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Sunny Garcia comatose in a Texas hospital; wealthy girlfriend Lori Park reportedly funding treatment

And a ray of light, Sunny's third grandchild born…

It’s been a little over a year since Sunny Garcia, the world champion in 2000 and a six-time winner of the Triple Crown, was found near death after a suicide attempt by hanging at his Oregon home.

The forty nine year old had posted this shortly before he was found.

Sunny was subsequently hospitalised, put into an induced coma, was on kidney and liver dialysis, sent to a hospital in California for lung surgery and, now, according to close friends, he’s in a coma in a Texas hospital and undergoing treatment paid for by his wealthy Harvard-educated girlfriend Lori Park, one of the first software engineers at Google.

Our source says Park has the “resolve and the resources” to, if not cure, at least improve Sunny’s condition.

A good person to have your in corner, one might say.

Among Park’s skills and expertise on (a “social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators”) are neurorehabilitation, motor learning, cognitive rehabilitation, acquired brain injury and physical rehabilitation.

Rumours persist of a split between family and friends on how to treat Sunny, however, something brought into relief this morning with a post from family friend Nicci Lee on the occasion of the birth of Sunny’s third grandchild.

As you know over a year ago Sunny tired to take his life. He has struggled with depression for the last several years of his life. His bloodline and the mother of his children’s bloodline also struggle with a history of depression and suicide.

I had the unique perspective of supporting Sunny’s children since Sunny’s suicide attempt. It was an intimate position where I got to see what they actually had to go through in the aftermath of Sunny’s incident.

I had never seen a battle of dark verses light so up close until this experience. Greed and control verses love.

Seeing his children suffer under this dark power was heart breaking to say the least. They fought to be with there Dad for months with hundreds of thousands of dollars, lawyers, and an unbearable amount of stress but were beaten.

As hard as the kids tried to fight it, having so much faith that light and love would prevail they were beaten down by the dark Sunny had let into his life.

Seeing his children suffer under this dark power was heart breaking to say the least. They fought to be with their Dad for months with hundreds of thousands of dollars, lawyers, and an unbearable amount of stress but were beaten.

They ended up with their Dad being stolen away from them, zero access to him and have not seen him is over 9 months. The dark had seem to have won.

It was beyond frustrating and heartbreaking to see them go through this. But once again- the Lord works in mysterious ways and yesterday brought in the only thing that could possibly ease Sunny’s children pain- a ball of love, the highest of blessings, a little baby of Sunny’s descent.

His family line continues.

What the “dark power” is remains unclear.

Our source wouldn’t be brought into the matter, saying, “It’s a fucked-up situation.”

Watch: Multiple Great White Sharks display “first time ever seen” behavior, feast on dolphin near horrified surfers in Southern California!


Weird times etc. Weird times et. al. with humans really going mad. You certainly learned, yesterday, and were aghast that World Surf League CEO and former Hooter’s bouncer Erik Logan has dropped the hammer on his employees, restricting them to phone calls of 45 minutes or less.

Also there is a pandemic and many other social upheavals pulling mankind’s attention this way and that.

Great White Sharks, ever manipulators, have seized the day and are doing things they’ve allegedly never done before, like feasting on gentle dolphin carcasses near horrified surfers and/or swimmers in Southern California.

The beasts did not reach the top of the food chin by resting upon laurels.

And while Southern Californians may have been too busy fiddling with their mandatory face masks to really take note we should.

Carlos Gauna, who captured the footage with his drone, declared, “I’ve been filming sharks off the California coast for a couple years, and have never seen them eating such [a big carcass] so close to humans.”


As a species are we over?

Is this the end?

Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden?

I read today that watching their debates is going to be like watching a rap battle between a jammed printer and a dial-up internet tone and laughed very hard.

Watch: Filmmaker responsible for “awkward” tsunami surfing scene in Escape from L.A. blames Flowrider for making it look “janky!”

"Back then it was very, very difficult to stand up and surf on those things."

Surfing and Hollywood, oh are there any couples more awkward, more out of step? Maybe Elon Musk and Grimes. Maybe Elon Musk and Amber Heard and Cara Delevigne but it is a very thin maybe.

Hollywood latched onto our Pastime of Kings in the post-war era when sun-tanned, fit, blonde boys represented hope in a healthy future. Surfing, in return, fell right back in love with the spotlight and the two have stumbled around the dance floor since, groping, grabbing, stepping on each other’s toes.

From the beach blanket bingos to stilted surf talk, In God’s Hands to Jimmy Slade, the Pipe scene in Blue Crush featuring Noah Johnson in drag to Snake Plissken ripping a tsunami down Wilshire Blvd.

Escape from L.A. may not have reached the acclaim of Escape from New York but it was a fun enough film just released on Blu-ray with many interviews. In one, the computer graphics supervisor, David Jones, shoulders responsibility for the surf bit, saying, “It was my idea and we executed it and it was a bad idea.”

But why?

Jones blames the Flowrider.

