Can you hear the silver, surf bells ring? Every Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Surfing Santa Competition takes over the waves at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California to help raise money for Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization for autism that hosts free surf camps and introduces children with autism to the therapeutic qualities to surfing. This year, the annual competition takes place on Saturday, November 19th.
Divisions for the Surfing Santa competition include:
- Surfing Rudolph: Shortboard Pro-Am: Guys 18 and older
- Surfing Elves: Shortboard: Guys 17 and younger
- Candy Canes: Shortboard: Open to Girls of all ages
- Yule Loggers: Open Longboard: Open to Guys & Girls of all ages
- Sleigh Riders: Open Bodyboard: Open to Guys & Girls of all ages
Prizes will be awarded to each first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth place winner of each division. The prizes range from wetsuits, sunglasses, carver skateboards, goodie bags of brand favorites, and more.
Register for the competition online. Registration costs before November 16th are $50, while those the entry fee for those who register after that day is $60. The entry fee includes a goodie bag for all competitors.
The Holiday Surfboard Auction begins that same day and will run until December 31st. There will be a collection of donated surfboards auctioned off online. Over the years, the available, auctioned surfboards have included boards from well-known artists like Wyland, Art Brewer, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, and Sage Vaughn; musicians like Donavon Frankenreiter and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; and personal boards from surf legends like Greg Long, Shawn Dollar, Laird Hamilton, Garrett McNamara and Kelly Slater.
Since the competition and auction have begun, the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the developer for the events, has raised more than $210,000 for Surfers Healing. Last year, Surfers Healing took more than 4,000 children surfing during surf camps held across the country from Malibu and Doheny Beach in California to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Toronto, Canada.
Surfers, come out in their Santa hats and Jolly Saint Nick suits, and shred some large waves for an even bigger cause.
Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods is about a twenty-five minute drive to Salt Creek Beach, where the Surfing Santa Competition will be held.