|John Gilhooley/OC Weekly|
|Mr. Sandman Ray Karch in 2006.|
Sandcastle master Ray Karch
got down and dirty this past weekend, winning big at the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition
in Imperial Beach. The 59-year-old Laguna Niguel resident and his three-man team, The Green Lantern Corps, took first place in the Masters B category with their epic sandcreation, "Planet OA," inspired by the Green Lantern
"I'm the biggest Green Lantern
fan of all time," says Karch, who we profiled back in 2006
. "I was inspired. I had
to do it. I knew that if I did Green Lantern
, it'd win."
|Courtesy of Ray Karch|
|"Planet OA," the winning creation. |
Karch, along with fellow builder Bill Pavlaka of San Diego and a third "shoveler," had five hours to complete the elaborate planet. The team earned $2,500 for winning.
In 1999, Koch won the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition with his replica of Queen Amidala's Palace from Star Wars Episode I. He's also a magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.