Jack O’Neill’s Surf Shop in Santa Cruz becomes historical point of interest.
During the event Jack O’Neill is interviewed about the early beginnings of the O’Neill brand. He couldn’t imagine in the beginning what O’Neill would become, and who could?! If I started a small surf shop in Santa Cruz I surely wouldn’t expect it to become a globally recognized surf brand. It’s a pretty amazing story, and one that still needs to have chapters revealed. How did O’Neill make the jump from a surf shop to what it is today? For now we’ll just have to rely on the Wikipedia Article. Check out the video interview of Jack O’Neill below during the event.
The Plaque reads:
O’Neill’s Surf Shop
In 1959 Jack O’Neill came with his family to Santa Cruz and opened his 500 square foot “Surf Shop” at his location just above Cowell Beach. The surf shop was O’Neill’s first retail store in Santa Cruz, offering custom built foam surfboards and “thermal barrier” suits, as wetsuits were known at the time.
O’Neill’s surf shop became a focal point for a tight-knit surf community. The business grew steadily, earning recognition as a pioneer and leader in the world of surfing. In 1996 O’Neill extended his vision by founding the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, an award-winning ocean education program for kids.
On May 31, 2012, the site of Jack O’Neill’s Santa Cruz Surf Shop was designated by the state of California as a point of historical interest. Recognizing the local origins of an innovative global business as well as a place where parents continue to bring children for a day at the beach.
“In the beginning the name of the business was just Surf Shop. We were the first to use the name, and later got it registered. Nobody in the world called themselves Surf Shop before us.”
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Girls Ages 18-24 who live in Oregon, Washington, or Canada are eligible to enter.
WIN A SPOT AT THE LISA ANDERSEN ROXY CHAMP CAMP!
4 TIME WORLD SURFING CHAMPION and ROXY ATHLETE, LISA ANDERSEN, MAKES FIRST TRIP TO CANADA TO COACH THE REGIONS BEST AMATEUR GIRLSURFERS
On Saturday October 20th, four time World Surfing Champion, Roxy athlete, and the most influential female surfer of all-time, Lisa Andersen,will bring the Roxy Champ Camp series to Canada for the first time to coachsome of the best amateur girls in the Pacific Northwest. This intimate and one of a kind experience is reserved for 8 lucky girls, 4 invitees and 4 that will be personally chosen by Lisa from a selection of online video entries.
This is ultimately a 2-day experience hosted by Roxy and the remote surf town of Tofino, BC. On Day 1, invitees and winners will spend the day surfing, with one-on-one coaching from Lisa and a second guest Roxy pro surfer. Technical video analysis, competition strategy surf conditioning and insight from one of the most successful female competitors in history makes this anunmatchable experience for girls and women in surfing. Day 2 will consist of a traditional Canadian cold-weather-beach-barbeque open to the public along with the chance to freesurf with Lisa Andersen.
How to Enter!
If you are a female surfer in Oregon, Washington or Canada (excluding Quebec), between the ages of 14-24, we invite you to upload a recent 30-second, or 3-wave, video to YouTube and email the link to RoxyCanada@Quiksilver.com
Complete Rules and Regulations are available on the Roxy.com Blog, by emailing RoxyCanada@Quiksilver.com or attached to this email.
Submit Your Video Between These Dates!
Friday September 21 – Friday October 05
Monday October 08, 2012
Saturday October 20, 2012
The Champ Camp is an unmatchable experience for girls and women, with surfing legend Lisa Andersen as their mentor, who seek to progress the sport of surfing through training and analysis.