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The Rip Curl MP Classic - a Surfing Queensland specialty event - is all set to go at the famed Kirra Point on February 7 and 8.
The Gold Coast's world-renowned Kirra Point will again be the home base for the highly anticipated MP Classic, now in its third year. The addition of a $5,000 prizemoney pool this year has already attracted many local legends to enter, as well as current and former WQS/WCT surfers.
Rip Curl has been associated with the event from the start and is now proud to step up as its major sponsor. The open event is staged for the surfers of today to gather in honour of a truly legendary performer on the Queensland pointbreaks and the international scene, Michael Peterson, at his favourite wave - Kirra. MP laid down a blueprint for how to attack waves in the 1970s and the surfing of today reflects much of his freakish approach and style.
In his hey-day Michael Peterson was labelled "King of Kirra", but the title could have easily been "King of the World". During the 1970s, few surfers got close to MP in competition, and between '73 and '75 he won just about every surfing event he entered, including three consecutive Rip Curl Pro contests at Bells. Sponsored by Rip Curl during the years of his greatest successes, the reserved character retired from the professional scene at age 25 and has maintained an association with Rip Curl since.
Entry to the Rip Curl MP Classic is open to anyone interested and can be obtained by calling Surfing Queensland on (07) 5520 1165 during business hours, Monday to Friday.
Date: February 7/8
Location: Kirra Point (or Gold Coast beachbreaks, depending on surf conditions)
Entry: c/o Surfing Queensland by phoning (07) 5520 1165
Competition: Open to all ages
Surfing Australia Rating: Specialty
Prize Money: $5,000
Sponsor: Rip Curl
Competition History: The first MP Classic was held in February, 2002, staged by the Kirra Surfriders club to celebrate the great association MP had with Kirra Point and to honour their most famous life member.
Past Winners: 2002 - Shane Bevan, Kingscliff, NSW (competing this year!); 2003 - Sean "Goose Man" Gossman, South Africa