Aussies take on World in Surfers Paradise sand battle

THE TOP three Australian sand sculptors will go up against three international sculptors in an intense battle of creativity, skills and tools this weekend.

Australia will verse The World to create the best giant sculpture at the Sand Safari on the Surfers Paradise foreshore.

The sculpture will built using 25 tonnes of sand and needs to be based on this year’s theme of Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales.


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Australia will be showcasing its best sand art talent with Jino van Bruinessen from NSW, Kevin Crawford from WA, and Meg Murray from VIC all lining up to represent the country after finishing first, second and third respectively in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships last weekend.

Not to be outdone, making up the World team is Ilya Filomenstav of Russia, Suzanne Ruseler of the Netherlands and Baldrick Buckle of England who spent last week working together to create the 20 tonne Streets Ice Cream feature sculpture titled ‘Paddle-popsaurus’.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said that this sand battle is a great one to watch with the six sculptors all working right next to each other and at the same time.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to see how the sculptors all work together to decide who will focus on what elements and how they will form to create one piece,” Mr Winlaw said.

“These sculptures will be slightly different to the competition pieces as once they are completed, visitors to the foreshore will be able to get right in to the enclosure and pose with the creations.

“It is sure to be a nail-biting finish on Sunday with some amazing skills on display and the pressure is sure to be on the home team to take out the top prize,” he said.

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Designed as an interactive event, there will be plenty of free activities on offer for families over the weekend including beachfront sand sculpting workshops lead by professional sculptor Yves Gerraedts. Participants can also learn the ropes of sand art and sand bottle making for a small cost.

The Gold Coast Sand Trail are on display at 14 locations along the Gold Coast until March 2. The third annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships were held on Surfers Paradise Foreshore February 14 – 16, with all sculptures staying in place until the end of the event on March 2. The intense Australia vs World battle takes place from 20 – 23 February. For more information please visit