Dusty Payne (first photo) of Lahaina competes on the way to winning his first-round heat Thursday in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane off the coast of Santa Cruz., Calif. Payne had a score of 15.30, defeating two-time Association of Surfing Professionals world champion Mick Fanning (14.94), and reigning Pipeline Masters champ Kieren Perrow (12.93). "Coming up against Mick and Kieren in my first heat, it's not easy, so I'm happy to make it through that heat," Payne, who advanced directly to the third round, was quoted as saying on the ASP site. "Those guys are two insane surfers. They've both been on tour for so long and I look up to those guys a lot. I just got lucky and got two of the best waves in that heat." Payne, ranked No. 33 in the world, wasn't the only surfer to pull off an upset as the ninth of the ASP tour's 10 stops got under way. Coldwater Classic trials winner Nat Young (second photo) finished first in his heat against 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and Kolohe Andino.
Association of Surfing Professionals / Kirstin Scholtz photo