It has been raining periodically on and off at Burleigh this afternoon. There have been a couple of solid, heavy downpours which have left the air with a heavy, cool, moist feel to it. The sudden death of Michael Peterson (MP) at Tweed Heads this morning due to a heart attack at age 59 has made this a sad place to be today.
At the time of MP’s departure, I was just a short distance down the road surfing Greenmount Point and Rainbow Bay, blithely unaware that one of the most iconic, inspirational and gifted surfers of a generation was suddenly gone for good.
To the best of my knowledge MP had not paddled out to surf a wave in decades, but his legacy to surfing was so profound it transcended much that came after it.
Rest in Peace Michael, and may you find the soft pathway that takes you out to the lush, green, point break of hollow, eternal perfection.