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Surfing Santas will bring more than 500 surfers to Cocoa Beach this year

Surfing Santas will bring more than 500 surfers to Cocoa Beach this year

Posted by Liliana Castaño on November 10, 2014

Spending your christmas eve catching some waves on the warm coast of Cocoa Beach in Florida while sharing your holiday spirit with fellow surfers? It doesn't get much better than that. So put on your Santa Claus costume and make sure to get there extra early, parking may get tricky with around 500 wave-riding Santas attending the event this year, and it starts at 8:00am. This year Surfing Santas is going to benefit the Grind for Life organization, a charity providing financial assistance to cancer patients. 

Shaylona Kirk of Cocoa Beach peaks at the camera for

 

What once was a family gathering of surfers in Santa suits has grown into a Christmas Eve spectacle grabbing international attention.

To accommodate mushrooming interest in ho, ho, hanging ten, the Surfing Santas plan to ride the waves off downtown Cocoa Beach, where there is more space to park cars — even sleighs.

"The whole thing started as a family day," said George Trosset, who began the holiday tradition five years ago in front of his 24th Street home. "We all came out to the beach house. Friends saw it and said, 'I want to come join you,' so the next year we had 19."

And then there were 84 Santas, then 159, then 210 surfing St. Nicks last year.

Parking became sometimes "naughty" in Trosset's residential neighborhood, even with two Brevard County Sheriff's deputies helping with traffic control.

Trosset knew to stay on the "nice" list, he would need to move his event. But he had mixed feelings.

"It was a great party here at the house," he said. "It became the big Christmas tradition."

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