HUNTINGTON BEACH, Ca.-Kalihiwai resident Sunny Garcia added another win to his
quest for a world men’s surfing title when to captured the Panasonic Shockwave
U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday. The six-star Association of Surfing
Professionals World Qualifying Series (WQS) event ran from July 22-30. Garcia
continues to be ranked the ASP world number one men’s surfer and is pictured
performing a “backhand, off-the-lip maneuver. Garcia won in excellent 4-6 foot
surf, overcoming Californians Dan Malloy and Rob Machado and fellow Hawaiian
Kalani Robb before a massive crowd estimated at about 50,000 surfing fans.
Last week, also at Huntington Beach, Garcia finished runner-up to Australian
Mick Campbell in the Bluetorch Pro. Garcia pocketed $10,000 for his third win
on the ASP World Tour this year. The Panasonic Shockwave U.S. Open of Surfing
is the largest professional surfing event in the world, attracting over 400
professionals with $100,000 in prize money. Garcia is expected to surf in the
ASP T &C Lacanau 2000 in southwest France.in mid-August.
(Photo by Pierre