Jack O’Neill, surfer, ocean lover, boating enthusiast, wetsuit pioneer, balloonist, and founder of the iconic worldwide surf company O’Neill, recently passed away in Santa Cruz, California, of natural causes at the age of 94. The family of Jack O’Neill and the O’Neill brand would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all who have reached out with thoughts, prayers, sympathy, remembrances, stories and pictures since the passing of legendary waterman Jack O’Neill on Friday 2nd June 2017.
GLOBAL PADDLE OUT
Jack’s legacy was celebrated on a global scale on July 9th with a touching worldwide ceremony. Across 5 continents and more than 10 countries, O’Neill held a series of symbolic memorial paddle outs in all corners of the world. From Santa Cruz to Sydney, surfers paid tribute to the life & adventures of Jack O’Neill with a giant ‘circle of love’. Thank you all for your global support, heartfelt messages & memorial contributions. Enjoy the gallery highlights from our locations in Santa Cruz (USA), Scheveningen (Holland), Knokke-Heist (Belgium), Anglet (France), Newquay (UK), JBay (South Africa), Sydney (Australia), Shonan (Japan) and Tofino (Canada).
O’NEILL SEA ODYSSEY
"There’s no doubt in my mind that the O’Neill Sea Odyssey is the best thing I’ve ever done". In 1996, Jack established the O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), a marine and environmental education program. Now in its 21st year, O'Neill Sea Odyssey has served over 94,000 Ocean Stewards and will welcome its 100,000th student in June 2018. Aboard the Team O’Neill catamaran, young minds have explored the newly designated Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and gained a deep understanding for ocean life. Thanks for inspiring a new generation, and for empowering underprivileged children to connect with the ocean. Please help donate to the 100,000 student campaign.
If you live and love the ocean then you are sure to know Jack O’Neill. From the wetsuit that let us live the dream of first in and last out to the first ‘surf shop’ that gave us a spiritual home for our wave riding community, Jack’s mission was always to let us have fun and surf longer. O’Neill’s film, I Knew Jack O’Neill, pays homage to Jack the pioneer, Jack the maverick and above all Jack the surfer. See you out back Jack and thanks for being you.
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