Press Release: October 27, 2013

by SandMan on October 27, 2013

Frightening Sandy Castle Spire Collapse Caught on Video
Ed Jarrett Spends Saturday Rebuilding, Remains Confident He Will Break Record on Tuesday

October 27, 2013 | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – Things got a little bit scary at Sandy Castle Friday evening, and it wasn’t because Ed Jarrett, world-renowned sculptor and Guinness World Record holder for the Tallest Sandcastle, was sculpting ghosts and goblins.  Just after 6:30 p.m. the sandcastle’s spire crumbled to the ground, only seconds after Jarrett moved out of the way.  The event was caught on video (about 13 minutes in) thanks to NJ Discover Productions’ live streaming web cameras that have allowed the world to observe the entire sandcastle construction process since the first day.Sandy Castle 10-26-2013 Photo by Bob Alberding,

By Saturday morning, Jarrett had devised a recovery plan and, midday, he and a team of volunteers began packing sand into forms to create a new spire, fully intending to break the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

“I had sculpted about 27 feet down when the spire toppled, so now I’m up there on a ladder,” says Jarrett.  “It’s not ideal, but it’s reality and I’m still going to do everything I can to get New Jersey this record.  The folks from Guinness World Records will be here Tuesday and I have every intention of making the trip worth their while.”

As darkness fell Saturday night, Jarrett remained on the ladder, continuing to add height to Sandy Castle.  He has no doubt he can finish sculpting in time.

Tuesday Timeline

  • 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Ed Jarrett and Guinness adjudicator available for interviews/photos
  • 5:30 p.m. Color Guard Ceremony
  • 5:45 p.m./6:00 p.m. Guinness official to proclaim Sandy Castle the World’s Tallest Sandcastle
  • 6:30 p.m. Sandy Castle participates in “Light Up New Jersey”

Earlier this year, Ed Jarrett’s first attempt to break his current tallest sandcastle record (37 feet, 10 inches) resulted in a 30+ foot sandcastle (“Sandy Castle”) that raised more than $50,000 for Hometown Heroes.  Fueled by his project’s fundraising success and the promise he made to more than 2,500 children (4,500 volunteers in all) who helped build Sandy Castle, Jarrett decided to make a second attempt at breaking the record – as well as continue raising awareness that people are still in need of assistance in their recovery after the storm – and he is currently sculpting Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition.

About Ed Jarrett

Ed Jarrett volunteers his time to build sandcastles for charity.  He set his first Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle in 2003 when his creation standing 29 feet, four inches tall in Falmouth, Maine broke the record previously held in Finland.  Since then, he has broken his own record twice and holds the current record of 37 feet, 10 inches, set in 2011 in Farmington, Connecticut.  For more information about Sandy Castle, please visit  Sandy Castle is also on Facebook (Jarrett’s Castle), Twitter (@JarrettsCastle) and Instagram (@tallestsandcastle).

About Eco Building Products

Eco Building Products proudly supports Ed Jarrett’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  Eco has been working with families since the storm trying to help them clean up and get back home.  The Sandy Castle project is just one way Eco is working to raise awareness that families still a need support to rebuild.  To learn more about Eco’s “We Have Not Forgotten” campaign to make sure no one is left behind, visit and

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes is an incorporated organization founded in 2008 to provide assistance to the community at large.  Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age.  The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy.  Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

 About Guinness World Records

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the universally recognized global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book has gone on to become one of the biggest-selling copyright titles of all time, selling over 2.7 million copies a year. Since its launch nearly 60 years ago over 130 million copies – including 400,000 ebooks – have been sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries. The internationally renowned brand is also available across a number of platforms; GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS global television shows are watched by 750 million viewers annually, over 390,000 users subscribe to GWR’s two YouTube channels, the global website receives 12 million viewers annually and the brand has 1.25 million fans on Facebook.  In 2013, OFFICIALLY AMAZING became the registered trademark of Guinness World Records Limited.

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Photo by Bob Alberding, (click for link to high res download)

Note: An electronic press kit is available and includes footage of Ed Jarrett sculpting the original spire, the collapse, the rebuild, and commentary by Jarrett about the rebuild. Please contact Laura Ward (laura at wardcommpr dot com) for a link.

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