Jack O'Neill Ocean Farewell for Surfing Legend Jack O'Neill By Erika Mahoney • Jul 7, 2017 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 1:39 Surfers in Santa Cruz and around the world will honor the life of Jack O’Neill with a paddle out this Sunday, July 9th. The surfing legend and wetsuit pioneer died last month. He was 94. Paddle Out Will Honor Life and Legacy of Jack O'Neill By Calvin Men • Jun 6, 2017 Calvin Men Listen Listening... / 3:34 As a paddle out is being planned for July 9th to honor the life of surfing legend Jack O’Neill, mourners continue to leave flowers at his Santa Cruz home. That’s where he died last Friday surrounded by family. He was 94-years-old.