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Balaram Stack

Balaram Stack

From: Point Lookout, NY Age: 25

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09/05/91

Currently Living: Point Lookout, NY

Height: 5'9

Weight: 145

Sponsors: Skullcandy, Rockstar, Vestal Watches and Sunglasses, Freak Traction Lost Surfboards Sector 9 Skateboards Unsound Surfshop Moskova

Volcom Rider Since: Last friday

First Board: Don't remember the name but it was like a 5'11 from my older brother

Warm Ups: A surf check

What Gets You Motivated To Surf? Friends

Side Tracks: Friends, girls, parties, skateboarding

Music / Bands: A lil bit of everything a$ap rocky

Videos / Movies: Year Zero, Kids

Best Style: Your own

Random Information: Michael Dunphy's farts are the worst of all time

Favorite Volcom Jeans: Vorta

Favorite Boardshorts: Mod Tech Pro

One Thing You Can't Leave Home Without: My mind

Special Thanks: Everyone at Volcom and mom

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Photographer Mike Nelson shares his favorite things about Long Beach, NY
Born and raised just across the way in nearby East Rockaway, surf and real estate photographer Mike Nelson has since lived in Long Beach, New York for the better part of a decade. From freezing beach blizzards to summer days with whales breaching, Mike has seen it all. On our recent New York City trip with Balaram Stack, Chris Pfanner and crew, we got a taste of fun in Long Beach, but wanted to know more so we decided to reach out to a long-time resident and homie for the full scoop! What makes Long Beach such a good place? Mike Nelson: Long Beach is a big city with a small town feel. Throw in the beach and NYC a short drive away, it's only dull if you want it to be. Best way to get around town in Long Beach? MN: During summer, a bike is the only way to go... In winter, a 4X4 will help you not get stuck in the snow. Recommended stop if you’re new to Long Beach? MN: I would have to recommend to stop by Unsound Surf Shop, they are loaded up with a great selection of everything surf, including all the latest and greatest from Volcom. If you're lucky you might just bump into frequent visitors Balaram Stack, Mike Gleason, Sam Hammer or other local legends. Favorite spot in Long Beach during the warmer months? MN: Favorite LB summer time spot would be any East End beach. Favorite spot to eat lunch near the beach? MN: This is a tough one, Long Beach is jam packed with great restaurants. So it depends on what I'm feeling, for example if pizza is on the menu, Gino's is the spot. BBQ then SwingBellies is the must have. If a quick sandwich is on the menu, then Brand's Deli is the go too and on those occasions that I'm on a health kick I have to hit the NY Acai truck. Favorite spot to grab a beer after a surf? MN: Best spot to hit for a cold one is The Beach House. They have like 20-30 TV's with all the major sporting events including surfing and if no sporting events are on there's always some talent to check out. Any significant changes you've noticed in Long Beach since you've been shooting it? MN: Changes in surfer? Beach go-ers? Styles? Well I've been shooting for a long time, so I've seen boardshorts that were way too short, then boardshorts that were way too long and now it's just about way too short again. The surf scene here has always been strong, but these days Long Beach is on a meteoric rise. Guys like Balaram Stack, Will Skudin and Tj Gumiela are not only taking Long Beach surfing to the next level, but the whole east coast. Do you plan on living there forever? MN: The dream would be to spend a month down in Central America or the Caribbean in the winter just to get a break from the cold, but I don't foresee moving away from here permanently, it's a great place to live. Long Beach in color. Mike's a big fan of evenings like this. Long Beach doing it's best California impression. Mike found this guy busting up a bait ball right up on the beach... Is seeing whales and other large ocean life common? MN: The past few years we have been seeing more and more whales right up on the beach. These days in the spring and fall when the water temps are right and the menhaden (whale food) are around, it's quite common to see multiple whales as well as pods of dolphins on any given day. I hope this is a good sign that our coastal waters are cleaning up and reaching an equilibrium. Fun waves in the city by the sea. Pat Schmidt is always up here surfing with Bal and frequenting local nighttime hotspots along side of Bal... Spectacular view during the end of a storm swell. One of Mike's favorite weekend spots. Mike Gleason's home of Long Branch is actually only about 15 miles from Long Beach (by boat )... The Jersey/NY connection has never been stronger anchored by Mike and Balaram. Best winter blizzard story? MN: My most memorable blizzard story, would be from Blizzard Jonas a few years back. Jonas dumped a rather large amount of snow on us overnight. I woke up at like 5am (the sun doesn't come up till about 6:45 that time of year) and spent 2 solid hours digging my car out and getting down to the