Michael Peterson pictured when he won the 1977 Stubbies Surf Classic at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast.
Michael Peterson pictured when he won the 1977 Stubbies Surf Classic at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. Dan Merkel

Surf legend MP’s ashes mixed in new statue foundations

THE man known as the King of Kirra, Michael Peterson, was immortalised in stone and bronze on Friday at the famous Southern Gold Coast righthand point break.

At 6am, close friends and family including his brother Tommy and mother Joan, good mates Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew and Daily News columnist Andrew McKinnon were down at big Kirra Groyne along with Gold Coast City Council representatives to reveal the new statue.

Surfers and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate put their differing opinions aside for the event at which Cr Tate officially unveiled the memorial.

Standing almost 2m tall, the piece features the face of the great surfer and another surfer on a wave below.

Mr Peterson was without a doubt the best surfer on earth for almost a decade from 1969 through the late 1970s winning at one stage every event he entered in a calendar year including the 1973,74 and 75 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Championships.

He suffered a fatal heart attack in his Tweed South home in March 29, 2012 leaving behind devastated family, friends and tens of thousands of fans around the world including 11 time world champion Kelly Slater.

Mr Peterson's ashes were mixed into the concrete foundation for the statue, making sure there will always be a piece of him watching over the point.



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