When Jack O’Neill in 1952 after San Francisco pulled and went into his lunch breaks surfing he discovered how cold the water can be there because of wet suits in its current form had not yet thought of. At the time the surfers of the region have experimented with wool sweaters and the like to keep themselves warm. Jack, however, used his knowledge of the Army (he served in the Army Air Corps) and first used flexible plastic foam, and later, neoprene foam (from a DC-3 passenger plane) to produce it’s own board shorts for surfing. He noted that kept him warm, and the neoprene swimwear approved a one surf shop to open. That same year, Jack opened his first surf shop in a garage. At first he sold only surfboards, wax, and the West, which he himself produced from neoprene. When he had sold the first west, he decided to get into the wetsuit business. Jack began designing its own boards and let them produce and sell ever more wet suits. The enthusiasm for surfing was getting bigger and so more and more surfers came in hisShop. Jack’s revolutionary invention, the surfers could also remain longer in cold water. This meant that surfing was now in Northern California throughout the year. Meanwhile, the Neopreneanzge by divers, skiers and wind surfers were used. Jack’s business was booming and he moved into a big business in the 41st Avenue. Meanwhile, all his six children worked in Jack’s family business. His son Tim began as recordable great competitions around the world to organize. 1980 O’Neill was market leader in Wetsuits and one of the leaders companies in beach lifestyle sportswear in the U.S., Japan and Europe. Jack’s son Pat O’Neill of O’Neill’s CEO in 1985. Jack took care of later amplified by other projects such as the protection of the white shark and the O’Neill Sea Odyssey program. Today, O’Neill is equipping water and winter sports enthusiasts with a wide variety of products. The product range includes board shorts, jackets, women’s and men’s clothing, winter hats and more. The team includes surfers,Windsurfers, Wakeskate, snowboarders and skiers like Scott Byerly, Aaron Reed, George Daniels, Nick Taylor, Timmy Reyes, John John Florence, Ivan Florence, Cory Lopez, Jeremy Jones, Greg Tuffelmire and Stefan Gimpl.