Nearly 650 Surfing Santas Take to the Water for Charity Event in Florida

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In a what was likely a record-making Christmas Eve display, nearly 650 surfers dressed as Santa took to the waves in Florida.

That was more than double the number of St. Nick look-a-likes who surfed at Cocoa Beach last year.

Nearly 650 Surfing Santas caught waves -- or just floated -- in the annual event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. (Credit: WESH)

Nearly 650 Surfing Santas caught waves — or just floated — in the annual event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. (Credit: WESH)

The annual Surfing Santas event raises money for a local charity for cancer patients, Grind for Life, as well as for the Florida Surf Museum.

Though there’s no Guinness Book of World Records comparison of surfing Santa events, the organizer believes no similar display has been bigger, according to the newspaper Florida Today.

George Trosset created the group event, first taking to the waves with 19 people in 2010, according to the Surfing Santas website. In 2014, that number rose to close to 300.

Thousands attended to Dec. 24, 2015, Surfing Santas event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. (Credit: WESH)

Thousands attended to Dec. 24, 2015, Surfing Santas event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. (Credit: WESH)

And on Thursday, 648 wristbands were given out to participants, Florida Today reported.

There were far more cellphone-toting spectators than surfers. An estimated 6,000 attended the event, according to the newspaper.

Forty-five Santas even sky-dived to the beach for the event. They landed in areas marked “North Pole” and “South Pole.”

The event was expected to bring in more than $30,000, West Palm Beach television station WPTV reported.