Press Release: October 29, 2013

by SandMan on October 30, 2013

Guinness World Records Certifies Sandy Castle as Tallest Sandcastle at 38 Feet, 2 Inches
Ed Jarrett Marks One Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy By Delivering On A Promise

October 29, 2013 | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – For world-renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett and Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, the second time is a charm!  Guinness World Records has officially certified “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition” the world’s tallest sandcastle at 38 feet, 2 inches high.  Despite repeated crumbles and challenges with his first attempt this Spring and then a frightening spire collapse last Friday evening after he had already sculpted 27 feet of his more than 41 foot tall second attempt, Jarrett and several dedicated volunteers persevered and delivered on a promise to give New Jersey a world record breaking sandcastle on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Guinness Official

“Mere inches,” says Ed Jarrett whose previous world’s tallest sandcastle stood 37 feet, 10 inches high.  “But, a record nonetheless and such a sweet reward to everyone who worked so hard to help make it happen.  Thank you to everyone who supported us these past seven months and stuck with us when things were looking grim – you are all incredible and we are Jersey Strong!”

Earlier this year, Jarrett’s first attempt to break the record 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.

The World Record Breaking Sandy Castle will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. from October 30-November 3, 2013.  Donations to Hometown Heroes are encouraged and commemorative t-shirts and baseball caps are available for purchase.

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 three times.  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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