Former Navy stationed on a ship in Hawaii and shore duty in California. Managed to surf all the HI islands, everywhere in Cali from Laguna south, Baja Mexico, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan while active duty. Had my 6'4" board strapped to the pipes hanging over my bunk. If I were to do it all again, I would have joined the Coast Guard, they have better duty stations and less time at sea. Only down side would be their uniforms look gay.