You’re used to seeing Santa on his sleigh — but what about on his surfboard? At Cocoa Beach, their annual Surfing Santas event is great fun for a great cause.
Christmas Eve images are filled with Santa in his sleigh. The reindeer fly through the night sky and help jolly Saint Nick bring presents for all the good boys and girls. But, for Floridians, Santa has a different way to start his Christmas celebration. Santa rides the waves at Cocoa Beach with the annual Surfing Santas event.
Started in December 2009 by George Trosset, his son George Jr. and daughter-in-law Britteny, Surfing Santas was a Christmas Eve surf. The family’s picture of Trosset dressed as Santa and his son and daughter-in-law dressed as elves featured in a local newspaper brought more friends to Cocoa Beach the following years. While the event started small, the event has turned into a huge fundraiser for the Cocoa Beach community. For the 2016 event, nearly 650 Surfing Santas are expected to ride the waves.
The 650 surfers represent the local surfing “tribes.” The surfing community joins together for share a ride of Christmas Magic. It is the one day of the year that all the local tribes share all the waves at the local surf spot. From surfers over 60 to pre-teen surfers and Santas of every shape, color and personality, this family friendly event is a perfect way to kick off Christmas Eve.
The local holiday event is more than just Santa riding the waves. The Cocoa Beach community comes together to support this event. Held in the Downtown Cocoa Beach area, local businesses benefit from the more than 8,000 spectators.
While seeing Santa ride the waves is fun, the event is more than just surfing. The eighth annual event will benefit two local non-profits. The charities are “Grind for Life” organization and the Florida Surf Museum.
This year’s Surfing Santas event will begin at 8 a.m. at 2 Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach. For more information on this event, please visit http://surfingsantas.org.