Born in Chicago in 1971, Pat O’Connell spent the first 12 years of his life landlocked. It wasn’t until the early 80’s when Pat’s family moved to Newport Beach (then Dana Point) that Pat would develop his one-of-a-kind, surf-stoked enthusiasm. After successfully negotiating the NSSA, PSAA and Bud Surf Tours, Pat’s competitive career took a slight detour when he took a co-lead role in Endless Summer II, Bruce Brown’s remake of the classic surf film. Pat gained celebrity status across the globe, but would return to professional surfing’s World Championship Tour for several years. In 1997, Pat launched The Realm, a start-up clothing venture with Mike Parsons. After retiring from competition on “his own terms”, Pat joined Hurley International’s marketing department.
By admin | Published: July 20, 2009
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