Results of the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Norway
The results of the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships, held Sunday in Trondheim, Norway, are in, and the biggest surprise is the dethroning of two-time Full Beard Natural champ Jack Passion by fellow American Craig "Rooty" Lundvall, top right.
Passion, the whiskered wizard of Walnut Creek, Calif., author of "The Facial Hair Handbook", and subject of a 2009 profile in the Los Angeles Times, took second in the Trondheim competition. According to the World Beard and Moustache Championships website, the American delegation -- which is referred to en masse as Beard Team U.S.A. -- brought home a six gold medals.
In addition to Lundvall, Americans that took top honors were: Burke Kenny (in the Full Beard Styled Moustache category), Bruce Roe (Hungarian Moustache), Keith “Gandhi Jones” Haubrich (Freestyle Moustache), Bill Mitchell, left, (Partial Beard Freestyle), and Giovanni Dominice (Imperial Moustache).
The biannual beard-off's overall winner -- with a beard elaborately shaped into a reindeer at one end -- was Germany's Elmar Weisser, 47, top left, who is no stranger to the competition, having taken the top prize at the 2005 event held in Berlin with a beard sculpted to look like the Brandenburg Gate and at the 2007 England championships in which he showed up with a beard shaped to resemble the Tower Bridge. (He didn't attend the 2009 conclave, which gave the award to American David Travers for a snowshoe-shaped beard.)
The Norwegian Moustache Club was chosen as the host group at the last World Beard and Moustache Championship held in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 23, 2009.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos, from top: Germany's Elmar Weisser, left, was the overall winner and American Craig Lundvall took the Full Beard Natural category, unseating two-time champion Jack Passion; American Bill Mitchell won the Partial Beard Freestyle category. Altogether, Beard Team U.S.A. took home six gold medals. Credit: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP/Getty Images