wanting to fight someone for trying to pick up on your wife or girl friend has got nothing to do with surfing, hawaiian sovernty, or being "Sunny Garcia". Because that sort of thing is everywhere.
I've been to 46 different states and 3 Canadian Proviences, and I guarantee 80% of the men that I met would not let something like that slide.
Also fighting with surfing....thats no different than any other sport. But that doesnt mean that the athletes are some sort of thugs. Charles Barkley was a terror on the court..but hes one of the most easy going guys I ever met. Almost any male dominated sport is going to have some violence.
EXCEPT hockey....theres no fighting in there at all ....only hawaiians pick fights with other athletes..