Representatives from eight different countries will compete in the 4th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition presented by Margaritaville Apparel on November 15-18, 2013. Ten teams of two will sculpt for four days, creating elaborate sculptures 8-10’ in height, vying for $13,000 in prize money.
The ten master teams will consist of the following sculptors:
Craig Mutch, Canada (one of the 2012 winners) and Bill Dow, MT
Karen Fralich, Canada and Dan Belcher, MO (2011 winners)
Sandis Kondrats, Latvia (one of the 2010 winners) and Bert Adams, WA
Michela Ciappini, Italy and Jan Zelinka, Czech Republic
Abe Waterman, Canada (one of the 2012 winners) and Morgan Rudluff, CA
Steve Topazio, RI and Ron MacDonald, FL
Matt Long, NY and Andy Gertler, NY
Brett Stocker, Mexico and Fred Mallet, TX
Marek Elsner, Poland and Ulrich Braentsch, Germany
Sean Fitzpatrick, MA and Andy Hancock, TX
Master Sand Sculptors Suzanne Altamare, FL, will be managing the group logo carve and Walter McDonald, TX, will be giving sand sculpting lessons throughout the event.
Master Sand Sculptor and a Crystal Classic Founder, Brian Wigelsworth of Sarasota, FL, will be the Event Sand Manager this year.
For more information please visit www.SiestaKeyCrystalClassic.com or contact Chastanna Niemann at the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at 941-349-3800.
Profits from the event will benefit Mote Marine Laboratory's sea turtle research and conservation programs. For more information about Mote Marine Laboratory please visit www.mote.org or contact Hayley Rutger, Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-388-4441 Cell: 941-374-0081; or email@example.com