'Jack ONeill: Its Always Summer on the Inside' hits shelves Spring 2011
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 October, 2010 : - - In honor of founder Jack ONeill and his numerous contributions to the world of surfing and action sports, ONeill will release a biographical coffee table book, Jack ONeill: Its Always Summer on the Inside. The book will be available in stores Spring 2011, with a percentage of the books sales donated to the ONeill Sea Odyssey, a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental education program.
Coinciding with the announcement, ONeill will host an exclusive press conference at Jack ONeills private home on the coast at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz, California. Jack ONeill, Pat ONeill, and author Drew Kampion will host the conference. Media in attendance of the event will have the opportunity to have a rare personal interview with Jack ONeill.
Jack ONeill: Its Always Summer on the Inside, features 256 pages filled with stories and anecdotes of Jack ONeills legendary adventures over the past 60 years. Each chapter is a compilation of short narratives and impactful historical imagery, recounting Jacks life and times.
From his early years in Southern California and Oregon to San Francisco, where he invented the surfing wetsuit, to Santa Cruz, where he built an international business by effectively defying the seasons, the story is told in Jacks own words as well as dozens of contributors. Jack ONeill: Its Always Summer on the Inside is an oral biography documenting the ONeill story: the man, the family, the team, the wetsuit, the brand, and the surfing lifestyle.
A renowned entrepreneur, adventurer, and innovator, Jack ONeill has always defied barriers and obstacles to exploring new frontiers, from pioneering the wetsuit because he just wanted to surf longer to opening the doors of the worlds first Surf Shop in 1952 to fostering a revolutionary Team consciousness in surfing in the 1970s and 80s. Through it all, Jacks relentless push for innovation and excellence emerged in a definitive range of products that allowed athletes and consumers around the world to push their personal limits.
My motivation has always been fueled by the waves and the ocean, said Jack ONeill. In fact, Ive been working for most of my life to find ways that we can all better appreciate and enjoy this fantastic planet. To have a book telling the story of my life and my journey is a true honor, he added, but, more importantly, I hope my story will inspire others to look past their limitations and to think toward the future with greater respect for Mother Nature.
Author Drew Kampion is a close friend of the ONeill family and author of several books on surfers and waves, including The Book of Waves and Stoked! A History of Surf Culture. A former editor of Surfer and Surfing magazines and a past advertising director with ONeill in Santa Cruz, Kampion has had first-hand experience with the expansion and growth of the ONeill brand over the past 40 years.
The story of Jack ONeill is one of the most iconic biographies of the surfing world, and I am privileged to be the one who gets to tell it, said Kampion. Without Jack this would be a very different world and not just for surfers, but for ocean-lovers and adventurers of all stripes. Jacks is a quintessential American story of creative energy and uncompromising passion; it's about a guy who started with virtually nothing and has been flying by the seat of his pants ever since.
As an innovator, inventor, and visionary, Jack ONeill (individually and with his family, team athletes, and signature products) has expanded the range and depth of the human experience. As a man, Jack has demonstrated the fluidity of a Zen master in bringing soul to the marketplace and wit to a world that would have been way more boring without him. This has been an exciting tale to tell!
The contributors to Jack ONeill: Its Always Summer on the Inside include some of the most respected surfers and ocean-oriented icons, including Bruce Brown, Shaun Tomson, Robby Naish, Tom Curren, Phil Edwards, Fred Van Dyke, Mike Doyle, Martin Potter, Ken Skindog Collins, Dane Kealoha, Joey Buran, Jim Philips, Jim Foley, Jack, LaLanne, and Jordy Smith
to name just a few!
The book will be available globally, and can be purchased in local retail stores and online. For more information on ONeill, please visit oneill.com
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