Surfing Santas in Florida.

There are plenty of strange events around Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve each year, including polar bear plunges and Mari Lwyd rhyming insults, but Cocoa Beach, Florida has its own remarkable custom. On Wednesday, an estimated crowd of 10,000 showed up for this year’s Surfing Santas event in Cocoa Beach (which has been running for a decade) to watch almost 600 competitors in Santa suits and other Christmas costumes take on the waves:

Here’s more on that from Ben Hooper of UPI:

The Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach event, which took place on Christmas Eve, featured nearly 600 people in Santa Claus suits and other Christmas-related costumes riding the Atlantic Ocean waves on long boards, short boards, boogie boards and paddle boards.

George Trosset, who founded the Surfing Santas event a decade ago, estimated there were about 10,000 spectators enjoying the spectacle and Christmas music.
The event raised money for the Florida Surf Museum and Grind for Life, a cancer support organization.

That’s a cool charity fundraiser, and definitely not something you see every day.


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