The 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest brings together families, community and artists to celebrate our local beach! Internationally-recognized professional sculptors will build a remarkable centerpiece sculpture while amateur professionals and dozens of community teams will challenge each other for highly-valued gift packages. Sign up in advance as an event team or event sponsor. Enjoy exciting attractions such as vendors, live music, food and a fenced-off kid zone. All event proceeds will be donated to the Long Beach Library Foundation.

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Team Registration Information

We welcome and encourage anyone of any and all experience level to register a team for the Great Sand Sculpture Contest!  Teams are limited to 10 individuals maximum and can register in either a family, corperate, or civic organization category.  Team sculpting will take place on Sunday, August 17th from 10a - 4p.  We ask teams to place a deposit of $15 to hold their registration slot.  This deposit can either be refunded the day of the competition or donated to the Long Beach Library Foundation.  

To register your team, please complete the registration form at the top of this page, completing all indicated fields and submitting your $15 deposit.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch at

To see more information about team registration and rules, please download the following:

Professional Sand Sculptors

Bruce Phillips

Carlsbad, CA


Bruce has been involved in the art of sand sculpting for over 20 years . He is known throughout the world, from Tokyo to Amsterdam. He creates amazing works of art at festivals and competitions, and does corporate and private events as well. In the world of sand,  Bruce won the 3-member division of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition 7 times, and holds no less than 5 world records.

Morgan Rudluff

Santa Cruz, CA


Morgan began her artistic endeavors in her own section of her father's professional ceramic workshop in 1987 at the age of three. 
In 2007,  met Kirk Rademaker, “The Sand Guy.” Within a year, Rudluff decided to make a career in sand sculpting, and has been carving sand and providing instruction for over five years. She was recently feature on the Travel Channel's Hit Show "Sand  Masters!"

Sue McGrew

Tacoma, Washington


Sue got a taste of sand sculpting in high school and was immediately smitten. “I was hopelessly addicted,” she admitted. And that love only grew when she went to USC to study Theatre-Stage Management . She is one of the youngest professional sand sculptors in the world and has also shown prowess in snow and ice sculpting. “She has been featured on Sand Masters on The Travel Channel, as well as Sandblaster III – The Extreme Sand Sculpting Competition. 

Sandis Kondrats

Tacoma, Washington


World traveler, sculptor and entrepreneur, Sandis studied art for more than 16 years, starting at age 9.  He holds multiple Masters of Arts degrees from the Art Academy of Latvia.He has sculpted at contests, festivals and exhibitions all around the world, served as artistic and technical director for numerous sculpting festivals in Europe. Sandis recently launched his book "Anatomy for Sculptors."


Thank you to our Title Sponsor:
The Port of Long Beach!

Gold & Silver Sponsors

Event Partners

Become a Sponsor!

There are two ways to contribute to the Long Beach community via the Great Sand Sculpture Contest. The first is to become an official sponsor of the event. The second is to donate goods or services that you or your organization may provide.

Becoming a sponsor of the Great Sand Sculpture Contest has huge benefits. You will have the privilege to put your name on one of the biggest home-grown events in Long Beach. Last year we had over 10,000 attendees of all ages. This year we are anticipating an increase in attendance as the last two years have proven true. Your presence at this event would give you great branding awareness opportunities. Just ask some of our past sponsors, such as Port of Long Beach, Jet Blue, Kool-Aid, and more!

In addition to sponsorship, we appreciate any in-kind donations! Typically, donated goods are given out as raffle prizes while donated services (such as printing, DJ, staffing and more) allow us to make the event free to attend.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship levels, feel free to download our sponsorship packet and e-mail for more information.

Click Here to Download Packet

Interested in Volunteering?  We need the help!

The Great Sand Sculpture Contest is an entirely non-profit event put on each and every year by Rotaract Long Beach FOR the community and the Library Foundation.  With this in mind, we can use all the assistance possible with hosting the event! Painting faces in our kid-zone, helping to create a GIANT professional sand sculpture, caring for our teams and more... there is a position for you!

If you're interested in helping to put on this FUN community contest, please fill out the following volunteer form and we will be in touch with more information on the event: 

Register to Volunteer Here


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Team Sign-Up

Sign-up for this year's contest to try your skills at sculpting the best sand castle possible! We invite teams of 2 - 10 people to join us for a day of fun in the sun. Past prizes have ranged from Jet Blue Tickets, Resort Get Aways, Catalina Cruise Tickets, Restaraunt Meals and more! All proceeds from the Great Sand Sculpture Competition go to directly benefit the Long Beach Library Foundation. The Library promotes childhood and adult literacy programs in our community - one of the most pressing needs within the city of Long Beach. We ask all teams to make a small contribution to the foundation in order to participate. If you or your team is unable to do so due to financial hardship, we will be happy to discuss an exception to this donation, please reach out us at


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