beach (normally this is a 5 minute drive). I got down there and it was absolutely going off, no one around, no surfers, no humans nothing. It was a very strange sensation in such a crowded place. After about an hour, local-ripper, Joe Parrino, showed up and I finally had someone to shoot. Balaram embracing the storm. Balaram blizzard commute from his house to the surf spot. Balaram, this is pretty standard for this kid... Long Beach loves goofy footers and goofy footers love Long Beach. NYC morning glow. For more from Mike Nelson, give him a follow him on Instagram at @fullnelson_photo and check out the latest issue of Surfer Magazine (May '17) where Mike nabbed the cover shot of Balaram stuck on the lip in the moment when two waves converged into one another. Read more about that moment and the conditions that produced it on Surfer's website. No joke, that's @_balaram going sky high in the middle of the ocean and scoring the new cover of @surfer_magazine An insane capture from @fullnelson_photo #WelcomeToWater #TrueToThis A post shared by volcomsurf (@volcomsurf) on Apr 1, 2017 at 8:16am PDT
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Balaram Stack in NYC - 4 Cities (Ep. 4), Volcom Surf
In our 4th and final "4 Cities" episode produced in collaboration with WhatYouth, we visit Balaram Stack in New York.
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After dawn to well past dusk, New York City delivers
Volcom's fondness for summers in New York City stretches back to when the Skate Team would hole up in the city for weeks at time, as was documented in 2008's All The Days Roll Into One (), that offered a glimpse behind-the-scenes into the constant ups and downs of trying to skate on demand in a hectic city. Today our trips to the city are shorter but more frequent, including this past summer's trip for the premiere of Holy Stokes! A Real Life Happening that included a solid afternoon traversing the city, followed by the Volcom X Antihero NYC skate mission in July to film for the last fall's Volcom X Antihero collaboration. Fresh on the heels of the Volcom X AntiHero trip, a new set of Volcom crew showed up to continue our NYC summer fun. Balaram Stack, Jordan Trahan, Arto Saari and Austin Amelio (of The Walking Dead Fame, and a true skater in his own right) joined Chris Pfanner who extended his stay for another couple days of madness. The plan? To take in as much of New York as possible the following day! Street spots, skate parks, underground bars, good eats, drinks and beaches were all on the list. Morning stoop life with Chris Pfanner in the Volcom Bleed Dot shirt The squad easily located their Airbnb by the broken chairs and destroyed skateboard decks littering the front patio from the skate team's stay for the Antihero shoot. Inside we were greeted to a bevy of leftovers including fruit, granola and anything else deemed too healthy for consumption by the skate team. All adult beverages however had been put to good use and the house showed signs of good times. We would be hard-pressed to out due them. Morning stretch in the Volcom Stone Made Atwell shorts and a pale wash solid tee. Stories of New York go something like: freezing in the winter, hot and muggy in the summer. Luck was on our side and we were blessed with sunny days and cool breezes. We headed to the BQE Lot first thing for a skate sesh. Getting grimy and trying a few tricks under the bridge is always fun. Pfanner ollied the cement launch ramp and Trahan filled his time with kickflip wallride to fakie attempts that had us scratching our heads. Next thing you know, a five-minute storm comes out of nowhere blasting gutter-dirt and rain into our faces. After seeking shelter, we rinsed off with an open fire hydrant spewing sweet relief from the reemerged sun, just like in the movies! Little rain can't stop the Pfann man from ripping! Antihero team must of been here too... Balaram in the Cross Mag tee finding shelter under the BQE during a quick afternoon shower. Where to next? Pfanner in the Tetsunori tee. Austin Amilio cooling off from the summer heat. The temperature can soar midday in New York and a bike is a great way to explore the city without the constant pushing of a skateboard. Balaram, a New Yorker since he was 5, showed us his way to the beach without breaking a sweat. Bikes and surfboards easily fit on the train to Long Beach too and before long we were amongst sand, blue water and summer breakers. Related: Balaram Stack In NYC - 4 Cities (Ep. 4), Volcom Surf Riding around on bikes is one of the best ways to explore the city. Balaram Stack in the Volcom New Future tee. Cruising through the streets. Should we take a train to the beach?! The Volcom Mod Tech Surf Bag is ready for anything. Down to the trains in the Shred Head pocket tee. Waiting for the train to Long Beach, NY. Austin Amelio taking in the down time on the way to Long Beach. Go ahead and Pet It tee. Made it! After a dip in the Atlantic, the new Long Beach Skate Park, opened in 2015, is a short ride opposite the beach. A fun little park with a flow section and a small bowl. Just watch out for the