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Sometime around 1952, Jack O'Neill opened the first Surf Shop in a garage across the Great Highway. He shaped a few balsa surfboards and sold accessories like paraffin wax and a few vests he started gluing together from neoprene. When the vests started selling, Jack decided to go into the wetsuit business. By 1980, Jack O’Neill’s surf shop had developed into a thriving international company, dominating the world’s wetsuit market and one of the leaders in beach lifestyle sportswear in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. In 1985, having run Team O’Neill for years and effectively coordinated the company’s operations in Europe and Japan, Pat assumed the CEO position, freeing Jack to surf, sail, and work at a variety of environmental projects. Besides a strong interest in saving the great white shark from extinction, Jack has also developed the O’Neill Sea Odyssey program-a free, educational cruise aboard the Team O’Neill catamaran that acquaints kids with the microbiology of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, which begins at Jack O’Neill’s doorstep.

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