“The Surf Prince of Long Beach, as he’s been called, eats lunch quietly, an hour before the biggest competitive moment of his life – a first-round heat that includes Kelly Slater, the world’s best surfer. Balaram Stack turned 20 last night and exudes all the laid-back cool you’d expect from a surf star on the rise. Birthday texts roll in every few minuets to the iPhone clutched in Stack’s right hand as he grips a seared-tuna slider with the other. In his tournament bio, under “influences”, Stack cites “Victoria Secret Models.” He’s surrounded by three buddies, one of whom is waiting for his mother to come and unlock his Jeep. Another wears a yellow trucker hat that says Party At Balaram’s House!” Continue reading the article here.