The ashes of late surfing legend Michael ‘MP’ Peterson were scattered on the weekend into the sea that he loved the most,the ocean off Kirra Beach.
A paddle out organised to witness the scattering included hundreds of surfers, including Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.
MP’s biographer, journalist Sean Doherty told ABC that he had a cult following and a status within the surfing community that belied the turmoil that was taking place inside the man.
‘There was something about his aura that attracted people to him,’ he said.
‘The fact that Michael was undiagnosed for all those years, his schizophrenia created a pinpoint focus on his surfing, it was his escape from the early signs of the disease.
‘In the ocean was the one place he found solace and peace and that’s why he loved it so much.’