Founded by twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, Body Glove International rose from humble beginnings to become an industry leader in water sports manufacturing, including surf gear and apparel. Celebrating their sixtieth year in business in 2013, this iconic American business success helped create the Southern California surf culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Through extensive interviews with the Meistrell family, including Bill and Bob themselves, this history of the company tells the story from the inside, revealing details never before shared with the general public.
Frank Gromling is an award-winning author of books about nature and conservation. Frank is active in ocean protection activities, including offshore whale research, and serves on various conservation, business, and government committees. He is a frequent speaker at national conservation and publishing events, including BLUE Ocean Film Festival (Monterey, California), Publishing University (New York, New York), and numerous local and state venues.
Among his bestsellers are Frank’s Whales and Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors with Mike Cavaliere. Frank has served as a three-term elected commissioner in the oceanside town of Flagler Beach, Florida, where he resides with his wife, Bibi.