Hoopie Awards 2015: Our Winners

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Yesterday we counted down 2014’s Greatest Hits and shared our Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions. Now it’s time to announce the winners of our eighth Annual Hoopie Awards, although we’d really like to be clear that all of our nominees are winners in our book. We love them all! The call for preliminary submissions for the awards went up at the start of the year. They were screened, compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to serve on our Hooping Academy Finalists Review Panel. They voted for their top 5 selections in each of the award categories and those votes resulted in our official 2015 Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Friday, and now the time has come to reveal our winners.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the awards celebration this year from start to finish, giving an extra special thank you again to those who served on the review panel this year. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees one more time and give a big hug to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating the computerized vote counts again this year too. And now, with thousands of votes cast in a record breaking awards celebration, we proudly present your 2015 Hoopie Award Winners:

PHOTO OF THE YEAR

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While all of our nominated photos this year did well, the winner of the 2015 Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year with nearly 30% of the total vote goes to Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Photo by See Ying HoopSpirit. View photo here.

Also nominated:

• Alice Nimmo: Alice Nimmo of Orlando, Florida, USA. Photo by Matthias Elliott. View photo here.
• Dylan T Bradley: Dylan T Bradley of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. Photo by Cadencia Photography. View photo here.
• Hoopiosis: Hoopiosis featuring Annika Hakala, Lisa Looping and Katra Solopuro of Vienna, Austria. Photo by Christian Unger. View photo here.
• Ish Yb: Ish Yb lives in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photo by Bryant Richards. View photo here.
• Mika Machalek: Mika Machalek of Quito, Ecuador. Photo by Neil Hilton. View photo here.
• Star Ore: Star Ore of Manila, Philippines. Photo by Mariano Balane Photography. View photo here.

SOLO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

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In reviewing the vote totals for the outstanding Solo Video of the Year, a video featuring only one person hooping, with 25% of the total vote the Hoopie award goes to Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer: Double Hoops featuring Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Santa Cruz, California, USA. Watch video here.

Also nominated:

• Caterina Suttin: Perfect Timing – Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch video here.
• Esmeralda Garcia: Rocky Horror Picture Hoop from Hooping Idol 4 – Esmeralda Garcia of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Watch video here.
• Michelle Bell: The ABC’s of Hooping – Michelle Bell of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Watch video here.
• Nick Broyd: The Drop – Nick Broyd of Bristol, England, UK. Watch video here.
• Rachael Lust: Groove – Rachael Lust of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, USA. Watch video here.
• Shakti Sunfire: A Moving Meditation – Shakti Sunfire of Santa Monica, California, USA. Watch video here.
• Sheri Alice O’Brian: Beautiful Ambient Hooping – Sheri Alice of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA. Watch video here.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

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In a rather close race, our Video of the Year award goes to The Arabian Hoop Revolution: Featuring hoopers from United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Video by Teeba Alkhudairi. Watch video here.

Also nominated:

• Hoop Hooligans: Mini Hoop Madness – Featuring the Hoop Hooligans of Wellington, New Zealand. Watch video here.
• Hoopies in Breda: Featuring hoopers of Breda, The Netherlands. Video by Karin de Wit and Yeaumain de Boom. Watch video here.
• Hoopiosis: Featuring Hoopiosis of Vienna, Austria. Video by Christian Unger. Watch video here.
• Happy Hula Hooping with Hoopsmiles: Featuring hoopers of Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon “Hoopsmiles” Coyne. Watch video here.
• Ninja Hoops: Flat Tire Session. Featuring Ninja Hoops of Oakland, California, USA. Video by Ninja Hoops. Watch video here.

TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR:

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Our 2014 Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year, with 35% of the vote, goes to Deanne Love: Paddles and Breaks – with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch tutorial here.

Also nominated:

• Emma Kenna: Reverse 3 Beat Weave – Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch tutorial here
• Emily Jane Perkulator: Tasty Freeze – Perkulator of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Watch tutorial here.
• Hillary Hula: One Handed Halos – Hillary Hula of Ellensburg, Washington, USA. Watch tutorial here.
• Jo Mondy: Butterly Hinges – Jo Mondy of Brighton, England, UK. Watch tutorial here.
• Kassandra Morrison: Contact Roll – Kassandra Morrison lives in Akron, Ohio, USA. Watch tutorial here.
• Lee “Spaz” Jeffries: Crossers Weave – Lee “Spaz” Jeffries of Pensacola, Florida, USA. Watch tutorial here.

