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 storyit is the history of the sport of surfing and diving as seen by these two remarkable brothers.
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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
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