The two events are organised by the Fistral Surf Centre and Cornwall Hospice Care and started three years ago when the surf centre organized the UK's first Surfing Santa Fomie Competition to raise money for the Joe Way Appeal. It’s now become a popular date in the calendar and as Lindsay Opie from Cornwall Hospice Care explains, it’s attracting more competitors each year;

“I think the event is growing because people just love an excuse to go to the beach and have fun. Those who want to get wet put on the Santa suits and surf and others choose to dash across the sand with children and dogs in tow. This year it was a beautiful December day, which was lovely for the runners but not so good for the surfers with the sea like a mill pond! But everyone put their heart and soul in to having a good time and it all made for a great family day out. I’d like to thank the Fistral Surf Centre and Matt Way who handle the surf side of the day, Fistral Blue for providing us with a venue and hot drinks, the Co-Op for the Mince Pies and David Dixon from BBC Radio Cornwall for once again being our brilliant compere.”

Lizzie Hotton is the ward Sister at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice;

“I just love to see the surfing Santas, it’s so different and yet so right for Cornwall and what a spectacular way to raise funds for our charity. Thanks to the Santas on the water and those who ran along the beach, we’re able to continue providing our care for patients and their families over Christmas and New Year. It costs £27 an hour to provide care for an in-patient so everyone involved in the Newquay event has helped make a big difference to those who are facing life limiting illnesses and need our support, thank you.”

Still to come - Falmouth Santa versus Elves Fun Run on Saturday 10th December and Helston Santa Fun Run on Saturday 17th December. To register please visit www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk where you can also visit the charity’s Advent Calendar to meet some of those who will be on duty in the two Cornwall Hospice Care hospices over Christmas and New Year. Hear what they’ve got to say and learn how you can help fund the care this Christmas.