At least 210 costumed surfers sporting Christmas attire - a record-breaking turnout -- hit the waves this morning
beneath gloomy gray skies during the annual "Surfin' Santas" event,
organizer George Trosset estimated.
Hundreds of spectators lined the sand. Brevard County Sheriff's office deputies directed parking along State Road A1A, causing slowdowns
surrounding the split in the highway by the Chevron station south of
Donations from the surfing event benefit Grind for Life, a non-profit organization that assists local cancer patients.
The 2013 Surfin' Santas are at Cocoa Beach, ready to ride. We'll have more on this developing story throughout the morning.
year's "Surfin' Santas" event on Cocoa Beach will feature the jolly old
elf and his cohorts, not only dropping in on the waves - but, also, out
of the sky.
The yuletime cheer started around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at South 24th Street behind organizer George Trosset's home.
is definitely a special vibe that has kept people coming back to join
the fun each year," said Trosset, who founded the event in 2009.
watching a Honda television commercial of Santa surfing that year, he
donned a Santa suit, and along with his son, George Jr., and
daughter-in-law, Brittney, dressed as elves, paddled out to catch a few
Word spread throughout Cocoa Beach's surfing community. The following year, 19 friends dressed in festive garb joined them.
Santa was also spotted at National Harbor in Maryland water skiing.