May 10, 2016 1:50 pm

“It all started some 20 years ago, on Vancouver Island in B.C., where I met the late and great Joe Maize from Hawaii. He was competing and I happened to be judging. We became close friends and soon I joined him at the U.S Sand Competition in San Diego. We won! Since then, it’s been an amazing journey.” Brett says he prefers architecture to any other form of sand sculpting because people relate to sandcastles. He has carved around the world in sand, snow and ice, from Canada and Russia to the Canary Islands, the U.S. and Mexico. After winning many awards and accolades on the international circuit, last year Brett retired from competing to spend more time with his family. Brett’s thoughts on sand and sandcastles mirror mine. “It teaches you patience, and it’s a great way to meet people of all cultures. We are all kids at heart and playing in the sand keeps us forever young.” I agree. Whether you and yours want to participate or just HQ at VidaSOUL for the day, it’s a unique and unforgettable experience. How to find Vinorama and VidaSOUL? If you’re in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, head to the International Airport. About a mile (1.6 KM) before, take a right at the signed Santa Catarina-Palo Escopeta Rd. It zigzags, then crosses a wide arroyo (dry river bed). Follow the road most traveled and stay left when you come to a fork to Palo Escopeta. Watch for signs to VidaSOUL. When you arrive at the coast road, about 40 minutes later, take a left. Go downhill and you’ll see Hotel VidaSOL and The Crossroads Restaurant beachfront on the right. Can’t miss it. See you there! INSIDER TIPS: Gas up before you leave the highway and deflate your tires to 25 ppi for a less bumpy ride. (Don’t forget to air up when you hit the highway on your return.) Stock up on snacks, fruit, juice, and bottled water, and don’t forget towels, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and TP. If you’re planning to compete, bring plastic containers to mold and compact the sand to shape your creation. Bring a camera or use your smartphone to share; VidaSOL has free wifi and is also on Google Maps. The bonus? Los Frailes and Cabo Pulmo are nearby to the northeast; bring snorkel gear and get wet! *]]>