Check out the best events and festivals that the Sand Masters have experienced as they’ve traveled the world.
The Sand Masters couldn't help but get into the spirit of Carnival in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Coinciding with the celebrations in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the festival lasts one week and ends a day before Ash Wednesday.
The gang traveled to Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand, to help celebrate the country's ancient and outrageous Songkran festival. During the hottest time of the year (at the end of the dry season, in April) the entire country drenches itself in water to ring in the New Year.
The Navy hired the Sand Masters to build a massive sculpture in the middle of Times Square for Fleet Week New York. Hosted by NYC every year since 1984, the event honors members of the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and is held in Manhattan each May.
The team traveled all the way to the shores of New Zealand to spend time with the Maori people during their New Year celebration, Matariki, in the final days of May.
The Sand Masters helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, CA. Each spring you can step back in time and take in the spectacle of a royal court, plus enjoy music, food, dance, rides, games and more.
While sculpting for the Kona Brewing Company's annual March brewfest on Hawaii's Big Island, the Sand Masters witnessed the legendary Kilauea volcano, a pig roast and traditional Hawaiian luau.
On the beautiful white beaches of Key West in October, the Sand Masters had to balance working for an eccentric hotel owner with resisting getting carried away with the massive party and parade.
The Sand Masters were hired by rodeo legend Gary Leffew to create a sculpture during the National Finals Rodeo. While in Vegas, the gang got to try their hand at ridin' and ropin'.
Not only did the Sand Masters attend Florida's world-famous Daytona 500, they also got to strap in for a 170-mph spin around the Daytona Speedway and honor racing champ Darrell Waltrip's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
In January, the Sand Masters attended the world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding competition in Los Barriles, Baja, Mexico -- and quickly found out that the sports aren't as easy as the pros make them look!