What’s the place like where you spend the majority of your life? Does it make you, you? Or do you make it you? We wanted to immerse ourselves in some of our favorite surfers hometowns to see how they blend in or stand out in their communities. In our 4th and final “4 Cities” episode produced in collaboration with What Youth, we visit Balaram Stack in New York.
Balaram carried a hat around that he would give to Killer Mike of Run the Jewels the entire time the What Youth crew spent with him in New York. Killer Mike was responsible for getting them the tickets to the show they would attend the last night of the shoot, which followed a New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden earlier, a day trip to Balaram’s hometown of Long Beach on Long Island, surf checks, hangovers, mushroom pizzas, classy clubs, new night club openings and a bunch of other destinations that are more foggy than clear.
In this episode you’ll learn about how he grew up surfing while living in a place like New York, what is it about the Empire State that makes it so appealing and why even though he chases swells all over the world, makes jet set trips to places like Aspen to snowboard with a swimsuit model and later Houston for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party, he still misses New York when he’s away.
Ozzie Wright in Byron Bay
Ryan Burch in Encinitas
Gavin Beschen on the North Shore