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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Updated: April 29, 10:58 AM ET
The odds 'Stacked' against him


By now, we all know that the Quiksilver New York Pro will not be gracing the East Coast with its presence this year. That means a little less business for Gino's of Long Beach in September and the folks on the West End can stop asking every visiting surfer and spectator, "Are you in tha surfin' tawnament?"

But the one-night stand that coincided with the magic of Hurricane Katia will not be quickly forgotten anywhere on Long Island. Twenty years from now, the Brooklyn guys taking the train out to surf Long Beach will be telling their kids about the 360 air that Kelly Slater did in 2011 for a perfect 10.

One guy who won't soon be forgetting that event either is local boy Balaram Stack. He was literally the poster child for the contest as he got a wild card to surf against Slater [and then Mick Fanning]. It put Long Island on the map and Stack as well.

If Stack ever wants to surf in another World Tour event, he has his work cut out for him. But his perfect 10 at the Volcom Pipeline Pro back in January was a sign he might just have the push and talent to make a run at the bigs. A new film, called "Stacked," is all about when the circus came to his town.

"The documentary is sick. It was nice to have a perspective from my mom, brothers, and a couple of guys that have been around me growing up," Stack wrote from Panama.

"Stacked," by EJ McLeavey-Fisher and Patrick Cummings premieres at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs Thursday to May 3.