Surfing Santa hits Surfrider

Santa gets ready to hit the surf along with Mrs. Claus, Frosty and an elf Dec. 21 in Malibu. Photo by Julie Ellerton/TMT

Santa and Mrs. Claus chat with Richard Knapp and his sons Ryder (center) and Penn last Wednesday.

Surfing Santa waves goodbye after spending the morning at Surfrider Beach.

Santa Claus celebrated the first day of winter by catching some waves Dec. 21 at Surfrider Beach in Malibu. While the surf wasn’t great, Santa visited with locals and spread some holiday cheer.

Surfing Santa, also known as Michael Pless, has been surfing for more than 17 years. He owns M&M Surfing School in Seal Beach with his son, Michael Jr. Each year Santa adds to his entourage. This year he brought along wife Jill as Mrs. Claus, Michael Jr. as Frosty and Jon Lar as one of Santa’s elves.

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