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RESULTS: The 2015 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Winners

By Keith Spencer with Photos by Kyle Spencer

REVERE – Nearly 750,000 visitors returned to America’s First Public Beach this weekend to see master sand sculptors create monumental works of art. The 2015 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting winners were announced at an awards ceremony held on Saturday evening on Revere Beach Boulevard, hosted by Billy Costa from the Matty in the Morning Show on Kiss 108.

First place in the solo competition went to Melineige Beauregard for her sculpture, “Open Your Mind and Let Your Spirit Fly Out”. The Montreal, Quebec native also won the People’s Choice Award. Belgium native Enguerrand David placed second for his sculpture, “This is not Alice in Wonderland”. Third place was awarded to another Montreal native, Guy Olivier-Duveau, for his sculpture, “The Tormented”. The Sculptors’ Choice Award  was a tie between Melineige Beauregard and Enguerrand David.

The winning duo sculpture "Salt of the Earth" by Ilya and DavidFilmonstev and David Ducharme at the 2015 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. © Keith Spencer and NoBo Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

The winning duo sculpture “Salt of the Earth” by Ilya and DavidFilmonstev and David Ducharme at the 2015 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. © NoBo Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

First place in the inaugural duo competition was awarded to Ilya Filmonstev and David Ducharme for their sculpture “Salt of the Earth” who also received the Sculptors’ Choice Award”. Second place went to Hanneke Supply and Susanne Ruesler for their sculpture “Alone Together”. Abe Waterman and Morgan Rudluff earned the People’s Choice Award for their western-inspired sculpture, “Dueling Banjos”. 

“It’s amazing to see America’s first public beach packed with visitors all weekend long,” Revere Beach Partnership Board of Directors President Rosette Cataldo said. “This year proves once again that Revere Beach is seeing bigger and better things. There was more sand, more sculptors, more food, and a lot more families and fun.”

The Revere Beach Partnership once again welcomed back the team from Sanding Ovations to help organize the sculpting competition and design the sponsor sculpture which paid tribute to the Spirit of Massachusetts. The sculptures are judged by the competitors, graded in six categories using the Sanding Ovations Report Card System: Overall Impact/Wow Factor, Quality of Carving, Usage of Sand, Degree of Difficulty, Originality, and Artistic Impression.

“The works of art created by the competitors,” Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations added. “Visitors have been offering an overwhelming response as they watched the creations by these world renowned from the sculptors themselves and the crowds visiting.”

The 2015 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival drew nearly 750,000 visitors to America's first public beach this weekend. Photo © Keith Spencer and NoBo Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

The 2015 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival drew nearly 750,000 visitors to America’s first public beach this weekend. Photo © NoBo Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

This year’s master sand sculpting competition allowed sculptors to use approximately 12 tons of sand in an 18’x18′ area. Each was given thirty hours to complete their work, beginning on Wednesday and concluding on Saturday afternoon. They worked from 8AM until 5PM with a 45 minute lunch break where no work was allowed. The only person allowed to work on the piece were the master sculptors unless they received help putting up or removing forms for safety reasons. All forms had to be removed prior to judging, and all ‘pounded up’ sand created by the forms had to be altered by hand.

A total of twenty master sand sculptors entered this year’s competition including both a solo competition and duo competition for the first time.

Solo competitors included Melineige Beauregard from Montreal, Dan Belcher from Missouri, Jonathan Bouchard from Montreal, Enguerrand David from Belgium, Dan Doubleday from Florida, Marielle Heessels from the Netherlands, Sue McGrew from Washington, Pavel Mylnikov from Moscow, Guy Olivier/Deveau from Quebec, and Benjamin Probanza from Acapulco, Mexico.

Teams participating in the first-ever duo’s competition were Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island and Morgan Rudluff from California, Steve Topazio from Rhode Island and Matt Long from New York, Ilya Filmonstev from Russia and  David Ducharme from British Columbia, Susanne Ruseler from the Netherlands and Hanneke Supply, also from the Netherlands, Kevin Crawford from Australia and Leonardo Ugilini from Italy.

Stay tuned to NoBoMagazine.com for continued coverage of the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. Visit the Revere Beach Partnership website, FacebookTwitter, & Instagram for more information about their efforts to preserve America’s First Public Beach!

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All Photos © Keith Spencer, Kyle Spencer, and NoBo Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Do not crop, edit, or reproduce without expressed written permission.

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All Photos © Keith Spencer, Kyle Spencer, and NoBo Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Do not crop, edit, or reproduce without expressed written permission.

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What? The 12th Annual Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival

When? Fri. July 24 & Sat. July 25 , 2015 from 10AM to 10PM and Sun. July 26, 2015 from 10AM to 8PM

Where? Revere Beach, 350 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151 

How? It is recommended to use the MBTA Blue Line to access the event. Shuttle service to the T will be available at Suffolk Downs where there will be free parking. Parking is also available at Wonderland Garage.

 Cost? Admission is free and open to the public. 

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For more information, visit www.internationalsandsculptingfestival.com. For more information about the Revere Beach Partnership, click here.

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Revere Beach Partnership Logo copyFormed in 2001, the Revere Beach Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to continue the heritage of Revere Beach as a nearby treat for New England families; to preserve the beach’s unique historic and natural assets; to strengthen the beach as an asset to our community by the development of programs and partnerships within the community that further this goal and the overall well-being of our community; and to plan and oversee the continued improvement of Revere Beach. The partnership’s flagship event is the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival held on America’s First Public Beach every July.

Visit the Revere Beach Partnership website, FacebookTwitter, & Instagram for more information about their efforts to preserve America’s First Public Beach!

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