Quivers: Dusty Payne

Dusty Payne’s Qualifying Quiver

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 165 lbs

Standard short dimensions: 6’0″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/4″

Dusty Payne
Photo: Bielmann/SPL

(From left to right)

5’10” x 18 5/8″ x 2 5/16″ Channel Islands Whip

6’1″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 3/16″ Channel Islands Rookie Step-Up

6’0″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 3/16″ Channel Islands Rookie

6’2″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 3/16″ Channel Islands Proton Step-Up

6’4″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ Round tail

Step-Up Digits

For my step-ups I keep the dimensions about the same as my normal shortboard, up until I hit 6’8″ or 6’10”, then we’ll go a little wider and thicker.

Big Waves, Small Board

Mostly I try to ride the smallest board I can in bigger surf, but it depends on where you are. Like Pipe is super steep, so I don’t like to ride too long of a board out there. You need something big enough to be able to catch waves, and generate paddling speed. Also, if you know a break really well you can get away with a smaller board. Like at Honolua Bay [where Dusty grew up surfing] I’ll pretty much use a 6’2″ up to about ten feet, just because it lets you in really easy.

Magic Foam

I got a real magic 6’0″ Rookie, and then a magic 5’11” Flyer. Those boards helped me qualify this year, and in fact, I only used those specific ones during heats. They’re both at Channel Islands right now so they can copy them. They’ve taken small wave boards to a new place, with boards like Dane’s Dumpster Diver, and lots of others.


What models are you riding most?

During the WQS I rode the Rookie a ton. Also, Flyers a lot, and the K-Whip. They’re good boards for one- to- two-foot surf.

How much of a chance do you give a board, say if it doesn’t go well on the first surf?

Oh I’ll ride a board a bunch, because you never know. You could ride it in bad waves, and then take it out in good waves and it could turnaround and be magic. So I’ll give a board a good week. But then again, the average board only lasts me two weeks, max. They make them really light, with a single sheet of four-ounce cloth on top and bottom.

What’d you ride at Sunset this year when it was giant, and you qualified?

I used a 7’2″ that really big day, the day they were claiming it was the biggest day they’d ever held a comp at Sunset. I used that just because I didn’t want to be left in the dust by the other guys.

Were you thinking that was a big board?

Yeah, I felt like it was a pretty big board, for me. But I used a 6’8″ the next day.

So you’ve made the tour, are you planning on taking any non-standard shortboards with you next year?

Actually yeah. I worked on this Pod thing with Yadin Nicol. It’s a weird rounded nose thing. We took a normal shortboard nose and attached it the bottom half of a Pod, and I’ll be using that. It’s a 5’8″ and it works really well in one- to- three-foot surf, so I’ll be taking one of those just about everywhere.

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