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Official licensed partner of Body Glove, Nautica, Spyder and ULI

working to make a global impact by donating one tree for every paddle board sold.

Bonita Springs, FL, 12/06/2021 – Surf 9, an industry leader in licensed sporting goods, launches a sustainability initiative focused on making a global impact with One Tree Planted. Starting in 2022, the watersports licensee for brands such as Body Glove and Nautica will be planting one tree for every board sold around the world. This tree planting commitment is an effort to restore nature and biodiversity, bring attention to the impact of climate change, and act as a dedicated global steward. As an initial commitment, Surf 9 and Body Glove have donated an initial investment of 15,000 trees and has set a goal of planting over a million trees.

“We are passionate about the outdoors,” said Owner and CEO John Chenciner. “And that passion not only drives us to innovate and create products that lead to memorable experiences in nature but to also do our best to leave the world in a better place than we found it. I have experienced so much joy from time spent in the outdoors with loved ones and it is important to me and the Surf 9 family that we contribute to others sharing those experiences for generations to come.

Surf 9 designs, manufactures and brings to market over 40 models of watersports products that are carried both online at, on Amazon and across the globe in premier sporting goods retailers as well as global mass retailers and wholesale clubs. Tree donations will include sales across all these retailers and websites.

“We care deeply about the planet and creating a business that gives back” said Matt Verrecchia, EVP of Marketing and Communications for Surf 9. “We are thrilled to be starting this partnership with One Tree Planted and the difference we hope to make in creating a better world. Trees clean our air and water, create habitats for biodiversity and contribute to our health and well-being. Surf 9 is honored to have reforestation as an integral part of our business model.”

This Surf 9 eco initiative is in addition to the steps taken in 2020 to remove all single-use plastic from watersports products packaging and replace it with recyclable paper. Since 2020 Surf 9 and Body Glove have eliminated over 16.75 million square feet of plastic material from use or over 375 acres.

About Surf 9 LLC

Surf 9 LLC, founded in 2005, is a leader in the watersports industry and an official licensee of Body Glove, Nautica, ULI, and Spyder. Surf 9 specializes in creating a unique customer experience through these branded watersports, winter sports and lifestyle footwear products. Surf 9 services their partners across all business functions including product design, supply chain, manufacturing, managed logistics, customer service, sales, and marketing. For more information visit

About One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more, visit

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Matt Verrecchia || EVP, Marketing and Communications || 239.703.2320

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