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Bob Meistrell dies at 84; co-founder of surfwear firm Body Glove

Bob Meistrell dies at 84; co-founder of surfwear firm Body Glove

For Bob Meistrell, there was always something about the water.

After he and his brother, Bill, taught themselves to swim in a Missouri pond, one would man a bicycle pump on shore and the other would throw on a diving helmet fashioned from a 5-gallon vegetable can, a pane of glass, a scoop of tar and — connecting to the pump — a garden hose.

A few decades later, the identical twins, who moved to Southern California as teens, started a company whose wetsuits enabled surfers to stay in the water longer and more comfortably than ever before. Their accomplishments at Redondo Beach-based Body Glove International helped draw...