60 Year Anniversary
Body Glove History
In 1953 twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, from Booneville Missouri, introduced the first commercially viable rubber surf suit. It was a very good year. 60 years later, there are 3 generations of Meistrells diving, surfing and continuing our founders legacy of innovation, value and service. Body Glove owes our success to our global licensing partners who by combining their expertise with our heritage and authenticity, create unstoppable synergy and the best and broadest range available.
In 1953, twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell co-founded Body Glove when they designed the first practical wetsuit. 60 years later Body Glove is one of very few family owned surf/dive brands in the world. Bob and Bill needed to find a way to combat California’s coldwater. They tried everything from wartime electrically heated flyers’ suits to wool sweaters that lasted only as long as they were dry. Finally in 1953, they discovered an insulating material used in the back of refrigerators, Neoprene.
It is this history of innovation and love of the ocean that challenges Body Glove to make products fitting every waterman’s needs. Body Glove is proud to be one of the last family owned dive / surf businesses and pledges to continually build products that enhance and protect us both above and below the waters surface.