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Fifth Annual Surfing Santa Competition

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents the Annual Surfing Santa Competition. Honoring the resort’s longtime commitment to worthy causes, this event supports Surfers Healing, whose mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.

The Surfing Santa Competition, held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Salt Creek Beach, is a one-day competition where surfers dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and surf the waves at Salt Creek. The competition features four heats with prizes in six categories including:

  • Surfing Rudolph (Pro/Am – short board for men 18 and older) 
  • Candy Cane Pro/Am (short board for girls of all ages) 
  • Santa’s Elves (short board for guys 17 and under) 
  • Yule Loggers (open longboard for guys and girls of all ages) 
  • Sleigh Ride (open body board for guys of all ages)

Contestants in all divisions would be eligible for a $1,000 Big Air prize, which will be based on contestable air points throughout the day. Competitors can register for the competition at

About Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing seeks to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Surfers Healing was founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Izzy hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing. Each year, Surfers Healing hosts more than 3,500 autistic children for complimentary surf camps held across the country from Malibu and Doheny Beach in California to Wrightsville Beach, NC and Toronto, Canada.

Click here for more information on the Annual Surfing Santa Competition.