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

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Dave Henderson

dave henderson

Sculpting Since: 1990
Location: Alpine, CA

During the 1990s, Dave was one of the planet’s top sand sculptors, winning the U.S. Open in Imperial Beach and a number of other competitions around the world. In 1998, he retired from touring to devote more time to his family and establish Henderson Sculptural Arts, a landscaping construction company specialized in designing, creating and maintaining waterfall and grotto features, ponds and pools for some of San Diego’s most exclusive properties.

He came out of his self-imposed sand-art exile in 2011 (if only briefly) to help us with the inaugural edition of the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge. The work he created that year (“Sand Castles on My Mind”) has become an icon, as it has appeared in dozens of posters and ads on our behalf. More recently he has agreed to be on our expert panel of judges, a great honor for us and a fantastic learning experience for our younger elite World Masters.

Website: http://www.hendersonarts.com

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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