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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.”
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 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.
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.”
The 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships® will take place on November 2, 2013 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Registration is now open.
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.
Jeff 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?
Registration now open for 2014 championships at The Keller Auditorium
It’s time to start growing! The 2014 Just for Men World Beard and Moustache Championships® are invading Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 25. Inside 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 in the most entertaining and creative competition to hit the Northwest.
From delicate Dali moustaches to anything-goes full beard freestyles and medal-worthy mutton chops, this competition represents the full spectrum of beard and mustache art with 17 categories. The Grand Prize? An all-expense paid trip to the 2015 world championships in Leogang, Austria!
“The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships® are one of the most lively and inspired events you will ever witness,” said Lay It Out Events Producer Aaron Switzer. “The world championships is an event people have on their bucket list, you have to see it to believe it.”
Crowd Favorite — $1000 courtesy of Bluebeards Original
Fritz Sendlhofer, Zell am See, Austria
Natural – Adam Orcutt, Michigan City, Indiana
English – Patrick Fette, Erlanger, Kentucky (Derby City Whisker Club)
Dali – Max Pankow, Berlin, Germany (East Bavarian Beard Club)
Imperial– Steve McQuaide, Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles Beard and Moustache Club)
Hungarian— Ross Steidel, Lahaina, Hawaii
Freestyle – Dan Lawlor, Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles Beard and Moustache Club)
Natural Goatee– Guy Thompson, Port Angeles, Washington
Fu Manchu – Wojo Wrzesniewski , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Imperial – Steve Scarpa, Tehachapi, California (Competitive Bearding Foundation of Los Angeles)
Musketeer – Al Underwood, Los Angeles, California (Competitive Bearding Foundation of Los Angeles)
Sideburns – Toot Joslin, Carnelian Bay, California (Tahoe City Chapter of Beard Team USA)
Amish Beard – David Perry, Miami, Florida (B.O.M.B)
Freestyle – Kevin Riordan, Las Vegas, Nevada
Natural – Neil Moherman , Jeromesville, Ohio (Beard Team Ohio)
Verdi – Jeffrey Moustache, Los Angeles (Competitve Bearding Foundation of Los Angeles)
Garibaldi – Fritz Sendlhofer, Zell Am See, Austria (East Bavarian Beard Club)
Freestyle Full Beard – Peter Weis, German (Pforzheim Beard Friends Club)
YOUNGEST COMPETITOR – Lucas Cooper, Age 21, Los Angeles, California
POKER TOURNAMENT– Chris Ryan, Vic Martinson (co-winners)
TOP CHAPTER – Los Angeles Beard and Moustache Club
Germany is the home of bearding and until recently was the undisputed dominant world power in the sport. But at recent championships, the USA, led by Beard Team USA, has successfully challenged German hegemony.
Here, Willi Chevalier of Sigmaringen, Germany, shows off his partial beard freestyle, once dubbed a “hair pretzel” by NPR’s Robert Siegel.
Photo by David Sacks.