Nothing in life is certain, except ink and biceps. Photo:Timo
Vincent Sennen Garcia was born in Ma’ili on the west side of Oahu on January 14, 1970. Thirty years later he would be a world champion. Nothing ever came easy for Sunny Garcia. His parents divorced when he was young, and it was Rell Sunn that took him under her wing and helped foster his talent. And talent he had. By 17 years old he was already on tour and taking names. In a career that’s run from 1986 to present, he’s amassed a record six Triple Crown titles, won nine world tour events and 22 qualifying events. But there’s another side to Sunny, a darker side.
Notorious for possessing a hair trigger, he’s been known to erupt in violence. He also served time in a federal prison after being found guilty on tax related charges. “Being on tour at a young age, making a lot of money you get jaded,” reflects Sunny. “And being at the top of the sport for so long, you don’t notice all the little things that are going on around you that are so great. you don’t realize how good you have it until they take it all away from you.” – JH