Yes, Virginia, there are surfing Santas in Florida
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.