If you were driving over the Marion and Center Street bridges or happened to take a stroll at Riverfront Park around 2 p.m. Saturday, you may have seen something out of the ordinary.
If you thought you saw Santa water skiing down the Willamette River, it was not your imagination.
Dale Johnson has suited up in Santa's digs and water skied the Saturday before Christmas for the last 33 years.
It was a chilly 39 degrees at the Wallace Marine Park boat launch when Johnson started to transform into Santa.
"One day I won't have to wear a fake beard anymore," Johnson said as he put on the finishing touches.
Underneath he wore a life jacket, dry suit and plaid shirt, which helped him stay warm and achieve Santa's belly.
To some, getting anywhere near the river in December might seem a little crazy.
Steve Johnson, Dale's brother, said that on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the coldest, this year would be somewhere in the middle.
"There were two years it was so cold that we have had to break ice," he said.
Steve came up with the idea for Dale to dress up as Santa and ski in 1985. After that, Dale started skiing at least once every month.
He's only missed one month since 1986 because he was in the hospital.
"We should have snuck you out or something," said Debbie Johnson, Dale's wife.
Johnson didn't use traditional water skis this year, but a Sky Ski, which is a variation of water skis. The sit-down hydrofoil lifts the board out of the water and lets you "fly" over the surface.
Tony Kraxberger, who skis with Johnson every month, brought the Sky Ski to the boat launch.
"Here's your sleigh," he said, placing it in the boat.
The boat launch was crowded with Johnson's friends and family as they watched Santa glide up and down the Willamette.
The Grinch even showed up on a Jet Ski.
If you didn't get a chance to catch a glimpse of Santa skiing this year, there is no need to worry.
There's always next year.
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