Over the past 5+ years, Trevor never thought he would succumb to reenlisting for another 3 years. But when there’s an option to stay in Hawaii, get a few college classes out of the way, and save the G.I. Bill for medical school, why not?
We woke up Saturday morning (on the 237th Navy birthday!) at 5:00 am, packed the truck, and made our way down south. When we arrived we met Trevor’s boss, LT. Patel, the reenlisting officer (his doc). They signed his discharge paperwork, and for a few minutes, Trevor was free.
Trevor’s doc, LT. Patel, his enlisted leader, HM1 Santos “Joe”, one of his junior sailors, HM3 Moreno, T, and I paddled out past the break at Tonggs.
We took a few photos while we waited for the others to catch up.
Finally making it out, we set up for the ceremony in front of Diamond Head Crater.
Reminding Trevor he was not currently in the Navy.
Trevor repeating after LT. Patel the Enlistment Oath.
He’s BACK IN the Navy! 3 more years!
Time to surf!
After nearly drowning from the weight of his dress whites, Trevor went in to change and then paddled right back out.
I got up too early and didn’t make it onto the wave with T.
After catching the first wave of the set, I paddled back out towards Trevor. The next few waves were quite large and I thought I would be able to make it over before it broke. But I was mistaken. The wave crashed just as I was nearing the top and it sucked me back. This was Trevor’s helpless reaction to me going over the falls:
I will always love this moment.