Now in its 13th year, the Mr. Double L Leather Contest wrapped up Sept. 17 with one of Rehoboth Beach's own, Allen Lerch, taking the sash as Mr. Double L 2011.
The contest, named for the Rehoboth, Del., bar that sponsors the title, is a feeder contest for Washington's annual Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) Contest in January, sponsored by the Centaur Motorcycle Club, meaning winners of the Rehoboth contest are automatically entered into MAL. Patrick Grady, the club's vice president, an organizer of the Rehoboth contest and Mr. Double L 2003, says four Mr. Double L winners have gone on to be named Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather.
And while the two-day contest went off largely without any hitches, Grady says Mother Nature did contribute one twist: ''It's the first time we did it inside. It rained.'' The rain did not, however, dampen the mood, he says, with several area leather/Levi clubs attending en masse.
This year's runner up was Matt Branson of Pennsylvania. Joe Jameson, also of Pennsylvania, and Bob Sprout of Rehoboth Beach, also competed. Following tradition, the past year's winner, Mr. Double L 2010 Frank King, served as head judge.