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

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Question: How do you make a pile of sand look like a beach scene?
Answer: Start with some waves at the bottom; add a wide sandy beach (hmmm); better throw in a lifeguard tower to make the sand look like sand; add some clouds to indicate the sky, and oh yes, change the name of the city to SAND iego.

Then conduct the 5th annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge with the world’s top sculptors competing for monetary prizes and importantly, national pride. Alongside, conduct a team sand competition for the U.S.-only sculptors and the Dimensional Art Expo with more than 40 hand-picked artists who work in other media. Here are the winners in three different classes of competition:
World Masters

USSSC + DAE is cancelled.

It was our great honor to have produced this iconic event for 8 years.  USA Today had named it to the ‘Top 10 in the Nation’ and American Express called it ‘one of the top 20 seaside festivals in the world’.

Hundreds of millions of media impressions were registered worldwide and over 40,000 attended the festivities each year on the downtown San Diego embarcadero. 

We thank the Master Sand Artists from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas who created magnificent sculptures from nothing more than sand and water, as well as the artists who work in other media, the entertainers, food providers, sponsors, media, staff, suppliers, volunteers and the Port of San Diego who made the event possible.

Should a title sponsor or new production company wish to bring it back to benefit local non-profits and the Southern California community at large, we will endeavor to help advise as long as we are able. 

For now, enjoy the website from years past.*

Thank you once more.

Joyce and Gordon Summer, Executive Producers

on behalf of Bruce, Tricia, Steve and the entire USSSC team.

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