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Rick & Capri's Story

Rick Mungeam

Lead Sand Sculptor and Master Instructor

In a former life, Rick Mungeam (DBA Richard G. Mungeam Designs) was a renowned residential architect, traveling extensively to design custom resort homes showcased in several architectural publications. The economic changes of 2008 resulted in Rick and his wife, Capri, selling their Colorado home and began a traveling adventure which has drastically changed and blessed their lives. South Padre Island, TX, late 2010; Rick learned the basics of sand sculpting. By mid-2011 Rick was honing his sand sculpting skills on The Emerald Coast of The Florida Panhandle, near Destin, along Scenic Hwy 30A. When his sandcastle with a romantic heart was used for a wedding, and later for several family portraits, Rick realized his talent might develop into a business. Nov. 2011, Rick won the Pro-Am Division of The World Championship of Sand Sculpting to further prove his talents. 2012 watched became the reigning Sand Sculpting Champions and a visible and known presence along Florida’s Emerald Coast. 2013 and 2014 SandCastle Lessons with Beach Sand Sculptures were honored to be considered a 5 Bubble TripAdvisor “Recommended Business”. 2015 through 2017 SandCastle Lessons received the coveted TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”. All these awards have made SandCastle Lessons a highly sought after activity along The SandCastle Coast. SandCastle Lessons are offered from Okaloosa Island / Fort Walton Beach through Destin and Miramar Beach and all along the beaches of South Walton / Santa Rosa Beach / Scenic Hwy 30A. Through homeschooling their two sons, Rick and Capri learned creative teaching skills which they incorporate into a training/certification program for their Team of SandCastle Coaches. Annually, hiring more than 25 SandCastle Coaches who “Create Memories in the Sand” with families and groups with award winning SandCastle Lessons, Beach Sand Sculptures has become the World’s Largest SandCastle Lesson company teaching thousands of SandCastle Lesson every year.

Capri Mungeam

Marketing, VP

Some say, “Behind every successful man there is a successful woman”, often said to emphasize that a man’s success often depends on the work and support of his wife. That may or may not be the case with The Mungeams, but one thing is for certain, they’ve been a successful business team for more than 30 years now. The major role Capri takes is the “behind the sands” marketing. “I’m acquiring a marketing degree through the application”, Capri states, in a humorous yet serious manner. The ever-changing advertising/marketing innovations and technology caused her to realize, if you aren’t communicating with the world via Social Media they were “dead in the sand”. When they received their 1000th “Like” in less than 6 months, she knew they had something very unique and appealing to the masses. Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are additional Social Media Platforms she regularly utilizes.
“SandCastles are magical; they intrigue the mind, tantalize the soul and capture the heart. They make people happy”, Capri states whimsically.

Capri attributes much of the success of SandCastle Lessons to their TripAdvisor 5 Bubble rating and Certificate of Excellence bestowed by their clients. “We are blessed and honored to offer a service that many of our clients feel is “Best family Activity Ever”. The Mungeams have discovered SandCastle Lessons to be so much more than building taller sandcastles; Although great fun, the experience of quality family time on the beach coupled with creating vacation memories . . . is priceless. In closing, she stated, “We are honored effect people’s lives. Whether a Marriage Proposal, an Elegant Wedding Sand Sculptures, a Team Building Event, Corporate Logo “Sandvertising” Sand Sculpture or a SandCastle Lesson we touch people’s lives in such a unique – a magical way – We Create Memories in the Sand that lasts a Lifetime”.

Sand Castle Coaches

Annually, Beach Sand Sculptures hires and certifies Sand Castle Coaches to teach their award-winning Sand Castle Lessons. “Every year our team is built of individuals who value the Sand Castle Lesson experience for vacationing families and understand the unique honor of interacting with families at a special level.

“Playing in the sand and creating memories for our client families, has huge intrinsic value for our Team Members, and the money is pretty good too,” Capri Mungeam says, smiling.

To learn more about becoming part of this award-winning team in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and South Walton along Scenic Highway 30A – click on the link below.