Dawn broke at the North Pole on Christmas Eve and the place was in an uproar. Santa had issued a red alert, as it seems his Santas at malls all over Florida had deserted their posts, leaving children across the Sunshine State standing in line with their last minute lists. We decided to join in the hunt for the wayward St. Nick stand-ins! We drove north through the towns of Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. We even checked with the tower at Patrick Air Force Base, to see if they saw any reindeer on their radar. Nothing. Where could they be?
We continued on to Cocoa Beach when what to our wondering eyes did appear…
…but a bike, a surfboard and Santa in all his gear!
That was our first clue that we might have this in the bag. We followed him until he turned onto the main drag. As our toes hit the sand, we found those jolly men. Every Santa in Florida was here hangin’ ten!
For the past several years, Cocoa Beach has held the Surfing Santas event on Christmas Eve to benefit two local organizations, a local cancer charity called Grind For Life and also the Florida Surf Museum. This year’s event played host to somewhere in the vicinity of 800 surfing Santas, along with thousands of spectators!
There were even a few elves!
It looks like that one Santa just got out of bed!
Above the roar of the surf was the song Mele Kalikimaka being sung by this singer with a ukulele. The gentleman with the red shirt between the two turquoise surfboards was the minister who delivered the invocation.
Diana spotted this good looking guy in a Ron Jon shirt trying to take photos of the festivities…
…and then she got a selfie with him. 😉
These young ladies were sporting this year’s Surfing Santas shirts.
“It’s the white button at the bottom, sweetie!”
In order to be able to drink all day, you must start in the morning…
…and bring along a few friends!
When Santa got word up at the North Pole that we had found the Florida Santas, it didn’t take him long to decide what to do. As we headed towards the car, we spotted him under a beach umbrella.
I guess if you can’t beat ’em…join ’em!
Merry Christmas to y’all, and to y’all a good night!
Love and peace,
Diana and Jim
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