Bob's ashes were lowered into the water during the paddle-out
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 September, 2013 : - - Redondo Beach -- Sunday morning over 1,000 swimmers, paddlers, divers, surfers, SUP'ers and kayakers took to the waters just south of the Redondo Beach Pier to say farewell to Bob Meistrell.
They gathered around his 70-ft boat, Disappearance, for an emotional ceremony that included lowering his ashes into the ocean as everyone splashed water into the air. The Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol and Los Angeles County Lifeguards were also on hand and fired their water canons at that moment.
“Paddlers included Mike Purpus, the best pro surfer ever to have come out of the South Bay, Jeff Ho, Dogtown surfboard designer, Allen Sarlo, surfing’s first world champion, Peter Townend,1976 World Chapmion, Ian Cairn's of Australia and five time women’s world surfing champion Margo Godfrey Oberg,” the Easy Reader News reported.
“It was an awesome, fitting send off to a true waterman,” says son and CEO of Body Glove International, Robbie Meistrell. Bob, who died in June on Father's Day at the age of 84, was the Co-Founder, along with his twin brother Bill, of Dive N’ Surf and the international company Body Glove, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
Following the paddleout everyone gathered at one of Bob’s favorite spots, Seaside Lagoon, for the reception. The crowd was entertained with music played by Kevin Souza, Moises and Dave Barrette. A special song, written specifically for Bob by Body Glove President, Russ Lesser, was performed with vocal assistance by Sarah ramsey-Duke. Speakers included Mayor Steve Aspel, Jean-Michel Cousteau, nephew Billy Meistrell, and best friend Walt Puffer.
The reception also launched the fundraising campaign for a monument to the iconic twin brothers and their legacy in the dive and surf industry. The statue concept was approved by the Redondo Beach City Council on Tuesday prior to the event. The minimum goal was to raise $130,000.00, for the project. By the end of the day we raised $160,594.00 and more is still coming.
You can donate to the memorial fund by sending a check to the Redondo Beach Community Foundation at the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce. More information is available online. Donations can also be made to the Switzer Learnign Center and the Ocean Futures Society
Source: Body Glove
Author: Kenna Meistrell
Tags: Wetsuit, Body Glove, Meistrell Brothers