The Best Sandcastle Builders are Converging in Newport Beach This Weekend for a Truly Epic Sand Sesh

They’re putting your childish bucket castles to shame
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Landlubbers and sandlubbers, take note: Sunday, October 1, is the 56th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar State Beach, and this year’s theme is “Pirates of the Pacific.”

The competition is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Commodores Club, and it’s free for spectators. Sandcastle construction takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a judging period, so come in the afternoon if you want to see the finished work.


A judging team made up of local VIPs and members of the Commodores Club will evaluate each sand creation on clarity of design and degree of difficulty. At 3:30 p.m., they’ll hold an awards ceremony to present sandcastle-shaped (of course) trophies to the winners. Award categories include “Overall Best Creation,” “Most Humorous Creation,” and “Best Display of Theme.”


Want to show off your own sand-sculpting skills? Register a team. Each team can have up to eight sandcastle builders, and alternates are allowed. Registration starts at $30 for families and goes up to $60 for professional architects.

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