PI­O­NEER­ING / LEG­END

New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

In surf­ing cir­cles le­gends don’t come much big­ger than Jack O’Neill! The man solely re­spon­si­ble for the warmth we feel in the colder months, and mak­ing cold wa­ter lo­ca­tions pos­si­ble to surf, passed away re­cently aged 94. Jack in­vented the worlds first neo­prene wet­suit in the 1950’s and went on to cre­ate one of the big­gest surf brands on the planet bear­ing his name O’Neill. Jack was also a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment and the legacy he leaves be­hind will never be for­got­ten. May he rest in peace.

O’Neill NZ Man­ager Ja­son Fal­con­ridge had the hon­our of know­ing Jack per­son­ally. Pic­tured here at Jack’s home at Plea­sure Point.

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