China Beach

This is Pensacola surfer, Larry Martin, manning the surf concession booth on China Beach in Vietnam around 1967. Larry served in the Army and oversaw the beach so the troops could have some R&R during the war. The 1980’s TV series, “China Beach” staring Dana Delaney was inspired by Larry and the crew that hung out there. Larry actually extended his time in Vietnam for an additional six months so he could continue surfing there!

Article attributed to: Tom Hutson

China Beach


  • totally rad history, always wondered what truth there was to such stories.

    tylan billings25 August, 2013
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