Vincent D'Onofrio and his family decided to win the 21st annual Coney Island sand sculpting contest yesterday, and so they did. "We watched this morning on YouTube how to do sandcastles and we just figured it out when we got here," he told the Daily News. "We never thought we were as good as we are doing this." Maybe it was all that time J-Lo and Vince Vaughn spent wading in the sands of his brain?

While the D'Onofrio family won the "mixed" category for their treasure chest with gold coins ("We love pirates!" D'Onofrio's wife helpfully exclaimed to DNAinfo) A.C. installer Victor Ozan of East New York's elephant and New Jersey resident Hector Patino's buxom woman shared first prize overall.