Sandcastles, Sea Creatures Amaze Thousands

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Commodores Award for Overall Best Creation went to Chris Crosson and his team for their sea life and sandcastle sculpture.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

Thousands flocked to Corona del Mar State Beach over the weekend to watch sand get transformed into castles and animals of the ocean.

The 58th Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest was held Sunday at Big Corona Beach. This year’s theme was “fantastic sea creatures.”

The event was hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The two top prizes went to Chris Crosson, who earned the Commodores Award for Overall Best Creation, and the IB Posse, who took home the People’s Choice Award for Best Creation.

For more information, visit newportbeach.com.

Newport Beach Mayor and Sandcastle judge Diane Dixonn poses with one of the sandy creations during the event.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
The sandcastle welcoming people to the contest by event host Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
A sandy mermaid and scuba diver created at the contest last weekend.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
Corona del Mar State Beach was packed with participants and spectators during the event.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
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