Body Glove International, has been in business for 60 years now and celebrated its anniversary in Kona last night with a party open to the public at the Royal Kona Resort.
In 1953, twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell co-founded Body Glove when they designed the first practical wetsuit. Sixty-years later, Body Glove is one of the very few family owned water sports brands in the world.
According to company president, Russ Lesser, “The company has thrived and been successful and I’m proud to have been part of that along with the rest of our team which is a great team, the fact that we have been here for 60 years speaks for itself, its great… it means we have done a few things right.”
Peter Townend (surfing’s first world champion) stated the following about Body Glove, “It’s incredible to think that the brand Body Glove is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary… and that its still all a family, I just think that it’s kind of special as there are few brands in the world that still have the family running it.”
Representatives of the company sent me a DVD with the following movie on it: