The beard is narrow and pointed. The moustache is slender, long, and drawn out in a slight bow. The moustache may not include hairs growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corners of the mouth.
Styling aids* permitted.
A musketeer was an early modern type of infantry soldier equipped with a musket, a muzzle-loaded, smooth bore, long gun, fired from the shoulder. This category is no doubt inspired by the Alexander Dumas novel about four non-musketeers who, as can be seen here did not have muskets. But they did have narrow moustaches and pointed beards, just like the contestants in this category at the WBMC.
2011 WBMC Results:
First: Juergen Draheim, Germany
Second: Frazier Coppin, UK
Third: Jörg Biland, Switzerland
Berlin’s Jürgen Draheim (pictured here) has established himself in as the dominant force in this category, which he won in Berlin in 2005, in Anchorage in 2009, and in Trondhjem in 2011. Draheim also took second in Carson City in 2003 and in Brighton in 2007. America’s only podium came in Carson City, when Buffalo Bill look-alike Gary Johnson won it, somewhat to the chagrin of the Dumas-lovers.
Insider tip for 2013: BTUSA upstart Al Underwood (below) is looking for an upset win over Draheim. Underwood struck gold in this category in Vegas in 2012 and in New Orleans in 2013.
Note: The 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships will be conducted in accordance with the official Rules and Regulations of the Association of German Beard Clubs. The description set forth above is an unofficial English translation.