Almost everyone loves to go to the beach. Whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast who loves to get out on the water for jet ski rides and intense surfing action, or just someone who loves to relax on the soft sand, feeling the sun’s warm rays cradling your skin while reading a good book, a trip to the beach is always enjoyable.
Another fun activity that everyone enjoys at least once or twice in their lifetime is building a sandcastle. Typically enjoyed by children and families, sandcastle building is always an amusing form of creative expression, typically involving plastic buckets in pre-set castle shapes and little spades to dig up the sand.
However, some individuals go far further than the classic sandcastles many of us made as children. For these people, sand is a medium with which they are able to create some truly astonishing works of art. These individuals and groups work hard to hone their skills of sand sculpture, crafting castles and structures that are simply stunning to look at.
The Leap Sandcastle Classic - Bay Area Sandcastle Competition
Each year, in the San Francisco Bay Area, a special event is held to bring talented sandcastle and sand sculpture creators together and pit them against one another in a fascinating and always-enjoyable sandcastle building competition.
The event, known as the Leap Sandcastle Classic, is organized by Leap, a non-profit focused on offering arts programs and education to Bay Area students, with all proceeds and profits raised by the Sandcastle Classic itself going towards these art programs.
It's an exciting event, with many teams in attendance and thousands of spectators cheering them on and admiring their work from the sidelines. Typically, teams consist of designers, architects, and engineers, but can also include students and other individuals from all walks of life. Judges walk around during the show, handing out prizes to the best teams.
The Leap Sandcastle Classic 2019
2019 will see the 37 edition of the annual Leap Sandcastle Classic, and this event is guaranteed to be just as exciting as ever, with plenty of prestigious awards to be won and a lot of excitement to be had. Here's everything you need to know about the 2019 Leap Sandcastle Classic:
- Location - The 2019 edition of the Leap Sandcastle Classic will be held on Ocean Beach at Balboa Street in San Francisco.
- Dates and Times - This Bay Area sandcastle competition will be held on October 26th of 2019. The event will open up at 11am and finish off at 3.30 in the afternoon.
- Theme - Each year, the Leap Sandcaslte Classic has a fun theme for all the participants to focus on. For 2019, the theme will be 'Let's Play', so we can expect to see sandcastle and sculpture designs focused around ideas of playing, games, fun, and recreation. Schedule - Typically, the teams will arrive at the Sandcastle Classic a few hours before the event officially opens up and gets started, giving them some time to prepare and get ready. Once 11am rolls around, the event will begin, with teams getting to work on their castles and performers livening up the event with live music and more. Judges will pass around the castles over the course of the day and the awards ceremony will take place at around 3pm.
- What To Expect - If you've never attended a Leap Sandcastle Classic before and aren't quite sure what to expect, you're in for a real treat. The biggest sandcastle competition in all of Northern California, the Leap Sandcastle Classic is perfect for anyone who wants to spend a lovely day at the beach while also admiring amazing art and listening to great music too. Various sandcastle building teams will be in attendance, all trying to impress the judges with their creations, while a line-up of musical artists will also be at the show to provide a super soundtrack to the whole event.
- Important Information - The Leap Sandcastle Classic is fully free to attend for everyone, so you won't need to worry about buying tickets in advance or on the day. It's important to note that parking is limited at the event, however, so visitors are encouraged to make use of public transport whenever possible, with several bus stops near Ocean Beach. It's also important to note that the event will be held regardless of the weather; rain is rare in San Francisco in October, so the event usually gets plenty of sunshine, but even if it does rain, the show will go on. website