'Veitch', the inspiring and ultimately tragic story of an outsider from Newcastle who dived into the hostile waters of the North Sea and defied the odds to chase a distant dream of becoming a professional surfer. Veitch was a pioneer. Born with a hearing impediment, adopted and bullied, Veitch refused to accept where he came from limited where he could go. Having discovered a talent for surfing and, with it, an overwhelming love for the ocean that would eventually define him, Veitch set his sights on turning professional in the football-mad city of Newcastle where surfing was not the norm. He became National champion and the 1985 European surfer of the year. After sealing a sponsorship deal with Newcastle Brown Ale, Veitch joined the 1986 World Tour and set off to make his mark on the world stage. Battling injury, Veitch turned heads at Hawaii’s Pipeline and opened the eyes of the world’s best surfers to the presence of talent and surf in the UK. However, recession put paid to Veitch’s financial backing and he returned home to chase undiscovered, icy waves. Where pioneers dare to tread, generations follow. Veitch’s journey inspired the younger generation who dreamed of following in his footsteps. Among them, was Gabriel Davies, who became a professional big wave surfer thanks to Veitch’s influence. Veitch, his maverick mentor and inspiration, died in tragic circumstances at the age of 26. Filmed with high production values and a cinematic tone, 'Veitch' will tell the fascinating, complex and moving story of an inspiring sportsman who refused to take no for an answer. With visually arresting action, archive, and a compelling narrative, 'Veitch' is a human story of determination, achievement and passion that will engage any audience.