Matt Deibert And Ian Deibert


Matthew Deibert

Birthplace and current home base: New Jersey


Matthew Deibert was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He grew up spending time on the beaches but it was the birth of his first son, Ian, and their early trips to the beach that sparked a new relationship with sand. This enjoyment transformed into a passion after studying the art of sand sculpture. At present Matthew holds a BA from Mercyhurst College with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He is a retired Atlantic City Firefighter Captain, where he met John Gowdy, who was very influential in his sand career. Matthew is married with six children. His two oldest sons, Ian and Matt, Jr have joined him on the sand pile. He is the creator owner of SandCreation LLC.

Matthew has competed in solo and team events. Some of his honors include 1st place New Jersey Championship in 2007 & 2008, competing on “Sand Blasters” in 2007 and 2008 (Travel Channel), 2nd place Solo North American Championship in 2011, winner of “Sand Wars” with his son Ian in March 2012 (Travel Channel). In 2018, the father and son team won “People’s Choice” at the Virginia Beach International Championships.



Ian Deibert

Birthplace and current home base: New Jersey

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Ian spent his childhood on the beach, watching his father discover the art of sandsculpting. In 2013, he earned a BA in Graphic Design from Liberty University and has worked in many art mediums since then, including design, illustration, sculpture and film. His professional sand career has included competing in the Travel Channel show Sand Wars twice, winning in 2013 with his father and a People’s Choice award at the Neptune Festival in 2018. Ian is married and a proud father of two beautiful children.

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