Comp honours Michael Peterson
MICHAEL Peterson's death will feature prominently in the thoughts of everyone involved in this weekend's 11th MP Classic.
Surfing Queensland CEO Scott Gillies said it would kick off the four-event Chiko Queensland Championship Circuit.
"Running for over a decade, the MP Classic is one of the most prestigious events on the Australian surfing calendar," Mr Gillies said.
"The event has always been run as a tribute to Michael Peterson and his achievements in surfing, particularly his contributions to the sport here in Queensland and on the Southern Gold Coast.
"Obviously, this year's MP Classic will take on a special significance."
Mr Gillies said the event would run at Kirra, Coolangatta or Duranbah, depending on conditions.
"At the wishes of the Peterson family, the 2012 MP Classic will pay tribute to Michael the way it has always done and that is through honouring his name and now his memory through this iconic event."
The $10,000 event attracts some of the world's best surfers to the Gold Coast's wave-rich southern shores.
Past winners include local Josh Kerr and Adam Melling from Lennox Head.
The 2012 circuit will also boast a $30,000 prize-pool, with an extra $500 randomly awarded to four competitors who compete in all four events.
Based on competitors' best three-of-four results, the series' top two athletes will also get the chance to compete against the world's best surfers at the 2013 ASP World Tour Quiksilver Pro Trials.
Competitors and spectators can call the Surfing Queensland Events Hotline each morning of the event for complete details on 07 3030 6388.
My Daily News surf reporter Andrew Mackinnon has confirmed a Paddle Out for MP will also take place this Saturday from 10am at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.