19 Santas hit the Florida surf

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COCOA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Nineteen surfers dressed in Santa suits rode the waves off Cocoa Beach, Fla., to "spread a little Christmas cheer," one them said.

Fifty-seven-year-old Rockledge surfer George Trosset and his fellow elves took on the 4- to 6-foot waves Friday morning when the air temperature was at about 65 degrees and the water at about 60 degrees, Florida Today reported.


"It's just to have some fun," Trosset said. "It makes me happy that we might put a smile on some people's faces as we spread a little Christmas cheer."

There even was a "Mrs. Santa" in the bunch -- Patty Mitchell, 46, of Tampa, who just started surfing four years ago.

"It's definitely unique," she said. "There's no doubt in my mind that this is only the beginning of many more years of this."

Trosset said the conditions were excellent for surfing, but "not so good if you're in a Santa suit and have a beard and funny-looking hat."

Turns out the group could even be recognized by Guinness World Records, which asked Trosset to send in the verified information for consideration.

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