Celebrating The Genius Behind The Wetsuit, Bob Meistrell.

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[caption id="attachment_2975" align="aligncenter" width="638"]submarine (photo source: surfline.com)[/caption] Sunday marked the passing of Bob Meistrell, the innovator behind the wetsuit and thanks to him we're all able to enjoy the water  a whole lot more. The Meistrell twins, Bob and Bill, were the innovators of wetsuits that enabled surfers to stay longer in the water and also feel more comfortable. Steve Pezman, publisher of The Surfer's Journal describes the twins as being "always down-to-earth water guys," who "became iconic personalities in the midst of a beach culture that emerged from California and rippled around the world." Bob and his brother, began by working with Beverly Morgan, their partner in a dive and surf shop in Redondo Beach, to create more comfortable wetsuits made out of neoprene, a durable but flexible synthetic rubber that is still widely used for wet suits today. In 1957, the brothers bought out Morgan and in 1965 named their company Body Glove. Body Glove produced some of the first custom-made wetsuits, like the one for the 7-foot-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They also taught Gary Cooper, Richard Harris and Charlton Heston how to scuba dive for film roles and coached Lloyd Bridges for the television show “Sea Hunt.”  

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