Fort Myers Beach World Championships of Sand Sculpture Winners - 2011

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Real Estate Agent with 16 Sunview Blvd

Fort Myers Beach Hosts the World Championships of Sand Sculpting - Nov 2011   For the first time ever the " World " sand sculpting event was held in the state of Florida.  It followed by 2 weeks the American Sand Sculpting Championships.  Masters level sculpters qualified for the world event at various national competitions.   Contestants must endure a brutal " pound up " phase of alternating sand, water and compacting to ensure the sand holds together once the forms are removed.

                                                                                                 World Sand Sculpting on Fort Myers Beach - 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The carving is done on a very strict schedule and no additional help is allowed.  The winners for the 2011 Fort Myers Beach World Championships of Sand Sculpting are as follows:

First place: Fallen Empire

Fort Myers Beach Sand Contest winner 2011

Second Place:  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Fort Myers Beach World Sand Sculpting Championships - 2011

Third Place: Stretched Too Thin

Fort Myers Beach World Sand Contest Winner - 2011

Peoples' Choice Award - \

Fort Myers Beach World Championships of Sand Carving  -  2011

The event drew close to 100,000 visitors over the ten day event which took place on the beach in front of the Fort Myers Beach Holiday Inn.  The amazing sculptures and enthusiatic support from visitors and locals alike hopefully will bring this world class event back again next year !

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Comments (62)

Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Charles,  They hold these sand carving contests all over but we were lucky enough to host the American and the World championships here on Fort Myers Beach in November of last year.

Jan 22, 2012 06:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bill -- wow -- very impressive display in Fort Meyers.  Thanks for sharing this event.  

Jan 22, 2012 06:25 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Bill I wanted to thank you for stopping by my post today 1/23.  I really appreciate you comments and input my friend.  Have a great afternoon in all you do!

Jan 23, 2012 06:39 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Just came across these photos and they are outstanding. Can't imagine the work involved getting these works of art set up...thanks for stopping by our site too!

Jan 23, 2012 10:00 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Michael,  We were fortunate enough to have both the American and World championships here in Novemner of 2011. 

Jan 24, 2012 02:21 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi John,  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  The pics are easier when you have our sun, sand and amazing sand artworks !

Jan 24, 2012 02:22 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Larry & Sheila,  The amount of intricate detail and creativity really stands out.  Best to see them in person !

Jan 24, 2012 02:23 AM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Bill, those are amazing sculptures! It would be so difficult to be a judge. You sure would not want to take them down, but I suppose they must! Thank You for the little glimpse into your neck of the woods, um, er, beach!

Jan 25, 2012 08:20 AM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Bill - WOW, those are FANTASTIC sand sculptures.  I've seen a few shows about sand sculpting, but I  have never seen anyone do it in person.

Jan 25, 2012 08:49 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bill, as someone whose art projects look like a kindergartners, I am so amazed when I see this level of detail in sand sculptures. I know this was a few weeks ago, but I hope you enjoy the sun and sand this weekend. D

Feb 03, 2012 08:07 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

What these people can do with simple sand and water is absolutely amazing. 

 

Feb 04, 2012 04:51 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Todd,  Actually they use sand, water and some Elmers' Glue to form a thin crust.  The crust helps slow evaporation and adds some strength to the fine details.  Oh, and one other componant  -  amzing talent !

Feb 05, 2012 04:31 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Cheryl,  The judging is done by recognized professionals in the field and also a " Peoples' Choice ".  The two seldom agree ! 

Hi Michelle,  Seeing them up close and watching the carvings evolve is truly amazing.  Come see them sometime !

Hi Debb, I know the feeling.  I tried to show some of the intricate detail in the pics.  Glad you enjoyed them !

Feb 05, 2012 04:36 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bill. Lol. You did show the detail - nicely done! Enjoy the rest of the day. D

Feb 05, 2012 08:48 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Bill

These are some amazing sculptures. Thanks for sharing, cheers cvc

Feb 06, 2012 06:56 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Curtis,  " Amazing " is a word often used to describe these carvings.  Glad you enjoyed them !

Feb 06, 2012 08:29 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Bill, I just stumbled across this. This was always my favorite event when we had our beach house down there!

Feb 06, 2012 10:03 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

These are amazing indeed!  Beyond impressive if you ask me.

By the way, Bill, you look quite a bit like one Bill Parcells.

Feb 07, 2012 07:42 AM
Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Each year the sculptures become more creative and seemingly built with finer detail...do you agree Bill? It's a far cry from the sandcastles we built in my youth on Siesta Key... :)

Nov 16, 2012 05:46 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Kathleen,  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  Amazing what a little Elmers' Glue and a ton of talent can accomplish !

Nov 16, 2012 10:48 PM

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