In the most unlikely of circumstances, on a hot, dusty afternoon in Black Rock City, Nevada, a Hula Hoop and a GoPro video camera met at the Distrikt camp at Burning Man 2012. “They flirted, danced and finally mated, conceiving an awkward little Hula Cam contraption,” according to the video introduction of a five-minute super viral clip that has YouTube and the world wide web in a spin. Racking up nearly 2.5 Million views in merely days, people around the world are tuning in in droves to see a series of often scantily-clad women hoop dancing at the festival in the Black Rock Desert.
Artist Rob Volkel of Hula Fantastica in Venice, California, strapped the GoPro to a hula-hoop and simply pressed record and while the hula hoop cam point of view experience is certainly nothing new to us and our readers here at Hooping.org, never before have we seen anything hoop related go this viral, this fast. Vokel explained, “This started with a simple idea when I duct-taped my Go-Pro to a hula-hoop and took it to Black Rock City.” Simple ideas often prove to be good ones and while some of the hoopers in the video, all of whom are female, stuck to core spinning with the hoop, others set out to make their mark and raise the bar as well.
Once a year, tens of thousands of participants make their way to Burning Man, an event dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. The festival, routinely regarded as most likely being the largest annual gathering of hoopers from around the world each year, is so chock full of hooping talent that it’s no wonder there were so many hooping hotties available to spin things up. Thrillist reports, “If you watch one video featuring girls from Burning Man — wearing everything from bikinis, to nipple pasties, to see-through bikinis — dancing with a hula hoop outfitted with a camera that takes trippy, hi-res footage, make it this one.” We couldn’t agree more, although please note: this is not safe for work and parental guidance is strongly suggested. What’s next for Volkel? He says, “My quest continues in search of the best hoopers and the best tracks to set them to.” The track used for this is “Language” by Porter Robinson, available on iTunes. Watch the Burning Man Hula Cam video below: