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Dusty Payne claims the Kustom Air Strike and $50,000..


Dusty and the spoils : photo courtesy Kustom

Kustom Airstrike

Dusty Payne wins 50 gees at the Kustom Air Strike; vows to punish liver and find submissive women

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2009 : - - So it comes to this. A room barely four footsteps wide and long found at the end of a short corridor at Bondi’s The Rum Diaries. Inside, seven men, and this includes flame-haired tomcat Dusty Payne from Maui, and one woman in a short black dress, with ruffles, and ankle-high boots make totally fabulous conversation. They eat spicy shards of meat, washed down indulgent throats with Pilsner Urquell.

A man called Harry, who is from the athletic shoe company Kustom, hides behind a secret bookcase holding a two-button jacket with $US4000 stapled to the arms and torso.  Dusty is at The Rum Diaries because Stab asked if he’d participate in a night on the liquor, with cameras to document his stumbles and successes.

I ask the usual droll questions: how old, what town, do you slap woman around, should we nuke the bastards in Iran etc.

I also ask, pointedly, about a certain fabulous air-reverse that he has entered into the Kustom Air Strike contest. He tells me it came the day after he won the Oakley Pro Junior at Karamas in Bali. He celebrated that $US20,000 winner’s cheque by helping smash five bottles of Jack and three of Absolut at a Tommy Lee gig at the Hard Rock Café in Kuta.

The following morning, he felt woeful and decided to wash away his troubles with a surfing session at Canguu.  The lineup was empty. He surfed the right that flew into the little left point. On his first wave he wobbles to his feet and falls backwards.


Dusty reverse from Stab on Vimeo.


“…And I came away with it,” he says. The surfboard is a Nev Hyman-shaped Firewire with the dimensions 6’0” x 18 ¼” x 2 ¼”.

I ask, what would you do with the money if you won the Kustom Air Strike, making careful note to tell him, falsely, that a clause in the competition means he has to immediately blow five per cent or $2500 on a celebration? “Five per cent? I’d double it, make it five grand,” he says.

Dustin is wearing beige athletic shoes, black jeans and a t-shirt with the world Volcom spelt out above the heads of drunks. “That’s me,” he says, pointing to a stout redhead. He doesn’t know how right he is.  We knock on the shelf of the hidden bookcase, the agreed signal. Harry the man from Kustom, steps out, hands over the monied coat and says:  “Congratulation, you fruit, you’re fiddy gees richer.”

Dustin slaps his thighs five times, claps his hands and says: “Goddamn it! Jay Davies and I promised each other that if either won we’d go halves in an apartment at Yallingup!”It ain’t so bad, kid. Have a drink on you.

The remaining $US45,000 will be transferred to Dusty’s account on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.


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