Nigel Cabourn SS22 - China Beach Surf Club

Nigel Cabourn SS22 - China Beach Surf Club

Nigel Cabourn SS22 - China Beach Surf Club

Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2022
Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2022

Introducing Pre/Spring '22 Nigel Cabourn explores the story behind the iconic “China Beach Surf Club”.

Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2022

My Khe Beach, Da Nang played host to thousands of US troops throughout the Vietnam War. What started as a small lifeguard outpost quickly grew into a major cultural and therapeutic outlet for young G.I’s.

Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2022
Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2022

In 1967, Larry Martin, a 22 year old Navy seaman from Florida arrived at the Da Nang waterfront for 4 days of recuperative rest. Befriending the lifeguards, Martin was able to gain access to one of the 6 “rescue” boards for his own personal use. Realising the potential benefits, Martin obtained permission from superior officers to organise a surf therapy refuge for soldiers returning from the front line. “China Beach Club” as it went on to be known offered a place for rest and distraction, allowing service men and women a brief disconnect from the conflict in land.

Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2022

Its huge popularity amongst troops resulted in China Beach Club becoming an unofficial U.S Military Association, running from 1968 to the end of the Vietnam War.

This collection aims to capture and combine the relaxed beach vibes of Da Nang with the military undertones of the frontline.

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