The Inspiring Story of Dusty Payne's Return to Surfing | Relentless: A SURFER Magazine Profile Film

Dusty Payne has been through it all, from nailing closing sections in the most progressive surf films of his generation and competing at the highest levels on the World Tour, to laying in a hospital bed with metal plates in his head and a jaw wired shut after a horrific wipeout at Backdoor. But even at his lowest points, Payne's passion for surfing has always been the fuel to get him through the darkest hours and back into the light. In "Relentless," we followed Payne before his near-fatal wipeout as he competed and freesurfed his way through Portugal and scored all-time sessions with friends back home in Hawaii. We also captured the wave that nearly spelled the end for Payne and the months-long battle he fought to return to the water. What we learned was something that those closest to Payne already knew, which was that no matter how dire the situation, you can never count Payne out. This is his story. This is "Relentless."

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Dusty Payne has been through it all, from nailing closing sections in the most progressive surf films of his generation and competing at the highest levels on the World Tour, to laying in a hospital bed with metal plates in his head and a jaw wired shut after a horrific wipeout at Backdoor. But even at his lowest points, Payne's passion for surfing has always been the fuel to get him through the darkest hours and back into the light. In "Relentless," we followed Payne before his near-fatal wipeout as he competed and freesurfed his way through Portugal and scored all-time sessions with friends back home in Hawaii. We also captured the wave that nearly spelled the end for Payne and the months-long battle he fought to return to the water. What we learned was something that those closest to Payne already knew, which was that no matter how dire the situation, you can never count Payne out. This is his story. This is "Relentless."

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Omar Williams
Omar Williams - 2 years ago
This instrumental! 5:20
Adam Coyne
Adam Coyne - 2 years ago
Lucky dude.
Kenny Camey
Kenny Camey - 2 years ago
Does anyone know the song around the 10:30 mark
david f
david f - 2 years ago
Great to see you back at it chief. Peace&love from Boston,MA
Patrick B
Patrick B - 2 years ago
I don't know you Dusty, but I've been worried about you ever since I heard about your accident. So glad those people were there to pull you out. I've looked for news about your recovery, but haven't heard much until this video. Super stoked for you now that you are back in the water! Keep on charging out there. I recently moved to Honolulu and have huge respect for guys like you that surf Pipe and make it look easy. The power out there is no joke, and I only go on the "small" days. Welcome back!
Eesha Williams
Eesha Williams - 2 years ago
Great movie. In 2015, Jeremy Flores won the WCT contest at Teahupo’o while wearing a helmet. Dr. David Gunn is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Queens General Hospital in Canada. His favorite places to surf are Indonesia and Morocco. In 2016, Gunn told me, “It’s not debatable: wearing a helmet makes surfing safer.”
Straw Man
Straw Man - 2 years ago
Bests wishes Dusty.
Kurrent Creative
Kurrent Creative - 2 years ago
Epic film guys!
יכין ינקלביץ
יכין ינקלביץ - 2 years ago
Good for you Dusty, good to see you back in the water,so quick.
I will try to copy paste that into my recovery as well. It will take me a little bit longer. But it will happen.
יכין ינקלביץ
יכין ינקלביץ - 2 years ago
Yep I had an open fracture, and my kneecap broke in half. my meniscus as well. And tore up the knee tundem. While trying to bypass jetty rocks, here we call them wave stoppers, on a 2.5-3m waves , at the last few yards the current took me closer to the rocks,so when the set came it smashed me on it and apparently over it while me getting smashed on the hed, elbow,toe, and knee. I was bleeding and hurt. My kneecap was smashed in half and out. I cought a wave as close to the shore as I could, swam the rest and on the sand I couldn't move.

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ROY GUN
ROY GUN - 2 years ago
Incredible.. Wishing you Well.
Effect Surf Coaching
Effect Surf Coaching - 2 years ago
Great job guys! Dusty such a great legend! good vibes from Ubatuba-Brasil
Foregone Conclusion
Foregone Conclusion - 2 years ago
I never post on youtube and have watched so many surf videos but this one compelled me to post. The ride on the longboard and the smile at the end of it said everything about surfing. I wish you many more happy days of surfing and fun to you, Dusty and your family.
Kai Hansen
Kai Hansen - 2 years ago
most emotional surf vid I've seen since Andy
Alvaro OP
Alvaro OP - 2 years ago
Those are rich words mate, very heart felt. It had the same impression on me I must say. For those who love it, surf is life.
Paulo Preis
Paulo Preis - 2 years ago
leyend..
CJ Gamer
CJ Gamer - 2 years ago
Awesome to see you back in the water Dusty. Keep charging bro we are all behind you. First comment by the way yew!! :)
Pasota S.F.
Pasota S.F. - 2 years ago
Dusty Payne... Much respect and kindness to you and your family.

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