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Polar While we shiver in the northern hemisphere during our winter months, much of

the southern hemisphere is a summery paradise. However, there is one temperature both hemispheres have in common: the heat of competition. Snow and sand art competitions are some of the biggest attractions worldwide, but be warned: These aren’t your typical sandbox creations.

Mysore, India

New Brighton, New Zealand The creators of the Annual NZ Sandcastle Competition want a “BIG, FUN, HAPPY DAY” for families. And they certainly create an atmosphere for their wish to come true. With competition categories for families and kids, the sand creations range from classic sandcastles to large, intricate sand sculptures. The competition includes bounce houses and food, drink, and entertainment stalls. Individuals and families are sure to leave the event with cherished memories. ▶▶


This historic Australian beach, located on the Gold Coast among many heritage sites, has become a sand sculpture paradise. A unique trait of the competition here is that some of the massive sand sculptures are set up in cities along the Gold Coast, so the sand art can be enjoyed as visitors travel to other cities in the area, like Robina and Helensvale.

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Hout Bay, South Africa

Surfers Paradise, Australia


While not a competition, this sand attraction draws thousands of visitors each year. The Sand Museum features the art of Gowri, a talented Indian sand sculptor. These massive sculptures feature thousands of images, but, if closely examined, the detail the artist uses is truly breathtaking.

If looking for a sandcastle competition with a heart, the annual sandcastle competition is a place for fun and service. Money raised from this charity event helps children at Valley Pre-Primary School and Houtbay Educare Centre stay in school, and the money also improves the schools’ facilities. While the competition doesn’t feature giant masterpieces, the sandcastles built have now given Hout Bay Beach a new meaning. ▶▶

Stowaway Winter 2016  

Winter is here, but adventure awaits! Strike up a conversation, spark a new interest, or slip into something familiar in this issue of Stowa...

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