Eleven years ago Jerry Langford was visiting Corona del Mar State Beach with his family when they found inspiration.
Their muse wasn't in the sunset, the waves or ocean breeze. It was in the sand — or more to the point, in the shape of the sand.
The Lake Forest family was checking out the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's annual sand castle contest, and Langford said the family decided they would participate the next year.
Ten years later, the Langfords are still participating. The kids have grown up. One is married, another is in high school, but they all still participate and add to their wall decorated with the trophies, plaques and pictures from a decade of creating together in the sand.
"The whole point of it was to have fun and create memories," Langford said. "The most important thing to us is we want our kids to look back fondly and know as a family we did something together and created great memories. That we instilled in them a desire to compete with their own families."