Maxim Gazendam

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Maxim Gazendam started sand sculpting in 1998 by coincidence after taking part in a workshop. A few months later he participated in the International Sand Sculpting Competition in Scheveningen and over the years his love for sand became bigger and bigger.

After graduating at the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands in 2005 (Master of Science of Architecture) he now works full time with sand, snow and ice.

He started his own one-man-business under the name puremaxim.

Over the years he still participates in various international competitions and festivals. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram under the name: puremaxim or on his website,


sidew 1st solo

2022 Solo First place

side 1st place doubles

2022 Doubles First place

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.




The free Siesta Key Breeze Trolley runs daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm to and from Siesta Key Village and Turtle Beach. A mobile app is available to track the trolley in real time.

New transportation on and off Siesta Key is now available via Sarasota County’s OnDemand Service.

Customers can request a ride via a mobile app, which is available in app stores for iPhone and Android devices, online at, or by calling 941-300-1553. OnDemand uses accessible minivans and operates similarly to today’s popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lift. The OnDemand vehicle will pick up customers and take them to their destinations within the same zone.