rent-a-cops who enforce code regulations with gusto! They’ll pour out a grown man's full beer on a hot day just to show their might! Related: Photographer Mike Nelson shares his favorite things about Long Beach, NY Back in the city and ready to ready to take in some libations? Dustin Dollin knows bars and recommended we hit an underground bar called Berlin. It was a fine time dancing shoulder to shoulder with only red lights illuminating the young crowd. We even saw Macaulay Culkin there, but he told us "no photos after midnight." That's a good policy to have... so with that we'll end the story of our day here. Visit New York City, skate! Head to Long Beach, swim and skate! Go to bars and dance underground! We did and we recommend it! Balaram takes a quick dip. Volcom Mag Vibes & Magxplotion Stoneys Boardshorts. Arto takes a break from behind the lens to have Pfanner blast over him at the little Long Beach Skate Park.
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Volcomgratulations To Our Team
The Volcom Family is a wildly diverse group of talented human beings: surfers, skaters, riders, musicians, artists, and committed creative individuals who simply refuse to settle. They are more than just dreamers. They are doers. The diehards. Pushing it further. Sweating every detail, unwilling to relent. They are uniquely driven souls whose actions speak much louder than words. Charging forward in all environments and fueled by an unyielding dedication to craft. This crew—our crew—is the raw embodiment of Volcom’s TRUE TO THIS ideology. Channeling their energy, their potential, and their passion. They are collectively shaping tomorrow, today. Volcomgratulations to our team. photo: Daniel Cabral
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BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Volcom Pipe Pro 2017
GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT THE VOLCOM PIPE HOUSES ON OAHU'S NORTH SHORE DURING THE 2017 VOLCOM PIPE PRO! Photos by Mike Morrissey Related: Portraits - Finals Day - Day 3 - Day 2 - Day 1 - Sustainability + Giveback Programs Opening ceremony - blessing the event. Competitor jerseys. Michael Morrissey docking himself on the porch of the Volcom Pipe House pondering what to do on lei day #3. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii helping make waste a resource! Director of Volcom's Psychic Migrations, RT, checking out the waves at the Beach Park. New Jersey's Pat Schmidt showed up for a few days (the weather was actually a bit chilly at times). Drone launching from the Volcom Pipe House to capture some free surfs during one of the many, many lei days. Early morning pre-start to competition. We were there for two weeks. The waves were either firing or big and stormy. This is the latter. Taken from the 3rd story of the Pipe House. Never a dull moment with Tai Vandyke and Burger! When the event was called off, thus presumed a lei day, the boys spread thin: searching for waves on another part of the island, golfing, getting ready for the event, or laying around the Pipe House watching movies. In this photo you can see Mitch Coleborn (left) and Fat Tony (couch) while a documentary was rolling. Tons of music documentaries were watched on lei days. Two that come to mind were of Keith Richards and Tom Petty. Volcom surfboard room at the Pipe House. From the living room of the Pipe House looking out at Pipeline (Pipeline is a little more towards the left of the photo). This was the morning of the finals. Volcom's Matt Bemrose (left) and Richie Olivares (middle) doing some pre-live production. Contest Director Marty Thomas (left) and announcer Kaipo Guerrero warming up for the Morning Live Show. Leland Dao. Banzai Bowls was on site every morning to feed the staff and competitors. Nothing better than a healthy acai bowl to get the day started! Thank you, Joe Bard and team! Assessing the conditions on the porch of the Volcom Pipe House: Kaimana Henry, Jason Shibata, and Makuakai Rothman.         "Are we on?!" -Everyone, every morning. Miguel Tudela psyching and strategizing before his heat. Besides a near-perfect 10-point ride, Miguel lost out in Round 4. The boss, Kai Borg, was there to hold it down from Day 1 to make sure everyone kept their cool. Kawai Lindo + Jason Shibata spotting a drainer down at Off The Wall! Head of Volcom Entertainment, Kurt Midness, flew over to hang with our musical guests for the event, Fat Tony and iLL Faded, and clock some solid Hawaii time. Fat Tony DJ'd at the Volcom Pipe House after competition days, and dropped an epic live performance at the Turtle Bay Resort one night. Volcom's North American Men's Marketing Director, Daniel Terry (left), didn't stop running around and taking care of business the entire two weeks we were there. The man means business, can't you tell?! Aloha! The boys enjoying some downtime before the event. Tai Vandyke (left), Volcom team rider and New Yorker Balaram Stack (middle), and well, we just call him Thor (right). More downtime, but this time it's personal! There was a VIP bar on the 3rd story of the Pipe House, and Balaram Stack took full