I'm quite hairy too, and I was an early developer, and started growing chest hair in the 8th grade. Made me very self-conscious. I shaved it off a couple times, but I hate the itch. Then in HS when I was a junior and changing after gym class one senior near my locker caught me sans shirt and made the comment about how hairy I was and told me he wished he could be that hairy. Even called one of his friends over and made me lift my shirt. They where envious of me which made me feel better.
I just buzz it down with some clippers now and then. I got the Philips Bodygroomer and it works great. Has three guards that come with it so you can trim real close or just do a little clean up.
GH, you have a nice before smooth shot, be sure and take an after shot when it grows in some.