COCOA BEACH, Florida – For the tenth year in a row, surfers will don red Santa Claus costumes and hit the waves off Cocoa Beach, Florida on Christmas Eve during the free event.
Come dressed up in your favorite winter-themed outfit – snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread man, reindeer, elves – for your chance to win prizes. The more creative the costume, the better your chances of winning.
Winners will receive a 2-night hotel stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Port Canaveral and a Sun Bum gift pack along with other fun prizes.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a Surfing Santas surfboard!
This year there will be five categories: babies (0-3), kids (4-15), group (2 people or more), men (16+), and women (16+).
What began as a simple family beach day a decade ago has grown into the nation’s most beloved – and slightly zany – holiday tradition.
Now, ten years in, there’s no better place for Santa to loosen up as he gets ready for his one annual workday than the surfing capital of the East Coast.
Last year, with a massive beachside crowd of more than 10,000 cheering them on, nearly 600 surfers took to the Atlantic all decked out in their best St. Nick outfits.
This Christmas Eve morning, the infamous group of Surfing Santas is ready to hit the beach again with hopes of breaking their own record for the number of Santa Clauses simultaneously riding the waves.
“Surfing Santas is truly a sight to behold,” said Trosset, who got the craze rolling somewhat innocently on Dec. 24, 2009, when a news photographer captured him wearing a Santa getup while surfing with his family.
“Watching this explode into one of the largest and most-talked about holiday events has been nothing short of phenomenal.”
Since 2013, Surfing Santas has raised more than $130,000 for charity, through donations and sales of official Surfing Santas T-shirts. All proceeds benefit the work of two local organizations: the Grind for Life cancer support group and the 20-year-old Florida Surf Museum.