San Francisco beaches aren't know for being luxurious getaways like their Southern California and Florida counterparts. Infamously known for being too extreme in wind, fog, and overall cold weather, it's apt that they will be the site for an extreme sports competition.
No, it won't be another America's Cup or surfing event; rather, this will be out of the water and onto the beach -- literally.
Hub Strategy, a San Francisco PR and advertising agency will host the first ever, international sand sculpture competition called Carve San Francisco with nine sculptors and their respective teams flown in from all over the world for five days to create massive works of art from more than 400 tons of sand.
The nine artists will come from various parts of the United States (Florida, California, and Washington State), Canada, South Korea, and China. Notable artists include Lawrence Noble, Chairman of Academy of Art's sculpting department; Rusty Croft, noted personality on Travel Channel's program Sand Masters; and JOOheng Tan, a Singapore artist often referred to as "Vincent Sand Gogh," among others.
"As a surfer and someone who has enormous respect for surf artistry, we are looking forward to watching the amazing sculptures emerge," said DJ O'Neil, founder and co-creative director at Hub Strategy in a press release.
Carve will be held from Oct. 15-20 in the Presidio near Sports Basement and will include daily activities like "Sandcastles & Schools" where Bay Area students in K-12 are invited to meet the artists, learn about the importance of ocean and beach preservation and restoration and to wiggle and frolic in the sandy dunes.
But before the sand castles crumble, this event isn't made to erect temporary monuments. The proceeds from this competition will benefit two local charities: the San Francisco Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Surf.
When: Oct. 15-20
Where: Presidio, near Sports Basement. (610 Old Mason)