Last month, Amy Morison, the editor of Live Hoi An magazine, sent me an article from a freelancer named Clint Lambert on the resurgence of surfing in Vietnam on the stretch of the Central Coast in Danang nicknamed China Beach by American G.I.s during the war. The article, which we picked up, mostly focused on the efforts of Aussie expat Dave Spencer and the newly formed Danang Surf Club to jump start the surf scene, but also touched on the Vietnam Veterans Longboard Society (VVLS), a group of surfers and veterans that formed after the release of Between the Lines, a documentary that follows the lives of two surfers: one who went to war and another who dodged the draft and took refuge on the beaches of Hawaii.
We got some great wartime surf photos from the filmmakers, and Gordon Smith from the VVLS helped us flesh out the story, but unfortunately, neither the photos nor the additional material we developed with Gordon’s help made it past the censor. A shame, because it’s a fascinating story and the photos were fantastic.
Below is a trailer for Between the Lines, in which some of the photos we hoped to run can be seen. Enjoy.