Meet Alaska's David Traver, the world beard champion

ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ Move over, Scotty Gomez. Later, Rosey Fletcher. Lance Mackey? Forget about him.

There's a new champion in town. A hairy one.

Meet David Traver, world beard champion.

Traver's 20.5 inches of coarse kink, cultivated over 2½ years and fertilized in Anchorage's northern air, took the title on Saturday.

Traver was among 300 competitors from around the globe who converged in Anchorage over the weekend for the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships. His beard, dyed several colors and woven into the shape of a snowshoe, beat out more than 140 others to become the coolest beard in the world. He took home a commemorative gold pan and a salmon fishing trip.

And now he's going to shave it off.

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