19-year-old New York surfer, Balaram Stack, will turn 20 on September 5, which not only signifies the start of a third decade for the Long Beach, NY local but also a fresh chapter in his professional surfing career because it’s also the first day of the Quiksilver Pro New York.
Stack will star as the local of record at the Quik Pro, surfing’s first $1 million competition and the largest event that’s ever happened on the east coast.
For the wild card it’s a chance at unprecedented spotlight in his own backyard. – James Sullivan
What are your thoughts on the world’s top surfers coming to Long Beach?
I think it’s great. It’s amazing to see all these guys surfing my home break and seeing what they can do. You don’t get to see these guys on these waves normally, so it should be really fun to watch.
Balaram’s perfect Long Beach barrel recipe – juicy south swell + north winds. Photo: Quiksilver
With the Quik Pro there’s been a lot of hype – a $1 million prize purse, top talent. Plus all the Irene drama. Moving forward what’s the perfect scenario?
There’s Hurricane Katia coming up, so it looks promising. I don’t want to jinx anything, but if it does what it’s supposed to, then the waves will be overhead, draining barrels. If the wind’s offshore and there’s a big enough south swell, it’ll definitely be turning some heads.
If that happens do you think guys on tour will be hitting you up for a place to stay on future swells?
Ha – yeah I know a couple guys already that will, if it’s pumping. Though there’s only floor space – haha.