O'Neill was founded in California in 1952 by surfer Jack O'Neill, and is now regarded as one of the world's leading active lifestyle brands. Originally a single surf shop, selling equipment for local surfers, Jack O'Neill soon began selling the world's first neoprene wetsuits to allow surfers to stay in the water longer, on colder days. Nowadays, over 60% of wetsuits sold worldwide bear the O'Neill name.
O'Neill was founded through a love and passion for surfing and all that it encompassed. Jack O'Neill’s original vision of providing functional and innovative surf products remains at the core of everything O'Neill produces, as do the brand's core values of blending a passion for surf and snow sports with a respect for the environment and protecting it for generations to come.