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Jack O'Neill (businessman)

Jack O'Neill
O'Neill (left) with United States Congressman Sam Farr
Born (1923-03-27)March 27, 1923[1]
Denver, Colorado
Home town Santa Cruz, California
Children 7

Jack O'Neill is an American businessman, often credited with the invention of the wetsuit.[2] In 1952 he founded the O'Neill brand while opening one of California's first surf shops in a garage on the Great Highway in San Francisco, close to his favorite bodysurfing break at the time.[2] This led to the establishment of a company that deals in wetsuits, surf gear, and clothing.[3] Jack O'Neill's name is attached to surfwear and his brand of surfing equipment.[4]

In December 1996 he also began a non profit organization called O'Neill Sea Odyssey which provides students with hands-on lessons in marine biology and that teaches the relationship between the oceans and the environment.[5]

O'Neill resides on a beachfront property in Santa Cruz, California, where he has lived since 1959.[6]


  1. ^ Floater. "Surf legend Jack O’Neill hits 89". Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Drew Kampion and Ben Marcus (December 2009). "Jack O'Neill". Surfing Encyclopedia. Surfline/Wavetrak, Inc. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Willis, Clint (2003). Big Wave: Stories of Riding the World's Wildest Water. Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 281.  
  4. ^ Guisado, Raul; Jeff Klaas (2005). Surfing California: A Complete Guide to the Best Breaks on the California Coast. Globe Pequot. p. 125.  
  5. ^ "Senator Boxer Gives "Conservation Champion" Award to O'Neill Sea Odyssey" (Press release).  
  6. ^ Klinger, Max (May 27, 2012). "Jack O'Neill, 89, a surfing legend who endures". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 

Further reading

  • Kampion, Drew. Jack O'Neill: It's Always Summer On the Inside. Chronicle Books.  
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