Abe Waterman and Sue McGrew

Racing against the tide

PEI’s Abe Waterman and Seattle’s Sue McGrew take top prize

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PEI’s Abe Waterman and Seattle-based sand sculptor Sue McGrew have won the inaugural season of CBC original series Race Against the Tide, knocking out nine other world class sand sculpting teams to take the top spot.

Set on the shores of the Bay of Fundy with host Shaun Majumder, Waterman and McGrew dug their way through 10, six-hour sand sculpting battles while racing against Mother Nature as the world’s highest tides aimed to wash away their works of art.

In the end, the judges decided that Waterman and McGrew’s skill and creativity were enough to knock Jobi Bouchard and Dan Belcher out of the competition, earning them the title of Race Against the Tide champions and the top $10,000 prize.

Waterman and McGrew became friends after competing against each other at international sand sculpting competitions for years. Waterman began his career sculpting in the snow, until he found sand and fell in love with the art. Winning almost all of the competitions he enters, Waterman is now recognized as one of the most well-known sand sculptors in the world. McGrew began sculpting in high school as a summer hobby, until 2008 when she bought a one-way ticket to Europe to compete in various sand sculpting competitions.

All episodes are now available to stream on CBC Gem.