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fits on the body, like a glove. It's a Body Glove. Body Glove
was the creation of twin brothers Bob and Bill Meistrell, both dive and surf fanatics. California transplants from Missouri,
the two siblings were born for the water. In 1953, before surfing got popularized by beach movies like Gidget, the brothers
were partners in a dive shop called Dive N Surf. But the waters of northern California could be cruel, cold and icy. As avid
cold water sportsmen, the boys sought to create an insulating suit that could protect both divers and surfers from the freezing
waters. A refrigerator insulator, neoprene, was determined to be a
suitable material, and the boys were in business. Their Thermocline suits went into production, but Thermocline wasnt a catchy
name. The laid back lifestyles of the dive/surf scene wanted flair and fashion, not science. So after a reconsideration, the
name gave way to the obvious: their new wetsuit fit like a glove on the body, and so it became known as Body Glove. When the 60s surfing scene hit from shore to shore, Body Glove rode the wave in
on the backs of surfers. The wetsuit became a necessary accessory to the surfer, and Body Glove was it. Their logo, a bright
yellow circle with a stylized linear drawing of a hand, said it all: bold, bright and bitchin. In the 90s, Body Glove expanded into neoprene bikinis for the girls, in sexy neon colors and with zippered tops.
These bathing suits were the hottest (and coolest) on the beach, and the yellow circle with the hand remains a major surfing
label in a sea of competitors.