Surfing cult hero Michael Peterson to be honored in Queensland

January 27, 2009 | Surfing

Rip Curl MP Classic

The Rip Curl MP Classic presented by Air Asia X will again this year be held in reverence to Queensland icon and undisputed ‘King of Kirra’ Michael “MP” Peterson this weekend (January 31-February 1).

The event will run for its eighth consecutive year and has grown to be the most prestigious regional event in Queensland.

For the first time since the event’s conception in February 2002, the MP Classic is part of the Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC). The MP Classic is the second event of a total of five on the QCC and is the highest rated competition.

Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, QLD) who won the MP Classic for three consecutive years (2003, 2004 and 2005) has his sights set on another title. . Gossman recently claimed first place in event number one of the QCC at Currumbin Alley (QLD) and is keen to clinch the Queensland Championship trophy.

The full list of competitors is yet to be confirmed, but those who have already put their name down include Rip Curl’s 2008 ASP Australasia Pro Junior Champion Stuart Kennedy, former World Tour surfer Nathan Hedge and Rip Curl freesurfer Dean Brady.

“It’s an honour to be competing in an event that’s held in tribute of such an awesome competitor like MP (Michael Peterson). In his time MP was one of the world’s best surfers, he’s become a piece of surfing history,” commented Kennedy.

“The MP Classic is a big event in Queensland and is widely respected amongst the surfing community. It’d be pretty cool to see one of us younger guys win it!” said Kennedy.

In celebration of the event, Air Asia X is giving away 2 International airfares to the winner of the Rip Curl MP Classic.  On top of this, Air Asia X is giving the general public the chance to win a trip for two to Asia.

All spectators are invited to enter the competition and need to sign-up with the beach marshall for their chance to win the prize. The winner will need to be on the beach when the name is drawn.