advantage. Videographer Marc Chambers keeping the Hawaiian vibe alive! Fat Tony and iLL Faded keeping the house party jamming with non-stop tunes for hours. Volcom Stoned! Shot from the OG Volcom House looking at the Volcom Pipe House. Jason Shibata, Charly Quivront, and Imai Devault. Kai Borg assisting one of our filmers, Nate Leal, with the door into the Volcom OG Volcom House to capture the music and party vibes. He looks pretty stoked Kai Borg held the door open for him. Burger taking a look into the party scene at the OG Volcom House after Finals Day. Kai Borg and Kelly Slater. Can't even imagine how much surfing history is known by these two awesome humans. The man behind @DrewToonz, Drew Toonz! Jamie O'Brien's new house is being built directly behind the Volcom Pipe House, and they were enjoying the Volcom Pipe Pro from the deck. This house's location has been occupied by many famous surfers in past years. Looking straight out at Pipeline from the kitchen of the Volcom Pipe House. Solid view from the patio of the Pipe House. Volcom Hawaii's Clint Moncata, and Alex Moncata Mark Gabriel, Kailey and Ashley Bogart. Mauro Diaz, Harry Timson, and Balaram Stack enjoying Primo number too many. Thor and Mitch Coleborn. Up to something you can bet on that! Sports broadcaster and TV host, Tina Dixon, and Red Bull's Claude Merkle. Volcom's Head of Surf Photography, Tom Carey (left), photographer Brian Bielmann (middle), and Volcom's EVP of Marketing, Ryan Immegart (right), checking out some of the day's photos. These guys were huge contributors to making it all happen. Volcom's Daniel Terry and welcoming-newcomer, Jeff Arnold! Abe Lerner, Volcom's VP of Surf, Brad Dougherty, and Ryan Immegart. Artist and longtime Volcom family friend, Mike Parillo with his little buddy. Tom Carey breaking up the monotony of photo editing all day. Tai Vandyke capturing the mood of a party at the OG Volcom House after competition day. Richie Olivares, Volcom's Global Surf Team Manager, and Milo, sunset hanging on the porch of the Volcom Pipe House. Hawaiian Water Patrol getting their skis out in the lineup before competition began. Despite Yago Dora's stellar performance in his earlier round heats, he lost out in Round 4 to Bruce Irons and Aritz Aranburu. Kaimana Henry + Jason Magallanes, pure Hawaii. Brad and Tai, porch hangin'. Chris Stebely + Anthony Sedgwick. Clint drafting up some custom tees! WSL announcer Joe Turpel. Kalani Chapman with some words to live by. Volcom Pipe House before the event started. The walkway up from Kamehameha Highway. Left is the OG Volcom House, straight ahead is Pipeline, right is the Volcom Pipe House. Early morning surf check out at Pipeline. Some lei days had some gems, but they were far too consistent to run competition in order to give everyone a far shot at scoring potential. During competition, Nate Leal wasn't seen for most of the day. We wondered where he went. Turned out he was down the beach filming the heats from the bushes! The Stone. It stands for something bigger than all of us. No shortage of beers from Kona Brewing Co. and Primo throughout the entire event. Thank you! Cheers for the beers from Tai Vandyke + Milo. WSL's Joe Turpel and Surfing World Editor, Vaughan Blakey at the Pipe House after a full day of competition. OG Volcom House rager! Photo shot from the 3rd story of the Volcom Pipe House. Volcom Hawaii's Dave Riddle cruised by the houses on this thing a few times. Rid's been a strong contributor to the Volcom Hawaii program since day one. Buddy, Milo, Tai Vandyke, Richie Olivares, Ryan Boyes, and RT (front) Mark Gabriel and Bruce Irons. Bruce kept on making heats and dropping huge scores along the way, eventually falling short in the final to Griffin Colapinto, Adriano de Souza, and event winner, Soli Bailey. Here is your 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro winner, Australia's Soli Bailey! Soli finished the final far above his competition with a 13.26 heat total. Congrats to all finalists!
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PORTRAITS: Volcom Pipe Pro 2017
THE MANY FACES AT THE VOLCOM PIPE PRO Photos by Mike Morrissey Related: Behind-the-scenes - Finals Day - Day 3 - Day 2 - Day 1 - Sustainability + Giveback Programs Balaram Stack Matt Bemrose Billy Hume Charly Quivront Daniel Terry Dave Wassel Dave Riddle Drew Toonz Kaimana Henry Gavin Beschen + his grom Banyan! Yoshiaki "Goose" Masuda Brian Toth Dane Jeffreys Hayden Rodgers, Hagan Johnson, Nolan Rodgers. Harry Timson Burger Thor Taichi Wakita Freddy Henssens Levi Slawson Billy Marcelo Trekinho Tom Carey Scott Stinnett James Lucarelli Lugo Mike Morrissey Nate Leal Pat Schmidt Richie Olivares Tom Dosland Kimo Leong Brian Bielmann Mark "Scabs" Gabriel Drew Toonz Rusty Keaulana Jeff Arnold Larry Haynes Chris Cote Jim Mincher Bruce Irons Sal Masekela Jeff Doner Thomas Joe Turpel Chris Stebley Jake Burack Ryan Immegart Tai Vandyke Mike Parillo Brad Dougherty Kaipo Guerrero + Joe Turpel Van RT Todd Hymel Imai Devault Jason Shibata Jamie O'Brien Kai Borg Yago Dora + Miguel Tudela Yago Dora Tom Dosland Mitch Coleborn Tom Carey