Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Nearly 600 people dressed in Santa suits and other festive apparel took to the waves in Florida for an annual Christmas surfing event, organizers said.
The Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach event, which took place on Christmas Eve, featured nearly 600 people in Santa Claus suits and other Christmas-related costumes riding the Atlantic Ocean waves on long boards, short boards, boogie boards and paddle boards.
George Trosset, who founded the Surfing Santas event a decade ago, estimated there were about 10,000 spectators enjoying the spectacle and Christmas music.
The event raised money for the Florida Surf Museum and Grind for Life, a cancer support organization.
Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik was among those in attendance.
"It's an awesome way to start the Christmas holiday," Malik told Florida Today.