Princess Leia seen at Broulee
Princess Leia found herself rather uncomfortably and immodestly in the clutches of Jabba the Hut thanks to the sand sculpturing efforts of the Keegan and Cleaver families from Canberra at Broulee’s New Years Eve sandcastle competition. Her plight was accentuated by the close threatening proximity of a Tyranosaurus.
The beach just erupted in a plethora of turtles, film stars, crocodiles, mermaids and even sandcastles.
Crowd favourite and overall winner of the sculpture section was the wonderfully inappropriate graveyard for David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds complete with recently resuscitated bodies.
The Patyus family of Mossy Point had some difficulty with a defiantly prone Christmas tree while the Eastwood family from Sydney bravely came to grips with a giant hermit crab.
Harper and Kirby Smee from Canberra made a huge sneaker with the help of parents Disa and Matt “they only moved the sand around” said Kirby, “we did the art bit”. The Roberts family from Canberra also had a foot fetish with the creation of one belonging supposedly to a “Beach Friendly Giant” but according to one of the kids it was really her dad’s.
John Cleaver of Canberra must have had a big Christmas because he found himself hemmed in by 99 sandy bottles.
The competition, which has been going since 2001, is run but the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association with the vital contribution of insurance cover currently provided by the Broulee Surfschool. Long term Association sandcastle supremo Richard Fisher, who has been king of the castle since 2006, anointed locals John and Debra Waser to mastermind this one.
“It was just terrific”, said Debra. “More than 80 entries and over 1500 people enjoying themselves despite some rather dull drizzly weather. And the explosion of creative talent was something to behold”.
John Waser paid tribute to the numerous local businesses who generously donated prizes including : Broulee Surf School and Total Eco Adventures, Mogo Zoo, Offshore Surfshop, Broulee Pharmacy, The Mossy Cafe Broulee’s Single Fin Gypsy, Milstons Past and Present at Mogo, Middle of Mogo including Lots of Lollies Mogo, In and Out Mogo and Mogo Fudge, Merchants of Mogo and the wonderful backup of the Broulee Surfers Surf Lifesaving Club.
1. Cemetery of the Famous by NO! of Canberra
2. Surf Rescue Boat by The Sandmen of Canberra
3. Hermit Crab by Jaggar Daggers of Sydney
Highly Commended Pippi Shell by Andos of Sydney
1. By Sandy Scandals of Sydney
2. By Horskins family of Inverloch, VIC
3. By Pink Fluffy Unicorns of Canberra
Highly Commended Warren family of Canberra
1. Seal by Allsorts of Canberra
2. Hippo by Apricots of ACT/VIC/NSW
3. Turtle by Perfect Waves of Broulee
Highly Commended Octopus by 3 Stooges of Melbourne
Photos below kindly captured and provided by the event organisers and reprinted with permission
Above: Light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of some 400 modellers in the annual Broulee New Year’s Eve Sandcastle competition who were encouraged by a large crowd
Above: The Roberts family from Canberra created the foot of what was supposed to be a “Beach Friendly Giant” but according to one of the kids it was really her dad’s
Above: Kat and Jaz from Mossy Point moulded a very attractive Christmas tree that refused to go vertical
Above: Harper and Kirby from Canberra made a big sneaker with the help of parents Disa and Matt “they only moved the sand around” said Kirby, “we did the art bit”
Above: The Eastwood family from Sydney combined to make a Hermit crab which won third prize in the sculpture section
Above: Princess Leia found herself rather uncomfortably and immodestly in the clutches of Jabba the Hut thanks to the efforts of the Keegan and Cleaver families from Canberra.
Above: John Cleaver from Canberra, in his first competition, working his way through 99 bottles
Above: Carrie Fisher was laid to rest during the competition
Above: A wonderfully inappropriate graveyard for Prince, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, and Debbie Reynolds won first prize in the sculpture section thanks to efforts of Canberra’s Needham & Trotter families