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Pat O'Connell

World Tour Surfer, Pres. of Florence Marine X
Pat O'Connell is a professional surfer, beginning his surfing journey when he moved to Newport Beach & Dana Point in the 80s & was a member of the Dana Hills High surf team. In 1990, he represented the US in the World Amateur Championships in Japan, winning the 1st event & finishing 9th in the Open Division. He gained celebrity status when he took a lead role in Bruce Brown's remake of The Endless Summer. He peaked in 1998 at 11th on the WCT & 10th in the Surfer Poll. The same year he & fellow Orange County businessmen launched The Realm, a clothing venture. After many seasons on the ASP World Tour, he retired & took a marketing job for Hurley International. He's been a regular on the "Drive Thru" series since 2005 & was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in 2009.
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