Kiwis, Aussies, Canadians and Americans all enjoyed a little R&R at the China Beach Surf Club


SURFING DURING THE VIETNAM WAR EXHIBITION
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The California Surf Museum's newest exhibit "China Beach: Surfing during the Vietnam War and the Healing Power of Wave-riding," will open on Monday, May 29, 2017 and run through early 2018.

This ground-breaking display reflects a unique and little-known chapter of the war's odyssey – that of men who were able to shed their weapons for a few days, relax on the beach, catch a few waves, and experience a much-needed sense of peace and sanity.

Two years in the making, the exhibit features dramatic photographs, memorabilia, and stories shared by over 60 veterans, and highlights a number of surfing experiences during the conflict in Vietnam, most notably at R&R locations such as China Beach, Vung Tau, and Cam Ranh Bay. A near-full-size replica of the lifeguard station and China Beach Surf Club provides a visually stunning backdrop.

These individuals returned home from their tour of duty to a deeply divided America and many found great comfort in escaping to their favorite surf haunts. By all accounts, surfing helped heal numerous types of wounds.

The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, and is open 7 days a week, 10-4.

 - report by historian Jane Schmauss: jane@surfmuseum.org

FOR ADDITIONAL INFO & A GREAT INSIGHT ON HOW THE EXHIBITION CAME ABOUT GO TO THE WEBSITE  



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