Jack O’Neill was an inspiration. Most famously, the creator of the wetsuit, but also a father, grandfather, and community icon. O’Neill was an embodiment of the Santa Cruz lifestyle. A positive, open minded person with an affinity to the ocean. He inspired thousands to surf, swim, or protect the environment through his positive attitude and O’Neill Sea Odyssey program. Our community will dearly miss him.
O’Neill’s invention of the wetsuit brought a new wave of surfers who were able to stay in the water for longer. The wetsuit was Jack’s way of giving back to the community that he loved. This entrepreneurial attitude is one of Shalom Clothing’s many local influences. At Shalom Clothing, our mission is to inspire our local Santa Cruz community to instill peace and share that message with others and the world.
The O’Neill wetsuit is highly revered today as one of the best wetsuits on the market. For novices and pros alike, it is an essential piece of surf equipment. The O’Neill Wetsuit is a suit for everyone. Thanks for making a difference in the Santa Cruz community, surf culture, and around the world.
Rest In Peace Jack O’Neill