‘B’ Street Pier
1140 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

2019 Winners
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2017 Masters – Third Prize
Rusty Croft – Carmel, CA
Perfectly fits the 2017 event theme:
“Now and Then”

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2018 World Masters – Grand Prize
Tom Koet – Melbourne, FL
Beautifully interprets event theme ‘Celebrate’

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Labor Day on the Bay
Best sand sculptures in the world.
This is waaaay beyond sandcastles.
Plus art you can buy. Gourmet food.
Beer and wine. V.I.P Area
Kid Zone. Amazing!

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2014 Masters – Grand Prize
JOO Heng Tan – Singapore
You had to see this up close to believe it.
How on earth did he do it?

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2016 Masters
Benjamin Probanza – Mexico
Not a castle – this is sculpture!
(Reminds us of our mother-in-law.
We didn’t say that . . . .)

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2017 Masters – Grand Prize and Peoples’ Choice
Ilya Filimontsev – Russia
Wow. Ilya wins top award in back-to-back
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenges!
This is sand. This is sculpture!

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Sand sculpture is dimensional art, but you can’t take it home. So we have jewelry and wearables, accessories, gifts, home décor and more by hand-picked artists from around the Nation . . .

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2018 World Masters
Brian Turnbough – Chicago
Celebrate the end of extinction
Thanks to the efforts of the San Diego Zoo

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2015 Masters
Sue McGrew – USA
‘King of the Gods of Mount Olympus’
Incredible sculpture is definitely not a sandcastle

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2015 Masters
Sue McGrew – USA
‘King of the Gods of Mount Olympus’
Incredible sculpture is definitely not a sandcastle

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USSSC+DAE is Postponed until 2022

Much to our chagrin and due to circumstances beyond our control, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will go on hiatus again for 2021. The Port of San Diego and all of us involved in producing the event regret that this decision had to be made. It takes nearly a full year to schedule the world’s greatest Master Sculptors to compete in this world-renowned competition, and the Covid-19 virus only recently gave us a bit of a breather
. . . not enough time to put it together.

Our thanks to the sand sculptors outside the U.S. and within who have thrilled us in the past with their amazing art, to the dimensional artists who work in other media who have exhibited at our event, and to the entertainers, food providers and broadcast, print and online media who helped make this “one of the top 20 seaside festivals in the world”, according to American Express. We look forward to returning to San Diego in 2022, dates to be announced.

In the meantime, support your local artists, sand and otherwise. Go out and have fun. And be safe.

Joyce, Gordon, Bruce, Tricia, Steve and the entire USSSC team