USA Wins at World Beard Champs

Team Beard USA takes nine trophies

World Beard Champs

Elmar Weisser, beard champion 2005 freestyle, poses during the International German Beard and Moustache Championships in Hesel, northern Germany, on Saturday, April 29, 2006.     Photo: Kai-Uwe Knoth/AP

In the world of competitive whisker growing, American sports a better English Moustache than the English.

Team Beard USA took home nine trophies this weekend at the World Beard and Moustache Championships including five first-place finishes in Freestyle Moustache, Full Beard Natural, Full Beard Styled Moustache, and English Moustache. The annual event was held in Leinfelden-Echterdigen, Germany, and drew 300 competitors from 20 countries this year.

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39-year-old Jeff Langum and his 17-inch beard won top honors in Full Beard Natural, the blue-ribbon event. While not as long as many of his competitor's beards, Langum's edge is his beard's natural roundness, described as a "scraggly rising sun." These auburn whiskers also won him Best in Show at the National Beard Championships in September.

"Most beards grow long and not as much on the sides, but his sides stay pretty puffy," Onana Langum, his wife, told WSUA9.

 

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