Fistral Surf Center hosted the Cornwall's first Santa fun and Surf competition with over 70 Santa's running a mile and taking to the water in some very windy conditions.
All competitors donned Santa outfits to run the mile on Cornwall's iconic surfing beach whilst surfers used foamie surfboards for the festive event. Spectators saw seasoned competitive surfers with those in their first contest compete in both an Open for men and women and an U16 category.
Matt Way, from the Joe Way Appeal said; "Cornwall Hospice Care and Fistral Surf Hire did a great job putting this event on and I'm sure it will grow each year".
Event organizer Jenny Briant said; "Everyone really got into the festive spirit with lots of Santa outfits managing to make it through the whole heat. It was great to see so many people taking part in the fun run and surfing event, we are already looking forward to 2016".
The final surf rankings were OPEN 1st Martyn Chapman, 2nd Clint Pope, 3rd George Mayes, 4th Joe Lobb and the U16's 1st Charlie Plant and 2nd Abi Pope.
Cornwall Hospice Care provides specialist care to people living with life limiting illnesses providing the only adult hospice care in Cornwall.
Rose Beattie, events fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care said; "The Santa Beach Run and Surf was a fantastic event and we expect it to raise over £2000 to support adult hospice care in Cornwall in our 2 Hospices, St Julia’s in Hayle and Mt Edgcumbe in St Austell as well as in the community. We would like to thank all of Team Santa Newquay Fistral, our team of volunteers, Fistral Surf School and the Joe Way appeal for their support with this event".
The competitors signed in at the Beach bar which also had a craft fare and with the free parking all day it was a chance to for the spectators to do some Christmas shopping.
The event was supported by ERA Adventures, Fistral Beach Surf Centre, Tolcarne Beach, Joe Way Appeal, The Beach Bar and Bon Bon Fistral.
There won’t just be one Santa coming to Fistral beach this year but a whole sea of them; and this year they will be running and surfing to raise funds for a local charity.
The Santa Surf and Fun run is, organized by the Fistral Surf Center, Cornwall Hospice Care and the Joe Way Appeal.
Matt Way, from the Joe Way Appeal said, "We are stoked to be invited to this event for the second year running and look forward to the Newquay community putting on a good show and raising money for a great cause."
You can run, jog or walk along the fun run across Fistral beach, which starts at 11am, and then enjoy some mince pies whilst watching the surfers.
The surfing Santa's will be competing to win some great prizes and the "Santa Foamie Surfing Contest", which starts at 12.30pm, is all about having fun. There will be an open division for men & women alongside an U16's division which see all the competitors wearing Santa outfits over their wetsuits.
Jenny Briant, surf event organizer said, "Last year's event was so much fun with a real mix of abilities and ages, we cannot wait to see hundreds of Santa's taking over the beach."
To enter the Fun Run or Fun Surf sign up at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk you can also get sponsors to raise more cash and your entry money includes a free Santa suit.