Quiksilver’s Balaram Stack and Koa Rothman showed up big time at day 3 of the Volcom Pipe Pro.
Balaram not only got an insane tube and advanced to the final day in his greatest competitive moment to date, but was awarded $1,000 cash for his perfect 10 point ride. Here is what Balaram had to say about his 10, “I knew the waves were firing and there was only three other guys out and that doesn’t ever happen so I was hoping I’d get a wave and I don’t know the stars aligned. I got one!” He continued with “It was, you know, pretty nerve racking just being out there. It’s what I’ve always wanted to have a heat out there in pumping waves at that so…yeah, I don’t know, I just thought if the wave came I’m going because if not I’ll regret it forever”. Nice work Bal and the best of luck when the comp continues.
In the final heat of the day it was up-and-coming North Shore charger Koa Rothman’s turn to take on the epic Pipeline conditions. Koa’s heat was a nail-biter stacked with all Hawaiians but the young local was able to answer Dusty Payne’s 10 with a 9 on the very next wave, which was enough to tie Ian Walsh for the heat win. Definitely keep your eye on Koa as he is determined to shake things up.
Organizers expect competition to wrap up on Wednesday, February 1, and a champion to be crowned. All of us at Quik are pulling for our boys…help us cheer on Ramzi Boukhiam, Tyler Newton, Reef McIntosh, Koa Rothman and Freddy P. when competition resumes.