Elena & Josh Kornoff

Elena & Josh Kornoff

 CO-FOUNDERS, SURF CITY STILL WORKS

WHY: Started Huntington Beach distillery—the city’s first craft distillery— two years ago. Already major expansion underway. Big name backers. Seeing widespread demand for company’s selection of vodka, bourbon, gin, rum and canned cocktails.

RECENT: New investors include Bob McKnight, founder of Quiksilver Inc. and his son, Robbie McKnight, and TravisMathew co-founder Travis Brasher. Business Journal FamilyOwned Business award winner in October.

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NOTABLE: New 25,000-square-foot facility in works will include a distillery 20 times the size of its original one and a 100-person tasting room with a full-service kitchen. Promises to be second-largest distillery in Southern California.

2020 HOBBY: I invested in a treadmill when gyms closed and it led me to my new love for trail running. I have always been pretty adamant about the fact that I hate running, but 2020 has shown me that I just hate running on asphalt!”