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1953

Dive N' Surf Opens

Dive N' Surf Opens

Dive N Surf opened on 223 Hermosa Ave with a 30 day lease. Waves would break down the windows it was so close to the ocean. It was here and then that they found Rubatex and created the first commercially viable wetsuit using neoprene. Dive N’ Surf is the first and oldest dive and surf shop in the world.

1955

A Commitment to Safety

Commitment to Safety

Bob and Bill Meistrell contributed to the standards of safety for the entire dive industry. Bob Meistrell was the first to be certified as a SCUBA Instructor with the LA County.

1958

Body Glove in Hollywood

Body Glove in Hollywood

Bob Meistrell worked with Lloyd Bridges on Sea Hunt and Gary Cooper (pictured here) on "Wreck of the Mary Deare".

1959

Riding a Basking Shark

Riding a Basking Shark

Depending on who is telling the story, this is Bob or Bill riding the fin of a 30-foot Basking Shark on their way to Paradise Cove, Malibu.

1953

First Custom Wetsuit & Size Chart

Custom Wetsuit Sizechart

Made the first commercial custom wetsuit and first wetsuit sizing chart, now used universally by every wetsuit company

1957

Custom Wetsuits

Custom Wetsuits

First to customize wetsuits for the Navy and military, as well as the LA Police Department, LA Lifeguards, Medical, Dental, and Electronic industries. First to make custom wetsuits for Yamaha and Kawasaki.

1958

Original Dive N' Surf Partners

Dale Velzy, Hap Jacobs, Bill Meistrell, and Bev Morgan (Bob Meistrell taking photo)

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. Bill Meistrell
    Bill Meistrell
    Founder
  2. Bob Meistrell
    Bob Meistrell
    Founder
  3. Bev Morgan
    Bev Morgan
    Diver
  4. Hap Jacobs
    Hap Jacobs
    Longboarder
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1960's

Wetsuits with Style

Wetsuits with Style

Body Glove is the first to use the Kossick stripe on a wetsuit and tries painting the neoprene to add color

1968

Inflatable Dri-Suits

Inflatable Dri-Suits

Body Glove experiments with inflatable dri-suits.

1963

Raising of the Emerald

Raising of the Emerald

Bob Meistrell, Bill Meistrell, Don Sieverts, Leonard Wibberly, and Harry Pecorelli raise the sunken sailboat “Emerald” from the bottom of Redondo Beach Marine using 140 inner tubes

1960's

Sponsored Dive N’ Surf Athletes

First Sponsorship

Mike Purpus, Robert August, Rich Chew & Rick Irons

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. Mike Purpus
    Mike Purpus
    Surfer
  2. Robert August
    Robert August
    Surfer / Shaper
  3. Greg Noll
    Greg Noll
    Surfer
  4. David Nuuhiwa
    David Nuuhiwa
    Surfer
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1970's

The Evolution of the Wetsuit

Evolution of the Wetsuit

Invented different zips across the back, up the front zipper, up the back zipper, dual shoulder zippers, colored neoprene.

1972

A New Discovery

Chinese Anchors

Bill and Bob discovered Chinese anchors, dating back 4,000 years off of Redondo Beach. Was featured on the T.V. show, “In Search Of...” with Leonard Nimoy.

1970's

Gerry Lopez Joins Team Body Glove

Gerry Lopez

Gerry Lopez became the original Pipeline surfing champion

1970's

Body Glove Sponsors the Bronzed Aussies

Bronzed Aussies

Ian Cairns and PT in the early days when they came over to America representing the Body Glove brand.

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. Gerry Lopez
    Gerry Lopez
    Surfer
  2. Allen Sarlo
    Allen Sarlo
    Surfer
  3. Herbie Fletcher
    Herbie Fletcher
    Surfer
  4. Rick Fignetti
    Rocking Fig
    Surfer
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1980

First California Surf Series

California Surf Series

Body Glove creates the first California Surf Series. This eventually leads to the PSAA

1981

Body Glove Designs First Neoprene Swimsuit

Body Glove Neoprene Swimsuit

1980's

Body Glove in Fashion

Body Glove Fashion

Body Glove was the first surf brand to grace covers of fashion magazines, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and others.

1980

Body Glove Introduces Day Glow to Wetsuits

Body Glove Day Glow

1980's

Katin Pro Am Winners

Katin Pro Am Winners

Body Glove Team Members Scott Daley, PT, Ian Cairns, Jimmy Hogan, Brian McNulty, Joey Buran and Matt Warshaw are all winners.

