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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

'Praying you wake up': Surf legend hospitalised


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Surfing legend Vincent 'Sunny' Garcia is in the intensive care unit at a hospital, according to the World Surf League.

"With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital," the WSL said of the 49-year-old surfer and actor in a statement.

"Sunny has always been a great champion of surfing, both in and out of the water," the WSL said via its verified Twitter account earlier.

https://twitter.com/wsl/status/1123090293127991296

"Our prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time."

The WSL did not immediately provide details of the location of the hospital or the reason for Garcia's hospitalisation.

Garcia's friend and fellow pro surfer Kelly Slater took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to offer his best wishes.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw34nwGHqk6/

"Sunny...I love you, brother. I just can't even fathom you not here," Slater posted on his Instagram account.

"We've got so much more living to do before we are done.

"There’s been hard times but there have been so many good ones, too. Just praying you wake up and we get more of you."

Garcia, a native of Oahu, Hawaii, learned to surf at 5 years old, turned professional at 16 and went on to win six Triple Crown championships as well as the WSL's world championship in 2000, according to the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his career achievements, Garcia was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame and the Surfing Walk of Fame.

Garcia has also appeared in more than 75 surf movies, television shows and videos, the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame notes.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000

Surfing legend Vincent 'Sunny' Garcia is in the intensive care unit at a hospital, according to the World Surf League.

"With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital," the WSL said of the 49-year-old surfer and actor in a statement.

"Sunny has always been a great champion of surfing, both in and out of the water," the WSL said via its verified Twitter account earlier.

https://twitter.com/wsl/status/1123090293127991296

"Our prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time."

The WSL did not immediately provide details of the location of the hospital or the reason for Garcia's hospitalisation.

Garcia's friend and fellow pro surfer Kelly Slater took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to offer his best wishes.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw34nwGHqk6/

"Sunny...I love you, brother. I just can't even fathom you not here," Slater posted on his Instagram account.

"We've got so much more living to do before we are done.

"There’s been hard times but there have been so many good ones, too. Just praying you wake up and we get more of you."

Garcia, a native of Oahu, Hawaii, learned to surf at 5 years old, turned professional at 16 and went on to win six Triple Crown championships as well as the WSL's world championship in 2000, according to the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his career achievements, Garcia was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame and the Surfing Walk of Fame.

Garcia has also appeared in more than 75 surf movies, television shows and videos, the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame notes.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000

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