Christmas Eve, Cocoa Beach, FL, 772 Santa bejangled surfers hit chest to shoulder high waves for the 8th and biggest Surfing Santa event in the world. Cranking live surf music, Hula Dancers, helpers, Elves, gnarly Grinches, choppers, thousands of spectators, a grand spectacle of organized chaos. A sea of smiles and holiday cheer.
We talked with George Trossit, the original Surfing Santa. In 2009, George and two family members Santa’d up and went out surfing on Christmas Eve. The local paper ran the story. The next year it jumped to 19 red adorned surfers. ‘In eight short years, it’s become the largest Surfing Santa event in the world and one of the biggest surf events on the east coast. Most importantly, with just TV coverage alone, we’re bringing over 40 million views and smiles for the holidays. It’s free to join in, but if you buy a T-shirt, all proceeds go to the Florida Surf Museum and Grind For Life, a cancer support organization.”
Even during the obligatory Mayor’s(in costume) speech, turns out four of the five city commissioners surf and dripped with full Santa attire. If you ever really want to experience the warmth of holiday cheer, grab your board, wax, reindeer antlers, and head to Cocoa Beach, FL on Christmas Eve. It’s like one big warm beach hug for the holidays.