Words by Robyn Hargrave


During the 1990s, Surfing Santas appeared at entrance points to Lennox Head. The Coast Care group erected and cared for the colourful characters which were designed and constructed by the multi-talented late Brian Clyde Smith, long time President of Lennox Head Residents’ Association.

Love them or hate them, they were certainly eye catching and year after year they graced the Village, heralding the holiday season.

The Santas underwent many touch ups to keep them in top notch condition for their annual appearances and always managed cheerful smiles.

However, the joy of Christmas was not in the hearts of all who encountered the jolly timber fellows and over time they have been destroyed.


In 2015, at the Byron Street entrance to the Village appeared a new, very ‘with it’ Santa, designed by Chris Leo from Priority Plans and skilfully painted by Millie of the Rock of Ages Tattoo Parlour as a gift. After his appearance mid to late December, Santa retired in preparation for Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas to all and long may our Surfing Santa share his cheery wave as we enter the Village.

Sources: The Lennox Wave, February 2016, Photos courtesy of: 1. 1999 Brian Smith and Lennox Head Heritage Committee, 2. 2015 The Lennox Wave

Readers with information on this or other Landmarks of Lennox, please contact Robyn Hargrave by phone 0412 660 994, email