Sixty years ago, a man named Jack O’Neill loved the sea and surfing in Northern California, and he wished there was a way he could stay in the frigid waters for long periods of time without freezing to death. That’s when he invented the wetsuit and opened a surf shop–the legacy of which is his multimillion dollar empire, O’Neill Inc.
To commemorate the brand’s 60-year anniversary, O’Neill and the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit that is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, have come out with a limited-edition T-shirt.
The T-shirt portrays Jack O’Neill with a surfboard in hand, on the deck of his Pleasure Point, California, home and with a handwritten quote by Jack that reads: “If the ocean goes…we go too.”
A portion of the shirt’s proceeds will go toward Surfrider’s Coastal Protection Program, and Surfrider is even throwing in a free membership with the purchase.
Jack O’Neill narrates his story and his devotion to the surf in video below. To purchase a shirt, click here.