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Watersports and Footwear Company Surf9 Surges into the 2018 Inc. 5000 List

Surf9 has experienced a three-year growth rate of 177%.

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Bonita Springs, Florida, August 28, 2018 – Surf9 LLC, a designer and manufacturer of footwear and inflatable watersports products has made the prestigious annual Inc. 5000 List by Inc. Magazine at the 2,439 spot. Surf9 experienced a three-year growth rate of 177% on the strength of a sales increase in inflatable standup paddleboards, water shoes, sandals and the introduction of lifestyle footwear.

“Being named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 List is tremendous validation for our continued growth and hard work. We achieved this growth on the strength of creating quality products at competitive prices that provide an awesome user experience for consumers. My sincere thanks to the entire Surf9 team and our partners. We’re just getting started,” said John Chenciner, Surf9 CEO.

The celebrated rankings put the spotlight on America’s fastest growing companies. Past firms to make the list include Microsoft, Oracle,, among many other well-known companies.

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” said Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

About Surf9

Headquartered in Bonita Springs, Florida, Surf9 has been designing, manufacturing and selling footwear and watersports products since 2005. The company is a longtime official licensee of Body Glove, the iconic California surf and watersports brand. Surf9 was founded by CEO John Chenciner, who has over 40 years of experience in design, manufacturing, sales, and marketing of sporting goods products. Company culture is a balance between relentless work ethic and enjoying life to its fullest.

About The Inc. 5000

The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 and 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in INC’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

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