RIO DE JANEIRO (RTV) - Visitors at Rio de Janeiro's famous Sugarloaf mountain were caught by surprise on Friday as they spotted a funky Santa Claus riding on top of the cable car.
The "surfing Santa", who was tied to a safety belt, was hired by the company that manages the Brazilian tourist site to distribute gifts and take photos with visitors.
Santa was also joined by two elves who carried the presents that were handed out to children.
The act recalled a famous scene of the1979 James Bond film "Moonraker", in which the British spy fights with one of his rivals on top of the same cable car.
The surprise visit thrilled both children and adults.
Eleven-year-old, Bernardo Paiva, said he was excited to see Santa in his first visit to the Sugarloaf.
"This is a rare opportunity to see Santa riding on the (Sugarloaf) cable car, so I wanted to see this from up close," he said.
Eight-year-old, Fernanda Matias, was very happy with the gift.
"Santa Claus gave me a very cool present. I thought he was really nice," she said.
Since its inauguration in 1912, the "Bondinho" has become one of Brazil's main postcards and receives millions of visitors from around the globe every year.
Over 1 million people visit the tourist attraction every year according to the Sugarloaf administration.