Tuesday, December 16, 2008

down for life...

...I've been sporting O'neill wetsuits since 1988. How's that for 20 years of loyalty? So if anyone from O'neill wants to flow me or even better HIRE ME, now's the time. I'll also look at matching offers from competing wetsuit companies, only to mock them of course.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey man,

I like this blog, I do. I'm just trying to get my head around the no popouts knee-jerk reaction. O'Neill wetsuits are awesome. I own two. They are, however, produced overseas. They are "Designed in Santa Cruz" but manufactured elsewhere where labor is cheap.

The money that O'Neill makes from selling $300 suits that cost a fraction of that to produce allows them to sponsor athletes. These athletes populate the WCT. The athletes, in turn, promote surfing and that lifestyle, which inspires people to get into surfing.

These new consumers buy surfboards, wetsuits and wax.

The sponsorship, advertising and consumerism are all facilitated in a BIG way by cheap, overseas production.

Why hate on pop outs but not O'Neill, Rip Curl and Billabong?

Anonymous said...

From Transworld:

"Indeed, O’Neill does control the manufacturing process from beginning to end. It owns its own wetsuit factory in San Francisco and has been in the same location since 1991.

Located on the southeast side of the city, approximately 100 people work in the nondescript building producing approximately 35 percent of the company’s total wetsuit output. Another 35 percent comes from a factory in Ensenada, Mexico (where more than 200 people work), and the remainder comes from facilities in Taiwan and Hong Kong."

That's "approximately" 35% local, and 35% Mexico and 30% SE Asia.

Anonymous said...

How can you hate on the company that created the wetsuit - really.....

anon. is an idiot said...

Pop outs halt the evolution of surfboard design by offering only an extremely limited number of dimensions. The reason for this is the expense of creating molds, molds that don't change. Since the molds don't change neither do the boards. Pop outs are bad because they eliminate any surfboard customization or progression, not because they are from overseas.

Anonymous said...

Maybe anon. is just misinformed.

Old Kook said...

I don't know, the suit on the left is pretty swank.

Anonymous said...

but charleston wouldn't be here without trade.is all trade bad ,dear leader?

grumpy local said...

Pop outs do not halt the evolution of surfboard design by offering only an extremely limited number of dimensions. You're giving the concept waaaaaaaay too much credit here. Every surf town in America still has it's backyard shapers plus a few core shapers that will not quit just because some 12 year old's mom buys them a pop out....come on.

On the other note, Ian, I have tight connections to the Santa Cruz contingency at O'Neill...they would ask "how high" if I called them and told them to jump. Too bad you never hooked me up with that mint green Lost fish that is still, 4 YEARS LATER, still, on the rack!

Wish I could help ya.

GL

Anonymous said...

I thoght drew at one time was rocking koosilver wetsuits?

Anonymous said...

This was posted by Ian, not Drew. Ian wouldn't be caught dead in Quiksilver.

Drew said...

For half off you would be rocking kooksilver suits too.

Old Kook said...

Come on Drew....you don't rock the Quiksilver because it's 1/2 off. You rock it because the way it lifts and seperates your buttocks. Be honest now.

Jimmy "The Union's gotten greedy" Slade said...

Grr sucks goat penis.

O'Neill wetsuits fall apart if you pee in them.

Popouts are fine but customs are better.

Taking a factory out of the US because you cant afford to pay a Union sponsored worker $75 bucks an hour is business common sense. Get rid of the Union's and you just might get back the fairly paid American industrial workforce. Until then, expect business as usual...from overseas.

Jimmy Slade said...

Sorry...I know the Unions have done some good things aka minimum wage requirements, shortened workdays and weeks, child labor laws, etc.

Just wanted to vent a little the other night.

Love you

Anonymous said...

This is the main reason I buy Aleeda Wetsuits. They make them start to finish right here in the good ole' US of A. They don't fall for any of the lame gimicks or hyped up ridiculous names for the same superstretch neoprene that every company buys. they have the best warranty in the business and I have had few repairs. they also custom fit if you want to fork over 50 bucks. Maybe just Maybe this is why they have survived with the big boy companies and yet still manufacture in the US for 30YEARS! Try Aleeda