When you think Body Glove, you immediately think Missouri, right? Although the South Bay region of Los Angeles is actually considered the home of Body Glove, the long story of the company actually traces back to a farm near Booneville, Missouri-a long way from their eventual home along the Pacific. It was there that founders Bob and Bill Meistrell taught themselves to swim and by age twelve had used their imaginations to rig a makeshift diving bell out of a wooden crate and descend into the depth of the farm pond. This love for the water eventually lured the brothers to Manhattan Beach as teenagers in the 40's. Bob and Bill instantly took to the ocean. In 1953 they helped develop Dive N' Surf into southern California's premiere retail store dedicated to surfing and diving. They eventually went on to expand the business to offer full lines of surfing and diving equipment, classes and apparel at multiple locations. Together they found a new insulating material called Neoprene and invented the first practical wetsuit. The suit "fit like a glove" and Body Glove was born.