1980's

Body Glove Patents

Body Glove Patents

Patent the icepack wrap, no zip wetsuit, across the shoulder zip and the slant zip for wetsuit designs and innovations

1988

Catalina Island Conservancy of Divers

Bill and Bob Meistrell Co-Found the Catalina Island Conservancy of Divers

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. Joey Buran
    Joey Buran
    Surfer
  2. Scott Daley
    Scott Daley
    Surfer
  3. Peter Townend
    Peter Townend
    Surfer
  4. Ben Severson
    Ben Severson
    Bodyboarder
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1990

Bill & Bob Awarded

Bill and Bob Awarded

Bill and Bob Meistrell were respectively inducted into the “Pionners of Surfing” and “Hall of Fame of Diving”

1990

Body Glove Dominates JetSki Competition

Body Glove JetSki

From 1993-1997 Body Glove dominated Personal Watercraft industry with the most innovative products and successful team members winning the most championships in both men and womens classes.

1990

Reaching Out Award

Bill and Bob Meistrell were given the Reaching Out Award by DEMA for making a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport for everyone.

1990

Body Glove Technology

Body Glove Technology

Mark Foo wears Body Glove's Titanium Fabric that makes wetsuits warmer.

1990

Body Glove Surfbout Lower Trestles

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater wins the Body Glove Surfbout Lower Trestles for his First Pro Win

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. Pat O'Connel
    Pat O'Connel
    Surfer
  2. Rob Machado
    Rob Machado
    Surfer
  3. Jeff Booth
    Jeff Booth
    Surfer
  4. Richie Collins
    Richie Collins
    Surfer
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2001

Introduce the Vapor Wetsuit

Vapor Wetsuit

Body Glove invents the first water repellent wetsuit

2007

Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame

Vapor Boardshort

Bob and Bill Meistrell are inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame

2000's

Body Glove is recognized in the top 50 SGI brands

2002

Introduce the Vapor Boardshort & Bikini

Vapor Boardshort

Body Glove invents the first water repellent boardshort and bikini

2003

Lifetime Achievement Award from SIMA

SIMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob and Bill Meistrell were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from SIMA

2004

South Bay Surfing Walk of Fame

Bob and Bill Meistrell were inducted into the South Bay Surfing Walk of Fame

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. CJ Hobgood
    CJ Hobgood
    Surfer
  2. Bruce Irons
    Bruce Irons
    Surfer
  3. Holly Beck
    Holly Beck
    Surfer
  4. Rusty Malinoski
    Rusty Malinoski
    Wakeboarder
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2011

Bob Dives Twice His Age

Bob Dives Twice His Age

Bob Meistrell dives twice his age on his 82nd birthday

2011

Harley Clifford Dominates

Harley Clifford

Body Glove wakeboard rider Harley Clifford completely dominated the pro competition circuit in 2012, winning Nationals, Worlds, the 5-Stop Pro Wakeboard Tour Season title and the coveted 8-Stop King Of Wake Series title.

2010's

Body Glove Entertainment

Starting in 2008 with the creation of The Drop Zone Tahiti and The Drop Zone Fiji, Body Glove has made major strides with video entertainment. In the last two years, the video department made its mark on the industry winning back to back TransWorld Imaginarium contests with 8-Bit and The Disappearance.

2010

Body Glove Smoothies

Smoothies

Imagine your world in a spectrum of bright new Smoothies™ swimsuit colors. Check out six fantastical worlds in our newest Smoothies™ campaign.

2011

Body Glove partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau and Body Glove International create a new line of wetsuits, rash guards, and skins that unite the distinctive designs and colors of Jean-Michel Cousteau with the superior quality and global brand recognition of Body Glove. A percentage of the sale of each Jean-Michel Cousteau Body Glove product will go to preserve and protect the oceans through the vital work of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

2012

Bob Dives 300ft

Bob Dives 300ft

Bob Meistrell dives 300ft on his 84th birthday...in his submarine

2011

A World Record

Garrett McNamara surfs biggest wave

Body Glove team member Garrett McNamara breaks the World Record for surfing the biggest wave at 78 feet.

    Athletes of the Decade

  1. Jamie O'Brien
    Jamie O'Brien
    Surfer
  2. Alex Gray
    Alex Gray
    Surfer
  3. Harley Clifford
    Harley Clifford
    Wakeboarder
  4. Bob Soven
    Bob Soven
    Wakeboarder