Payne headed to elimination round at Rip Curl Pro

Italo Ferreira of Brazil catches major air as a drone flies by during the first round of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Tuesday. WSL / KELLY CESTARI photo

The Maui News – Dusty Payne of Lahaina finished third in his heat at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Tuesday, sending him to an elimination matchup in the World Surf League championship tour event.

Payne had a score of 12.27. Brazil’s Italo Ferreira won with a 15.90, and Kauai’s Sebastian Zietz was second with a 14.83.

In the second round, Payne will face Australia’s Stuart Kennedy — Payne has not gone past the second round in three of his last four WSL events.