Santa Run & Surf 2016
Fistral Beach will be hosting the third Santa surf on Sunday 4th December from as part of its Santa Surfing & Fun Run competition.
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 and Cornwall Hospice Care it started three years ago when the Fistral surf center organized the UK’s first surfing Santa fomie comp raising fund for the Joe Way Appeal.
The Joe Way Appeal was set up after Newquay toddler Joe died in May 2008. Joe was born with a rare genetic condition and had been labeled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction, over 12 superbugs and complete organ failure. The Joe Way Paddle for life runs every June at Newquay Harbour and has over 400 surfers taking part.
Matt Way, from the Joe Way Appeal said, “It’s great to be part of the surfing Santa event and I enjoy taking part as it lots of fun and the only chance I will get to surf in a competition. We gave the funds for the first year to Cornwall Hospice Care and they moved the run to Fistral beach so there is something for everyone”.
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 10.00am, 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.”
Matt added “Christmas is always a hard time of the year for us and our four other children as Joe loved all the fun Christmas brings, however this is a fun way to remember him and raise money for a great Cornish charity”.