The MP Classic Is Back
The MP Classic is back as an invitational one-day open event on Saturday 25th June.
The Kirra Surfriders Club, of which Michael Peterson was a life member and club champion, will host this prestigious event.
The 2022 event is sponsored by Rip Curl and will be held on Joan Peterson - MP's mum - 90th birthday.
The MP was last held in 2019 when Callum Robson won the men's and Ren Hashimoto the women (it was cancelled in 2020 & 2021 due to COVID)
The 2022 MP Classic will be a 32 field, open to both men’s and women competitors invited from the three Coolangatta clubs: Kirra, Snapper, and D'bah, plus four wildcards.
The event has the potential to be as prestigious as Hawaii's Eddie Aikau, although instead of the over-20ft requirement, the future goal will be to have an extended waiting period from March to May to score epic Kirra Point.
This was Michael's spiritual surfing home where he was considered the King of Kirra. MP's performance at Kirra Point in 1971 is one of the highlights of Alby Falzon’s movie Morning of the Earth, while the MOTE MP cutback remains one of surfing's most recognisable images.
The MP Classic was the brainchild of Mum Joan and sister Dot back in 2002. Sadly, Dot passed away in May this year, while Michael passed away in April 2012.
The event has been a stepping-stone for many professional careerswith past winners including:
- Shane Bevan 2002
- Shaun Gossman 2003-05
- Dave Reardon-smith 2006
- Luke Dorrington 2007
- Clint Kimmins 2008
- Adam Melling 2009
- Josh Kerr 2010
- Noah Lane 2011
- Lincoln Taylor 2012
- Mitch Parkinson 2013 and again in 2017
- Mikey Wright 2014
- Mitchell James 2015 -16
- Lincoln Taylor & Isabella Nichols 2018
- Callum Robson & Ren Hashimoto 2019
This year's winner will score an MP-inspired Morning of the Earth plan shape shaped by Gill Glover and supplied by S-Lab. Category prizes will be allocated for the top four men's and women's to be held in the best waves available from Kirra to Dbah.