Walter McDonald And Christy McDonald Atkinson


Walter McDonald

South Padre Island, Texas

I’m Amazin’ Walter aka, Walter McDonald, Grand Pooh-Bah of the Sons of the Beach.

Since I was a kid, I’ve been compelled to make stuff. Sitting on the sand bar at the Boy Scout Camp, the kid next to me said “watch this” and proceeded to make a ‘dribble tree’. Roll forward to 1978, “watch this” I told my friends, and I was hooked on the sandy beaches of South Padre Island.

Now, in my second, maybe third childhood I still have that compulsion to make stuff. I carve bone and antler, make jewelry, write and play music, perform magic and balloon sculpting and photography.

But it’s sand that has taken over my life. I have traveled to build sand castles and conduct workshops in faraway places like China, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Qatar, Australia, Singapore 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”!

Sons of the Beach Pledge; I promise to: Have FUN, help others have FUN, and UNLITTER!



Christy McDonald Atkinson

Franklin, Texas

Christy got her start playing in the sand alongside the Amazin’ Walter (her Dad) in 1996. She has competed and placed in many competitions with him including the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, The World Championships in Harrison Hot Springs, Canada, Texas Sand Fest in Port Aransas, Texas, Expo Quebec in Canada, Sand Blasters 3 in San Diego, Sand Castle Days on sunny South Padre Island, Siesta Key Classic in FLoridea and SandBash in Ft. Myers, Florida. Currently she is self-employed, creating art and helping others have fun as Christy the Clown, Ruby the Pirate Queen, and other characters.

She lives near Franklin, Texas on “the Funny Farm”. “I have had some great jobs. From working at Disney World to being a clown for Ringling Bros. Circus. I love entertaining people. Sand is just another way to bring smiles to everyone.” She is very excited to have the opportunity to compete on Siesta Key! Christy is also very happily married to Captain Darren Atkinson, the love of her life.


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