Celebration Sponsorship


Dream Inn

"With Dream Inn’s storied history which dates back to 1963, and its relationship with the O’Neill family, it’s a natural partnership and we are honored to support this milestone achievement."

We’re pleased to announce that Dream Inn Santa Cruz is the Title Sponsor of our 100,000th Student Celebration. In honor of this, we’ve asked them to share their thoughts about their unique connection to O'Neill Sea Odyssey and our community. Here’s what they had to say…

Since 1963, Dream Inn has been a beloved local landmark in Santa Cruz. The iconic retro chic beachfront property personifies the true Central California Coast experience. Our mission is to provide an authentic experience that combines the relaxed atmosphere of a beach town with a family-friendly and vibrant destination allowing guests to discover a Santa Cruz all their own.


Dream Inn is located directly on Cowell Beach where the first O’Neill Surf Shop once lived. After a full renovation, the hotel recently reopened with whimsical retro-surfer décor, which nods to the inn's origins and Santa Cruz's history as a surfing mecca. Today it’s the home of the Jack O’Neill Lounge, where imagery, a mural, and dedication to the legendary Jack O’Neill now live. With the passing of Jack last June, Dream Inn and the O’Neill family are proud to showcase the history of Jack and the man that brought so much to Santa Cruz culture.


We strive to offer our guests an unforgettable experience while taking care of our environment at the same time. Dream Inn operates on a sustainable level with limited plastics, locally sourced organic food, energy saving equipment, recycling, and reusable products. Dream Inn hosted the 4th annual Global Wave Conference, that reached over 80% compliance under STOKE Certified guidelines.


As a member of this community, Dream Inn helps on many levels. Our favorite is every 3rd Sunday of the month Dream Inn associates partner with Save our Shores to clean up Cowell Beach. Since last September we have picked up over 350 pounds of trash with more then 400 volunteers. Come join us in June on the 4th Sunday as part of the 100,000th Student Celebration, from 11:30AM - 1:30PM.

Surf. Sun. Sleep. Repeat – and keep Dreamin’


Thank you, Dream Inn!

From the bottom of our oceans, we are grateful for your support.


The 100,000th Student Celebration will take place on June 24, from 1:00-4:00PM, at Cowell Beach and will kick off with a dedication of Jack O'Neill Way, next to the Cowell Beach/Dream Inn mural. The dedication will honor the recent passing of Jack O'Neill and will also commemorate Jack's first surf shop established at the site in 1959. The event itself will take place on the beach and adjacent parking lot and will include a beach cleanup, sand sculpture, stilt dancers, food trucks, ice cream, marine debris art, face painting, "photo booth" and a raffle. The celebration is a family friendly, free event.

Adam Steckley