Check Out: Dusty Payne

Age: 16

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 115 lbs.

Hometown: Lahaina, Maui

Sponsors: Volcom, Kazuma Surfboards, Dragon, Globe, Body Glove, DaKine, Hi-Tech Surf Shop

Maui’s Cheyne Magnusson has high praise for his fellow valley isle brethren: “Little Dustpan? That kid does air reverses like no tomorrow. He’s been killing it this year-he’s pretty nuts!”

True. Dusty Payne is nuts-nuts about surfing-and he’s got the contest record to prove it. Dusty recently got first place in not one, not two, but three different age divisions in the Hawai’i NSSA State Championships. Payne will also be competing in the NSSA Nationals this summer in Huntington, where he’ll be looking to improve on his performance from last year.

Look for Dusty to be blowing up this coming winter on the North Shore as well-especially now that Volcom bought the “Volcom House.” The kid is going to be front row at Pipe, and with older Maui guys like Kaleo Roberson and Tai Van Dyke pushing and prodding him, he’ll be clocking some major surf time at surfing’s premier stage.-Justin Cotà‡