CBC greenlights season two of Race Against the Tide

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Hip-hop star Maestro Fresh Wes hosts the second season of the sand sculpting competition series, which has been optioned for adaptations internationally.

M arblemedia unscripted competition series Race Against the Tide is making more waves, with a season two greenlight from CBC.

The 10 x 30-minute season two will premiere July 10 on CBC and CBC Gem with New Brunswick-based hip-hop artist Wes Williams (pictured), a.k.a Maestro Fresh Wes, as host in the battle of sand sculptors at the Bay of Fundy, N.B.

The show is coproduced with N.B.-based Hemmings House, with marblemedia co-founders Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop as executive producers. Carly Spencer is series producer and writer, while Donna Luke of marblemedia serves as co-executive producer.

Race Against the Tide is presented with provincial support including Tourism New Brunswick and gives out a grand prize of $10,000.

Season two will have master sculptor Rusty Croft joining Karen Fralich as a new judge of the sculptures, which are created over a period of six hours before the tide comes in.

The first season premiered on CBC in September 2021 and has been optioned for location adaptations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Season two in N.B. comes as the province doubles the budget for its Film, Television and New Media Incentive Program.