O’Neill started as one man with a dream to extend his surfing experiences in California’s less-than-warm water. Jack O’Neill created a legacy that began with inventing the first wetsuit - a phenomenon that would change the watersporting industry forever. When he opened his surf shop in 1952, there was a tremendous amount of sales on his neoprene wetsuits and that was when he realized that wetsuits were the future of water sports. The O’Neill legacy did not just start and finish with wetsuits; it began to transform into accessories that were able to be used for a number of riders for a variety of sports.
O’Neill’s latest technological advance is introduced through their Technobutter Neoprene for their wetsuits. This O’Neill exclusive neoprene boasts a 20 percent lighter formula, 30 percent less water absorption, and is the quickest-drying material in the industry. From kiteboarding to surfing to stand up paddling, O’Neill has become a staple in the water sport industry and will continue to innovate and redefine wetsuits.