International Sand Sculpture Competition Brings 6 Pros to Seaside Heights


SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – Building a sandcastle on the beach is a popular summer pastime, but there are some people who are taking these sculptures to a new level.

This week, a group of international award-winning sand sculptors compete on the beach at Seaside Heights, each using 10 tons of sand in their creations.

The creations will be built adjacent to the Carousel Pavilion on Sampson Avenue at the Boardwalk.

“Laura and I are thrilled to bring six of the world’s most talented sand sculptors to show off their skills in 200 tons of sand at Seaside Heights,” said John Gowdy, who co-organized the competition with his wife Laura on Sunday while en route.

“Come and see what you thought impossible to do with just sand and water,” he said. “This will be a great, family-friendly start to the 2022 summer season.”

Children can play in the play pile area full of buckets and shovels, officials said.

The audience can vote for their favorite sculpture and watch the sculpture being performed each day before the awards ceremony. The event is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The awards ceremony will be held on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. with prizes for first, second and third place and a Mayor’s Choice Award.

“We’ve wanted to host a sand sculpting contest after Seaside Heights for a long time, and now it’s finally here,” Mayor Anthony Vaz said. “The talent of these sculptors is incredible. We hope it will become an annual event, with the number of participants growing every year.”

Day passes are required and cost $5 per day for guests 12 and older and $2.50 for children 6-11 years old. Children up to 5 years are free.

An event pass for $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for ages 6-11 allows unlimited access for the remaining three days. Buy tickets here.

The confirmed competitors are:

  • Justin Gordon, Groveland, Massachusetts
  • Todd Pangborn, Jamestown, New York
  • Matt Long, Staten Island, New York
  • Karen Frolich, Ontario, Canada
  • Melineige Beauregard, Hawaii
  • Chris Guinto, Hawaii

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