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Michael Peterson Dies

March 29, 2012 by staff 

Michael Peterson Dies, Surfing great Michael Peterson has died at his NSW home aged 59, just over the border from the Coolangatta waves he helped make famous. Peterson died after a suspected heart attack yesterday at the home he shared with his mother Joan at Tweed Heads on the northern NSW coast. Family members posted a note on Facebook to inform the world of his passing, and world champions quickly lined up to pay their respects.

”We are very saddened today to announce that Michael passed away this morning,” the note said. ”He will be greatly missed. We thank you for your support and prayers, with love Joan and family.”

A renegade by nature and sublimely talented, Peterson made his name at Coolangatta and dominated the sport in the pre-world-tour days of the 1970s.

Between 1972 and 1978 he won almost every major surf event in Australia, taking out the Bells Winter Classic three years in a row.

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