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Santas Surfing and Water Skiing on Christmas Eve

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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 town.

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.

This 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.

"There 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.

After 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 waves.

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. 

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