In 1952 Jack O'Neill invented the world's first wetsuit and O'Neill was born! By the end of the twentieth century, surfers were riding waves in some of the most remote cold-water corners of the world – places like Scotland, Tasmania and Canada – in the dead of winter. Jack O‘Neill made that possible with the invention of the wetsuit, which started as a bathing suit stuffed with foam sheets and morphed into the hightech, super-stretch neoprene suits of today. In 1952 Jack O'Neill opened his first surf shop in San Francisco and O'Neill soon became the ultimate surf brand.
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