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OHHHH, THAT SAND The giant sand piles await the master sand sculptors for the 2013 Crystal Classic. Photo by Rachel Hackney THE FOURTH ANNUAL SIESTA KEY CRYSTAL CLASSIC MASTER SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION WILL 'TAKE THE STAGE' ON THE BEACH NOV. 15-18 By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor As sculptor Matt Long puts it, "The sand goes The Sarasota News Leader. He is back on without saying." Siesta for his third Crystal Classic. "I have to twist my mind to make it work [that this is That fine white quartz sand that dazzles vissand]," Kondrats adds. itors to Siesta Key Beach is the primary element in the Crystal Classic Master Sand On Nov. 8, exactly a week before the 2013 Sculpting competition, which will mark its master sand sculpting event opens, Kondrats fourth year starting and Jan Zelinka of the Czech Republic were Friday, Nov. 15. The Crystal Classic has everything drawing long looks "It feels like I'm work- we want. … They treat the sculptors very, from sunbathers as ing with the snow," very well. … We're made to feel very special. the men spread sand Sandis Kondrats, one around a sky-high Matt Long of the winners of the stack of boxes. They Master Sand Sculptor New York inaugural Crystal were in the very early Classic in 2010, tells stages of creating the

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