Welcome to TallestSandcastle.com, the online home of world-renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett, who has broken the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle four times, most recently achieving a height of 38 feet, 2 inches on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, on October 29, 2013, the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

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Castle Laurita West “Hand vs. Machine” is now on track to start up again in May 2017. The sculpture will be built on a site adjacent to the Laurita Winery in New Egypt, New Jersey. This time we will be seeking several thousand volunteers to help hand pack the sand. Any non-profit organization that would like to raise funds for themselves or a business that would like to fundraise for a charity of their choice are encouraged to visit the “Volunteer” page on this website to get more information.

Shortly following Ed’s fourth Guinness World Record (GWR) for his tallest hand built sandcastle on the Jersey Shore in October 2013, GWR changed the rules to allow for the use of machines. Since then the record has just recently been broken for a third time. Even though the recent record built in India claims to be done by hand, the organizers utilized machines to help pile up the sand prior to carving.

Ed states “Utilizing machines has taken the excitement of watching volunteers of all ages working side by side on a common goal and the gravity defying engineering challenge, pretty much out of the process.” Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for charities and close to ten thousand volunteers have been utilized in his four world records. Ed is dedicated to ensuring the Castle Laurita West attempt follows the original rules that he was given by GWR prior to his first world record in 2003 and that he painstakingly followed right through to his fourth record.

We are still awaiting an official response from GWR as to whether they will create a new record category for sandcastles made with machines and reinstate the original tallest sandcastle category for those specifically piled and carved by hand only.

Please enjoy browsing through our website and we hope you will be able to take part in or visit the Castle Laurita West site in person.