Surfing Santas take to the sea in Newquay

The event is raising money for the Joe Way Appeal Credit: ITV News West Country

Dozens of surfing Santas are taking to the water in Newquay for a fundraising surf contest.

The Santa Foamie Surfing Contest at Fistral Beach will see 35 competitors dressed in Santa costumes over their wetsuits.

There will be an open division for men and women alongside an U16's division.

Although it is a surfing contest it is also about giving surfers who have always wanted to try competing the opportunity to do so along side seasoned competition surfers.

The event is in aid of The Joe Way Appeal, which was set up after local boy Joe was born with a rare genetic condition and died in May 2008 aged 4.

He had been labeled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction SJS and a number of superbugs, but he finally died of complete organ failure after suffering from Steven Johnson Syndrome for a second time.

Since his death his parents have campaigned to raise money for over 20 causes in his name and have raised more than £128,000 in total.

Jenny Briant, event organiser said "This is going to be a lot of fun and we cannot wait to see Newquay's surfing Santa's all over the beach and having fun all for a good cause, its what surfing's all about".