In 1953, twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell co-founded Body Glove when they designed the first practical wetsuit. 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. One explored the bottom of a pool reading magazines while the other held the air pump on the surface. The Meistrell family packed up and moved to Manhattan Beach in 1944. Bill and Bob immediately fell in love with the ocean. They soon began surfing as balsa boards caught on, and they were among the first to glass the nose of their foam-filled plywood boards. During their time at El Segundo High School, the boys bought a dive helmet for $25—it was cheap because the previous owner died while using it... Marching all over the breakwater, while donning the helmet, opened up a whole new world for Bill and Bob.