Cowabunga – Christmas is Coming!

The Surfing Santa of Seal Beach


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When children in Seal Beach hear the sound of jingle bells ringing instead of looking to the rooftops, they look out at the ocean – for a glimpse of…

surfing santaSanta on his surfboard.

And, to their wondering eyes, who does appear? Michael Pless Sr, minus the reindeer!


Known as the Surfing Santa of Seal Beach, Pless, the owner of M & M Surfing School, puts on a red Santa wetsuit and white beard every year and surfs up and down the shoreline to spread the joy of Christmas to one and all.


Pless, who has been doing this for two decades, has his wife Jill on board, too, dressed as Mrs Claus

surfing santa elf.image

and son Michael Jr. – as Frosty the Snowman – all riding the waves together.

Pless told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that he likes “keeping the spirit of Christmas alive for all ages.”


seal bch.surfersAs the Surfing Santa of Seal Beach, he brings joy to the community and holiday magic while celebrating the sport he loves – surfing!

So, when you’re walking along the sand in Seal Beach and listening to jingle bells coming from the ocean, don’t be surprised when you see Surfing Santa riding a big wave coming your way!

 santa hat merry xmas beach

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