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Bob Meistrell, who co-founded the Body Glove clothing company and helped develop the first neoprene wetsuit, died Sunday iin Southern California. He was 84. (Photo: Surfers head out at Coldingham Bay an inlet in the North Sea on February 15, 2012 in Coldingham, Scotland. Improved wetsuit materials and technology allowed the sport for become an all year-round activity)
Bob Meistrell, who co-founded the Body Glove clothing company and helped develop the first neoprene wetsuit, has died in Southern California. He was 84.
Body Glove International President Russ Lesser tells the Torrance Daily Breeze that Meistrell suffered a heart attack on his boat Sunday while returning from Catalina Island and couldn't be revived.
In the 1950s Meistrell and his identical twin, Bill, developed a wetsuit with the insulating material used in the back of refrigerators. The streamlined suit fit like a glove and eventually was marketed under the name Body Glove. The company celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
Bill Meistrell died in 2006 at the age of 77.