What is Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach?
What started out as a small, family day in Cocoa Beach has turned into a global phenomenon. People from all over congregate on Christmas Eve in Cocoa Beach to celebrate the holidays with Santa, friends and family. Whether you surf or you’re looking to join in the holiday spirit, there’s no other beach having this much fun on Christmas Eve!
Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach Event Details
When: December 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Minuteman Causeway Beach, Cocoa Beach
Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach is an annual Cocoa Beach tradition that brings hundreds of surfers of all ages dressed up as Santa. The costumes are as diverse as the people that wear them. Watch them ride in on the waves and kick off your holiday beachside at this free event that benefits local, charitable causes.
Now in its second year, the crowd can participate in a costume contest. Dress up in your favorite winter themed outfit – snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread man, reindeer, elves – for your chance to win prizes. This year there will be five categories: babies (0-3), kids (4-15), group (2 people or more), men (16+), and women (16+). Costume contest starts at 9 a.m. followed by Santa surfs out at 10 a.m.
There are no rules, so anything goes…well almost! This is a family-friendly event, so please keep that in mind. To ensure the safety of both surfers and spectators, the Cocoa Beach police, fire department, life guards and EMT personnel are on site.
Cash prizes for first through third place: $50 for first, $25 for second, $15 for third in individual categories and $100 for first, $50 for 2nd and $30 for third in the group category.
One Grand Prize winner, the peoples choice from the first place winners, will win a Surfing Santas Surfboard!
What does Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach Benefit?
Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach takes great pride in helping those in need. With every piece of Surfing Santas Swag sold , we’ve been able to raise over $60,000 for local charities.
There are two charities dear to Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach – The Florida Surf Museum and Grind for Life. Since 2014, this event has been made possible by the efforts of The Florida Surf Museum, the Trosset family and and its many volunteers. The Florida Surf Museum preserves and documents the unique history and culture of Florida surfing. Experience the heritage and traditions of the surfing community through events, exhibits and programs. Learn More
Grind for Life offers financial assistance to families suffering from the effects of cancer. Every dollar received by your generous donations and purchases make a difference and impacts many lives. Learn More
History of Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach
George Trosset with his son and grandkids
The whole thing started as a beach day with a one Cocoa Beach local dressed up as Santa catching a wave.
- On December 24, 2009, George Trosset went surfing dressed as Santa with his son and daughter-in-law dressed as Elves. Florida Today newspaper published a picture on the front page of the Christmas Day newspaper. George’s friends saw the picture and inquired about joining him the following year.
- On December 24, 2010, 19 Surfing Santas participated. The following year, more people wanted to join the fun at Surfing Santas.
- On December 24, 2011, 84 Surfing Santas joined George in the water with a few hundred spectators watching from the shore. A local skydiving enthusiast, Chuck Jullian, contacted us shortly after and asked if he and a few of his sky diving friends could land on the beach dressed in Santa Suits the following year. What a great opportunity!
- On December 24, 2012, 159 Surfing Santas and six Sky Surfing Santas participated with hundreds watching from the shores. It was a perfect blue sky and sunny 75 degree, Florida day. By now the news media had joined us for this unique fun day. In addition to Florida Today and the Orlando Sentinel coverage, we had TV coverage from Fox News, Channel 13 News, ABC and NBC. This coverage added to the crowds for 2013.
- On December 24, 2013, 210 Surfing Santas and close to 1,000 spectators joined in on the fun. By this point, the event had grown so big, we had to find a new location. When we approached the city of Cocoa Beach about moving the event downtown, we were received with open arms.
- On December 24, 2014, 300 Surfing Santas, 18 Sky Surfing Santas and over 4,000 spectators participated. Our friends at Fat Kahuna Restaurant served up an all you can eat pancake breakfast and donated the proceeds to the event. Local artist, Keith Coffman, donated the event T-shirt design. The Secrets of Cocoa Beach gift shop, Coconuts on the Beach and Surfinista Cafe all sold our event T-shirts, which benefited Grind for Life and The Florida Surf Museum.
- On December 24, 2016, 600 Surfing Santas and 8,000+ Spectators made their way to Cocoa Beach for some holiday fun in the sun!
The community’s support has been overwhelming, and Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach thanks everyone who wants to ride the Surfing Santa wave.