Press Release:

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is excited to present the Sixth Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction and Fourth Annual Surfing Santa Competition. Honoring the resort's longtime commitment to worthy causes, these two events support Surfers Healing, whose mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.

 Surfing Santa Competition

The Surfing Santa Competition, held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Salt Creek Beach, is a one-day competition where surfers dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and surf the waves at Salt Creek. The winner of the Big Air "Flying Rudolph" division receives a $1,000 cash prize. There are additional prizes in each of the other categories including Santa's Helpers (15 and under), Santa's Elves (16-20 year olds), Toymakers (ages 20+), and Yule Loggers (open long board). The entry fee is $50 in advance or $60 after November 21, 2013. Surfers can register online at www.surfingsantacontest.org.    

Holiday Surfboard Auction

The Holiday Surfboard Auction features a unique collection of surfboards highlighting boards from surf legends, talented artists, celebrities and renowned musicians.  This year's auction opens on November 23 with bids closing atnoon on December 31, 2013.  Commitments for this year's auction include signed boards from Greg Long, Shane and Gavin Beschen, Koa Rothman, Matt Archbold, Sunny Garcia, Coco Ho, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mark Healy and Josh Kerr, as well boards by artists Paul Bond, Steve Wan, Dana Kirkpatrick and Tee Celestino. All of the boards are displayed at the resort while the auction is open. Bids can be made online at www.biddingforgood.com/surfershealing.   

The concept for The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's Holiday Surfboard Auction and Surfing Santa Competition was developed by General Manager Bruce Brainerd. In 2008, the Surfboard Auction raised more than $13,000 for Surfers Healing. Two years later in 2010, the resort launched its Surfing Santa Competition. Since then, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel resort has raised more than $120,000 for Surfers Healing.

Learn more about Surfers Healing at www.surfershealing.org