SFBay is live blogging Leap’s 29th annual Sandcastle Contest on Ocean Beach! This page will automatically refresh with the latest updates from San Francisco’s western edge.
These updates were reported by SFBay reporters Jesse Garnier, Miles Aquino and Victoria Nguyen, and photographed by SFBay’s Scot Tucker, Ali Thanawalla and Eric Peterson.
3:41 pm PST
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! The sandcastle judged best in show by this year’s judges was built by students at Garfield Elementary School and McCoppin Elementary in San Francisco! Their sandcastle depicted a kamikaze penguin jumping off an iceberg into a shark’s mouth. The project was assisted by the Design Partnership LLC, Interface Engineering, Holmes Culley, Martinkovic Milford Architects, and Plant Construction Company.
Congratulations go out not only to students from Garfield and McCoppin — and everybody involved with the winning team — but to all of this year’s participants from all teams and supporting companies!
Everybody is a winner at the Leap Sandcastle contest — literally — and SFBay will publish a complete list of winners as soon as it is available.
2:43 pm PST
The judges have evaluated the sandcastles and are deliberating over the winners! The 2012 Leap Sandcastle judges are John King, Urban Design Critic, San Francisco Chronicle, Margie O’Driscoll, Executive Director, AIA San Francisco, Rob Cox, Artist, Joe Landon, Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education, Patricia Maloney, Director, Art Practical.
1:34 pm PST
An amazing guest just dropped in off Ocean Beach for the sandcastle contest: A large whale swimming past Ocean Beach! The whale just attracted the attention off most of the sandcastle builders, drawing everyone to the waterline to catch a glimpse of the giant creature. Amazing photo by SFBay’s Eric Peterson!
1:05 pm PST
The sun is out! The sun is out! The fog has burned away from Ocean Beach and it’s downright comfortable. Get on out here!
12:33 pm PST
Carrying water to keep their castles wet is a big challenge for all the teams on Ocean Beach today. Some teams use the old-standby bucket brigade. Others are getting creative, digging trenches which run from the waterline back to their sandcastles. Fewer and shorter trips for water — just pour into the trench and the water flows to the castle!
12:13 pm PST
11:43 am PST
Mario has made it to Ocean Beach! Longfellow Elementary School students work away behind a scale model of their sandcastle: A real-life Mario Bros. game scene complete with game player and TV. Longfellow students are supported by volunteers from Stantec Architecture and Skanska USA Building.
11:34 am PST
The team from Miraloma Elementary School in San Francisco is building a sandcastle they call “Animal Olympics!” A big frog is reading a pop-up book with animals jumping into the finish line to a smaller flog. Led by Katelyn Braithwaite, 60 third-graders from three classes are being assisted by volunteers from NBBJ architects, Hensel Phelps Constructions and 3-Form Material Solutions.
11:13 am PST
10:59 am PST
Ocean Beach is filling up quickly! Lots of kids, parents and observers checking out the sandcastles!
10:54 am PSTrepresenting a local school and supported by professional firms — are on Ocean Beach, furiously constructing their castles.
Also sprouting from the sand is a community castle effort, led by San Francisco-based Wix. Jamie Moore, Wix’s U.S. Director, says 50-60 kids are helping build a panda on a pogo stick — with a Giants logo! 15 Wix staffers are volunteering to help the kids, who, from what we can tell, are having a blast!
10:14 am PST
The horn has sounded and the contest is underway!
It’s a brisk 56 degrees on Ocean Beach this morning, and 28 teams are finding out the best way to stay warm is to get busy — and stay busy. Massive piles of sand are starting to be formed, really the first step in building any sandcastle. What shapes will start to take form? What fantastic plans will emerge? Stick with us and find out!