The Hawaii Military Surfing Organization was originally founded sometime between 19 by a small group of military surfers stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
The annual HMSO competition was promoted worldwide and became the “Annual International Military Surfing Championships” whereas troops would obtain Permissive Travel Status to compete.
Soon there were members from Australia, Japan, England and South Africa competing in the annual competition and members from all over the United States converging in Hawaii to show their mettle!
Another thing that HMSO did was via an agreement with Town & Country Surfboards (Glassworks Hawaii) – the club began repairing surfboards and provided those boards to underprivileged local children.
HMSO also started sponsoring an annual surf trip to the outer islands with members getting a taste of surf up and down the island chain.
In the early 1990’s the club was renamed “The Hawaii Military Surfing Ohana” (HMSO) and there was an increased level of activity and membership along with an occasional club competition as well as occasional surf trips to outer islands.
In 1995, Mike White took over the leadership role in HMSO.In the mid 1980’s the club saw a slight resurgence in activity with the onset of competitions at beach breaks on Oahu.Aside from these club competitions, other club functions were virtually non-existent.Officially, the club was organized in 1969, as that is the year the first real documentation exists.This grassroots effort was not a rebellion by troops, but merely a way for service members returning from the Vietnam Conflict to band together as surfers.All these efforts gave the club an official lifeline and it was renamed and “The Hawaii Military Surfing Organization…established in 1969″.