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JOOheng Tan

Sculpting Since:  2000
Location:  Singapore


2014 is the debut for JOOheng Tan at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and we are immensely proud to have him here.

Hailed as Vincent Sand Gogh by the London Daily Mail, JOOheng Tan fell in love with the art of sand sculpting in the late ‘90s.  His debut in 2000 saw him attain first prize in the International Sand Sculpting Competition in the Netherlands.  As a result of his fueling passion for sand sculpting, JOOheng’s works have been showcased in over 50 cities across more than 20 countries.

There are no signs of stopping for this sand sculptor extraordinaire as in front of him lie plenty of prizes in sand sculpting championships around the world.


Notable Achievements:

  • First prize 2013 Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach
  • First prize doubles with Brian Turnbough, 2013 World Championship of Sand Sculpting, Atlantic City
  • First prize solo, 2012 Fulong Int’l. Sand Sculpting Championship, Taipei, Taiwan
  • First prize, 2011 World Championship of Sand Sculpting, Federal Way, WA
  • First prize, 2011 World Sand Sculpting Championship, Minamisatsuma, Japan
  • First prize, 2008 World Sand Sculpting Championship, Leipzig, Germany
  • Many more

Website:  http://www.sandworkz.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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