The Meistrell Twins spanned a family business and changed the WET world & extremem sports.
In 1953, Bill's friend, Bev Morgan, a Los Angeles County lifeguard who later went on to successfully manufacture a line of commercial dive gear, offered Bill a share of his local sports shop called Dive N' Surf. Bev owned the shop with Hap Jacobs, who later pioneered the modern surfboard, but Jacobs wanted out so Bill took Bev up on his offer only if Bob could come on board too. Bev agreed and Bob and Bill borrowed $1800 from their mom and each bought one third of the business. "Business started out slow. The first day I thought, "Wow, this business is really taking off!" Slowly but surely business did get better, although during the first few years bringing in $100. a day was a goal, not a reality. To keep themselves afloat the twins continued lifeguarding on a part-time basis. In 1957 the Meistrell brothers were able to buy out their remaining partner.