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Body Glove History:
When you think Body Glove, you immediately think Missouri, right? Although the South Bay region of Los Angeles is actually considered the home of Body Glove, the long story of the company actually traces back to a farm near Booneville, Missouri-a long way from their eventual home along the Pacific.

It was there that founders Bob and Bill Meistrell taught themselves to swim and by age twelve had used their imaginations to rig a makeshift diving bell out of a tin can an descend into the depth of the farm pond. This love for the water eventually lured the brothers to Manhattan Beach as teenagers in the 40s.

Bob and Bill instantly took to the ocean, joining other pioneers of California surfing including the legendary Dale Velsy and Greg Noll to form the Manhattan Beach Surf Club. Cementing their credentials as true watermen, Bob and Bill became L.A County Lifeguards, then scuba divers, then vital participants in the First Los Angeles County underwater Instructors Course (IUICC) joining the first group in the world to become certified scuba instructors.

Together, they borrowed 1800 dollars and bought out Hap Jacobs to become partners with Bev Morgan in 1953 and develop Dive N Surf into southern Californias premiere retail store dedicated to surfing and diving, while continuing to surf every day, lifeguard and operate a commercial diving business. They eventually went on to expand the business to offer full lines of surfing and diving equipment, classes and apparel at multiple locations and thereby create a southern California retail institution.

Like modern-day Einsteins for the ocean, the twins used their creativity and found a new insulating material called Neoprene and invented the first practical wetsuit, opening the cold California waters to year round enjoyment for surfers and divers, including early gains of surfing like Greg Noll, Mickey Munoz and many more. The suit fit like a glove and Body Glove was born. The Meistrells hired a marketing consultant, Duke Boy. Duke asked about the characteristics of the suites and Billy said, They fit like a glove. And so body Glove was born.

Since then, Body Glove has provided products and sponsorships for top surfers. In the early pioneers like Greg Noll, Mickey Munoz, Jeff Hakman, David Nuuhiwa and Hobie Alter all wore Body Glove suits. The next group included Gerry Lopez and Larry Bertelman, followed by riders like U.S Champ Mike Lambresi, Joey Buran, Shane Dorian, Rob Machado, and Pat OConnell in the 90s. The current Body Glove surf team features 2001 Word Champ C.J Hobgood, Bruce Irons, Conan Hayes, Gavin Beschen and top amateurs and regional pros around the globe-a tribute to a legendary heritage that began all the way in Missouri.
(Taken from www.bodyglove.com)

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