Sunny Garcia

San Clemente, California, 1987

A lot of things scare me. Waimea scares me. Girls scare me. Girls scare me the most.

Portions of this interview, recorded by Matt Warshaw, ran in the February 1988 issue of SURFER, in an article titled “Sunny Garcia: Storm Watch.” Garcia was 17.

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When did you drop out of school?

After 9th grade. I’m still waiting for these papers, or like a card or something, to prove I’m out of school and working. As far as I know, right now I’m probably illegal. Like if a cop pulled me over and asked why I’m not in class, I’d probably get taken in.

What did your parents think of you...