Surfing Links Vietnam Veterans To Past Service And Present

Troops hang out at the China Beach snack bar, an R&R station near a military hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Credit California Surf Museum

Vietnam veterans share their stories of what surfing meant to them while serving “in country” and when they returned home. Here’s a story from my American Homefront Project colleague Steve Walsh.

There’s also a video which includes clips from “China Beach” in Vietnam and surfing in the 1960s. Check it out:

 

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