In November the annual Cold Water Classic surf contest was happening in Santa Cruz, CA. Along with it came the final show for an around the globe traveling art show that O'neill put together to celebrate 60 years
since Jack started the wetsuit company. I was lucky enough to get this painting accepted into the show and I got down to SC for the event to celebrate Jack. The evening was a ton of fun, with lots of pro surfers among the crowd, partying on what was a down day for the contest due to small waves.
I was so happy that Jack's daughter ended up purchasing the painting as a gift for her dad. She was kind enough to ask me bring it to his amazing house perched on Pleasure Point. Jack, now about 90 years young, was sharp as a tack and so kind, chatting about surf spots, art, and the old days in San Francisco. Normally I would not talk about someone who purchased a painting, but I had to make an exception in this case. What an amazing man, and for those who do not know, this guy INVENTED THE WETSUIT! Wow.