Beard Santa - Tuesday 19th November 2013

BEARD SANTA He's Leinfelden-Echterdingen's finest son. A man who's role-model is surrealist Salvador Dali. Who has been world champion more times than compatriot Franz Beckenbauer - with a hirsute appearance to make fellow 1974 World Cup legend Paul Breitner bristle. . . And he's the beardest Santa in town! Jurgen Burkhardt and his prize blooming beard are four time winners of the World Beard Championships. They were, also, the strongest link in the twenty Verband Deutscher Bartclubspart club members' world's longest beard chain world record - measuring19.05 metres ( 62 ft 6 inches) in 2007. During a twenty year career, he has held a host of national and international titles and is, quite simply, one of the most successful participants in the history of competitive facial hair tournaments. But, come Christmas, jovial Jurgen dons his red n white Santa suit and twiddles his world record whiskers for another festive season of 'Ho Ho Hos' and prezzie wish lists. As well as an annual Santa stint in his home town Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Jurgen's sleigh-run has taken him across: Europe, USA, China, South Korea and Japan, to name a few. Last year this tactile Santa took his Claus to Indonesia for the Free Hugs Charity Tour at Nanny's Pavillon in Jakarta and Bandung - for a record one thousand and twenty three free hugs! Busy Burkhardt spent most of this year organising the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2013 at Leinfelden-Echterdingen. He did not compete this time round - despite his beard now being more than 1.70 meters in length. And when he's not jobbing as Santa Claus or parading at events, Jurgen spends time grooming his luxuriant appendage. He says: "I am proud to make my own styling and make my ideas. I am a very good stylist and also give workshops for our members. "My hero and big inspiration was Salvator Dali. My style is modern Imperial style - but now it?s freestyle with my own twist. Initially, I only wanted to have a moustache but things just gre - - Tuesday 19th November 2013 (15 images)

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