Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bill and Bob Meistrell
The brothers invented the first practical wetsuit in the back of their Redondo Beach shop, Dive N' Surf which was founded in 1953. From those wetsuits their legacy and iconic surf brand Body Glove began. Bill and Bob Meistrell will always be remembered as legendary watermen, lifeguards, avid surfers and icons of the surf and dive industry. A 32" replica of this statue is now the most sought after waterman memorial trophy in the world.
Location. 33° 50.7′ N, 118° 23.665′ W. Marker is in Redondo Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Portofino Way, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200-308 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach CA 90277, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are The Plunge and ... The Lightning Racer (a few steps from this marker); King Harbor and ... The Marinas (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Redondo Beach Plan (approx. 0.3 miles away); 9-11 Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Freeth (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Salt Lake (approx. half a mile away); Hotel Redondo (approx. 0.6 miles away); Manhattan Beach Pier (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redondo Beach.
Also see . . . Bob Meistrell dies at 84; co-founder of surfwear firm Body Glove. Meistrell and his twin, Bill, made wetsuits that enabled surfers to stay in the water longer and more comfortably than ever before. The firm does more than $200 million in business each year. (Submitted on March 26, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
The artist who sculpted the Meistrell brothers is Chris Barela, former Hermosa Beach resident, professional surfer; now artist.
— Submitted May 24, 2019, by Phoebe S. Barela of Kamuela, Hawaii.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.