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.


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groundswell Monday, 20 Jun 2022 at 1:05pm

Awesome hopefully its breaking like this vid:

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surfing-cronulla Thursday, 7 Jul 2022 at 2:00pm

Nice upload. Not sure if it's resolution (1080p) or from remastered but really clear. Brings back a lot of memories those two sessions. Was still dark when he dragged me out of bed at Bellbird Apts, points already checked, my board on the car, towel and wettie vest in the car! Headed for Snapper we noticed photog Michael pulled in and Kirra it was.
Earlier he shaped me a board using the same template, 12" Silane Greenough and standard nose but for some reason his was rounded off and a much thicker Volan 14" fin just after shaping mine. Only a few surfs before this at Snapper was a first, for me at least, surfing it at Kirra. I did more watching MP than surfing and something to behold. Couldn't believe it when MOTE came out and this segment popped up.