Nineteen people, including one woman, put on Santa suits and went surfing in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to spread a little Christmas cheer. The Mrs. Santa in the group, 46 year old Patty Mitchell, said the event is definitely unique and she will certainly take part in it for many years to come. Mitchell started surfing four years ago.
Friday morning the group’s organizer, 57 year old George Trosset and his fellow Santas hit the beach near South 24th Street when the air temperature was around 65 degrees and the water temperature was 60 degrees. The waves were between 4 and 6 feet high.
Trosset explained why they brave the waves in their Santa suits: “It’s just to have some fun. It makes me happy that we might put a smile on some people’s faces as we spread a little Christmas cheer”.
Trosset said the conditions were perfect for surfing on Friday but not so perfect if you were wearing a bulky Santa suit, beard, and funny looking hat.
The 19 surfing Santas were trying to set an unofficial world record for having the most Santas surfing at the same time, although the Guinness World Record Organization will not recognize the attempt.