Searching for Michael Peterson

The world premiere of the feature-length “Searching for Michael Peterson” will be a highlight of the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, with the sport’s luminaries from around the world expected to attend.


The premiere, at Noosa Cinemas on Monday, March 16 will be hosted by former world pro surfing champion Peter Townend, and will also feature a live music set from “Morning of the Earth” musicians Peter Howe and Tim Gaze, plus an exclusive encore screening of the American Wide World of Sports special, “Puerto Rico World Titles 1968”, unseen for almost 40 years.

Searching for Michael Peterson, directed by Jolyon Hoff, is a docudrama telling the moving story of one of Australia’s greatest surfers whose career was cut short by mental illness. For five glorious years “MP” led the Coolangatta Kids and won virtually every event he contested, including three Bells Beach Pros back to back.

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UK Pro Surf Tour 

UK Pro Surf Tour has produced a new website: www.ukprosurf.com . The site will be a corner stone in this years  tour and provide a fantastic resourse for anyone interested in finding information about UK Pro Surf Tour, UK Pro Surf Association, its members, the locations the events visit and what is happening in British surfing.

The site will also become interactive with the opportunity for surfers to become members online and also enter event. This will make the procedure for competing on the tour more efficient and allow surfers easy access with clear guidelines.

Part of the new site will be devoted to UK Pro Surf Association members. All members will have the opportunity to have their own page, with photo’s and a proile about themselves. This will clearly help the surfers get recognition of who they are, who sponsors or supports them and what their achievements have been.

In addition there will be a retail area on the site where anyone can log on and purchase the latest surf goods at very competitive prices with free delivery!

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North End Boardriders 

North End Boardriders on the Gold Cast today won their first ever Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge.

Regarded as surfings’ most prestigious and sort after national club teams trophy this event pitted 36 of Australia’s top Boardriding Clubs against each other over three days and the final results saw an incredible five clubs separated by just one point with North End victorious on 29 points out of a possible 32 points.

Out of their 8 surfers, surfing in four man heats, North End scored their win with 5 heat wins and 3 seconds .

Tied on 28 points were Le-Ba (short for Lenox/Ballina), Kirra, Noosa and Snapper Rocks with three of those four clubs on five wins, two 2nd’s and a third … these clubs were placed 2nd to 5th based on their surfers cumulative points tally – see below for exact points tally.

The result went down to the second last heat of the day where North End surfer Damon Nicholls surfed his clubs final heat knowing that a 1st or 2nd placing would win the event while a 3rd or 4th would hand it to Le-Ba!

“Unbelievable finish for me, the pressure was amazing and I actually dreamt last night that  it would come to this and being chaired off the beach – just an amazing feeling to be part of a winning team – I surfed a safe heat knowing that second would be good enough and that’s exactly how it panned out – the perfect finish!”

Earlier on North End Surfer Scott Wilden put the club into a winning position when he posted a huge heat win over his opponents – Wilden posting a score of 14.5 while his opponents were requiring combinations of scores on 7.87, 7 and 4.02!”

North End club coach Tai Graham, who played a significant role in today’s win also by defeating the highest rated ASP surfer in the event in Burleigh Heads’ Jay Thompson when Graham won his heat was elated after the win saying – “ We knew we were the underdogs here and felt we had something to prove – The south end gets all the attention with world champions in Fanning and Gilmore and the superbank and all but up our way we have surf too… and some great surfers which we proved today – our zone is from Broadbeach right through to South Straddie and we have pulled off a great win here today – It’s the best teams event to win in Australia for sure and we’ve come close before so today is really special for us.”

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