“Keep It A Secret” recounts the inspiring true story of the dawn of Irish surfing and how the sport’s brave pioneers found peace in the surf during the most violent years of The Troubles conflict.

In 1972, every international sporting event in Ireland was canceled amid the height of The Troubles, except for one.

The only group of athletes bold enough to risk traveling in Ireland at this turbulent time were surfers who descended upon the coastal village of Lahinch, Co Clare for the 1972 Eurosurf Championship, the largest surfing event in all of Europe and the competition that would put Irish surfing on the map.

Here, surfers from both sides of the divided island would forget about the civil strife and celebrate their shared love of the sport by riding Ireland’s majestic waves. Even surfers from England would defy their government’s intense pressure to boycott the event. For these surfers, there were no borders, only the endless freedom of the ocean.

Ireland has since become a global surfing destination, with a coastline twice the length of California’s and world-class waves to match it. Nowadays, the Emerald Island is well known for world-class surfing, but back in the early ’70s, surfing in Ireland was completely unknown to the outside surfing world.

“Keep It A Secret” is the first documentary film to tell the inspiring story of the surfing pioneers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, who found in the exhilaration of wave-riding an escape from The Troubles and a common bond that transcended the political hostilities and religious sectarianism that divide their countrymen.

At the heart of the movie is Northern Ireland’s Belfast Crew, who were led by Davy Govan and Bo Vance, and the Dublin Crew, led by Kevin Cavey.

By day, Bo Vance ran Belfast’s first recording studio helping launch the career of Van Morrison and by night, he revolutionized his beloved sport, making cutting-edge wetsuits, building innovative homemade surfboards, and developing wave prediction tools.

Kevin Cavey from Dublin started C&S Surfboards, Ireland’s first surfboard import business, he was the first to compete internationally for Ireland and led the campaign for Ireland to host Eurosurf 1972.

"Keep It A Secret" is a chronicle of boundless idealism in the midst of a violent conflict. The story will take you on a stunningly beautiful ride through rough waters to reveal how surfing gave an exceptional collection of young people hope at a time of conflict and despair; how the sport would forever change their lives; and how the tight-knit, rebellious community they formed would leave a lasting impression upon Ireland.

"Keep It A Secret" is Irish American filmmaker Sean Duggan's first feature-length documentary film. 

"Keep It A Secret" will air as part of WORLD Channel’s Doc World series on April 9 at 10 pm ET. The documentary film will also be available to stream at WORLDChannel.org.

You can watch the trailer for "Keep It A Secret" here: