In addition to the points race for WCT qualification and rankings points for the Vans Triple Crown, Hawaiian Airlines added another contest to the stakes this season in Hawaii: The Best-in-Class competition, which awards 250,000 air miles to the surfer with the best two-wave total at the end of Triple Crown. With a 19.64 in the Reef Hawaiian Pro Final, Dusty Payne (HAW) has claimed the prize.
The Reef Pro, which opened the Triple Crown at Haleiwa, saw an incredible number of high-scoring rides -- 49 nine-pointers and a Perfect 10.
1. Dusty Payne (HAW) - 19.64
Wave 1: Payne showed a tremendous amount of power under the lip for a 9.87, an event-high 9.87.
Wave 2: On his followup, Payne overtook the lead from Wilson, earning a 9.77 for his signature power-surfing.
Payne's heat total held through two events -- 114 heats.