Dusty Payne’s surf career has been a tumultuous roller coaster ride. Luckily, at the moment, he seems to be on a high note. Having survived his near-fatal wipeout at Pipeline last January, and spending much of the time since laid up in a hospital, Payne makes a triumphant return to the thruster at the Surf Ranch. For being off a shortboard for almost half a year, Payne sure looks good and we’re stoked to see what’s next from the determined and inspiring ripper.

To watch SURFER’s new documentary, Relentless: The Dusty Payne Story, click here.