Master Sculptors

This year we are increasing the event footprint, number of Master Sculptors and adding a doubles division.

If you’ve been to the event in previous years you will see some old faces (maybe old friends), like “Amazin Walter”, ”Brett Stocker”, “Suzanne Altamare” and “Carl Jara” who have been attending the American Championships almost since its inception. This year we will be inviting some new faces, like “Melineige Beauregard” and “Morgan Rudluff” who have never competed at the American Championships.

In all there are 10 countries and 9 states represented. Overall the medal count of these master sculptors exceeds 130 and many of them have been “World Champions” several times.

Below, we are pleased to announce and present this years Solo Master Sand Sculptors:

Craig MutchCraig Mutch
Home: White Rock, BC, Canada

BIO: Craig Mutch is an artist who wears many hats, some of which include; sand sculpture, ice, snow and wood carving as well as professional photography for over twenty five years.
Originally an Illustrator and Graphic Designer from Edmonton, Alberta, Craig changed his career goals and set out to the West Coast or Canada in search of broader horizons. From there he boarded the cruise ship industry and worked for many years as a lab manager/photographer/artist. He now resides in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Ten years later, Craig had an itch to get back to his artistic side and joined mutual friends in various sand sculpting events in the Vancouver area. This led to competitions and soon to international events around the world, hence producing private works for large shopping malls and special event productions worldwide. Sand is not the only medium he has mastered – snow and ice are just as rewarding. In 2008, he participated in a three city, six week ice sculpture festival in Europe. In 2010, Craig had worked within the 2010 Winter Olympiad in Canada. Since then, he has traveled extensively in Europe and the USA, participating in competitions and corporate events. His most recent assignments were in the Middle East and the Mediterranean for sand sculpture, photography and creative design. It is the travel and new mediums that inspire his passion as an artist. The institution of sculptors around the world is invaluable.

Jeff-Strong -268x300Jeff Strong
Home: Tacoma, WA
Sculpting Since: 2001

BIO: Sand sculpting is an avocation for Jeff Strong, whose main profession is computer programming for the University of Puget Sound. He began sand sculpting 13 years ago when, after pestering sculptor Bert Adams with questions, Bert invited him to help with a sculpture project.  Jeff likes the improbable magic of sand sculpture, and his compositions often incorporate open space and emphasize artistic form. His classic sculpture of a dragon arching its neck to devour a sand sculptor went viral on the Internet, and can still be seen when searching Google for “Sand Sculpture”.  Jeff was recently honored with the “Sculptors’ Choice” award at the World Championships of Sand Sculpture for his thin gravity-defying lattice work framed within a swirling arch. Sculpting only on vacation from his full-time computer work, Jeff says that his main challenge is keeping up with the many talented full-time artists on the beach. A challenge, he adds, that is a lot of fun!

Bruce WaughBruce Waugh
Home: Langley, BC, Canada
Sculpting Since: 1987

BIO Bruce Waugh has been sculpting sand, snow and pumpkins for 25 years and still loves the attention that it gets him. Combining part athletic endurance contest and the combination of artistic skills and the love of the performance aspect makes for a wonderful experience for the viewer. Recently he has won first-place at the Canadian Open in 2010; People’s Choice at the Canadian Open in 2009 and 2010; and first-place at the BC Snow Carving Championships at Silver Star in 2009.

Sandi Sterling copySandi “Castle” Stirling

Home: Dundas, Ontario
Sculpting Since: 1995

BIO: Master Sand Sculptor Sandi “Castle” Stirling, from Dundas Ontario, is passionate about sand and loves to play in it. She discovered her talent for sandsculpting at Sauble Beach Lake Huron Ontario in 1995. Since then she has won numerous awards at sandsculpting events both in Canada and the United States. For many years, Sandi has competed at the Sauble Beach Sandfest at Sauble Beach Ontario, Parksville British Columbia Beachfest, South Padre Island Texas Sandfest, Fort Myers Beach Florida, and Revere Beach Massachusetts at The New England Sandfest. Sandi is kept busy during the summer months on commission sand sculptures for events in Ontario. She is also an artist in the classroom sharing her knowledge of rock and minerals and sand castles with grade 4 students in the Hamilton Wentworth Schools.

