Matt Long And Kirk Rademaker


Matt Long

Birthplace and current home base: Staten Island, New York


As Matt says on his website, “I carve beautiful things in the sand just about anywhere you can imagine from rooftop gardens and the beaches of Southeast Asia to Times Square, New York City. Every sculpture is custom designed to meet the needs of my clients, from hair care product marketers to swimming pool manufacturers. I create fascinating, one of a kind displays using nothing but sand and water.”

Matt has travelled around the world as an original cast member of the Travel Channel show “Sand Masters” (along with Kirk Rademaker). Matt is the designer and manufacturer of Can You Dig It© Sand Tools and the Can You Dig It Sand Tools Super Deluxe Sand Sculpting Kit ™. These tools are endorsed by many professional sand sculptors and are used by thousands of beginner and intermediate sand sculpting enthusiasts around the world. Among other contest awards, Matt has placed in four World Championship events; once as a teammate of Kirk Rademaker’s on Team USA in 2014!

He donates his art and skills to many community causes in the New York area including several 9/11 Memorial sculptures. Through his art he supports the South Street Seaport, Building for America’s Bravest, The Stephen Siller Foundation, The National Lighthouse Museum, The Staten Island Children’s Museum, The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and The March of Dimes.

A woodworker and wood restoration specialist by trade, his NYC based company of 40 years (FRW, LLC) has restored wood in many of New York’s (America’s) most cherished landmarks and is listed in the New York City Landmarks Conservancy “Restoration Directory”. Matt has three daughters and has been married for 40 years to the lovely Nina.



Kirk Rademaker

Birthplace: Berkeley California

Current home base: Santa Cruz, California


Kirk worked in construction for 30 years before getting into sand in 1997 and he has enjoyed international acclaim ever since.  His fantastical mechanical creations have become an international trade mark. Kirk engineered and ran a Guinness record "world’s tallest sandcastle" along with Dan, Chris, Sue, Jair, and Giselle (a great crew). He has sculpted for television shows (he spent 2 years on Travel Channel’s SandMasters), movie stars and presidential candidates. Traveling the globe is one of his many joys and has visited more than 20 countries. Whether the sculpture is a private commission, commercial job or a competition, he always finds time to meet the locals and play a little guitar.

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