“I’d seen reference to a standing wave surf park in Texas. You see them on cruise ships now where you blast water up a wave shaped thing and you can surf by basically standing in the middle of the curve and the water’s rushing under you so it’s supporting the board. The first of these had just opened in Texas and got on the nightly news. I said, ‘Oh,, it’s no problem, chaps. We’ll just go down to Texas, put green screens up behind the standing wave and shoot it there and then we can comp it in. It’ll be marvelous.’ That’s what we did. The thing that I could’ve taken into account is back then it was very, very difficult to stand up and surf on those things. Professional surfers couldn’t do it. Only the guys that worked at the Texas place could do it. They looked janky. It did look janky.”

You’ll recall our recent chat with the wonderful inventor of the Flowrider, Tom Lochtefeld, and it is a shame that he wasn’t involved in the production as he could have lent much expertise. I must say, though, compared to the slightly sized up Teahupoo scene in the Point Break remake, the Flowrider looks positively fine.


Two-ton, fifteen-footer Unama'ki, currently swimming east of Novia Scotia.

Online gambling house opens book for “tasteful” betting on Great White sharks; attack odds not offered: “That is a negative side that is really not something we wanted.”

A potentially lucrative game of hide-and-seek with the queens of the sea… 

There’s certain man, and it’s almost always a man, who’ll throw down a bet on anything, from how long it takes for a celeb to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl to the year alien terrestrial life will be proven to when the world will end.

(500-to-one within the next couple of years, if you’re wondering.)

And, now, as further confirmation of the arrival of the Great White in the public consciousness, the gambling man can throw cash at the migratory movements of geo-tagged Great White sharks. 

Costa Rica-based, whose servers are based in Canadian Indian territory, is using information from not-for-profit company OCEARCH (A “data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean”) to create its market.

The Great Whites include, Sydney, a twelve-foot male weighing over a ton, Shaw, a ten-foot half-a-ton male, Caroline, a thirteen-foot, 1300-pound female, Miss May, a ten-foot female, no weight recorded, Vimy, twelve-foot male, 1100 pounds, Miss Costa, chubby bitch, twelve foot, almost 1700 pounds, Teazer, 10-foot male, 651 pounds, Caper, eight-foot female, slim at 348 pounds, Ironbound, twelve-foot male, 998 pounds and fifteen-foot, two-ton gal Unama’ki. 

The spread has four of ‘em clustered off the Florida coast from Jacksonville to Melbourne; three swimming around from North Carolina to Virginia, two gettin’ sexy off Fire Island and the two-tonner Unama’ki off Nova Scotia.

Obvs, bad taste to put a market on when, where, the next fatal or hit is going to happen; that or there was going to be a sudden influx of cash from Byron Bay (Five-to-one there’s an attack at Lennox this weekend etc) and the market couldn’t handle the volume of bets.

As’s David Strauss told Forbes, 

“I wanted to do it, but I also wanted to shine a negative light on fishing, so that is a negative side that is really not something we wanted.”

Surf journalist Chas Smith (left) and World Surf League CEO Erik Logan (right) show off their telephones.
Surf journalist Chas Smith (left) and World Surf League CEO Erik Logan (right) show off their telephones.

Ma Bell: World Surf League CEO Erik Logan forces new internal mandate restricting employee calls to 45 minutes or less!

"I think having the flexibility..."

Wild times etc. Weird times et. al. but if there is one thing we have learned to count on it is that professional surfing, in its most modern incantation, will continue to be weirder.

But what?

But how?

California’s governator, future presidential hopeful, and unfortunate eye candy Gavin Newsom just mandated masks be worn by all his state’s happy citizens.

Masks everywhere in public.

World Surf League CEO and one-time Oprah Winfrey stalwart, Erik Logan, not to be outdone, forced a new internal mandate that the three employees left, himself included though possibly excluding right hand and senior vice president of brand identity Dave Prodan, who has been accused of hosting an overwhelmingly caucasian podcast, conduct their phone business in 45 minutes or less.

But why?

Front Office Sports reports that, “Logan saw almost instantly that WSL employees were productive and able to schedule an abundance of phone calls – to the point where he encouraged them to take fewer calls. Going forward, he has mandated that no work calls are to exceed 45 minutes in length.”

The piece goes on to state that Logan has “been changed as a leader” and is trying to better understand the remaining employees self-care routines. Like, I assume, how to live on 1/3 of their former salaries and how to continue to draw salaries even though zero professional surfing now exists.

According to Logan, “There’s not a need that I see in the imminent future that has to say we have to be pushed back into an office in a very accelerated or short amount of time but, there is a need for human interaction. There’s a need for human connection, but I think having the flexibility and the openness that we have as an organization for people to do that could be a game changer for a lot of reasons.”

Those lot of reasons are forthcoming.

The World Surf League currently has unused offices in Santa Monica, Australia, France, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil, and New York though not Hawaii, which is currently seceding from the League and taking professional surfing with it.

More as the story develops.