HOOPING SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR:

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When it came to songs that hoopers spun it up to in 2014, nothing inspired us more than “Gulch” by Tipper:

Also nominated:

• Basement Jaxx: Power to the People (Listen).
• Glitch Mob: Becoming Harmonious (Listen).
• Iggy Azalea: Fancy (Listen).
• Meghan Trainor: All About That Bass (Listen).
• Melanie Martinez: Carousel (Listen).
• Pharrell Williams: Happy (Listen).
• Skrillex: Ease My Mind (Listen).

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR:

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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 goes to Burning Man 2014.

Also nominated:

Christina Munchinsky Wins Ellen DeGeneres Show’s Here’s My Talent Contest
Hoopcamp on National Public Radio
Hunky Hooping Gardener Marcus Kenny on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
Lisa Looping on Austria’s Got Talent.
Nina Burns Hula Hoops on America’s Next Top Model
Revolva’s Open Letter to Oprah Goes Viral

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR:

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In easily the tightest race of the 2015 Hoopie Awards, the winner of our Hooping Event of the Year goes to SWhoop in Bristol, England, UK.

Also nominated:

Croatian Hoop Convention: Samobar, Croatia.
Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
Hoop Path 8: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
Hoopurbia: Prague, Czech Republic.
New Zealand Hoop Fest: Wellington, New Zealand.
Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.

LOCAL HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR:

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Of all of the amazing hoop communities on the globe this year, one stood above the rest this year. The 2015 Hoopie Award goes to Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Also nominated:

• Austin, Texas, USA
• Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
• Paris, France
• Portland, Oregon, USA
• Tel Aviv, Israel
• Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

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Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2014, the award for Newbie Hooper of the Year with nearly 30% of the total vote goes to Kelly Anne Boylan of Sebastopol, California, USA. Began hooping 3/14. Her YouTube Channel.

Also nominated:

Ashley Drumb: Detroit, Michigan, USA. Began 6/14. YouTube Channel.
Balqis Alrashed: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Began 7/14. YouTube Channel.
Betsi Zepeda: Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Began 3/14. YouTube Channel.
Emma Bice: Chicago, Illinois, USA. Began 1/14. YouTube Channel.
Sally Houdart: Began 10/14. YouTube Channel.

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR

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Honoring our hoop community members under 18 years of age, the winner of our Youth Hooper of the Year award goes to Chloe McAfee: Age 9. Watch video here.

Also nominated:

• Emily Marks: Age 16. Watch video here.
• Lauren Resnick: Age 15. Watch video here.
• Lillie Schulz: Age 17. Watch video here.
• Marium Akhtar: Age 15. Watch video here.
• Sese Pratt: Age 12. Watch video here.

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

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Our Fire Hooper of the Year award with 23% of the vote goes to Grace Good of Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Also nominated:

Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
Christina Brittain: Grass Valley, California, USA
Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
Danielle Odette: Golden, Colorado, USA
Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
Lee “Spaz” Jeffries: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Lila Chupa-Hoops: Paris, France.
Sarah Sparkles: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR:

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For outstanding performance group containing two or more members, the winner of the Hoopie Award for 2015 goes to the Hoop Hooligans of Wellington, New Zealand

Also nominated:

Hoopiosis: Vienna, Austria
Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
Kaleida Kinetic: Spokane, Washington, USA
Twisted Orbit: San Diego, California, USA
Twistin Vixens: St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR:

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Our Instructor of the Year award for the 2015 Hoopies goes to Gail O’Brien of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Also Nominated:

Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Santa Cruz, California, USA
Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Shakti Sunfire: Santa Monica, California, USA
Tiana Zoumer: Oakland, California, USA

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

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Our Male Hooper of the Year award goes to Nick Broyd of Bristol, England, UK

Also nominated:

Evan Davis: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Lars Carlson: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Lee “Spaz” Jeffries: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Moises Olmedo: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

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Our Female Hooper of the Year award with 35% of the vote this year goes to Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Santa Cruz, California, USA

Also nominated:

Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
Esmeralda Garcia: Hermosillo, Jalisco, Mexico
Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sharna Rose: Maidstone, England, USA
Sheri Alice O’Brian: Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA

HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD

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And finally, who is our fourth 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. Our 2015 Hooper Hall of Fame Award goes to Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA

Also nominated:

Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Hoopin’ Annie: Pacifica, California, USA
Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
Sharna Rose: Maidstone, England, UK

Hooping.org would like to congratulate the winners, which means congratulations to each and every one of you because you’re all winners in our book. Hooping.org salutes all of the nominees this year and all of the hoopers in our amazing community everywhere! The Hoopies will return in 2016, so if you have a great photo, video, tutorial or something else to share with our readers this year, submit it and we look forward to seeing it. So until next time, happy hooping everybody!

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