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June 05, 2017

My Weekend in Santa Cruz - A Tribute to Jack O'Neill

Photo by @cdome82

Santa Cruz and the surfing world has no doubt lost a legend with the passing of wetsuit pioneer, Jack O'Neill. Locals, visitors, and the surfing community as a whole, have been showing their love and respect for Jack, and this Sunday, July 9, a memorial paddle out will take place in his honor. The Jack O'Neill Memorial Paddle Out will be held near Jack's home and favorite beach, Pleasure Point, at 11am. Those who will be participating in the paddle out are encouraged to arrive an hour early and parking will be very limited. We hope to see you there and stand (or paddle) beside you on this day where we celebrate the life and legacy of Jack O'Neill!

Below are just a handful of the beautiful photos, tributes, and sentiments shared for the late, Jack O'Neill. Visit Santa Cruz staff will be attending the Paddle Out and will be sharing photos and videos from the memorial in the coming days. And check out this awesome video, I knew Jack O'Neill, a short film honoring Jack O'Neill's legacy.

"RIP, Jack." - @sarahcurrydesign

"Rest in Peace Jack. May we all be inspired by a life of such adventure, curiosity, creativity, and invention. #legend #jackoneill #rip" - @eastsideind

"Flying the spinnaker proud in front of Jack's house last night #jackoneill" - @oneillseaodyssey | Photo by @jazzper22

"Paying our respects to the Legend. #RIPJack" - @raendsley shared for @visitsantacruz

"Today we've lost a legend. Rest in peace, Jack O'Neill" - @visitsantacruz | Photo by Michael Macor from Santa Cruz Sentinel

"Always a gentleman and always smiling. The "point" will never be the same..." - @mrs.morris_says-byefelicia

"In 1986 I sailed out of Santa Cruz harbor with a friend on my 18' Hobie Cat. We flipped it about one mile out and stayed on the upside down boat for ~30 hours. Besides the Coast Guard that rescued us, what saved our butt was our wetsuits. Thanks to Jack O'Neill. RIP" - Richard Severson

"Jack, you made Santa Cruz what it is. Surf on..." - Joel Esparza

"My Deepest condolences to the O'Neill family! Thanks Jack for the best fitting wetsuits a guy could ever ask for! The Creator Legend idol" - Timothy Leary

"RIP Jack. May you be riding the waves of Heaven" - Robin Berweger

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