Payne reaches Pipe Pro semifinals before bowing out

Dusty Payne of Lahaina reached the semifinal round of the Volcom Pipe Pro on Wednesday before being eliminated from the Association of Surfing Professionals five-star qualifying series event on Oahu’s North Shore.

Kelly Slater, an 11-time ASP world champion, won the event. Slater now has 66 ASP event victories, including eight at the Banzai Pipeline.

Payne finished second in his fourth-round heat, posting a score of 10.60 – Olamana Eleogram of Hana won the heat with an 18.00, the fourth-best score of the contest overall.

Payne was then grouped with Slater in consecutive heats. In the quarterfinals, Payne’s 13.33 edged the 12.47 posted by Australia’s Brent Dorrington. Slater won the heat with a 17.33. In the semifinal round, Payne recorded a 6.40. Slater won with a 13.83, and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas also advanced, with a 10.40.

Slater had a perfect-10 wave in the round of 32.

Eleogram bowed out with a fourth-place finish in his quarterfinal heat. He and Payne earned spots in December’s Pipe Masters – the top eight Pipe Pro finishers from Hawaii qualified for the final event of the Triple Crown.

Haiku’s Kai Barger and Hana’s Hank Gaskell were each eliminated in the round of 64.