The United States were the big winners at the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships on Saturday, taking home six of the 18 titles at stake in the Alpine town of Leogang, Austria.
American Patrick Fette defended his Moustache English world championship crown, while compatriot David Lawlor did the same in the Moustache Freestyle category. Patrick Langley took home the prize for Partial Beard Fu Manchu, and fellow American Jeffrey Beard claimed honours in Partial Beard Musketeer.
Jackie Lynn Ellison came up with the biggest surprise win for the Americans, finishing ahead of reigning Moustache Imperial world champion Eugen Hipp of Germany.
The other American world championship went to first-timer Madison Rowley, who won in Full Beard Natural.
Germany suffered a major setback compared to the last Worlds in 2013, when they won 11 titles compared to six for the United States and one for Hungary.
In Leogang, the Germans picked up five top prizes with Wolfgang Schneider retaining his Moustache Natural title, while Dieter Besuch won the Partial Beard Sideburns Freestyle category.
Germany’s other championships went to Wolfgang Servay in Partial Beard Natural, Armin Knapp in Full Beard Freestyle and Michael Keller in Fashion Beard.
Like Hipp, Germany’s Karl-Heinz Hille was also upset in Partial Beard Imperial as France’s Gilles Pollinien pulled the surprise.
The hosts Austria grabbed four titles – three of them in Full Beard as Anton Madreiter won in the Verdi category; Fritz Sendlhofer was judged to have the best Garibaldi beard; and Hans Gasser was crowned world champion in Natural with Styled Moustache. Norbert Topf took home Austria’s other world title, winning in Partial Beard Freestyle.
Hungary’s Zsolt Jaromi once again won the Moustache Hungarian category while England’s Johnny King claimed the title in Moustache Dali.
The 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships will take place in Austin, Texas, in the United States.