A Cocoa Beach Holiday Charity Tradition
Cocoa Beach, Florida
By Thomas Routzong and Steven Skelley
Who could ever foresee that a simple phone call from a Mom and Dad inviting their son and daughter-in-law out to surf some waves would become a tradition that would spread around the world and bring much-needed help to those battling cancer? Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach, Florida has become a local and international tradition that everyone should support and enjoy.
That’s right! On Christmas Eve 2014, three hundred Surfing Santas, eighteen Skydiving Santas and more than four thousand spectators participated!
“Many different Christmas costumes were worn. Last year was the first year the activity took place in downtown Cocoa Beach due to the lack of parking and overall space further south at our home,” Trossett said.
According to their website, “We have Doctors, Lawyers and many other professional people participate. We have men, women, boys and girls of all ages. Our oldest Surfing Santas are well into their 60’s. Our youngest Surfing Santas are in Elementary School. We have teenage Surfing Santas and preteen Surfing Santas. Surfing Santas are not just dressed in Santa Suits. There are Frosty the Snowman Surfing Santas. There are Rasta (Jamaican) Surfing Santas. We have Elves, Christmas Trees and Reindeer Surfing Santas. This year I even saw a Batman Surfing Santa! The costumes are as diverse as the people that wear them. The rules for your Surfing Santas costumes are as follows: There are no rules so anything goes! (This is a family event however.)”
Not only is this a fun-filled, holiday event, it benefits two very good causes.
“We support the Florida Surf Museum and the Grind for Life Cancer Fund. We have a friend involved in the Grind for Life as a cancer survivor and felt like that was a great benefit,” Trosset explained.
The Florida Surf Museum preserves and documents all aspects of the unique history and culture of East Coast surfing. The Florida Surf Museum produces exhibits exploring the history and evolution of surfing – the people, places, boards, culture and more. For more information, visit http://www.floridasurfmuseum.org/
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. For more information, visit http://www.grindforlife.org/
“Since moving to downtown Cocoa Beach and seeing the growth and also seeing other Florida Beach communities starting their own Surfing Santas, it's my hope is that it will continue to grow and become a great charity benefit. Several countries have also started their own version of Surfing Santa's which all started by our family in 2009,” Trosset said.
If you’d like to take part in this wonderful and zany holiday tradition, Surfing Santas 2015 will be held on December 24 at 8:00 a.m. EST at the end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Whether you want to volunteer or participate, be sure to visit their Participation page at http://surfingsantas.org/join/
For more information on Surfing Santas, visit http://surfingsantas.org
Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2015 Sunny Harbor Publishing. Contact Us: Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956. Phone: 321-446-7552. Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
Photography by Thomas Routzong and Steven Skelley.
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