Freestyle partial beard (non-goatee)
Free design and styling of all partial beards that are not goatees. Such partial beards not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. An area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven. Areas at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) on the chin and between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven.
2011 WBMC Results:
First: Bill Mitchell, USA
Second: Roger Eriksen, Norway
Third: Juergen Burkhardt, Germany
The Sideburns category was introduced for the Carson City worlds in 2003 to honor the King, Elvis Presley. The category has remained controversial since its inception. The Association of German Beard Clubs translates the name of this category into English as “Whiskers ‘Freestyle’ & ‘Sideburns’,” but the German description excludes sideburns, a term not used in German and a facial hair style not common in Germany.
In any event, American Bill Mitchell from Hinesville, Georgia, won his first world title in this category at the 2011 Trondhjem games. Mitchell, who took third in sideburns in Anchorage, was switched from Partial Beard Freestyle to this category at the last minute. American Toot Joslin won this one in Berlin in 2005 and in Anchorage in 2009.
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.