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An emotional day at the Bowl

Kelly Slater edges out Nic Muscroft in a dramatic Round 4 battle.

Updated: April 6, 2012, 11:27 AM ET
By Peter 'Joli' Wilson | ESPN Action Sports

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It was an emotional time at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Thursday. The running of the 51st edition of the contest has been dedicated to the memory of three-time winner, Michael Peterson, who died March 29 of a heart attack.

The competitors wore black armbands in memory of the surfing legend whose funeral was held Thursday on Australia's Gold Coast.

In the early '70s, Michael 'MP' Peterson couldn't be touched in the surfing ...

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