Bert AdamsBert Adams
Sculpting Since: 1990
Home: Vancouver, WA

Bio: Bert entered his first sand contest with his brother and 4 friends at the Carmel Beach Sand Castle Contest. They took 1st place, The coveted “Golden Shovel”. In 1990, Bert got a copy of the book, “The Art of Sand Castling”, which included a listing of several contests close enough to drive to. Bert started recruiting friends to be on teams, and teaching those friends sand sculpture techniques. In 1993, while volunteering as a raft guide for Inner City Outings, (part of the Sierra Club); Bert got the idea of hosting a sand sculpture contest as a fundraiser. He matched an NPO that had willing teammates with a master sculptor with talent to a sponsor with $$. The first year 13 teams earned a total of $16,000. ICO won the contest. Sponsored by Kellogg’s, the sculpture was of an 8ft tall Tony the Tiger paddling a 25ft long river raft with a Spoon. In the front of the boat were Snap, Crackle and Pop. On the side the boat was the Kellogg logo, and the other side the ICO logo. ICO won $1000 from the contest. $5000 from Kellogg’s, and they got the front cover of the Peninsula section of the San Francisco Chronicle the next day. Kellogg’s loved it. In 1995 Bert moved near Portland OR with an electronics company. There he was contacted by a local NPO about helping with a sand sculpture contest they wanted to try. Bert took his knowledge of sand sculpture contests, teaching sand sculpture technique, ropes course team building, and delivering publicity to sponsors, and gave birth to Sand in the City®. Since then, Sand in the City® has netted $Millions for the NPOs involved. Beyond Sand in the City®, Bert also does Display sculptures, Wedding sculptures, Proposal sculptures, Competes in Master’s level contests, and has been known to carve some serious Pumpkins too.

Brett StockerBrett Stocker
Sculpting Since: 1997
Home: Born in Kenya, resides in Los Cabos Mexico

Bio: Born in Kenya, East Africa, Brett Schooled in England,Lived in Canada as a Garden Designer for 32 years and finally moved to Mexico 2 years ago. While living in Parksville B.C Canada, where the Canadian International Sandsculpting contest was held, he became involved in judging for five years. Where he met Joe Maize,who invited Brett to the U.S. Open in Imperial Beach, California where they won. Two months later they took the Architectural prize at the World Championships in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Brett continued doing contests and exhibitions and was invited to participate with eighty carvers from around the World, in a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest and tallest Sandsculpture in San Diego. He has competed in the Canary Islands, Canada, United States and Mexico, and placed in numerous contests. He has also competed in Ice and Snow carving in Canada, Russia and The U.S. Brett resides in Los Cabos ,Mexico, and is known for his verbal and visual Panache!

Walter McDonaldAmazin (Walter) McDonald
Sculpting Since: 1984
Home: South Padre Island, TX

Bio: Amazin’ Walter has been creating sand sculptures for 27 years – so long, he’s lost count of the awards he’s accumulated. He has appeared at nearly every major sand competition and is a frequent winner of People’s Choice awards. He competed with his daughter, Christy, on the Travel Channel’s Sand Blasters: The Extreme Sand Sculpting Championship in 2008. They won 2nd Place at the Texas Sand Fest (Port Aransas) in April 2011. Walter just returned from Virginia Beach in early Oct. 2011 where he won 3rd place for the second year in a row at the North American Sand Sculpting Championships! Possibly the oldest sand sculptor in captivity, Amazin’ Walter has made a reputation for himself building castles and is best known for his arches. His competition and commercial work has carried him to the far reaches of the world, China, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and many places in the U.S.

Carl JaraCarl Jara
Home: Cleveland, OH
Sculpting Since: 1992

Bio: Carl Jara, is a lifetime Greater Cleveland resident, who has been traveling the world of sculpting sand for the last twenty years. At 38 years old more than half his life has been spent trying to capture that perfect blend of aesthetics and engineering. From humble beginnings with his friend and mentor Tom Morrison, to twelve solo World Championship medals, he has continually strived to bring new insight into the art. Rarely beginning with a plan, his work is conceived and created on the spot. This passion has expanded in the last five years through his career as an exhibits creator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and as a furniture maker in his own home woodshop. He sincerely hopes you enjoy what he has to share.
By the way…. Hi… I’m Carl… and I make stuff”…

