“The not knowing is the hardest part. Is he going to pass away today? Is he going to make it through tonight?”
Real hard to believe its been three years since the world champ and six-time Triple Crown winner Sunny Garcia 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 put into an induced coma, sent to a hospital in California for lung surgery before being transported to a Texas facility to undergo treatment paid for by his wealthy Harvard-educated girlfriend Lori Park, one of the first software engineers at Google.
In the third episode of Kelly Slater’s Lost Tapes, an eleven-part series that follows Slater’s travails on the 2019 tour, we find the out-of-form champ in Bali where he must process the terrible news.
“I found out this morning they’re going to turn off the machine on Sunny tonight so he won’t be with us tomorrow… The not knowing is the hardest part. Is he going to pass away today? Is he going to make it through tonight?”
Slater eventually channels the spirit of Sunny into a shock win over Filipe Toledo who tells Slater after their quarter-final, “You know you got lucky.”
Slater laughs, “I gotta beat him once in my fucking career.”