Sunny Garcia is still fighting for his life in a Portland, Ore., hospital, according to a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of his family.
The former world champion surfer has been in critical condition since April 29, when he was found unconscious.
“True to Sunny, he is strong and he is fighting,” the site reads. ” Each day brings a glimmer of hope, but it will be a very long road ahead. His amazing family have been there night and day to support him and each other, but being away from Hawaii is incredibly costly and with each day the expenses grow. His children Kaila, Logan and Stone bear an incredible financial burden — which should be the last of their worries at this time. We are reaching out to his friends and family in the surfing community for your help!”
The GoFundMe page closes with, “Thank you to everyone for all of the love, support and continued prayers. Mahalo the Garcia Family.”
The fundraising campaign has raised over $30,000 of $150,000 to date.
In the water during his pro career, Garcia was known for his power surfing and he carried the native Hawaiian torch throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s. He has left an indelible mark on the surfing world. His biggest highlight came while winning five events en route to the 2000 world championship. But he also holds the record for most Triple Crown of Surfing trophies with six, and his 22 WSL World Qualifying Series victories are also the most of all-time.