Melinege BeauregardMelineige Beauregard
Home: Quebec, Canada
Sculpting Since: 2001

BIO: Some believe sand sculpting is art, some believe it’s a sport. While others, like Melineige, believe it’s a spiritual experience. “When my hands touch the material, when my heart opens to give life, when my head is illuminated by light, I become the co-creator of the universe,” she said. “An artist is one who spiritualizes matter.” She should know. Art is in her blood. Her father is internationally renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard, and like her father, she too has achieved international success. In fact, in 2004 the father-daughter duo teamed to win the World Championship in the doubles category. Since then she has won several individual awards and in 2011 she was Grand Champion of the “Quick Sand’ competition at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Florida. “For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty,” she waxed poetically.

Morgan RudluffMorgan Rudluff
Home: Santa Cruz, California
Sculpting Since: 2007

BIO: Morgan has been sculpting since 2007. Morgan considers herself to be an eclectically-educated science nerd who scrapped it all to live and work as an artist. In 2007, she began sewing, salvaging and re-purposing garments, beginning what was to become the seeds of her own “Sew Stoked!” creative collection of clothing, costumes and accessories. In that same year, Morgan decided to make a career in the arts. She discovered the key to life laced between the billions of grains of sand, and the sculpture that waits to emerge. For Morgan, sand sculpture is one of the pinnacle ways to honor her inner child and her inner artist simultaneously.

Fred MallettFred Mallett
Current National Champion of Soft pack
Home: Port Aransas, Texas
Sculpting Since: 2002

BIO: Fred Mallett has been competing in Masters level sand sculpture events since 2002. As of the end of 2012, he has competed in 70 masters level competitions, but has been shifting his focus to Professional Sand Sculpting rather than competitions over the past few years. He lives on the Musting Island town of Port Aransas in Texas which is one of the better beaches in the country for having a fine grain strong sand for sculpting. He enjoys many Professional Sand Sculpting jobs (and a few competitions) a year as an artistic release in the form of a multi-day retreat from his usual job of teaching engineers to write computer programs to analyze massive amounts of data. Not to mention funding his fishing habit.

Sandis KondratsSandis Kondrats
Home: Latvia
Sculpting Since: 2001

I am World traveler, sculptor and entrepreneur born in small town called Talsi of Latvia at 1980 during the regime of Soviet Occupation. I studied art since age of 9 for more than sixteen years. At 2006 received degree in Master of Art’s, Humanities, Fine Arts, Visual Plastic Art of Art Academy of Latvia. Since 2001 I have done more than 150 international group exhibitions, symposiums, festivals and competitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, China, Canada, El Salvador, USA and Israel. After graduation in 2006 I was CEO of sand and ice sculpture company “Frostiart Baltic” located in Riga, Latvia, president of “Baltic Association of Sand Sculpture”, artistic and technical director of numerous sculpting festivals at Europe and sculptor of contests, festivals and exhibitions all around the World. Currently I co-own a company “Exonicus LLC” based out of WA, USA and develop together with Uldis Zarins the book “Anatomy for Sculptors”, art project “Latvian Story”, blog “Imagine Sand” and work as a sculptor.

Laurie TournouxLaurie Arntz-Tournoux
Sculpting Since: 1998
Home: Louisville, Ohio

Mother of two college age daughters and tax administrator for a municipal government by day has been dubbed the “Logo Queen” on the sand circuit by her peers. Most of the logo replications are for businesses. In addition, she helps run a lucrative Excavating business with her “better half”. Logo and sculpting projects in Ohio include: Pro Football Hall of Fame Ribs Burnoff, Strong Kid Program Jackson Township MC, City of Alliance Annual July 4th Festival, Kids Fest, Cleveland Indians, Youngstown Metro Parks, Louisville’s Annual Balloon Lift Off, Community Days in Richfield, Festival, , Taste of Hudson, Several Relay for Life Projects. Laurie travels and competes when time allows. A few places are, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia Beach (4th place), Maine, Parksville, BC. She has appeared on CNN and the Travel Channel, a few sand logos that could be seen on national commercials, many speaking

Abe WatermanAbe Waterman
Home: PEI, Canada

Abe Waterman has signed a confidentiality contract with Peteski Productions, CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World Productions, granting them exclusive rights to the Abe Waterman Story, and therefore not allowing him to disclose any personal information at this time. However, if you’d like to learn more about Abe Waterman, be sure to catch Dr. Phil’s “The Abe Waterman Story” airing on all reputable Television networks December 11th. Mark your calender today, this is a guaranteed tear jerker.

