We are proud to announce the 2020 MEANest BEARD Worldwide Champion.
Congratulations to Kevin Boling from Moses Lake, Washington, USA!
Kevin Boling - Moses Lake, Washington, USA @kevinsbeard
Bearded since 2015.
My calling is exploring the land the good man gave us and finding ways to live off it. You can find me hanging out with my buddy and dog, Skipper, helping my daughter and son in law with their new house, fishing and planning a Columbia River two month long trip. When the season is right, my brother and I hunt for some of the best mushrooms in western Washington; oyster, lobster, morel, lions mane, and cauliflower to name a few.
MEAN BEARD Motto: It's never too late to change your life. To be happy, to follow your dreams and live life to the fullest.
"When I found out I had high blood pressure and cholesterol, I realized if I wanted to see my grandchildren grow up, I had to get serious about my physical health. Eating right and daily exercise quickly became a priority. Happy to report I found out a couple weeks ago my cholesterol and blood pressure are finally at healthy levels! I feel like I got yet another second chance to live my life. My beard is a representation of my life. When I started growing my beard, I was smoking cigarettes and living an unhealthy lifestyle. My beard hasn't been trimmed and shows the life I used to live and the one I choose to live every day since 2016. There's even a little bit of yellow hair. Some have encouraged me to cut it off but I see it as a reminder of overcoming the struggle and turning into a healthier, happier me."
Kevin has been awarded the 2020 MEANest BEARD Worldwide CHAMPION title by the 5 person MEAN BEARD Judge Panel and will receive a trophy and a MEAN BEARD prize pack and beard care products valued at up to $1,000.
Judge Barry Stock, Founder-Partner of MEAN BEARD and also the lead guitarist with the rock band Three Days Grace says, "It’s cool to see that bit of history in Kevin's beard and to know that he changed his way to get healthy because of his grandkids who inspired him. His beard is a cool color with the white coming in, he looks like a wizard."
Thank you to the TOP 3 finalists. You are all very deserving of the MEANest BEARD title. Praveen Parameswar who is a national beard champion in his home country of India and aims to grow the biggest beard even though society shuns him. We were very impressed by not only the size of Praveen's beard but also his incredibly supportive community behind him that left hundreds of votes for him on our website, and to Serge Tremblay from Canada who's super precise beard gave him a boost of confidence to emerge out of his comfort zone and accomplish his ambition to become a bartender. It's not only the beard, it's the attitude that defines a MEAN BEARD.
To the entire TOP 12 finalists. You are all winners in our minds. You all have super beards with great stories that personify what a MEAN BEARD is. You make it clear that a MEAN BEARD is a symbol of strength, freedom, truth, patience and perseverance.
To all 115 MEAN BEARD Contestants from 11 countries far and wide including Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Canada, USA, and the UK, it was great to have you with us sharing in this event and showing the world how MEAN your beard is! We look forward to you joining us again in the 2021 contest! Until then, stay MEAN!
Congrats ! Amazing back story and beard. From your friends in Napavine, WA
While there were many fantastic beards in the contest, Kevin’s is truly epic. But more than that, it reflects and chronicles Kevin’s path towards a healthier life, and his nature as a genuinely good-hearted man. Bravo!
Awesome!! Great story and beard! Congrats!