World’s Strongest Beard 2014

The World’s Strongest Man final took place in August in LA, but for some reason it’s traditional to show it on UK television between Christmas and New Year. That means BeardWatch has been glued to the competition whilst desperately avoiding spoilers.

Strength Athletics has a fine tradition of bearded behemoths, and here are the Top Ten Beards from this year’s competitors.

10. Mark Felix, England

10. Mark Felix, EnglandThe oldest competitor in the field showing the kids how it’s done. @MarkFelixTV

10. Mark Felix lifting a 275lb anvil

9. Jerry Pritchett, USA

9. Jerry Pritchett, USAJerry Pritchett is the first American entry on the list, and shows off the ultimate chinstrap. @PritchettPower

9. Jerry Pritchett lifting a log above his head

8. Hafthor Bjornsson, Iceland

8. Hafthor Bjornsson, IcelandNot that I’d like to mess with any of these guys, but this Icelandic Mountain of a man holds a special terrifying place in that category. Bjornsson plays Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in Game of Thrones in his spare time. @ThorBjornsson_8. Hafthor Bjornsson in the deadlift

7. Brian Shaw, USA

7. Brian Shaw ,USAShaw clearly uses a cookie cutter as the guide for his chin beard, and to good effect for a unique look. @ShawStrength

7. Brian Shaw lifting a log above his head

6. Warrick Brant, Australia

6. Warrick Brant, AustraliaAnother unique beard shape amongst the competitors is Australia’s Brant. No cheek coverage, but plenty of chin and neck coverage serves him well. @WarrickBrant6. Warrick Brant straining with a bar on his shoulders

5. Scott Cummine,Canada

5. Scott Cummine, CanadaCanada’s only entry in the list takes the prestigious title of Best Ginger Beard, which is always recognised as an extra mark of confidence in an increasingly anti-ginger beard world. @ScottCommine

5. Scott Cummine red-faced with strain in the deadlift

4. Mike Burke, USA

4. Mike Burke, USAMike Burke is very unlucky to finish outside the top 3 considering the sterling progress he’s made since last year’s goatee. This was a well-trimmed and shapely beard.

4. Mike Burke lifting a bar above his head

3. Eddie Hall, England

3. Eddie Hall, EnglandBig Eddie is Britain’s Strongest Beard. Hall’s beard personifies his fearless attitude and approach to Strongman. The mohawk, tats and that beard make for an intimidating opponent and will only get better in years to come. @EddieHallWSM3. Eddie Hall covered in sticky glue running between lifts

2. Gerhard van Staden, South Africa

2. Gerhard van Staden, South AfricaIn between training, the Southern Hemisphere’s Strongest Beard looks after lions in a sanctuary in South Africa. This is clearly the inspiration for his glorious mane, and helps make him the Alpha Lion in any pride.2. Gerhard van Staden roaring as he lifts a log above his head

1. Robert Oberst, USA

1. Robert Oberst, USABut it’s pre-competition favourite Robert Oberst who takes the overall title of World’s Strongest Beard. After trying American Football and bouncer work, eventually became a professional strongman with just four months of intensive training. He also wears pink whenever he can to support awareness of breast cancer, showing the big man has a big heart.

This massive beard was unmatched for sheer length and volume at this year’s competition and is a worthy winner. @RobertOberst

1. Robert Oberst struggling to lift a sack onto a table 1. Robert Oberst in the deadlift1. Robert Oberst carrying a carTeam Beard

The USA snatch the overall Team Beard title from England! A solid effort throughout the team.

Nick Best7. Brian Shaw1. Robert Oberst9. Jerry Pritchett

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