New Brighton hosts sand scuplture competition
Whales, walruses, dragons and penguins all stranded at New Brighton beach yesterday as the third annual New Zealand sandcastle competition kicked off.
Hundreds descended onto the foreshore to inspect the creations which took all day starting at 9am.
The theme was "castles of the mind" with judges looking for technical difficulty, artistic merit and overall design.
Brighton locals Rowan Wilson-Davey and Sol Arrowfield had been building castles at the beach for 20 years before they decided to enter.
"It takes all that experience to make a good sculpture," Wilson-Davey said.
Among the sculptors was Rusty Croft, who started sand sculpting as a professional in 1997. He was a member of a team which set a world record with its huge sculpture, The Lost City of Atlantis.
From there he moved into sculpting full-time and built an empire. Croft now runs his own sculpting company, Sand Guys, based in California. The business creates works for the Silicon Valley elite such as Yahoo, Google and Facebook.
Croft hosts the Travel Channel's new show, Sand Masters, which follows top sculptors around the world.
Another professional sand sculptor, Sue McGrew, came to the New Zealand Sandcastle Competition from Tacoma, Washington, USA.