Surfing Wall of Fame unveiled
LEGENDS were immortalised last night as the Kirra Beach Hotel paid tribute to the spiritual home of Australian surfing.
The Wall of Fame hangs in the new Beach Break restaurant as a fitting reminder of Kirra's heritage as one of the world's leading surfing
destinations. It shrine features images of surfing greats such as Michael (MP) Peterson and world surfing champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, as well as local prodigies Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.
Mr Bartholomew last night unveiled the larger-than-life canvases to the Kirra community, who, led by business and surfing groups, have fought for Kirra to regain its mantle.
Kirra Beach Hotel operations manager Michael Trevitt said the athletes featured on the wall had been fine ambassadors for the area and the sport, and catapulted Australia onto the international surfing stage.
He said he hoped the short biographies accompanying the images would continue to honour the legends and cement Kirra's status as a surfing mecca.
"Kirra has a rich surfing history and it seems fitting that we pay tribute to the industry's greats as one of the iconic establishments in the area," Mr Trevitt said.
"People like Pete Townend, Rabbit and MP, who are widely regarded as some of the best surfers of the '70s and '80s, were instrumental in creating the international surfing tour and have inspired generations of Australians to pick up a surfboard.
"Current surfing legends including Mick Fanning, Layne Beachley, Steph Gilmore and Joel Parkinson have all made the wall for their contribution to the sport and for taking international surfing to new heights."
The Wall of Fame came as part of a $2 million refurbishment to the Kirra Beach Hotel.
Mr Trevitt said the feedback from the public was increasingly positive.
"People are very excited," he said.
"We are inviting people to come back and rediscover the Kirra Beach Hotel and see for themselves."