Story by Courtney Murray, Photos provided by Beach Sand Sculptures
Destin is a premier beach location for family vacations, romantic couple getaways, fun trips with friends and destination weddings. There is something for everyone here from parasailing along the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico to soaking up the sun on the shores…and of course no beach trip is complete without building a sandcastle! Rick Mungeam (DBA Richard G. Mungeam Designs) was a renowned residential architect living in Colorado with his wife Capri when the couple embarked on a traveling adventure in 2008 that drastically changed their lives. In late 2010, under the tutelage of Master Sand Sculptor Andy Hancock, Rick found himself in Texas learning the basics of sand sculpting. By mid-2011 Rick was honing his sand sculpting skills along 30A at Topsail Hill State Park offering sandcastle lessons for their Kid’s Club. Everything changed that year when he created a romantic heart sandcastle at Grayton Beach State Park that was used for a wedding, and later for several family portraits. Rick had officially caught the sand-sculpting bug, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the couple realized the business was viable. “The variety of different things we see while traveling often bring inspiration. Art, nature, architecture, sometimes just playing in the sand brings something new and creative,” described Rick.
The Emerald Coast is one of the few locations in the world where Professional Sand Sculpting is offered and business is blossoming for these sandy partners, with 2016 as their busiest year yet for marriage proposals. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion”, said Simon Sinek. This is exactly what Rick and Capri have done on The Emerald Coast and they are continually spreading their joy. Annually, Beach Sand Sculptures hires 20+ full-time seasonal Sand Castle Coaches from Fort Walton Beach, Destin, South Walton, and Panama City Beach. Rick said, “Being a Sand Castle Coach brings personal satisfaction, the intrinsic value is through the roof! How many jobs can nearly guarantee that unique intersection between doing something you are good at, being appreciated, and making people’s lives better.”
They also do team building events for both national and local companies that involve creating some priceless fun through “Sandvertising”, large corporate logo sand sculptures. Communication and team building principals are conveyed while working together as a team to create Sand Castle Success. Working as a husband and wife team has gotten them further than they ever could have imagined, each bringing their own unique talents to the table. Rick is the artist and engineer, while Capri is the thinker and promoter. This dynamic duo has worked hard to build Beach Sand Sculptures into the largest Sand Castle Lesson Company in the world, one grain at a time. Rick and Capri say, “It’s just sand and water, but the magic that happens by mixing them together in a Sand Castle Lesson becomes a priceless experience!”
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