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Surfing brings healing during the Vietnam War at Texas Surf Museum’s new exhibit


“China Beach: Surfing During the Vietnam War and the Healing Power of Wave-riding,”  opened this weekend at the Texas Surf Museum.

The Texas Surf Museum and USO South Texas have teamed up to bring you the brand new exhibit. The exhibit tells the story of “China Beach”, and how it helped US military personnel during the times of distress during the war. It also highlights the healing power of surfing among members of the US Armed Forces.

Posted by Texas Surf Museum on Friday, June 7, 2019


A press release from the museum states, “The exhibit depicts the unique surfing experience of the era – what it means to those veterans, and how they were able to use surfing as a healing mechanism both during the war and after they returned.”

Besides a museum in California, the Texas Surf Museum is the only other museum to display this exhibit.

The exhibit had its grand opening yesterday.

The Texas Surf Museum hopes that the exhibit will attract actual Vietnam veterans who surfed at China Beach before and after the Vietnam War. If you or anyone you know fits this description, contact the Texas Surf Museum at (361) 888-7873.


Ryan Garza

Ryan Garza

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