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Jihoon Choi

Sculpting Since: 2005
Location: Taijeon City, South Korea

Now 42 years young, married with a beautiful daughter, Jihoon was born and raised in South Korea.  He studied environmental sculpture at the University of Taijeon, and has been dreaming of creating sand sculptures all his life.  For nearly 15 years now, he’s actually been doing it. 

He’s performed his art at corporate events, festivals and competitions throughout South Korea and in Taiwan, Japan, Kuwait, Europe and the U.S., and he’s won a number of prestigious awards.  Jihoon teaches the art of sand sculpture in his native land, where he has invented and marketed sand toys for kids. 

He was invited to attend the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 3 years ago, made the trip here, but became ill and had to fly home before the competition began. Now, for the first time in Southern California, we’ll get a chance to see him create!  We are really looking forward to it.

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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