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
Surfing Santas 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 beach-side at this free event that benefits local, charitable causes.
The crowd can participate in a costume contest which is now in its fourth year. 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 $100,000 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.
Florida Surf Museum preserves our unique surfing heritage through exhibits, informative articles on our website and social media. We also digitize and archive historical photos and movies and make them available to the public. We serve the community with family-friendly events, lectures and financial support to local charities and scholastic surf teams.
The mission of the Grind For Life organization is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. In addition, we educate and inspire these patients and families concerning cancer survival and recovery with Mike Rogers Story a Two Time Sarcoma Survivor.
History of Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach
What started as a fun family outing in 2009 has grown to become an annual event that raises tens of thousands of dollars for local charities and draws surfing and Christmas enthusiasts from all over the planet.
Over the past decade, Surfing Santas has grown into one of the most unique and fun-filled charity events the world has ever seen. This congregation of costumed kahunas has grown to record-breaking numbers with over 800 Surfing Santas and nearly 10,000 spectators. Sponsorship from the city of Cocoa Beach and the participation of local businesses have come to make this a true community event. Moreover, the event benefits the Florida Surf Museum which is “Preserving Floridas Surfing History” and Grind for Life, a local charity benefiting people suffering from cancer.
The Surfing Santas are sure to set more records in the holiday sun this year. There will undoubtedly be sights unseen before on beaches anywhere else in the world.
The first professional surfer, Phil Edwards, once said, “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” On December 24th at 8:00am, the world’s “best surfers” of all skill levels and all ages will be in Cocoa Beach fully clad in their finest holiday gear and having the most fun the Christmas surf and sun can provide. Get your costumes ready and plan to join the fun this Christmas Eve.
The community’s support has been overwhelming, and Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach thanks everyone who wants to ride the Surfing Santa wave.