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A competitor from a past Surfing Santa contest takes to the air. Photo: Courtesy
Santa really can fly. A competitor from a past Surfing Santa contest takes to the air. Photo: Courtesy

By Andrea Swayne

The fifth annual Surfing Santa Competition and seventh annual Holiday Surfboard Auction are set to kick off on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Presented by the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and benefitting Surfers Healing—an organization founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to surfing—are annual events which are a part of the resort’s Community Footprints program.

The surfboard auction displays a large selection of surfboards for sale at the resort, featuring designs by some of the world’s best shapers as well as artistic designs by celebrity guest contributors. The auction opens on Nov. 22 and closes at noon on Dec. 31. Bidding is handled online at

The surf contest is held at Salt Creek Beach and includes competition with six divisions for boys and girls, men and women of all ages on shortboards, longboards and bodyboards. Pro-am divisions are also included. A $1,000 Big Air prize will be awarded. Contest registration is online at

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