Self-taught sandsculptor, Raymond Karch has been carving sandcastles on the beaches of California for well over ten years. In 1999, he entered, and won, the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition in San Diego California with a replica of Queen Amidala’s Palace from Star Wars Episode I. He took a third place in 2000 and fourth in 2001 with a replica of “Shrek”. In 2005, he placed third with a replica of Hogwarts ( Harry Potter’s school) complete with a Quiddich field and a whomping willow made of coral.
He has acted as consultant to the Barstow Chamber of Commerce in establishing their annual sandcastle contest and presided as judge in 2004 and 2005. The Santa Barbara Sandcastle Contest also employed his services as consultant, instructor and judge in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Thousands of adults and children have learned the fine art of sandsculpting in his classes. He has worked with Campfire Boys & Girls, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, church groups, private day camps and various charitable events. The California Police Activities League (PAL) enlisted him two years in a row to teach disadvantaged youths how to create a sandcastle on their very first trip to a California beach.
His sandcastle centerpieces are always the photo opportunity highlight at beach weddings, birthdays and company picnics. Major corporations have retained his services to gives lessons and hold contests as a management team-building exercise. His snowman of sand appears on several family Holiday cards.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University of Los Angeles and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He is also proud to be a magician member of the world famousMagic Castle in Hollywood, California. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is of Lithuanian descent and his favorite color is emerald green.