HONOLULU — It’s been almost 20 years since Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Farrelly has seen something this beautiful. He looked out at the swells as they rose and broke against the shores of Sandy Beach Park, the waves reaching more than 10 feet in height. The crashing sound of the surf echoed across the beach and drowned out the sound of the spectators who had gathered to watch. He smiled and said aloud, “Today is a good day to surf.”
The surfing that Farrelly, noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of plans, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was talking about is not what comes to mind when someone mentions surfing and Hawaii in the same sentence. Because, when Farrelly goes surfing, he doesn’t need a board.