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Jack O’Neill was born in 1923 in Los Angeles and lived a casual childhood until 1934 when he found his passion for surfing.

He put his passion into practice when in 1952 he opened the very first surf shop in San Francisco and invented the very first wetsuit a year later, which was the starting point of O’Neill’s journey to becoming a world-renowned brand.

O’Neill once said, “I just wanted to surf a while longer”, which is a statement that changed the world of water sports for ever as 60 years on, it is still an inspiration for water sport lovers.