Michael Peterson was a talent beyond the talented. In his prime he was so far ahead that he blew all challengers out of the water, no matter what their reputation or freakish levels of skill. Nat Young, Terry Fitz, Rabbit, MR – they all got the brutal MP treatment at some point in the 1970s. For the better part of that decade MP flew at his own altitude, way close to the sun, before his wings finally melted and he went down in an inglorious blaze of cops, drug addiction and, as everyone gradually figured out, the awful affliction of schizophrenia. He went quiet, disappeared off the radar and into a whole other realm, battling with mental demons. Meanwhile the surf world moved on to new solar systems in which Rabbit, Shaun Tomson, MR, Tom Carroll, Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson all shined bright as the light-years passed. But MP is still with us, and he’s now somewhat rehabilitated. This film celebrates one of the greatest surfers who ever lived and follows his journey from radical Ozzy hot-shot to the re-born father-figure he is today.
You can find out more about this film and purchase it here:http://searchingformichaelpeterson.com/At the time, MP’s was the meanest cutback known to man or beast. Searching for Michael Peterson, the trailer (for best results, we recommend whacking it up to full-screen mode):