The Viet Cong army is preventing Colonel Kilgore and his men from surfing properly, as they are launching bombs at them in the water. Therefore, the Colonel issues an order to bomb the treeline with Naplam. However, Colonel Kilgore regrets issuing the order to drop Napalm along the treeline, as the smoke from the fallout creates almost un-surfable waves. He apologizes, and explains that it wasn't his fault because "the waves are getting blown-out by the Napalm, it was the bombs causing the vortex with the wind". He entreats his company to wait a mere twenty minutes, and sets a good example for his subordinates by claiming "I'm not afraid to surf this place. I'll surf this fuckin' place!" Notice his compassion when he separates an infant from its mother.