"SAND BLASTERS" turns sand sculpting into a major competitive television event but with one interesting twist. Eight teams comprised of two world-class sand sculptors each potentially have up to eleven hours to create a sand masterpiece. In addition to the usual challenges the sculptors face of time limits, weather and sand quality they also have one more obstacle that they all must overcome before any of these teams have a chance at winning a share of the $15,000 prize money and that is explosives!
Periodically, through random selection, one of these works of art in-progress is blown-up and the sculptors must start from scratch with whatever time they have left. It is a race to the finish to see which team can overcome the odds and beat out the competition. This became an annual sporting event that is held on one of the many beaches in San Diego, California beginning in 2006. This weeklong competition that is held each year in December and taped, then edited down to a 2-hour show is aired on the Travel Channel.