Balaram Stack headed to Hawaii looking to fulfill a childhood dream and humbly gain experience at the world’s most revered and feared surf spot: the Banzai Pipeline. But 20-year-old New York pro surfing rookie Balaram Stack scored one of surfing’s rarest waves: a perfect 10 on a fearsome day at the Volcom Pipe Pro. Fifteen to twenty-foot Pipe doled out its fair share of injuries, snapped surfboards and bruised pride, but nobody imagined that the kid from New York would steal the show.
With only a few minutes left in the heat, Stack was sitting pretty to drop deep into a gaping, hollow barrel, exiting totally surprised with his arms outstretched in a plume of spray. “It is what I have always wanted,” said Stack about the experience, “I just though that if the wave came, I was going, if not, I’d regret it forever. The stars aligned and I got one.”
The Volcom Pipe Pro looks as though it will wrap up and crown the next champ today, so fire up your browsers and support our local boy.
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