North Broulee Beach went exotic on New Year’s Eve when invaded by dragons, sea monsters, sharks, UFOs, seals, huge frogs, rampaging squids, and corpulent comic characters.
Broulee Community Association’s annual sand dune castle event was just huge with some 119 groups participating and more than two thousand spectators.
“It’s the quality of our sand,’ theorized one long time local who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s just the yellowiest, roundest, firmest and prettiest on the South Coast”.
“It’s always a hoot, just good fun, ‘ said Deb Waser who organized the event for the Broulee/Mossy Point Community with her husband John. ‘Locals and tourists alike love the competition and we get terrific support from nearby businesses. We had participants from every capital city in Australia along with internationals from the USA, NZ, England and Samoa. ‘ Below: Two internationals judges - England’s Chris Unwin and Abbey Early (formerly from Broulee)
Part of the judging team - spotters Ross Hayward and Barbara Roberts (left) and judges Andrew and Kim Jackson
The organizers paid tribute to the local businesses who contributed so wholeheartedly to the event. Generous support was received from Broulee Surf School and Total Eco Adventures, Mogo Zoo, Single Fin Canteen & Goods, Broulee Offshore Surf, The Mossy Cafe, Smokey Dans @ Tomakin, Milstons Past & Present of Mogo, In & Out at Mogo/Mogo Village Centre and Fudge Shop, Broulee Beach Pharmacy, the ‘Nutgrove’ families, Cut N Run Pizza Truck and Broulee Surfers & Surf Life Saving Club.
Some $1200 was raised for community projects of the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association.
1. Sea Monster - Scarhill sisters from Melbourne
The Scahill sisters from Melbourne won the juniors with a sea monster
2. Sea Serpent - locals kids from Broulee
3. Harry Potter castle and broomstick - kids from Canberra
1. Bagwatts Castle - HippoGriffs of Canberra - Abi, Maya, Jemma, Rhys Goodwin and Peter Ozdowski
Bagwatts Castle by the HippoGriffs of Canberra - Abi, Maya, Jemma, Rhys Goodwin and Peter Ozdowski - winner of the open sandcastles
2. Pyramid Castle called Toot and Come In - from Woodlands in Dunns Creek Road - John Sutton, The Dohrn Family, Sam Knowles and Arki Wellington
3. Castles with Turkeys and Seaweed - from Canberra and Melbourne - Solomon and Pearce Klugman, Oliver and Benjamin Amkel, and Lisa Abbott
1. Toothless Dragon - Canberra/Hobart/Bendigo - Rick and Nyah Inglis, Natalie Miller, Shelley Moore, Bella Schwarz
The Inglis, Miller, Schwarz and Moore families, a hybrid combo from Canberra, Hobart and Bendigo, won the sculpture section with a toothless dragon
2. Squid Shipwreck - Sydney - Shaun Thodey, Loretta Attwater, Giulia Corradi, Michelle Heldon, Angela Caldwell
3. Seal on a Rock - Sydney - Sam, Ivy and Tim Eastwood, Amber Johnston
More Photos: By John Hicks
The White and Merz families of Broulee and their Mario fish
The May family supported gender diversity
The Masserei family of Mossy Point and their crashed UFO
The Eastwood and Johnston families from Sydney came third with a seal
The “64 J sharks”covering up Oscar
Squid grapples with a boat and babies by Sydney’s Shaun Thodey, Loretta Attwater, Giulia Corradi, Michelle Heldon, Angela Caldwell. Second in the sand sculptures
Gen Lightfoot and Zoe Kapani of Melbourne joined Emma Corcoran of Canberra in caring for the planet
Mya and Ava Wheatley from Samoa (via Qld and Canberra) drew attention to pollution impacts on turtles
Frog on a lily pad thanks to Henry and Owen Abbott and Amy Cramer
Falcor from Never Ending Story thanks to the Harveys from Mossy Point
Broulee’s 18th New Years Eve Sandcastle Competition gets under way