Yes, Vir­ginia, there are surf­ing San­tas in Florida

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Yes, Vir­ginia, there are surf­ing San­tas in Florida. Hun­dreds of surfers in Santa cos­tumes and thou­sands of spec­ta­tors de­scended Satur­day on Co­coa Beach for the eighth an­nual Christ­mas Eve Surf­ing San­tas ex­trav­a­ganza. The San­tas surfed the waves all morn­ing to raise money for two char­i­ties by sell­ing T-shirts. One char­ity is the Florida Surf Mu­seum. The other char­ity pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for can­cer pa­tients need­ing to travel for their treat­ment.

The first surf­ing San­tas event started in 2009 when Ge­orge Tros­set, his son and daugh­ter-in-law thought it would be funny to dress up as Santa Claus and his elves and go surf­ing. A photo of them hit the front page of the lo­cal news­pa­per, and a Co­coa Beach tradi- tion was born.

Thou­sands gather to watch hun­dreds of surf­ing San­tas hit the waves dur­ing an event in Co­coa Beach, Fla.

Co­coa Beach City com­mis­sioner Ed Martinez par­tic­i­pates in the Surf­ing Santa event in Co­coa Beach, Fla. — AP pho­tos

Peo­ple dressed as Santa jump from a he­li­copter dur­ing a surf­ing Santa event in Co­coa Beach, Fla.

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