October 18, 2005
Regarding "Surfing Whodunit" [Oct. 11]: You forgot the "dry suit" from the early '50s. The tight fit around the waist, neck and wrists made it uncomfortable. And if water got in, it was cold and stayed cold. JAKE CLARK Redondo Beach I worked with Hugh Bradner at Scripps institute and attended a 1961 interview that formed the basis of an article in Skin Diver magazine wherein he was acknowledged as the inventor of the wetsuit. JIM DODDS Indian Wells
October 11, 2005 |
AT 77, Bob Meistrell leads deep-sea diving expeditions to Catalina Island and remains at the helm of Body Glove International, the multimillion-dollar Redondo Beach surf company he co-founded with his twin brother Bill half a century ago. Jack O'Neill, 82, is a bit landlocked these days after turns as a wartime pilot, surfing legend and driving force behind Santa Cruz-based O'Neill Inc., one of the surf industry's most recognized brands.
October 11, 2005 |
From the moment the first neoprene suit was poured, cooled, cut and stitched, its manufacturers have tried -- with mixed results -- to blur the distinction between fashion and utility. After all, who wants to shiver like a wet puppy or look like something out of "Creature From the Black Lagoon"? Early '50s: In the beginning, the dive suit was the surf suit, and the surf suit was the dive suit. Fortunately this didn't last long, but the concept was clear.
HOME & GARDEN
July 8, 2004 |
"MOM? Mom? Mom-mom-mom-mom-mom ... " It sounds like the call of a sea bird. In fact, it is the call of the American child, identifiable by its relentless pursuit of sugared food and an inability to do anything for itself. They cannot be domesticated. Believe me, we've tried. "Mom? Mom? Mom-mom-mom-mom-mom ... " We are at the beach with four other families. One of the American children wants something done. Fast. But first, the mother must: -- Stir it. -- Pour it. -- Patch it. -- Tweezer it.
April 27, 2004 |
In the early 1950s, San Francisco surfers would wait until water temperatures dipped below 50 degrees before bothering to wrestle into a proto-wet suit. "It was a straitjacket," said Jack O'Neill, 81, of his early innovation, which was nothing more than unicellular foam plastic glued onto thin plastic in the shape of a vest. "In those days, you would last about an hour before the ice cream headaches set in."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 |
For $42,000 a year, Graham Wright does a job that few other people would want to do--at any price. * Several times a year, Wright, 44, dons a disposable body suit, hip boots and a paper surgical mask and descends into Laguna Beach's sewers, wading through the effluent of the affluent, in what his bosses describe as a heroic effort to keep the sewage from backing up and spilling into the ocean.