2013 Beach Map & Team Site Numbers
Downloadable PDF Click Here
How To Become a Team / Registered Team Information or Become an Event Sponsor
Interested in forming a team? Click here
Your team is registered and you need more information? Click here
Your company is interested in supporting Leap by becoming a 2013 Event Sponsor? Click here
You want to donate / sponsor a specific team? Click here
Press Center 2013
2013 Media Coverage
Media Coverage of the event postponement:
Sandcastle Event Coverage
Leap would like to thank all the local and regional media that covered this year's event. Special thanks to SFBay.ca for their live blog coverage from the beach and KTVU Channel 2 for their Media Sponsorship.
Download the Press Kit 2013 (PDF) - Click Here
For Further Information
contact Troy Coalman
Development Director at
Leap's Sandcastle Contest is rescheduled for Saturday, 11/9/13, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Leap hosts this spirited competition between teams of architects, designers, contractors, corporations, engineers and local elementary school students each October on Ocean Beach. The Sandcastle Contest is a fundraiser to support Leap's arts education programs, but admission is free to the community. Before the event, teams meet with students in the classroom to develop ideas based on a set theme. Plans are finalized, clay models are shaped, team structure and schedules are defined, and tasks are assigned, all in preparation for the big day. On the morning of the event, the teams and students arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest. As soon as it sounds, four hours of intensive building begin. By the end of the day, the beach has transformed into a land of magical creatures and fantastical structures. The teamwork involved in creating these works provides an intense learning experience for both the students and the many sponsors who participate.
Help build the 2013 Community Sandcastle - Click here for more information.
2013 JUDGES PANEL
Ramekon O'Arwisters - Curator of San Francisco International Airport Museum
Melissa Culross - KCBS Anchor
Kristin Farr - Bay Area Artist, Writer and KQED show producer
Kimberly Hayes - Executive Director of the African American Art and Culture Complex
Leticia Salinas - Assistant Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District
Rusty Kroft - International sand sculpture and Travel Channel host, The Sandguys.
Kirk Rademaker - International sand sculpture and Travel Channel host, The Sandguys.
HISTORY OF THE CONTEST
The event began in 1983 and quickly became hugely popular. The first fifteen competitions were held at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Over the years, the Sandcastle Contest became so large that it was moved to the more expansive Ocean Beach, where thousands of spectators each year enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the arts and connect with their community. The Sandcastle Contest is now the largest sandcastle event in Northern California. Teams and sponsors involved in Leap's 2012 Sandcastle Contest raised over $250,000! These funds will make it possible for Leap to serve approximately 8,000 students in over 40 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts. Please join us in October 2013 for Leap's 30th Anniversary Sandcastle Contest! As always, the event will prove to be another exciting competition showcasing the Bay Area's most enthusiastic young minds!
WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Muni Bus Route #18 runs along the length of Ocean Beach within 3 blocks from the beach. You can get to Ocean Beach from downtown by taking the 38 bus and walking down from Point Lobos past the Cliff House (or by transfering to the 18). The N Judah also stops at Ocean Beach two block south of Golden Gate park. For details on public transit routes and times visit: www.511.org