September 17, 2019

German wins World’s Best Beard title

Elmar Weisser models his winning crop of facial hair.

A German hairdresser has won the title of world’s best beard at the World Beard and Moustache Championship in Trondheim, Norway.

Elmar Weisser, 47, headed off 160 other contestants to the prize with his elaborate facial hair sculpture of a moose.

It is the third time Mr Weisser has won the championship which is held every two years. Organisers cal it “the premier event in the international sport of bearding”. We’ll take your word for it.

In 2005 he won with with a beard styled into the shape of Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate, and in 2007 with a representation of London Bridge.

He said he had begun preparing his creation for the Trondheim event at 7am, with the help of his sister.

The World Beard and Moustache Championship has been running since 1995. Contestants from all over the world know how to make their beard look good, they compete in 14 categories, including natural goatee, sideburns freestyle, Hungarian moustache and imperial partial beard.

Organisers say the field has traditionally been dominated by Europeans but that the US, which has twice hosted the event, is fast becoming “the world’s new facial hair super power”.

Gentlemen from around the world took to Germany today to showcase their flamboyant and eccentric facial hair in the World Beard and Moustache Championships.

The competition, which took place in Schoemberg, attracted more the 300 hopefuls sporting everything from handlebar moustaches to impeccably groomed beards.

The event, first held in 1990, takes place every few years at different locations around the world and competitors this year showcased some of the best examples of facial hair yet.

Silver beards manipulated into rigid spokes, incredible foot-long handlebars and pointed moustaches were all on display.

And judges were left scratching their own modest beards while trying to consider whose facial hair stood out from the crowd.

Among those in attendance, Dieter Besuch sported an amazing ten ringlets from his beard as well as an additional two from his moustache.

While one of the younger competitors, Benny Reinhold, showed off his immaculate moustache alongside his clean shaven cheeks. To get your wild mane under control, check out Primitive Outpost

Participant Norbert Topf dazzled with a beard that looked like it would have taken more than a few hours in front of the mirror to perfect.

If it keeps them off the streets then let them get into it.