LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA — Orange County residents on the hunt for some holiday fun can hit up Salt Creek Beach Saturday and Sunday for the 11th annual Surfing Santa and Stand Up Paddle Board Contest.
The two-day event offers fun for guests of all ages as surf and stand up paddle contestants dress as Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and battle it out on the waves.
The contest features multiple categories, inclusive of surf and stand up paddle board – open to both children and adults. Each event offers prizes for placed winners, and all participants are eligible for a cash Big Air prize, based on contestable air points throughout the day. Cash prizes for first and second place Costume Contest winners are also awarded.
Contestants can register at www.surfingsantacontest.org with registration ending on Friday, Nov. 18.
After the contest, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, will host the 14th annual Holiday Surfboard Auction from Saturday, Nov. 20 until Saturday, Dec. 31. The auction features a variety of artistry skateboards crafted by celebrated artists, creatives and shapers. Residents can bid on items by visiting this link once the auction starts Saturday night.
Both holiday events benefit Surfers Healing, a nonprofit that provides children with autism the opportunity to surf. Since partnering with Surfers Healing, the resort has raised over $500,000 for the nonprofit, according to a news release.
“I am immensely proud to be on the team of a resort that prioritizes positively impacting the lives of others through exciting events that give back to others and rally our community around this important cause,” Marcus Cornelious, director of sales and marketing at the resort, said in a statement. “It is an honor to support Surfers Healing and its mission. On behalf of the resort team, we thank the community artists, creatives, and partners involved in this life-changing tradition.”