Cocoa Beach is definitely the luckiest beach in America for its residents and vacationers during the December holiday. Each holiday season, thousands of people flood the beach to watch Skydiving and Surfing Santas entertain and official kick off Christmas Season. Years ago, skydiving and surfing Santa’s were together in a single event. However, the popularity of the event caused safety to become a major concern. After lots of arm wrestling and debate as to which was the biggest draw, the skydivers or the surfers, a decision was made that Skydiving Santas would move to The Cocoa Beach Pier and Surfing Santa’s would remain near Coconuts. Both events have grown drastically in only a few short years and are planned again for next year.
About Skydiving Santas
Experience 60 skydivers from the Air Sports Parachute Team dressed in full Santa attire jump out of three aircraft, Tico Bell C-7, Twin Otter and Bel 142 helicopter onto the Cocoa Beach Pier’s shoreline. Reaching high speeds, these skydivers attempt to land perfectly onto holiday themed inflatable targets. Some do, and some do not! The event happens on a Saturday, a week before Christmas on the shores of the beautiful Cocoa Beach Pier. The Skydiving Santa event is funded by the Air Parachute team and corporate partners The Cocoa Beach Pier and The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Additionally, each member of The Air Sports Parachute team must meet high standards for parachuting experience and pay for the privilege to jump as a group on the event day. Jumps begin at 11 am and continue every 15 minutes until4pm. Locals and visitors alike take to the Pier and the beach enjoying fabulous weather, the beautiful beach, comfortable beach amenities and food and beverage provided by the Pier.