Determined to make Northern California waters bearable for more than a few minutes at a time, O'Neill experimented with different designs, such as PVC foam-lined trunks and plastic-lined vests.Eventually, a friend working in a lab introduced him to neoprene, leading him to invent the wetsuits cold water athletes use today.He had a strong interest in saving the great white shark from extinction, and also developed the O'Neill Sea Odyssey program, a free, educational cruise aboard his team's catamaran that familiarized kids with the microbiology of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, according to the company's website.'It's a sad day for surfing,' big wave surfer Ken 'Skindog' Collins told KSBW Friday.
'Jack was probably one of the better self promoters that I've ever met. Eventually though, they became a staple for the surfing and cold-water sport community, and over time, O'Neill evolved into one of the largest surf companies in the world.In 1959, when Santa Cruz wasn't a huge surfing town, O'Neil moved there and set up his second shop to sell wetsuits at Cowell beach.'I remember one guy got a jumper from the goodwill and sprayed it with Thompson's water seal, and he set out there in an oil slick,' he said in a 1999 interview with KSBW.That's not to say vegetarian dishes are everywhere, but they're much easier to find now.I am slowly putting the finishing touches on my menu reader, one which is more specific to Seville, but will also help you when dining out in many parts of Spain.