Alf Jarrald

The international beard community recently lost a dear friend.  Alf Jarrald from Manchester, England, was a long time member of the Handlebar Club in London.  At the age of 83 he placed second overall at the 2003 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Carson City, Nevada.  We will miss his cheerful smile and remember him fondly.

Viva Las Vegas! The 2012 BTUSA National Championships.

The third annual Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships will take place on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The amphitheater, with lawn seating for 3000 beardsmen and their fans, is located ¾ mile from the world-famous Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, which will serve as host hotel for the event.

The competition is open to everyone, regardless of nationality, experience, or group affiliation.  For the first time in history, the Nationals will utilize the seventeen-category system commonly employed at the World Beard and Moustache Championships. The categories range from the delicate Dali moustache to the anything-goes full beard freestyle.

Online registration and ticket sales will be available within the next few weeks. Registration will be $40. Admission for spectators is $10.

There will be a full schedule of activities for championships weekend, including a poker tournament and the Whiskerinas’ fake beard contest.

Learn more at Beard Team USA

2013 WBMC set for Germany.

The 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships will take place on November 2, 2013, in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany.  The event will be organized by the Beard and Culture Club Belle Moustache, whose slogan is “Diese Baerte haben Kultur!” (“These beards have culture!”)

This competition will feature a show-down between the world’s two bearding megapowers Germany and the United States. The upstart USA dominated the competition in Alaska in 2009 and the two fought to a virtual dead heat in 2011 in Norway. Will home court advantage help Germany re-establish its dominance?

Leinfelden-Echterdingen is a suburb of Stuttgart, located in Southwestern Germany in the region of Swabia, not far from the Black Forest.  The area is famous for Mercedes-Benzes, local wine, and Spaetzle, but don’t worry, there is beer too.

If you find Leinfelden-Echterdingen a bit of a mouthful, just call it “L.E.,” but remember that “E” in German is pronounced like “A” in English.

See you in L.E. (pronounced “L.A.”)!


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2012 Nationals Set for Vegas!

The 2012 Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships will take place on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Note that Veteran’s Day will be observed on Monday, November 12.


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Results from 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice, freestyle champ (photo by Andy Blackburn)

TO ALL WINNERS: Congratulations!

TO ALL CONTESTANTS, SPONSORS, AND ATTENDEES: Thank you!

The Second Annual Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships took place on October 8, 2011, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The complete results are set forth below.

Note regarding scoring: In the final judging, each judge ranked his/her top three contestants from the finalists selected earlier. Each first-place vote was worth 5 points, each second place vote was worth 3 points, and each third place vote was worth 1 point.

Moustache Category:
First Place ($600): Patrick Gorman, 10 points
Second Place ($300): Benjamin Jurgens, 10 points
(The judges selected Gorman over Jurgens in the tiebreak.)
Third Place ($100): Glen Moore, 6 points
Other finalists:
Sam Holcombe, 6 points
Taylor Weldon, 6 points
(The judges selected Moore over Holcombe and Weldon in the three-way tie for third place.)
Daniel Lawlor, 5 points
Steve Scarpa, 1 point
Detleff Steinhoefel, 1 point
Paul DeLeone
Matyas Kovach

Partial Beard Category:
First Place ($600): Toot Joslin, 18 points
Second Place ($300): Bill Mitchell, 14 points
Third Place ($100): Nate Johnson, 5 points
Other finalists:
Michael Schrader: 4 points
Kevin Demarest, 2 points
Joe Blossom, 1 point
Ryan Messer, 1 point
Eric Moberg
Chris Noe

Full Beard Groomed Category:
First Place ($600): John Myatt, 14 points
Second Place ($300): Burke T. Kenny, 11 points
Third Place ($100): Doug Renfro, 6 points
Other Finalists:
Benjamin Whitney, 6 points
(The judges selected Renfro over Whitney in the tiebreak.)
Rafael Diaz, 3 points
Blair Johnson, 3 points
Joseph Camacho, 1 point
Jeff Roth, 1 point
John Benedict
Maximo Garcia
Gary Faulkner
Jeb Sturmer
Marq Vigilio

Full Beard Natural Category:
First Place ($600): John Burgess, 13 points
Second Place ($300): Bryan Nelson, 12 points
Third Place ($100): Neil Moherman, 12 points
(The judges chose Nelson over Moherman in the tiebreak.)
Other finalists: Rick Angood, 3 points
Al Skipper, 3 points
George Scripture, 1 point
Aarne Bielefeldt
Dave Grams
Trevor Cranmer
Bob Gallagher
Thomas Gerdes
Dan Hudy
Alan Kelly
Geoff Kershaw
Myk O’Connor
PJ Rhymeswithsausage
Andrew Shuler

Freestyle Category:
First Place ($600): Jonathan Rice, 13 points
Second Place ($300): Thomas (Maurice) Smith (Blurton), 10 points
Third Place ($100): Matt Bischoff, 6 points
Other finalists:
John Buckler, 5 points
Brian Quien, 5 points
Andy Smith, 5 points
Gandhi Jones, 1 point
Bert Mayer


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Vi elsker Norge!

Bearding brings people together.

Here is a recent email exchange between Beard Team USA’s Larry Donaldson and Magne Torring of Oslo, Norway. Magne happened to be on the train with Beard Team USA from Trondheim to Oslo last May.
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Magne,

With all the chaos going on around the bombing and shooting in Oslo, I hope you are doing OK. You have been on my mind a lot the last few days. The terrorism in Norway has been getting a lot of coverage in the US. It seems to be so much like Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

The train ride from Trondheim to Oslo was one of the highlights of my Norway trip. Having you tell me more about your country was very special.

Remember we are all thinking about you and your country in these trying times.

Larry Donaldson
(member of Beard Team USA)
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Dear Larry.

