Hoopie Awards 2013: Our Winners

2013 Hoopie Awards

It’s time to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards, although we wish to be clear that all of our nominees are winners this year. We love them all! The call for preliminary nominations for the awards went up at the start of the year. Those results were then compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service for our Finalist Review Panel. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of the preliminary submissions and voted for their top five selections in each awards category. Those votes were then compiled, resulting in our list of 2013 official Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Saturday, and now it’s time to reveal our winners.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year from start to finish, giving an extra special thank you again to those who served on the Finalists Review Panel this year. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees one more time, and give a great big kudos to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating your computerized vote counts again this year given that those associated with Hooping.org received nominations.

And now, with thousands of votes cast, and a record breaking Hoopie Awards, are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards celebration? So are we! So without any further ado, we proudly present your 2013 Hoopie Award Winners:

PHOTO OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Photo of the Year: Tiana Zoumer

While all of our nominated photos this year did really well, one was significantly way ahead of the pack. The winner of the 2013 Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year goes to Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA. Photo by Julie Hanna.

Photo of the Year: Tiana Zoumer

Also nominated:

Amanda Moerira Cali of Gainesville, Florida, USA. A self portrait. View photo on Hooping.org.
Daniela Hoop of Udim, Israel. Photo by Michael Razdolski. View photo on Hooping.org.
Dylan T. Bradley of San Francisco, California, USA. Photo by Cadencia Photography. View photo on Hooping.org.
Jenni Fenton of Ocala, Florida, USA. Photo by Sheena Shea. View photo on Hooping.org.
Sam Carpio of Cancun, Mexico. Photo by Nicolas Eumir Lemus Gonzalez. View photo on Hooping.org.
Vivian Lumo of Tampere, Finland. Photo by Mikko Henrik Huotari. View photo on Hooping.org.

SOLO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

In reviewing the vote totals for outstanding Solo Video of the Year, a video featuring only one person hooping in it, we found ourselves with one of several races tonight that was way too close to call – which means it’s a tie. Hoopie Awards for Solo Video of the Year go to:

2013 Hoopie Awards Solo Video of the Year: Cressie Mae

BeYOUty in the World: Featuring Cressie Mae of San Francisco, California, USA.

and

2013 Hoopie Awards Solo Video of the Year: Lisa Lottie

Circles: Featuring Lisa Lottie of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Hooping Idol 2 Finale – Flashdance: Featuring Hannah Flett of Exeter, England, UK. Watch video.
• Hooping Isn’t Manly: Featuring Matthias Elliott of Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA. Watch video.
• Incandescence: Featuring Luna Breeze of Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Watch video.
• Nick Broyd Performing at SWhoop: Featuring Nick Broyd of Bristol, England, UK. Video by Alan Higgs of London. Watch video.
• Push: Featuring Michele Clark of Taipei, Taiwan. Watch video.
• Rachel Meyer – Hula Hoop Artist: Featuring La Rachel of Turin, Italy. Watch video.
• Radioactive: Featuring Chad Forsberg of Boulder, Colorado, USA. Watch video.
• White: Featuring Khan Wong of San Francisco, California, USA. Watch video.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Video of the Year: Philo's Sweater

Coming in significantly ahead of the other nominees this year, our 2013 Hoopie Award for Video of the Year goes to “Philo’s Sweater” – a video by Khan Wong of San Francisco, California, USA. The video features Anah Reichenbach, Baxter, Beth Lavinder, Donnadimples Stancil, Jeff Medinas, Kandice Korves-Kaus, Khan Wong, Marty Mulkey, Mani Niall, Marria Grace Kee, Nessia Star, Mari Francille, Revolva, Rich Porter, Rob Mills, Sarah Stolar, Shon Nelson, Spiral, Tim Lucian Keough, Victor Ibarra and Zach Fischer.

Also nominated:

• Another Day in the Park: Featuring Michelle Bell and Mike Hancock of Normal, Illinois, USA. Video by Gaby Rodriguez. Watch video.
• Flowscience – A Prop-er Demo: Featuring Carla Snow, Kacie Knight, Katt Kirk and Sheena McNally of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch video.
• Geronimo: Featuring Nakotah Larance and a young girl of Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Video by Daniel Pappas. Watch video.
• HELLO!100: Featuring 100 hoopers. Written, directed and choreographed by Bex “THE BEX” Burton of New York, New York, USA. Watch video.
• Hoop Party!: Featuring Kellee McQuinn and KidTribe from Venice, California, USA. Watch video.
• Platinum Sizzle Reel: Featuring Bunny Hoopstar and Phoebe Linguini of Sydney, Australia, and Deanne Love of Melbourne. Video by Bunny Hoop Star. Watch video.
• Turbo Fest Hula Group: Featuring Aerial Emery, Andrée Brunet, Constanza Sommi and Jade Dussault of Quebec, Quebec, Canada. Watch video.

TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Tutorial of the Year: Babz Robinson

Our 2013 Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year goes to “Horizontal Cats Eye” – Featuring Babz Robinson of Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Also nominated:

• Brass Monkey: Featuring Natasha “Hoopsie Daisy” Young of Berkeley, California, USA. Video by Hoopsie Daisy. Watch video.
• Dirty Pizza Toss Pop Up: Featuring Gail O’Brien of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Video by Jaguar Mary. Watch video.
• Double Crotchin8or: Featuring Pam Theobold of Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA. Watch video.
• Escalator Variations: Featuring Jo Mondy of Brighton, England, UK. Watch video.
• Jester Dance: Featuring Jon Coyne of Seattle, Washington, USA. Watch video.
• Rising Sun Sequence: Featuring Ninja Hoops, aka Marria Grace Kee and Zach Fischer of Oakland, California, USA. Video by Jaguar Mary. Watch video.

SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Soundtrack of the Year: Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling

When it cames to songs that hoopers spun it up to in 2012, nothing inspired us more than Lindsey Stirling’s “Crystallize”.

Also nominated:

• Alabama Shakes: Hang Loose (Listen).
• Kalya Scintalla: Dance The Spiral Never Ending (Listen).
• The Knocks & Fred Falke: Geronimo (Listen).
• Nelly Furtado: Big Hoops (Listen).
• Spin Matsuri Crew: Turning Around (Listen).

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Promotion of the Year: Katie Sunshine Videso Go Viral

Since 2003 our mission at Hooping.org has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over this incredible planet. Each year we honor an event that helped to do just that. This year the Hoopie for promotion goes to Katie Sunshine of Arkansas, USA for Katie Sunshine Videos Go Viral.

Also nominated:

Chanel Hula Hoop Bag Dazzles Paris Fashion Week.
Grace Jones Hula Hoops Up Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
HELLO100! at Figment.
Karis Hoops Up American Music Awards with Christina Aguilera.
New York Times Article Gets Hooping Right.
Philip Golle Hula Hoops on Das Supertalent Germany.
TEDx Talk in Croatia: Clumsy People Jump Through Hoops with Urska Zajec.

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Event of the Year: Hoop Convergence

The winner of our Hooping Event of the Year award goes to Hoop Convergence in Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.

Also nominated:

Circumference: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Hoop Path 6: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
London Hoopfest: London, England, UK
Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK

NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Newbie of the Year: Caitlin Hofer

Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2012, one who stood out to our voters above the rest – Caitlin Hofer of Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Also nominated:

Annika Korento of Kempele, Finland.
Audrey Simmons of Nipomo, California, USA.
Carly VanGills of Ludington, Michigan, USA.
Jessie Hagler of San Francisco, California, USA.
Miranda Andy Pelzel of Bryant, Arkansas, USA.
Nnedi Agbaroji of Austin, Texas, USA.

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Youth Hooper of the Year: Aidan Jeavons

Honoring our hoop community members under 18 years of age, the winner of our Youth Hooper of the Year award goes Aidan Jeavons of Brighton, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Jessie Hagler of San Francisco, California, USA.
• Marium Akhter of Karachi, Pakistan.
• Riley Helm of Sarasota, Florida, USA.
• Pete Morello of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
• Trinity aka Little Miss Hula Hoops of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada.

HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

Of all of the amazing hoop communities on the globe this year, two stood above the rest thanks to our second tie of the awards this year. The 2013 Hoopie Awards for Outstanding Community go to Asheville, North Carolina, USA, and Brighton, England, UK.

2013 Hoopie Community of the Year: Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

and

2013 Hoopie Awards Community of the Year: Brighton, England

Brighton, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Los Angeles, California, USA
• Mexico City, Mexico
• New York, New York, USA
• Tampere, Finland
• Tokyo, Japan

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards fire Hooper of the Year: SaFire

Our Fire Hooper of the Year award goes to Sandra SaFire Sommerville of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Also nominated:

• Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
• Danielle Odette: Golden, Colorado, USA
• Kenna Hoops: Bristol, England, UK
• Mary Jane Schroeder: Santa Cruz, California, USA
• Revolva: Oakland, California, USA
• Spiral: Berkeley, California, USA
• Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Instructor of the Year: Babz Robinson

And the winner of our Instructor of the Year award in the 2013 Hoopie Awards is Babz Robinson of Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Also Nominated:

• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
• Jo Mondy: Brighton, England, UK
• Ninja Hoops – Marria Grace Kee and Zach Fischer: Oakland, California, USA

PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Performance Group of the Year: Ninja Hoops

For outstanding performance group containing two or more members, the winner of the Hoopie is Ninja Hoops. Ninja Hoops are Marria Grace Kee and Zach Fischer and they are based in Oakland, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• The Flow Fairies: Based in the Midwest, USA
• Flowscience: Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• The Hoop Unit: Based in San Diego, California, USA
• Nick Guzzardo and Kit: Based in California and Colorado
• Nicole Wong and Sarah Stolar: Based in San Francisco, California, USA
• Platinum: Based in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

The vote for our Male Hooper of the Year award was another one that was just way too close to call – so we’re giving it to them both. Our 2013 Male Hoopers of the Year area:

2013 Hoopie Awards Male Hooper of the Year: Nick Guzzardo

Nick Guzzardo of Castle Rock, Colorado, USA,

and

2013 Hoopie Awards Male Hooper of the Year: Steve Bags

Steve Bags of Bristol, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
• Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
• Nick Broyd, Bristol, England, UK
• Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Matthias Elliott: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
• Rico Titou: Hyères, France

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

2013 Hoopie Awards Photo of the Year: Tiana Zoumer

Our 2013 Female Hooper of the Year award goes to Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
• Henna Matanuska: Tampere, Finland
• Kenna Hoops: Bristol, England, UK
• Lara Eastburn: Winona, Texas, USA
• Luna Breeze: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

THE HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD

And finally, who is our second inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame? This award honors the trailblazers who have helped to make this movement happen, celebrating a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. This year’s Hooping Hall of Famer is Baxter of Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.

2013 Hoopie Awards Hall of Fame: Baxter

• Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Mat Plendl: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Spiral: San Francisco, California, USA

Hooping.org would like to congratulate the winners, which means congratulations to each and every one of you because you’re all winners. Hooping.org salutes all of the nominees this year and all of the hoopers in our amazing community everywhere. The Hoopies will return in 2014 and if you have a photo or video or tutorial or news item that you’d like to share with our readers in the meantime, submit it and we’ll look forward to seeing it. Happy hooping everybody!

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  1. joanw says:

    Congratulations everyone!

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