Payne makes semifinal round of HIC Pro before bowing out

Lahaina’s Dusty Payne reached the semifinal round of the HIC Pro before being eliminated Saturday at the North Shore’s Sunset Beach.

Payne, a member of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour, had the top finish for a Maui competitor at the Triple Crown of Surfing qualifier.

Mason Ho of Sunset Beach took the title – his father, 1983 Triple Crown champion Michael Ho, won the HIC Pro four times.

Payne won his fifth-found heat and posted the top quarterfinal score. He was third in his semifinal heat with an 11.90, behind two Kauai surfers – Evan Valiere (15.24) and Gavin Gillette (12.16).

Haiku’s Ian Walsh, who last week received an invitation to the 2013-14 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, bowed out in the quarterfinals. Ian Gentil of Paia was eliminated in the round of 32, as was Tanner Hendrickson of Haiku.

Walsh and Hendrickson finished with the contest’s top scores. Walsh had a 9.73 wave and 18.40 heat score in the round of 128. Hendrickson also posted a heat score of 18.40, in the round of 64, which included a 9.57 wave.

The holding period for the first event of the Triple Crown, the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Alii Beach, begins Tuesday.