Australian Sand Sculpting Championships

Now in its 8th year, the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships attract tens of thousands of spectators to Surfers Paradise to admire some of the world’s most talented sculptors as they put their skills to the test, carving tonnes of sand into stunning life-sized masterpieces inspired by Treasures of the Sea.

Come and watch this year's exciting competition!


Friday 8 - Saturday 9 February: Carving 7.30am - 6.30pm

Sunday 10 February: Carving 7.30am - 2.30pm

Winner announced: Sunday 10 February, 4pm at Treasure Rock

Admire the finished sculptures from 11 - 24 February, 10am-9pm daily

People's Choice Award

You can even have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Just pop your voting tokens out from the back of your Event Guide and drop them into the box at the sand sculpt you like the most on or before Friday 22nd February!

The sculpt with the most votes receives the acclaimed 2019 People’s Choice Award.

Meet the Sculptors


Jabuk Zimacek - International Guest Sculptor (Czech Republic)

Jakub started his sand sculpting career on the beaches of Southern Spain in 2004. After 18 months honing his sculpting skills on the beach, he attended his first sand sculpting festival in Portugal. Since then he has participated in festivals and competitions all around the world, sought after for his ability to carve exceptionally fine detail and forced perspective in the sand.

Peter Redmond (VIC)

With a background in graphic design and illustration, Peter started carving in sand in 2006 and used the experience as a springboard into other sand projects. Since then Peter has worked steadily around Australia at festivals, events, shopping centres and for corporate commissions. He has also worked on international sand sculpting projects in New Zealand, Egypt, Singapore and the Maldives.

Kevin Crawford (WA)

Kevin has been a professional sand sculptor for 37 years and has won over 11 Sand Sculpting World Championships. This multi-award winner has worked internationally on large scale projects throughout Europe, Asia, America, Canada, the Middle East as well as in his home country Australia.

Clive Abben (VIC)

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Florida Daniel was asked to sculpt a scale model of the Raymond James Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl in 2001. After its completion he was asked to represent the USA at international sand  sculpting competitions. He has quickly established a name for himself which has taken him on countless world tours as a master sculptor.

Jim MacCaulay (TAS)

Jim has been involved in sand projects, workshops and using sand as a form of communication since 2000. It has stretched him, challenged him, taught him about patience, acceptance, the temporary nature of things and much about himself. He says it is such a wonderful practice that talks to the eight-year-old as quickly as the 80-year old.

Meg Murray (TAS)

Meg’s art career began at an early age having grown up alongside artists in her family: her grandmother a fine artist and her grandfather an architect. Sand sculpting has provided Meg with the opportunity to travel and work alongside international sculptors, whilst continuing her passion and love for painting.

Peter Papamanolis (QLD)

Peter's first 10 tonne sand sculpture was displayed at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships here in Surfers Paradise back in 2013. Since then Peter has had the opportunity to create sand sculptures both large and small for educational organisations, festivals and events Australia wide.


Anne-Marie Taberdo (NSW)

Anne-Marie has been a professional ice sculptor since 2012, with formal traditional sculptural training at the National Art School in Sydney and The City & Guilds of London Art School in the UK. She has worked in various institutions including the British Museum and Madame Tussauds, London before moving into the niche ephemeral art practice of ice carving. This is Anne-Marie’s first competition.

Jino van Bruinessen (NSW)

After working in the film and television industry for over 20 years, Jino decided to expand his skill set. Not only is Jino now a sand sculptor, he is also a watercolour artist, prop maker and interior designer. This ‘jack of all trades’ started sand sculpting 24 years ago and has been active in the industry ever since.

Karen Fralich (Canada)

Karen began her sculpting career in 1983 in a pottery studio in Ontario. By 2001 she was working full time as a highly sought-after international sand sculptor. She has competed in over 100 Master Level International competitions and won four World and five North American Championships. She is the only woman to ever win the Solo World Championship title.


Julian Briones (VIC)

Julian lives and works in Melbourne as a freelance sculptor making toys, collectibles and gaming miniatures. Sculpting in sand is a new and exciting challenge for Julian and he is looking forward to sculpting by the tonne as a welcome change from pushing pixels around on a screen. This is his first sand sculpting competition.