Sunny Garcia Means Business at the 2010 Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River

16 Mar 2010 0

Sunny Garcia Means Business at the 2010 Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River

Sunny Garcia Means Business at the 2010 Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River

Hawaiia’s Sunny Garcia provided most of the spectator excitement on the opening day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six-star Prime rated  Drug Aware Pro presented by Rusty at Margaret River today.

The 2000 ASP world champion was called an interference mid-way through his opening round heat following a wave altercation with Canary Island surfer Jonathon Gonzales.

The interference call resulted in Garcia being penalised with a deduction of half of his points on his second scoring ride and saw him slip from 2nd to 4th  mid-way through the heat.

Clearly angry, the Hawaiian who has found more than his share of controversy during his esteemed career, aggressively surfed through the remainder of the heat and that anger appeared to bring out his best with a strong late ride that moved him from 4th to 1st position and through to the round of 96.

In no mood for a post heat interview, Garcia left the contest site to regroup for his next heat!

That was the second last heat of the day which began in very good clean 1.5 to 2m (four-to-six feet) surf.

Early stand-outs included Nathan Hedge (AUS), the day’s top scoring surfer with a heat tally of 14.67 along with fellow former ASP World Tour surfer and local Jake Paterson who also won through with an impressive combined two wave heat tally of 13.17.

“I love surfing here at Margaret River” said an enthusiastic Hedge after his heat.

“It’s always good to get that first heat out of the way and I’m hearing there’s excellent solid waves ahead and that will suit me just fine.”

This year’s Drug Aware Pro clearly highlights the alterations to the new ASP one world rating system and elevated status associated to 6-star prime events.

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