Stab Magazine | Sunny Garcia Is In Daily Therapy And Has Spoken, According To His Family
171 Views

Sunny Garcia Is In Daily Therapy And Has Spoken, According To His Family

An update on the condition of the Hawaiian powerhouse. 

news // Sep 18, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

At the end of April, Sunny Garcia reportedly attempted suicide. 

He was found and admitted to a hospital in Oregon where he was placed on life support and was in a coma. For the following month, reports from friends and family were optimistic, but the reality was grim. 

The 2000 World Champ had both an illustrious and notorious career for speaking his mind and possessing a domineering power in and out of the water. In recent years, Sunny also waged a very vocal and public battle with depression. 

Following Sunny’s hospitalization, details of his condition have been fuzzy. And, on multiple occasions–due to the reactive nature of social media–false alarms and subsequent mournings of his death broke across Instagram feeds. They spread like a brushfire until friends and family close to the actual Sunny situation were forced to come out and extinguish the rumor.

Today, the Sunny Garcia GoFundMe page, which at time of writing has raised 121k of the 150k goal, posted two photos of Mr. Garcia conscious and in recovery.

39173552 1568669045690737 r

“Sunny is a warrior and fighting everyday to get better and stronger. He has said a few words and is now in therapy daily- physical, speech and occupational.”

It stated:

From the family:

A long over due update on Sunny. We are taking one day at a time and celebrating each little triumph. Sunny is a warrior and fighting everyday to get better and stronger. He has said a few words and is now in therapy daily- physical, speech and occupational. The family thanks you for your continued support for Sunny as he continues to heal. It’s going to be a marathon not a sprint but we work every day to make sure he is surrounded with love, laughter and ohana.

Further details of Sunny’s condition remain blurry but the Champ is awake and has said a few words. If it is possible, the road to a full recovery and brain-functionality will be long and arduous. That road has, however, started; which is something to celebrate.

We recently released an unpublished interview we conducted with Sunny in 2017, prior to the Triple Crown. You can read that here.

If you’d like to contribute to the GoFundMe, head here.

If you or any loved ones are struggling with thoughts of suicide contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4

The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.

Dec 2, 2022

‘Saturn’ Orbits Into Southern California

Quiksilver's newest film made landfall in Encinitas, and we were there to document the occasion.

Dec 1, 2022

The Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Returns In 2023

Can anyone beat John Florence and Carissa Moore in a three-week window?

Dec 1, 2022

What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?

The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.

Dec 1, 2022

3:31

Can A South African Cavern Queen With No Pipeline Experience Do Well At The Vans Pipe Masters?

Sophie Bell will have a steep learning curve in Hawaii.

Nov 30, 2022

After Years Of Tragic Shark Attacks, Surf Competition Returns To Reunion Island — And A CT Event Could Follow

"We compete at J-Bay and Margarets where there's the same problem." -Johanne Defay

Nov 30, 2022

24:32

Sharing Tubes And Hummus In The Middle East’s Surfing Jewel: Israel

No Contest does Tel Aviv!

Nov 29, 2022

4:18

Joao Chianca Wants A Pipeline Rematch With JJF

And ain't afraid to ride more foam to do it in the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 29, 2022

An Unorthodox Marriage Of Science And Surf

Cliff Kapono and The Mega Lab are changing stereotypes on all fronts.

Nov 28, 2022

5:07

Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg

“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."

Nov 27, 2022

What If You Bought This Sumatran Surf Camp For $690k?

Making a blue print out of surfing's most recurring day dream.

Nov 27, 2022

Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME 

'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'

Nov 27, 2022

4:25

“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”

Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.

Nov 26, 2022

Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?

The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.

Nov 25, 2022

25:17

Dane Reynolds Said These Clips Weren’t Good Enough

Could'a fooled us.

Nov 25, 2022

Watch Now: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Nov 24, 2022

27:45

How A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World

Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.

Nov 23, 2022

The Uber Driver Turned Crypto Millionaire Who Denounced His US Citizenship And Whips Into XXL Nazare

"I do what I want, I don't have a boss." -Toby Trouble

Nov 23, 2022
Advertisement