After Gruesome Wipeout, Surfer Dusty Payne Expected to Make Full Recovery

Surfer Dusty Payne exits the water
Dusty Payne exits the water after his round 2 heat at the Vans US Open Joe Scarnici/Getty

On Monday, January 8, pro surfer Dusty Payne was hospitalized after a nasty wipeout at Backdoor on the North Shore of Oahu. And though his injuries sound grim, the 26-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.


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Payne crashed head-first into the reef and was underwater for a few waves until nearby photographers, surfers, and lifeguards sprung to action.

“He’s going to be OK,” surfing photographer Tom Carey told Stab. “He fractured his skull. Broke his jaw. Face smashed in. He was conscious and able to say people’s names. He’s trying not to take the drugs, he’s such a badass. He’s seen what pain meds do to people and just keeps his distance. It’s crazy. Even with his back surgery, guy took one pain killer and tossed the rest. He’s one of the strongest guys I know.”

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