Just before 10am local time this morning, Maui’s Dusty Payne suffered a serious wipeout after hitting the reef at Backdoor. Payne was underwater for five waves — approximately a minute and 20 seconds.

“I was paddling back out to Pipe and I saw Dusty going for the wave,” said Big Island charger Jimmy “Ulu Boi” Napeahi. “It was a super steep drop, right where you don’t want to fall. So when he fell, I knew it was a nuts wipeout and started paying attention. Pretty soon, Keoki [Saguibo, longtime North Shore photog] yelled — I caught a little wave and beelined to Dusty and tugged on his leash to see if he was there….”
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