Fits Like a Glove: How Two California Surfers Turned Their Love of the Ocean into an American Success Story

Fits Like a Glove: How Two California Surfers Turned Their Love of the Ocean into an American Success Story

by Square One Publishers




So who do you think was responsible for the Beach Boys’, Jan and Dean’s, Sea Hunt’s, and the beach party movies’ focus on the sunny shores of Southern California? We think you’d be surprised. Beginning in the 1960s, surfing and scuba diving became America’s favorite water sports. Behind the scenes were twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, transplanted Missourians who found themselves at the center of this phenomenon. They had fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean, and they became instrumental in creating the Southern California surfing and diving lifestyle enjoyed by millions around the world.

Fits Like a Glove is a personal and revealing look into the lives, motivations, dreams, and accomplishments of these twin brothers who lived their mantra—“Love what you do, do what you love.” As a result, the company they created, Body Glove International, continues to adhere to its founders’ ideals of being honest, fair, creative, and passionate.

Through personal interviews with legendary surfers and divers, classic photographs, and the Meistrells’ personal stories, the reader gains a vivid picture of the challenges the brothers faced during their lifetimes of adventure, excitement, and innovation. It includes their encounters with the likes of Lloyd Bridges, Gary Cooper, and Raquel Welch. But Fits Like a Glove is more than just their story—it is the history of the sport of surfing and diving as seen by these two remarkable brothers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982694060
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Frank Gromling is an entrepreneur, a conservationist, and the author of Frank’s Whales and Tracks in the Sand. He lives in Flagler Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Foreword vii

Dedication xi

Introduction xiii

1 Born in the USA 1

2 From Farm to South Bay 11

3 Protecting the Beaches 19

4 Korea Calls 23

5 Surf's Up, Divers Down 31

6 The First Commercially Viable Wetsuit 41

7 Dive Instructors 49

8 Lifestyle Becomes Income 59

9 The Real "Surf City" 69

10 Diving and Surfing Meet Hollywood 81

11 The Emerald-Bill and Bob Become Salvors 93

12 Cardboard Boxes to Mini-Subs 101

13 Keep Your Ocean Blue 107

14 Treasure Hunting Becomes a Reality 113

15 Dive Adventures 121

16 Second Generation Takes Neoprene Beyond the Wetsuit 133

17 Surfing Goes Professional 145

18 Pioneers of the Ocean 167

19 New Waves, No Oceans 175

20 Mirror Twins 185

21 Together Again 189

22 Today and Tomorrow 197

About the Author 201

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