Bob Meistrell, the SoCal wetsuit innovator who started Body Glove, one of the world’s biggest wetsuit companies, died this past Sunday on Catalina Island. He was 84.
In the 1950s, Meistrell, his twin brother, Bill, and their business partner, Beverly Morgan, started manufacturing wetsuits for surfers and divers out of their surf shop in Redondo Beach. The Meistrell brothers went on to call the company Body Glove. A true SoCal success story, the company now does about $200 million in sales every year.
Bob Meistrell died after suffering a heart attack aboard his 27-foot yacht off of Catalina, according to the Los Angeles Times. There are definitely worse ways to go. Happy sailing, Bob.