Across the globe, surfers paddled out to honor Jack O’Neill

On Sunday, as reported by SURFER, around 6,000 people gathered at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz, California, to honor the life of surf icon Jack O’Neill — the man widely credited with inventing the surfing wetsuit.

Countless surfers took part in his memorial paddle-out, while others simply watched from the shoreline in front of O’Neill’s house.

Across the globe, from England to Australia, they were joined by other surfers who also paddled out in a global show of respect for one of surfing’s true pioneers.

Santa Cruz, California

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Newquay, England

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Anglet, France

Scheveningen, Netherlands

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Manly, Australia

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Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

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