MELINEIGE BEAUREGARD

Canada

Sculpteur professionnelle depuis plus de 10 ans, Mélineige a suivi les traces de son père, le sculpteur de renommée internationale, Guy Beauregard. Spécialisée dans le domaine de la sculpture éphémère, Mélineige s’est vite démarquée par son talent et sa créativité. And for those of you who don’t speak French, just know Mélineige speaks French, and is from Canada, which exponentially increases the cool factor at Carve.

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JIHOON CHOI

California/Korea

Jihoon Choi is a native of Seoul, South Korea with a killer haircut. He came to San Francisco to study 3D modeling and animation at Academy of Art University, but is now pursuing his Masters in Fine Art. Jihoon is partnered with Seok-don Choi, making him part of the only two-person team in the competition, Team California/Korea. Yep, Jihoon Choi and Seok-don Choi…it’s Choi & Choi people, and you better watch out for this young, brazen team to make a bold statement at Carve.

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SEOK-DON CHOI

California/Korea

Seok-don Choi graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. (For Americans who hardly know how to find South Korea on a map, Hongik is arguably the most famed school of Fine Arts and Design in the country…duh!) Currently Seok-don is working to complete his Masters in Fine Art from Academy of Art University. Seok-don is teamed up with Jihoon Choi as part of Team California/Korea. Jihoon and Seok-don will be coached by Edith Van Wetering and Wilfred Stigjer, two of the most famous sand sculptors in the world. Oh, it’s on, my friends. It is on.

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RUSTY CROFT

USA California

Once dubbed the “Prom King of Sand Sculpting”, Rusty Croft is one of the most charismatic personalities of Travel Channel’s wildly successful “Sand Masters”. Rusty has participated in competitions all over the world, winning friends, accolades and recognition wherever he travels.
But don’t let those boy next door looks fool you, Rusty is a tough competitor known for his ability to carve a 20 ton pile of sand into a master work faster than a piranha can strip a cow. Now infamous for being associated with an international network of sand-sculpting spies and ruffians, Rusty claims that to date he has “Never been convicted.”

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CHRIS GUINTO

USA Florida

Often referred to as “The Jim Morrison of Sand Sculpting”, Chris lives a reclusive life in the mysterious caves of Tibet. Embodying the cliché sand sculptor lifestyle we’ve all read about in the tabloids, Chris’ life spun out of control a few years ago with too much money, too few morals, fast cars and loose women. Since that time, the former ‘bad boy of sculpting’ has lived a monastic lifestyle forgoing gluten, dairy products and clothing. With a patience burnished by his ascetic lifestyle, Chris has been waiting for a challenger worthy of his genius. Chris will be walking among the unenlightened at Carve hoping an actual challenger might exist in this pueblo known as San Francisco.

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SUE MCGREW

USA Washington

A child prodigy sand sculptor, Sue began carving sand at the tender age of 16 months old when she was kidnapped by Japanese Monks who worshipped origami and nude beaches. (See Chris Guinto for more on nudity and sculpting sand.) Her flowing organic style, three dimensional roots in origami, and fear of sandy crevices can be attributed to her early childhood experiences and study with Akira Yoshizawa, Grand Master of this sector of monks.

At 10 year’s old, Sue’s life took a turn for the bizarre when she was working on a sand sculpture that was to be so magnificent, that all of the world would bow down at her tiny sandy feet. The moment when Sue was finalizing the last stroke of her palette knife, a stoned frisbee-throwing coed crashed into her work of pure awesomeness and kicked sand in Sue’s face. And it was in that chilling moment the seeds were sown for the sweet girl child of sand sculpting to morph into the woman now known as the ‘Dragon Lady of Sand Sculpting’.

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BRUCE PHILLIPS

USA California

Found treading water in the marsh at Crissy Field, we believe Bruce Phillips was actually set to compete in America’s Cup on Team Oracle, but apparently his race was cancelled due to ‘mechanical failures’. Primed with an extensive PED and Moet & Chadon-fueld training regimen, Bruce decided to sculpt at Carve so he could participate in a competition that people might actually attend.

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KIRK RADEMAKER

USA California

Kirk Rademaker is an astounding artist. He is also a lover, a dreamer and a poet. We are not even going to say anything funny because the world needs more lovers, dreamers, sand sculptors and poets. And that is all we have to say about that.

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JOOHENG TAN

Singapore

Known the world over as “Vincent Sand Gogh”, Singapore sculptor JOOheng Tan is one of the most famous sand sculptors in the world, and maybe even the galaxy. In addition to being a media darling, JOOheng also has a really cool name with the whole double capital ‘O’s thing. We are preparing for the inevitable crush of adoring JOOheng fans, or ‘Heng Heads’ as they call themselves, to descend upon San Francisco to worship their sand-sculpting hero.

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