For someone taking part in only his second event in the 2008 year since coming off a major knee injury, Maui’s Dusty Payne is doing quite alright. Payne has unleashed his arsenal on Keramas and now sits as the favorite heading into the quarterfinal rounds of the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge taking place in Bali. One of the faces of a seemingly brilliant future for Hawaii surfing, the 19 yr. old Payne didn’t appear to be feeling the pressure of surfing for the $20,000 payoff bring offered up by Oakley (the richest ever for a junior event). “Everything is a bonus from here,” he said. “There’s no pressure on me. I’m surfing with my friends and having a blast. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
Payne found himself in a hole during his highly anticipated battle with Australia’s Lincoln Taylor. Dusty kept his cool and put down scores of 8.90 and 8.80 in the 6 ft. surf, and in doing so he sealed himself a spot in the quarterfinals. “Lincoln had a really good start and got the first good wave of the heat,” said Payne. “I got one right after him and stuffed it up. After about 10 minutes I finally got one good score, so I just kept busy and kept that rhythm right through to the end of the heat.”
Dusty faces South African Nick Godfrey in the final heat of the quarter’s tomorrow. Shaun Joubert, Miguel Popo, Marc Lacamore, Made ‘Garut’ Widiartha, Peterson Crisanto, and Mitch Crews round rest of the Oakley Pro Junior field.
* In its inaugural year, the 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge has travelled the globe since February. With a total of six events for junior surfers to qualify, the Global Challenge Championship will connect four days of competition during a 10-day waiting period, October 7-17 in Bali, Indonesia. The series kicked off at North Stradbroke, Queensland, Australia, followed by, New Pier, Durban, South Africa; Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif., USA; Itamambuca Beach, Ubatuba City, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shidashita Point, Chiba, Japan and Grand Plage, Lacanua, Gironde, France.
Photo 1: Brazil’s Peterson Crisanto takes to the sky over the Keramas tarmac en route to defeating Hawaii’s Kai Barger in their round three face-off at the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge at Keramas in Bali, Indonesia today. Image: Russ Hennings
Photo 2: Hawaiian ace Dusty Payne (Maui) staking his claim as the surfer to beat, exploding to life en route to eliminating Australian Lincoln Taylor in their round three face-off. Image: Russ Hennings
Posted by Shaun on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 in Surfing.