Payne to face Parkinson in Fiji Pro’s second round

Dusty Payne of Lahaina finished second in his nonelimination heat today in the Volcom Fiji Pro and will face reigning world champion Joel Parkinson in the second round of the Association of Surfing Professionals event at Cloudbreak Beach.

Payne had a score of 14.36. Australia’s Kai Otton (17.43) won the heat, and Gabriel Medina of Brazil (7.96) was third.

Parkinson did not compete in his heat. According to the ASP website, Parkinson went on a fishing trip, thinking conditions would not be good enough for the contest to start.

“I was 100 percent convinced last night that the contest would be off today so we went fishing early this morning,” Parkinson was quoted as saying. “There is so much good surf coming in the contest window that I thought there was no way we’d be surfing so we grabbed the fishing rods and took off down the coast in the boat. But the swell filled in a little early and the conditions at Cloudbreak were so good they had no choice but to run. There’s no way you walk away from waves that good. I was out of phone range and by the time the contest was called on I was too far away to make it back because I was in the third heat of the morning.”