Hang out with enough surfers, and the same notions pop up over and over again: freedom, disconnection from reality, and a Zen-like meditative state. Add a lilting Irish brogue to those words, and you’ve got the secret sauce for some serious poetry in motion.
So it goes in the trailer for Keep it a Secret, an upcoming film that chronicles Irish surfing amidst the turbulent early days of “The Troubles.”
The late ’60s/early ’70s were a time when the world knew Ireland for its growing waves of political violence. But a rouge’s gallery of Irish surfers wanted to spread the word about different Irish waves — the kind that create blissful sensations of peace and tranquility. To do it, surfers from Belfast and Dublin set aside their political differences to host the 1972 Eurosurf Championship.
Keep it a Secret also deals with an ever-more-pressing outdoor issue: should hidden spots stay hidden?
The film will air in April and May on PBS stations in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Hawaii. According to the trailer’s description on YouTube, the best way to watch it is to check your local PBS station schedule for more details.
Runtime: 3 minutes