For over 50 years, Body Glove has been synonymous with wetsuits. Responsible for creating the first practical wetsuit, Body Glove has since gone on to become the world leader in insulating wetsuits and water apparel. Body Glove is known around the world now for their wetsuits, dry suits, gloves, boots, dive skins, and surf gear. See more
In 1953, twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell co-founded Body Glove when they designed the first practical wetsuit. Almost 60 years later Body Glove is one of very few family owned surf/dive brands in the world. It all began in a pool in Booneville, Missouri. Bill and Bob were fascinated with the water. When they were 14 years old, they fashioned their own diving helmet out of a vegetable can and a tire pump. They explored the bottom of a pool reading magazines while the other held the air pump on the surface.
In 1959, the two inventors discovered an insulating material used in the back of refridgerators. With this "neoprene," the Meistrell brothers fashioned the first practical wetsuits. Their new innovation allowed them to created the "Body Glove" wetsuit.
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 water’s surface.
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