Thank you so much for your concern and support. We are all shaken, but I hope we can get through this without giving in to hatred and fear. Yesterday somewhere around 150 000 people gathered in Oslo carrying flowers, to mourn the victims and show defiance. But not a word of revenge was spoken except one – the mayor of Oslo said: “We will have our revenge on the perpetrator by becoming an even more open, even warmer society.” I truly believe that is the only way ahead.

It was also an absolute pleasure for me to share coach with the Beard Team USA and with you. It is so easy to make assumptions about the U.S., and I truly appreciated being able to talk to you and learn more about your country and all of its variety. It was a highlight for me as well.

Magne Torring


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Post-WBMC 2011 Wrap-up

clip_image002Germany edged out the USA at the World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Trondhjem, Norway on May 15, 2011.

Click on any of the category names below for the complete wrap-up of the competition in each category.

The opinions expressed are those of founder and self-appointed Captain of Beard Team USA, Phil Olsen.

Moustaches:  

Natural

English

Dali

Imperial

Hungarian

Freestyle

Partial Beards:  

Natural Goatee

Fu Manchu

Imperial

Musketeer

Sideburns

Freestyle

Full beards:  
 
Natural

Full beard with styled moustache

Verdi

Garibaldi

Freestyle


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WBMC medal count goes to Germany; USA, Liechtenstein top participation stats

Beard Team USA at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondhjem (photo by Jeffrey Moustache)


The United States of America, which established itself in 2009 as the leading power in the international sport of bearding, fell a single gold medal short of retaining its position, when Germany reestablished itself as the top bearding nation at recent 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Norway.

At the same time, America sent by far the largest delegation, remarkable in these difficult economic times. Indeed Norway may be one of the most expensive travel destinations in the world for Americans, whose dollars just don’t go as far as they used to. Thus the high cost of beer (around $14 a pint in a typical pub) and other necessities of life no doubt kept away many American beardsmen who would have loved to compete on the world stage.

In fact some Americans resorted to street begging in order to finance their trips.

In contrast to the USA, other countries posted disappointing participation numbers. Nearby Sweden, barely 55 miles East of Trondheim, sent only four competitors and one judge. In per capita terms, however, Liechtenstein was by far the best represented, with one Liechtensteiner (Norbert Lampert) competing for every 36,000 citizens in the country. Simple math demonstrates that if, for example, China had participated at the same per capita rate as Liechtenstein, there would have been 50,000 Chinese competitors alone.

2011 WBMC Results

Moustaches
Natural Wolfgang Schneider Germany
Andreas Rellfelt Sweden
Bo Jonsson Sweden
English Tony Wiess Switzerland
Jeffrey Moustache USA
Jake Snake UK
Dali Juhana Helmenkalastaja Finland
Max Pankow Germany
Jeff Well USA
Imperial Giovanni Dominice USA
Benjamin Juergens USA
Eugen Hipp Germany
Hungarian Bruce Roe USA
Per-Dagfinn Pettersen Norway
Tore Moan Norway
Freestyle Keith “Gandhi Jones” Haubrich USA
Jan Haakon Bekkavik Norway
Evan Gillespie Canada
Partial Beards
Natural Dusan Lalos Germany
Wolfgang Servay Germany
Piero Mastrorosa Italy
Fu Manchu Lutz Giese Germany
Ted Sedman UK
Bob Gengler Alaska
Musketeer Juergen Draheim Germany
Frazier Coppin UK
Joerg Biland Switzerland
Imperial Karl-Heinz Hille Germany
Terje Aaberg Norway
Ronnie Coosemans Belgium
Sideburns Freestyle Bill Mitchell USA
Roger Eriksen Norway
Juergen Burkhardt Germany
Freestyle Dieter Besuch Germany
Franz Mitterhauser Austria
Paul Kallenborn Germany
Full Beards
Natural Rooty Lundvall USA
Jack Passion USA
Alois Plettl Germany
Natural with Styled Moustache Burke Kenny USA
Albert Schmidt Switzerland
Bernd Kopiak Germany
Verdi Karl Roos Switzerland
John Myatt USA
Travis Nance USA
Garibaldi Fritz Sendlhofer Austria
Doug Renfro USA
Devin Cara USA
Freestyle Elmar Weisser Germany
Hans-Peter Weis Germany
Gerhardt Knapp Germany
Best in show Elmar Weisser Germany

Six golds for USA! Passion toppled!

The USA took six golds at Sunday’s World Beard and Moustache Championships in Trondheim, Norway, while Germany claimed seven, including that of overall winner and Freestyle Full Beard Titan Elmar Weisser whose reindeer beard couldn’t be stopped.

American Rooty Lundvahl of the Whisker Club knocked two-time defending world champ Jack Passion off the top spot in the largest category, Full Beard Natural. Passion was second.

American Burke T. Kenny was restored the Full Beard Styled Moustache crown he won at the 2007 worlds in England but then lost in Alaska in 2009. Whisker Club President Bruce Roe won the Hungarian Moustache Division.

Meanwhile, Keith “Gandhi Jones” Haubrich completed the three-peat in Freestyle Moustache. Newcomers to the world stage Bill Mitchell from Georgia and Giovanni Dominice from Arizona won in Partial Beard Freestyle and Imperial Moustache respectively.

The fledgling Northern Los Angeles Beard and Moustache Club, a local chapter of Beard Team USA, took two silvers, one for Jeffrey Moustache in the English Moustache category, and another for John Myatt in Verdi.

The Austin Facial Hair Club, also a local chapter of Beard Team USA, competing independently and rumored to be contemplating secession, was skunked.

Judges included Roe’s wife Tommy and Whisker Club member Dan Sederowsky.

Check back soon for photos and complete results.