Hoopies: The 2010 Award Winners

trophy It’s time to announce the winners of our Third Annual Hoopie Awards, but before we do that, we’d like to take time to congratulate not only all of the nominees this year, and not only all of our Honorable Mentions, but each and everyone of you that has discovered hooping. Hooping.org firmly believes that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner! You’ve discovered a plastic portal into the greatest of times and a wonderful community, a tool that refreshes your spirit while getting you in shape. You’re a winner, I’m a winner, we’re all winners! 2009 was an incredible year in the hooping community and as the community continues to grow, our awards have evolved as well. In fact we changed the entire voting process this year, on top of adding two new categories. Thank you to everyone who took time out to cast a nomination. Thank you to all of you who voted so thoughtfully for who should be acknowledged this year with a Hoopie. Thank you to the gracious individuals who volunteered their time to serve on our final nominations review panel. And thank you to everyone in advance for not copying and pasting our awards announcement list to other web sites. With all of that out of the way, are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going this year? Who did you, as a community, vote for in our Third Annual Awards presentation? Without further ado, Hooping.org proudly presents your 2010 Hoopie Award Winners:


PHOTO OF THE YEAR:

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Photo of Rich Porter and Spiral of Hoop Technique. They both currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Photo by Barry J. Holmes.

Also nominated this year:

Photo of Babz Robinson of Wild Girl Hoops taken at Motion Notion in Drayton Valley, Alberta. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Photo by David Luckman.
Photo of Beth Lavinder of The Hoop Path, taken at The Northwest Hoop Gathering in Bend, Oregon. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. Photo by Marta Sasinowska.
Photo of Jo Mondy, Bunny Hoop Star, and Phoebe Rapp hooping in the Australian desert for Hoop Empire, based in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Nick Coppins.
Photo of Skylar Mallas-Darby of Soul Fire on paddle boards in Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Daniel Darby.

ONLINE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

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Love The Process: SaFire’s Hooping Manifesto: Video by Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Also nominated this year:

Burning Man Hoop Jam: Filmed at the Spin Cycle Camp at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada. Video by Tim “Lucian” Keough of Austin, Texas.
Brecken Rivara at Symbiosis: Filmed at the Symbiosis Gathering in Yosemite, California, Brecken Rivara currently resides in Oakland, California.
ElectroCircus Hoopers: Filmed at an ElectroCircus hoopjam event in Austin, Texas, by Jefe Sun Greenheart.
Hoop Technique: Burn: Video of Rich Porter and Spiral of Hoop Technique. They both currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Isolation Hoop Report: Featuring the Code Red: Circus Conspiracy with Matt “Poki” McCorkle and Brian Thompson of Oakland, California.
Keep Breathing: Video by Lissa Angeline from Swampwater Debutante. She lives in Hurst, Texas.

ONLINE TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR:

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Across the Chest Roll with Caroleeena: Tutorial by Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Also nominated this year:

Back Isolation with Hoopsie Daisy: Tutorial by Natasha Young, aka Hoopsie Daisy. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Five Beat Weave with Threaded Jump Through: Tutorial by Sharna Rose Bevan of Maidstone, England.
Off-body Hooping with Baxter: Tutorial features Baxter of The Hoop Path, in Carrboro, North Carolina. Filmed in Washington, DC, and presented by the DC Hoop Collective.
Shoulder Trick with KaytiBunny: Tutorial by KaytiBunny Roberts of Bunny Hoops in New York City.

HOOPING TRACK OF THE YEAR:

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Beats Antique: Louie’s Lullaby

Also nominated this year:

Lily Allen: The Fear (Stonebridge Remix
Lupe Fiasco: Shining Down
Mimosa: Sirius

EVENT OF THE YEAR PROMOTING HOOPING TO A LARGER AUDIENCE:

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Michele Obama Hoops: American First Lady Michele Obama hula hoops on the White House Lawn.

Also nominated this year:

The Hooping Book: “Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program” was released in 2009 written by Christabel “HoopGirl” Zamor and Ariane Conrad. They currently live in San Francisco and New York City respectively.
Hoopconvergence: The 2nd Hoop Convergence was held in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Hoopnotica on Dr. Oz: Hoopnotica’s appearance on The Dr. Oz television show.
The SuperHooper Bus Tour: Superhoooper.org’s free multi-state hoop education tour in their biodiesel bus.
UK Hoop Gathering: Hoopers gather for the first time from across the UK and beyond.

NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR (Started in 2009):

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Nick “The Hoopboy” Matyas: Walnut Creek, California. YouTube

Also nominated this year:

• Amanda Syryda: Grand Prarie, Alberta. YouTube.
• Katie Hester: Bend, Oregon. Facebook Video
• Linz “Lady Lamb” Lay: Springfield, Missouri. YouTube
• Lissa Angeline: Hurst, Texas. Vimeo
• Tiana Zoumer aka “Wantonmara”: Mission Viejo, California. YouTube

LOCAL HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR:

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Bay Area Hoopers: San Francisco Bay Area

Also nominated this year:

Boston Hoop Troop (Boston, Massachusetts)
C.U.@Circus (Austin, Texas)
DC Hoop Collective (Washington, DC)
Hoopaholics (Sydney, Australia)
Learnington Spa Hoop Club (Learnington Spa, Warwickshire, England)

PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR:

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The Pantaloonies: Bristol, United Kingdom. YouTube

Also nominated this year:

Color Wheel: New York City. YouTube
The Gyronauts: Austin, Texas / New York City. Vimeo
Hoola Monsters: Florida. YouTube
The Hoop Unit: San Diego, California. Vimeo
Vesica Sister: Denver, Colorado and San Francisco, California. YouTube

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR:

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Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California.

Also nominated this year:

Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina
Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor: Mill Valley, California
Diana Lopez: Ojai, California
Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

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Shakti Sunfire,: San Francisco, California

Also nominated this year:

Jennifer “Hoopcharmer” Quest: San Diego, California
Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Shredder: San Francisco, California
Spiral: Berkeley, California

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

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Rich Porter: San Francisco, California

Also nominated this year:

Baxter: Carrboro, North Carolina
Khan Wong: San Francisco, California
Malcolm Stuart: New York City
Rainbow Michael Haynes: Colorado

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

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Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California

Also nominated this year:

Beth Lavinder,: Carrboro, North Carolina
Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California
Shakti Sunfire,: San Francisco, California
Sharna Rose: Maidstone, England
Spiral: Berkeley, CA

Hooping.org congratulates all of our winners this year and all of our nominees. You can view our 2009 Award winners and 2008 Award winners as well.

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