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Doug Capps of Merritt Island, aka The Grinch, poses with two spectators at last
year’s Surfing Santas festivities.
Trosset Sr. and his tribe of fellow surfers take a moment for a group photo before
paddling out to catch a wave at the 2021 event.
In 2013, Trosset collaborated with the Florida Surf Museum and
the nonprofit, Grind for Life, a local charity benefiting people
with cancer founded by Mike Rodgers.
Trosset said he felt the need to help Rodgers, a surfer and
professional skateboarder, after meeting the two-time sarcoma
eye cancer survivor. Grind for Life supports families of cancer
patients by providing travel expenses.
“Mike has always been such an inspiration and I think
this event has truly evolved into what it was meant to be,”
Trosset said. “It’s kind of surreal, we now have had 6 billion
impressions on our official website. We’ve even managed to
get a plush Santa toy on board a trip to outer space, via Blue
Origin. Our goal is to send him to the moon next.”
This year, the list of participants and activities continues to grow
and includes a costume contest, a Hawaiian dance exhibition,
entertainment by local musicians, and, of course, surfers.
Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach, in partnership with eLifeGuard.
com, will be selling T-shirts to benefit Grind for Life and the
A mystery Santa Claus
rides a wave on his standup
paddle board during the
Christmas Eve 2021 event.