Exploring the Wonders of Monterey Bay-Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowment

Exploring the Wonders of Monterey Bay-Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowment

A new endowed fund will support O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), which was founded in 1996 by Jack O’Neill, surfing giant, wetsuit pioneer and philanthropist. O’Neill, who was a staple on the Santa Cruz surf scene, passed away in June 2017.

However, his legacy of love for the ocean lives on through OSO, which turns the Monterey Bay into an interactive, ocean-going classroom.

The Monterey Bay – Ultimate Outdoor Classroom

In 2018 1,300 Monterey County fourth-sixth grade students will get a chance to explore hands-on science, navigation, ocean and watershed stewardship aboard a catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay.

Most students have never been on the ocean,”  – Dan Haifley, O’Neill Sea Odyssey Executive Director.

Jack ONeill and Henry Hinds“Harry Hind and I were old-time surfers from San Francisco,” said Jack O’Neill. “I had the idea to open a surf shop at the Santa Cruz Harbor, and asked Harry if he could back me on the deal. He said he would. Our surf shack became an 8,500-square-foot building (which) Harry and I donated to the Sea Odyssey. Harry and I had a lifelong interest in the ocean, and his generosity has helped to make this program possible.”

A Fund for Environmental Education

The Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowment Fund was established at the Community Foundation for Monterey County in 2017 to benefit OSO. It was made possible by generous donations from Troy and Leslie Daniels, of San Francisco. Leslie is the daughter of Harry Hind, a doctor, inventor, and surfer, whom Jack described as his best friend.

The fund is a permanent philanthropic resource which will help support O’Neill Sea Odyssey in perpetuity, in memory of the friends who created it.

To learn more about endowed funds and other ways to give visit www.cfmco.org/waystogive.