Bill DowBill Dow
Home: Billings, Montana
Sculpting Since: 1995

A native of Montana, Bill has been sculpting sand for 18 years, a result of a chance run-in with a sand castle. Thinking he should get a degree before he turned 40, Bill decided to attend an art institute in Seattle to get a two-year degree in industrial design, a stepping stone to fulfilling his life-long desire to be some type of car or industrial designer. But a fellow classmate persuaded him to visit a local shopping mall to see a professionally carved sand castle on display there. It amazed him and changed his life.

Bill has carved on 3 continents and about half of the states. He’s been in the sand since 1991 when the team he joined won the World Championships. He has competed at the ‘Worlds’ every year since then (except last year – no event). Bill has won multiple team championships, 2nd & 3rd solos, architectural award. I plan on continuing to carve ’til I physically can’t do it anymore!”


Andy Hancock
Home: Born in Australia, Resides in South Padre Island, Texas
Sculpting Since: 2000

BIO: Usually listed as a non- competing master, this will be a rare competition appearance by Andy Hancock of Melbourne, Australia. Now an honorary Texan, Andy now lives and works on South Padre Island while occasionally traveling abroad to carve things to bits using a chainsaw – yep, he’s a wood sculptor as well. Andy has traveled all over the world and sees little point in worrying about people from anywhere else as how can they compete with an Australian next to a bar? (LMAO) Andy lived in the UK for 30 years and is looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new sculptors whilst trying to live up to everyone’s expectations (his sons will be watching from the UK!) Andy’s passion in sand is to inspire the next generation of masters and his company, spends all its time making sure that people know that South Padre Island is the place to have a great time while learning a skill that will last a lifetime. Thanks for coming and enjoy yourselves while we work!

Non-Competing Master Sculptors and Staff

Bill and Marianne KnightBill and Marianne Knight
Home: Fort Myers, Florida
Sculpting Since: 2001

BIO: Bill and Marianne found their love for sand sculpting about 13 years ago when they began competing in amateur contests. After winning several 1st, 2nd, 3rd, people’s choice, judges choice they became professional sculptors in 2006. Their company “The Sand Lovers” not only specializes in creating wonderful works of art from piles of sand, they also manage some the the largest sand sculpting events in the U.S. In the past few years Bill and Marianne have managed 10 major sand sculpting events reaching almost 500,000 people. While their main focus is commercial work, they compete in a few competitions each year and hold several medals and people’s choice awards. Bill and Marianne will be organizing/managing this year’s event, along with hosting “Quick Sand” and providing sand sculpting demonstrations during the event. Go to the beach, Play in the Sand, Have FUN and LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS!

Suzanne AltamareSuzanne Altamare
Home: Daytona Beach, Florida
Sculpting Since: 1983

BIO: Suzanne Altamare has been a professional sand sculptor for 30 years. She lives in Daytona Beach, Florida, but loves the Fort Myers sand. Favorite subjects to carve are: antique motorcycles, octopi, logos, dolphins, etc. Hobbies: Boogie Boarding, gardening, permanent art work. She is a full time cat slave at home and strives to please her furry masters. Sand Mottos: Change your mind….not the sand. Don’t fight it….. hide it.

Sandi AdamsSandi Adams
Home: Wilmington, North Carolina
Sculpting Since: 2008

BIO: Sandi began working in sand in 2008, and in 2009 Team SandiCastles participated in its first competition, “Castles and Scoops”, taking first place in the adult division. Sandi owns a successful sand sculpting company based in North Carolina. She joins the Sand Lovers Team to assist in event management and provide sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons.

Dennis and Lisa FewlessDennis and Lisa Fewless
Home: Emmett, Michigan
Sand Management Team

Dennis and Lisa Fewless join the Sand Lovers team to assist in event management. Both Lisa and Dennis have been involved in sand sculpting and event mangement, working with the Sand Lovers on a regular basis. Lisa is also a very talented sand sculptor, frequently placing in Amateur competitions.


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