Walter McDonald And Abe Waterman


Walter McDonald

Birthplace: Texas

Current home base: South Padre Island, Texas, USA

Website/Social Media:,,

I'm Amazin' Walter and sand has been very good to me. I discovered a love for stacking sand in 1978 as I dribbled my first sand on South Padre Island, TX. Sand has taken over my life and has taken me around the world. I credit the SPI sand itself for my interest and enjoyment in sand sculpting. South Padre Island has some of the best natural beach sand I’ve found anywhere. And I’ve looked.

I have won medals in master level sand sculpting competitions all the way up to the World Championships and have built sand castles in far away places like China, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Qatar and Australia and all over the USA. I produce my own line of sand sculpting tools and have taught hundreds of others how to build a better sand castle. 

The immediate and fragile characteristics of sand as an art medium challenges me and feeds my fantasies. I’m honored to share this passion with an international community of sand gypsy friends. Why castles? It is traditional and it still excites me to hear a casual observer comment, “now that’s a real sand castle”!

I’ll be at the Siesta Key Crystal Classic again this year with my BFF Abe Waterman as returning champions from 2016. Games on!

Sons of the Beach Pledge; 

I promise to: Have FUN, help others have FUN, and UNLITTER!



Abe Waterman

Birthplace and current home base: Canada


Business Name: You Want What? For What?! You Must Be Kidding!

Where are your three favorite places to sculpt?

There’re a few private residences I can think of, but unfortunately the people who live in these places have taken out restraining orders against me, but then again that hasn't stopped me before.

Why/when did you begin competing in sand sculpting events?

I don't think anyone would call my 10% effort competing.

What awards have you won?

Do my participation ribbons from elementary school count? How about the traffic violations I've been awarded? Should I mention that my mom says I'm pretty?

What do you do for fun when you aren't creating masterpieces in the sand?

Pick fights with toddlers, they're tougher than you'd think.

What is one thing your fellow sand sculptors would be surprised to learn about you?

Justin Bieber and I dated back in school, but what they'll find surprising is that after two months I only made as far as second base.

Off Site Transportation

Avoid the crowds at the beach!  Take Route 11 to Siesta or Ride the Siesta Key Breeze Free Trolley Service on the island.

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