Jack O'Neill (businessman)
O'Neill (left) with United States Congressman Sam Farr
|Home town||Santa Cruz, California|
Jack O'Neill is an American businessman, often credited with the invention of the wetsuit. 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. This led to the establishment of a company that deals in wetsuits, surf gear, and clothing. Jack O'Neill's name is attached to surfwear and his brand of surfing equipment.
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.
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