Just for Men world championships in Portland October 25

Got a world-class beard or moustache? You need to be in Portland, Oregon on October 25 for the 2014 Just for Men World Beard and Moustache Championships®. The competition takes place at the spectacular, 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium in downtown Portland. Hundreds of the world’s best beardsmen will put the art of facial hair on display […]

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Austria to Host 2015 World Championship

The 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships will take place in Leogang, Austria. Leogang is located in a spectacular Alpine valley surrounded by take-your-breath-away scenery not far from Salzburg. Organizers of the event include the

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August 29 deadline for Remington #beardboss contest and free trip to worlds!

beardbossThere is less than a week to enter the Beard Boss contest and win a free trip to Portland for the world championships courtesy of Remington Products.

The deadline to enter is August 29. Just post a picture of your beard or moustache on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #beardboss by August 29. An online vote will chose the winner from twelve weekly finalists.

Meanwhile, you can register for the world championships here.

Complete contest rules.

Pictured: Beard Boss MJ Johnson, National champ, imperial partial beard.Mike Johnson

New Zealand’s First BMC

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Planning to be in New Zealand on October 17? Don’t miss New Zealand’s First Beard and Moustache Championships at the Kings Arms Tavern, 59 France St, Auckland, New Zealand. The fun starts at 6 pm.

NY Times: “The modern man has a beard.”

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Stating the oh-so obvious, the New York Times, famous for “all the news that’s fit to print,” recently declared what all of us have known for quite some time: The modern man has a beard.

The Times was reporting on the big international men’s trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, where most of the male fashion models sported beards. According to the report, there has been a “generational shift from the smooth cheeks that defined Western masculinity for at least 100 years.”

Duh.

Beardo, the Movie

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Check out Jeff Tocci’s new documentary about the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. Click here.

If you can, help Jeff get his documentary out to the public.

In Memoriam: Big Joy

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Big Joy died on November 12 of complications following a recent surgery.

Joy served as hostess at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Carson City in 2003 and at the National Beard and Moustache Championships in Las Vegas in 2012. Before she died, she had already committed to hostess the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Portland.

She was Beard Team USA’s biggest fan.

At the Vegas Nationals Elsa Laube from Switzerland said, “They call her ‘Big Joy’ because of the size of her heart.”

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Beard Team USA wins big at 2013 worlds!

btusalogo wtextBeard Team USA won ten trophies at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in held in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany on November 2, 2013.

First place trophies went to Patrick Fette (English Moustache), Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache), and Burke Kenny (Full beard, styled moustache).

Other winners from BTUSA were Ben Juergens (second, imperial moustache), Sam Holcombe (third, English Moustache), Mike “MJ” Johnson (second, imperial partial beard), Anthony Fontes (third, imperial partial beard), Johnathon Patrick (third, Goatee Natural), Al Underwood (second, Musketeer), and Jeffrey Moustache (second, Full Beard Verdi).

Other Americans who won were Keith Haubrich (second, freestyle moustache), Sean Raiger (first, FuManchu), Taylor Weldon (third, Musketeer), Jeff Langum (first full beard natural), Bryan Nelson (second, full beard natural), and Aarne Bielefeldt (first, full beard freestyle).

Two-time champ Kenny leads American team to 2013 worlds; Johnson, Underwood, Moustache ringers

Burke KennyTwo-time and current world champ (Full Beard, Styled Moustache) Burke Kenny will be leading a strong squad of beardsmen competing for America at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, on November 2, 2013.

Meeanwhile WBMC newcomers Mike Johnson (Imperial Partial Beard) and Al Underwood (Musketeer) are looking to upset the home team in their respective categories, while youngster Jeffrey Moustache looks to podium in Verdi. This will be Moustache’s second worlds.

Team Roster.

HUGE Beard Team USA pep rally!

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This year’s HUGE Beard Team USA pep rally will take place in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy at 4 pm on October 24. Beard Team USA will be in Venice on its way to the World Beard and Moustache Championships® in Germany on November 2.

Throngs of patriotic Americans and other well-wishers are expected to crowd the square to cheer on America’s team.

Napoleon is said to have called St. Mark’s Square “the drawing room of Europe.”

Go USA!

Registration open for 2013 worlds in Germany

The 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships® will take place on November 2, 2013 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Registration is now open.

Click here for more info direct from Belle Moustache, including registration instructions.

Click here to register now!

World Beard Championship

Here is a message from Jürgen Burkhardt:

As President of “Belle Moustache,” the organizer of this year’s 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships, I would like to take this opportunity to send greetings to all contestants, spectators, and fans of beards. Beards are currently enjoying a growth in popularity all over the world. The US-Nationals in New Orleans is certainly the biggest American beard competition. I would like to wish success to all of the contestants along with lots of fun and good times. We would also like to invite all competitors to the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2013, highlight of the year for beardsmen worldwide. This event is very conveniently located just a few miles from the Stuttgart Airport. There are plenty of hotels in the convention town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen. Information about the event can be found at www.worldmoustachechampion.com. Online registration is available until October 1. Registrations will also be accepted at the event site up to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the competition. All beardsmen from America and the whole world are invited to the ultimate showdown of the year. It would be great to see you at the WBMC in LE.

Bearded greetings,
Jürgen Burkhardt

Langum National champ; LA dominates

langum champJeff Langum’s gigantic full beard natural won him top honors and $1000 courtesy of Bluebeards Original at the Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships® in New Orleans on September 7, but the City of Los Angeles established itself as the bearding capital of America with an impressive haul of six medals, three of them gold.

Al Underwood led LA’s charge with a perfect score of 25 points in the Musketeer category. That’s the bearding equivalent of 300 in bowling, 27 straight strikeouts in baseball, or a score of 18 for a round of golf. Al won the same category last year in Vegas.

Other LA medalists included Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache — gold), Jeffrey Moustache (Verdi — silver), Roberto Campos (Imperial Moustache — silver), Nathan Johnson (Sideburns — gold), and Alfred Nash (Hungarian Moustache — bronze). Did I miss anyone?