei, Fiji, Tonga with pumping waves through the months of November – April. No matter your surfing capabilities or budget, World Surfaris have got you covered. BOOK YOUR SUMMER SURF TRIP TODAY SAMOA                           TONGA   FIJI                                   PHONPEI            BOOK YOUR SUMMER SURF TRIP TODAY   Share this: Like...

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Size Does Matter – 60 Minutes interview with Ross Clarke-Jones and Mick Corbett

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in News, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

  It may seem obvious, but when it comes to big wave surfing, size definitely matters. And at up to one hundred feet, or more than thirty metres, the largest and meanest waves in the world slam into a headland in Portugal called Nazaré. Such is this monster break it often breaks those brave – or crazy – boardriders who attempt to take it on. Just this week, Australian surfer Ross Clarke Jones almost died after being wiped off a Nazaré wave. But the precarious divide between disaster and glory is precisely the reason he and other Aussie big wave legends like Mick Corbett can’t stay away from the place. ? Share this: Like...

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Aussie big-wave surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones nearly drowns at Nazare, Portugal

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in News, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

      Australian Big Wave Surfer and former World Tour Competitor Ross Clarke-Jones almost drowned  this morning at Portugal’s famous big wave spot, Nazare . Ross, known for his big wave surfing in huge waves across the globe, by his standards the 25ft waves out at Nazare were small in comparison to other bigger swells surfed. But after admitting he got a little complacent in the conditions, the 51-year-old very nearly paid with his life. Ross has been admitted to  hospital, rather bruised and concussed with a suspected broken leg.        Name Email*     Share this: Like...

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1 dead and 1 injured in separate North Shore surfing incidents

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Breaking News, Dusty Payne, Hawaii, News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

        One man died and another was injured today in separate surfing incidents on the North Shore. At about 9:50 a.m., lifeguards, surfers, and photographers rescued a 26-year-old man who was injured while surfing at the surf spot Backdoor and brought him to shore, said Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright. Multiple surf publications identified the man as professional surfer Dusty Payne of Maui. Payne was initially unconscious but regained consciousness under the care of lifeguards. He sustained multiple injuries. Emergency Medical Services personnel took over care and transported him to a hospital in serious condition. At about 11:45 a.m., surfers brought an unresponsive surfer to shore from the surf spot Rocky Point. Lifeguards performed CPR on the surfer until EMS personnel took over. EMS pronounced the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, dead at the scene.   News Story  via     Share this: Like...

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Los Gringos – Surf, Soul, Tacos and Lowriders.

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Industry News, Music, New Products, News, Spinksy's Blog | 0 comments

      LOS GRINGOS – The True Story It all started with the opening of Mexican Micks in Byron Bay in 1970 when we decided this was a good lurk to go surfing every day rather than picking bananas or working on the trawlers . The opening of El Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant Easter of 71 in Mooloolaba Queensland saw the beginning of Spanish Mexican ‘culture in the DNA of my modern cultural influences . Surf , music , hot rod’s and the role of 50’s n 60’s California, Texas and New Orleans was it. In New Orleans the Cuban met the French, the Native Indian, the Caribbean and fused with the black American musical genius to create new styles of incredible music doused in Blues Rumbas and Voodoo Vibes. In Texas cowboys fused blues, western swing, conjunto and Tex Mex Polkas into a spicy menu of Tacos Soul . Quentin Tarantino was made and surf music which was created by many of the great Mexican musicians in Hollywood soared again . PURCHASE – LOS GRINGOS T-SHIRTS AND CAPS  Hot Rods n Harley’s were turned into Lowriders and the Calimex of everyone from the Sandpipers to Ritchie Valens , Linda Ronstadt , Los Lobos and the Paladins led a whole new wave of music bursting out of movie sound tracks. After a trip to East LA and watching Ry Cooder with Paco Jiminez playing chicken skin music the dye was set and out of the then swamps of Mudjimba Queensland arose Leroy and the Lowriders dedicated to west coast car park watching and dual Valiant coupes parked out front . On the other side of the Ocean even further West than the great Hawaiian Islands where Monster Trucks cruised the beaches with Hawaiian music blaring out of boom boxes, Cesilio and Kapono were the kings of the Hawaiian Luau fusing the Pacific beat, there was a place of even more perfect waves bathed in similar layers of hot chilly spices and swaying rhythms’ . The Tarian Topeng or masked dance was now played in crisp clean barrels across thousands of coconut fringed islands. Om santi santi. Add to this a mix of Hippies, Surfers and Hotrodders previously hidden behind kampung walls they were now free to jam and surf and mix steel and art. Los Gringos was a part of the revolution of this new global culture. Playing in kampungs and warungs across the heartlands of Bali, Java, Singapore, Malaysia, India even Hong Kong……. Los Gringos brought the Rhythms of the Barrios to the peoples of the East. It was easy cause it was in their DNA too . PURCHASE – LOS GRINGOS T-SHIRTS AND CAPS  The Los Gringos collaboration still hasn’t stopped. We are still developing this music, food, hot rigs and surfing whilst the rest of the world sits there confused by false ideologies, the digital explosion,...

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