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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Hosts Annual Surfing Santa Competition

DANA POINT, Calif. – June 24, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to present the Annual Surfing Santa Competition, a surf contest benefiting Surfers Healing. Honoring the resort’s Community Footprints commitment to supporting worthy causes, the competition 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 takes place on Saturday, November 21 at Salt Creek Beach. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and winners are announced around 3:30 p.m. The competition features prizes in five categories including:

  • Surfing Rudolph (short board) – guys Pro/Am, 18 and older 
  • Santa’s Elves (short board) – open to guys under the age of 17 
  • Candy Canes (short board) – open to girls of all ages 
  • Yule Loggers (long board) – open to guys and girls of all ages 
  • Sleigh Riders (body board) – open to guys and girls of all ages

Contestants in all divisions are eligible for the $1,000 Big Air prize, which is based on contestable big air points accumulated throughout the day. Additionally, the surfers with the best Santa or holiday-inspired costume will win a Carver skateboard. Competitors can register at

About Surfers Healing
Surfers Healing serves thousands, but their mission exists because of one child. Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because of their son, Isaiah. Isaiah has autism, and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else. Not everyone has a championship surfer for a Dad, so the Paskowitz family invited others to join them at the beach. Their idea caught on, and now Surfers Healing is a nationwide, grassroots non-profit organization. They are the original surf camp for children with autism and all of their events are free. Yet even though they had 4,500+ participants last year – and even though autism now affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. – Surfers Healing doesn’t think in thousands. They think in ones, because that's where they can effect change. One child. One family. One day at the beach.