Surfing great MP’s mother Joan Watt.
Surfing great MP’s mother Joan Watt.

Son's still shining

KING of Kirra, the late Michael Peterson's mother is proud he will be inducted into Huntington Beach California's World Surfing Walk of Fame during August.

As during the April 14 paddle-out memorial for MP, his ex-girlfriend Dianne Dawson spoke on behalf of Ms Watt, whose 80th birthday is on Monday.

"She's so proud of the fact the American surfing community is going to reward Michael like this," Ms Dawson said.

"He suffered from mental illness all his life, but he also excelled at all his sporting pursuits."

Daily News surfing reporter Andrew McKinnon said MP's induction into the walk of fame would occur during the July 28-August 5 Nike US Open.

"Joan will proudly travel to California to receive it on the family's behalf," Mr McKinnon said.

"Original Cooly Kid and Mate of Michael's, Peter Townend, will MC the Walk of Fame awards."

"You know the story about Hawaii," she said. "And how they didn't want him there.

"Michael was so confident, which was amazing considering he was schizophrenic.

"They say people with schizophrenia often have a talent.

"But I know that Michael could escape in the surf and that was where his personality would come out."

Ms Dawson said she would be surprised if other areas around the world recognised him so significantly as Huntington.

"But then again, we heard after he died there were paddle-out memorials for him all around the world, so who knows?"

She said Ms Watt was "excited about going over there".



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