About Leap Arts in Education:

leap-logo-sqLeap was established in 1979 in response to severe budget cuts in arts programs in California schools. These cuts continue to affect arts education in our schools today, and the need for high-quality arts programs is now greater than ever. Leap’s programs place professional teaching artists in classrooms to work with grades K-5. Every year, these educational programs—in music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and architecture—serve over 8,000 students in more than 30 elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.

Leap’s goal is to raise $300,000 from this year’s Sandcastle Classic to help provide high-quality arts education programs.
Your participation will make a meaningful difference
in the lives of Bay Area students! Join us by becoming a Sandcastle Classic team or Event Sponsor today!

Through Leap’s extended arts residencies, children build skills that are conducive to success in 21st-century skills:

  • Creativity, entrepreneurialism and inventiveness
  • Critical thinking and cognitive skills
  • Ability to set goals, experiment, solve problems and learn from mistakes
  • Acceptance of diversity and differing viewpoints
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Learn more about Leap at www.leaparts.org.


About the Sandcastle Classic:

scc_logotype2023 marks the 41st annual Sandcastle Classic, the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California.

Teams typically comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for Leap to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students.

  • Thousands of people come out to Ocean Beach for Leap’s annual Sandcastle Classic, which is free to the public to attend.
  • The event is covered by regional print and online media, and celebrity judges evaluate the final sand sculptures.
  • More than 25 local schools and 500 donating companies and advertisers participate.
  • The highest grossing team in the event’s history raised $60,000.
  • This year, we’re accepting a maximum of 30 teams. Sign up early to reserve your spot!


Past Sandcastle Classic Themes:


2023 – Halloween Haunts

2022 – Sandcastle: Remix

2021 – Onward and Upward!

2020– Rebuilding Together (Virtual)

2019– Let’s Play!

2018 – Building Bridges

2017 – Castles, Castles, Castles!

2016 – Makers & Movers

2015 – Sand Cinema

2014 – Food, Glorious Food

2013 – Masterpieces in Sand

2012 – Leap Year (Things That Jump!)

2011 – Sandblast

2010 – ‘Sand’ Francisco

2009 – Stories in the Sand: Classic Children’s Books

2008 – Freestyle

2007 – Nature Rocks

2006 – Leap Around the World

2005 – Comic Book Adventures

2004 – A Race to the Finish

2003 – Extreme Sandsculptures

2002 – Westward Ho!

2001 – A Sand Odyssey

2000 – Sandcastles from the 1st to the 21st Century

1999 – Animals

1998 – Bridges

1997 – Education

1984 – 1996 – Leap Sandcastle Classic

1983 – The FIRST Leap Sandcastle Classic!

Take a look at photos from past Sandcastle Classics on Flickr

Leap Sandcastle Committee 2023:

Christina Rosenberger, Rider Levett Bucknall

Eric Israel, MCarthy

Jacqueline Haudek, Operations Manager, Leap

Jacqueline Jimenez – Owner of Truly Loved Events

Nathan Hyman, Architect at WRNS Studio

Janice Mochizuki, ARUP

Jill Dineen, Executive Director, Leap

Julie Hagelshaw, IMEG Corp.

Kenta Kamei, Smithgroup

Lorelei Suarez, Assured Partners

Ryan Lee, Woods Bagot