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

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Morgan Rudluff

Sculpting Since: 2007

Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Morgan is a born an’ raised California girl. She likes beaches, flowers, avocados, fruit and bare feet. After dropping out of college in 2007, Morgan stumbled into sand sculpting (or it could be said that sand sculpting stumbled into her.) It began an immediate love affair, and though not always career-monogamous, sand sculpting has had her heart through the current day.

Like many of her incredibly talented peers, this profession has taken her around the world, in front of television cameras, and deep into the caverns of dream-like circumstance. She considers herself to be quite fortunate and rich in many ways. There have been medals won and articles written; but also many long days, many callouses, and many sunburns to float it all along!

As time permits, Morgan also pursues snow and ice sculpting, clothing and costume design/construction, creative writing, kitchen witchery, scrap paper doodling, street theater, global backpacking, martini-infused philosophizing and rocking out on her ukulele.

Notable accomplishments:

  • Grand prize, 2016 doubles competition, Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, Revere Beach, MA
  • People’s Choice and Sculptors’ Choice awards, 2016 Sand Art Festival, Key West, FL
  • 6 top-3 finishes in 2014 alone, including 1st place awards at Texas Sandfest, Soft Pack Championship and Sand Castle Days in Florida
  • Appeared in every episode of the Travel Channel series, Sand 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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