Two-time World Beard Champion (Full Beard Natural) and noted beard book author Jack Passion will not be competing. Jack is going to step aside and give others with full beards a shot at the $1000. Instead, he will be the onstage host of the competition. Jack won Full Beard Natural at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in both Brighton in 2007 and in Anchorage in 2009. He also won 3rd place overall at the world championship in Anchorage. Passion is the author of the Facial Hair Handbook.