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Surfing Santas ride waves along Florida’s Space Coast

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

George Trosset Jr. and George Trosset, the two that started it all, high five each other. Thousands turned out to watch hundreds of Surfing Santas catch some waves in Cocoa Beach for the 10th annual Surfing Santas event Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Ten years ago George Trosset, his son George Jr. and his daughter-in-law went surfing in Santa and Christmas costumes behind their house on Christmas Eve. The event has grown and now raises money for two local non profits - Grind for Life, which helps with financial assistance for cancer patients, and the Florida Surf Museum. (Malcolm Denemark / AP)
George Trosset Jr. and George Trosset, the two that started it all, high five each other. Thousands turned out to watch hundreds of Surfing Santas catch some waves in Cocoa Beach for the 10th annual Surfing Santas event Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Ten years ago George Trosset, his son George Jr. and his daughter-in-law went surfing in Santa and Christmas costumes behind their house on Christmas Eve. The event has grown and now raises money for two local non profits - Grind for Life, which helps with financial assistance for cancer patients, and the Florida Surf Museum. (Malcolm Denemark / AP)
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COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Who needs a sleigh when you’ve got a surfboard?

Some 600 surfers dressed as Santa chose surfboards instead of sleighs on Tuesday during an annual Christmas Eve surfing fundraiser in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Almost 10,000 spectators also turned out for the 10th Annual Surfing Santas event along Florida’s Space Coast.

The surfing fundraiser raised $40,000 for the Florida Surf Museum and a nonprofit that helps people with cancer.

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