Sand Castle Man
One-time Ridgefield resident still worthy of town’s pride
Pismo Beach California may be far from Ridgefield, but Ridgefield’s spirit is present in this artist’s work. Just north of Santa Barbara sits Pismo Beach, a popular vacation destination with sand, surf, and delicious seafood. Many visitors and locals alike are content to spend days on the beach lounging in the sun, or enjoying beach activities like building sand castles. One man in particular creates sand castles that are true works of art.
Raul Torres has sculpted castles on the beach every Saturday for the last fourteen years. His castles are no mere blocks of sand, but stand several feet high and have intricate detailing. Steps, towers, and even waterfalls are carved out of nothing but sand. The effect is stunning, almost like a 3-D painting of some fantastical world.
Raul lives in California now, but was a Ridgfielder for an important part of his youth. He attended East Ridge Middle School, as well as the old High School before the current one was built. He still has fond memories of the town, like skating on Lake Mamanasco in the winter, and he considers Ridgefield’s fireworks the best in the world.
Although he is not a resident anymore, Raul Torres carries his love of Ridgefield with him today. It’s nice to see one-time Ridgefield residents carrying on the legacy of the town.