14.1 C
Byron Shire
June 20, 2021

MP remembered as a surfing legend

Latest News

No SourDough$

Hayo van der Woude, Myocum 2021 promises to be the greatest year yet for revelations of unethical behaviour and corruption in...

Other News

ABC maintaining independence?

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I’m a fan of the ABC so I’m a bit disappointed that the local ABC radio station has...

Backsliders coming to Lennox

Australian music legends the Backsliders are coming to Lennox Head for the first time, to play at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 26 June 2021.

Grow yourself on a farm tour

S Haslam  The most memorable experiences, those that enrich our lives and take us in new directions, are often hands-on...


Tom Tabart, Former Byron Greens councillor It seems that I may have touched a nerve in my attempt to give...

Dunoon Dam from a Rocky Creek perspective

R Musgrave, Rocky Creek Here’s a simple question about the proposed new Dunoon Dam and some local observations from a long-time...

The surfing fraternity is mourning of one of its greats following the passing of Michael Peterson, or MP as he was affectionately known to many.

Peterson, who was instrumental in opening up Kirra and appeared in early surfing movies including the iconic Morning of the Earth, died of a heart attack at his Tweed Heads home yesterday morning aged 59.

A revival of another film in which Peterson appeared, In Natural Flow, took place at the Komune Beach Club, Greenmount just last month.

Despite the camera liking Peterson’s unique style of surfing, in real life he hated the limelight and famously failed to turn up to the opening night of MOTE.

As well as his many wins in the water during the 70s, MP made something of a name for himself as a local surfboard shaper, and even attributed some of his success to an usual ‘rocker’ board that he designed to give himself the edge in the water.

A public funeral for Michael Peterson will be on Thursday at Tweed Heads Crematorium followed by a celebration of Michael’s life at Rainbow Bay Surf Club.

Kirra Surfriders Club members will be wearing black and white armbands at this Sunday’s surf round in memory of their former president and champion, while the Rip Curl Pro at Torquay and Bells Beach will be dedicated to MP.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Kirra was a great place to be in the summer of ’69/70. Perfect for six months straight. All the Australian greats were there but non were more innovative or legendary than Michael. He didn’t say much, just nodded in the water but you learnt a lot from watching him.
    Rowland Brennan


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Localisation fantasy

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar The world’s richest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has increased his wealth from $130 billion to $186 billion during the pandemic. USA...

Anatomy is destiny

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre Five members of Byron Friends of Palestine visited Justine Elliot to discuss whether the ALP would endorse public condemnation...


Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbumby The government doctors have announced that vaccinations are compulsory for nurses . Yet our constitution states parliament may make laws regarding health, but...

Bad news

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but the article on page 5,...