Peterson, Michael

Pyrotechnic Australian regularfooter from Queensland's Gold Coast; winner of the Australian National Titles in 1972 and 1974; regarded by many as the world's most advanced high-performance surfer during the mid-'70s. Michael Peterson, brimming with talent, ambition, and street-procured drugs, was as compelling a figure as the sport has ever produced, equal parts brilliant and disturbed. "He was Mickey Dora, James Dean and Marlon Brando all rolled into one," world champion and fellow Queenslan...