March 29, 2013 – The action at the Rip Curl Pro took a brief pause on Friday afternoon as surfers, fans and event crew took a moment to honor the memory of the late Michael Peterson (1952 – 2012) while his ashes were scattered at Bells Beach on the one-year anniversary of his death.
During a planned break in Men's Round 1 competition, Tommy Peterson boarded the back of a water patrol jetski and scattered his brother's ashes in the waters of the Bells Bowl. AC/DC's “Hells Bells” played over the event PA system and the entire crowd gathered at Bells, which included MP's mother, Joan, and sister, Dott, stood in respect.
MP passed away last year, days before Easter and the running of the 51st Rip Curl Pro. For three straight years, MP was unquestionably the greatest surfer in Australia, claiming the Rip Curl Pro Bell in '73, '74 and '75. His name will forever remain etched on the Rip Curl Pro Bell, and he will never be forgotten.
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