Sunday, March 9, 2008

SPI Sand Sculptors are Travel Channel Stars

If you missed the Premier of SandBlasters III The Extreme Sand Sculpting Championship the complete schedule for future airings of the show is here:

Sand Blasters: The Extreme Sand Sculpting Championship returns for a third time to Travel Channel, with an explosive competition between man, sand, and pyrotechnics. Over the course of this grueling two-day competition, five of the eight sculptures are randomly selected for complete destruction by a Hollywood pyrotechnics crew. The ill-fated blast victims then have the remaining time to create another world-class work of art from scratch... The stress and excitement build to epic proportions as the world's greatest sand sculpting competition rages on.

Three of the sixteen individuals featured on the series are from South Padre Island, and if I may say so, they did a fabulous job of representing our Island. For those that haven't watched I won't spoil the suspense.

Team Trowel & Error

Together both on and off the sand, Lucinda and Kirk have combined their different styles to create one of the most unique teams on the beach. Last year they were blasted first, but came back to win second place with their "Instrumental" sculpture. In addition to participating in major and projects around the world, both also teach sand sculpting.

Cusco, Peru


South Padre Island, TX

Lucinda has been sculpting sand since 1987. She is widely recognized for her work promoting sand sculpting around the world, and is the author of Sandcastles Made Simple. Most recently Lucinda opened Sandbox Inn, a year-round sand castle academy where interested students can learn the art of sand sculpture.

Granada, Nicaragua


Santa Cruz, CA

"Gear-Head" Kirk Rademaker has been a working as a full-time sand sculptor since 2001. His unique linear style has earned him international acclaim. As he says, "Where everyone sees shapes, I see lines." Kirk's sculptures often incorporate machinery and stand out in a crowd. In Sand Blasters' first year, Kirk teamed up with Carl Jara and took home the Best Recovery prize after being blasted in the first round.

Team Nitty Gritty

This is Team Nitty Gritty's first trip to Sand Blasters. The father-daughter team of Amazin' Walter and Christy McDonald have made sand sculpting a family business, and together they have won numerous awards for their imaginative castles. Both sand sculpt year-round on the beaches of South Padre Island.

Quito, Ecuador


South Padre Island, TX

In more than 20 years of sand sculpting, Walter has dazzled crowds all over the world. His unique ability to sculpt gravity defying arches has earned him his "Amazin" nickname. He has won numerous People's Choice awards and in 1996, placed third at the World Championships. When he's not on the beach, Walter also works as a musician and magician.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


South Padre Island, TX

Christy got into sand sculpting seriously in 2001 and has been competing with her dad ever since. Previous to her career in sand sculpting, Christy attended clown college and has worked for the prestigious Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus on and off since 1989.

To meet some of the other contestants follow this link:

Meet the Sculptors : Sand Blasters : TV Shows

And more from the Travel Channel Web Site:


Check out clips from Sand Blasters III to learn about the rules of the game, the behind-the-scenes preparation of The Pound Up, how this year's Sand Blaster's Rookie fared at the event, and to see sculptures exploding in spectacular super slow motion. Watch now!


Check out clips from last year's event.

And get a behind-the-scenes look at how the explosives are prepared and executed in our Behind the Pyro clip.

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