A Tribute to Jack O'Neill

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It was a simple, yet important, mission. Some 60-years-ago, Jack O'Neill set out with an aim to find a way to keep surfers in the water for longer.

The result was the inception of the modern neoprene wetsuit, with Jack driving the invention’s creation and eventual commercialisation in the face of nay-sayers who doubted he could eke out a living catering for the niche cold water audience. And look at us now.

Jack died on June 2, 2017, at the age of 94-years-old. Yet, the legacy he leaves behind is an important part of surfing's history. On Sunday, thousands of people all over the globe paddled out to honour his memory and O'Neill dropped this 7-minute tribute to Jack, telling his condensed story. Jump on through.