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New Zealand Hoopfest Spins It Up

New Zealand Hoopfest

New Zealand Hoopfest: Photo by Tawny Alma

[Guest blogger Anne-Marie Emerson gives us the hoop scoop on the New Zealand Hoopfest/a>]

by Anne-Marie Emerson

The New Zealand hooping community came together for the second annual New Zealand HoopFest, held in the beautiful setting that is the Brookfields Outdoor Education Centre in Wainuiomata, near Wellington. The event attracted 75 hoopers from throughout New Zealand and all around the globe. Organizer Claire French of Frenchy Productions – known to everyone affectionately as “Frenchy” – says she was delighted to be able to bring international hoop stars to the event this year as well. “It’s been great to have so many super-skilled people here. Kenna Hoops is a friend of mine from the UK. She contacted me and said she was coming over this side of the world and would love to come and teach. Lisa Lu is from Germany, but she’s been doing work placement here in New Zealand. And KaytiBunny came all the way from the States.”

New Zealand’s First Hoop Gathering

Claire French Hula Hooping

Claire French

New Zealand HoopFest is spinning into Wellington soon and it’s the first hoop gathering in kiwi country. Stuff reports that Karori woman Claire French is planning the inaugural three-day festival in Lower Hutt starting on February 17th. “I’m trying to show a lot of different styles so people who have never hula hooped before can get involved,” she said. “There will be workshops on burlesque hooping, hoop yoga and Native American hooping.” French became interested in hooping about five years ago when a friend encouraged her to try it. As well as being fun, hooping was very good exercise, she said. “I used to be double the size I am now. It’s a fun way to exercise and tone up. It doesn’t feel like you’re slogging yourself out in the gym. You can put some tunes on and give it a go.” Want more info? Check out the website and Facebook event page.

Hula Hoop Naked and Lose Weight

Claire French and Lisa Riley Claire French is in The Daily News. The 22-stone dancer who was mistaken for tubby TV star Lisa Riley halved her bulk by hula-hooping naked. A barman asked her if she was the actress who starred in ITV’s “Emmerdale” and “You’ve Been Framed”. The blunder spurred her to lose weight and she discovered a passion for hooping. Claire explained, “It was really upsetting being mistaken for Lisa Riley. I thought: ‘But she’s massive.’ I wanted to cry. After my weight loss, being so big I had massive folds of skin hanging off me. It wasn’t very nice. Hula-hooping allowed me to tone up fast and keep the weight off because I love it and it’s fun. You really lose inches off your waist. I first got naked a couple of years ago. There were a bunch of friends over at the house and we were all just hanging out and having a good time. There were about 20 people over and it was sort of a dare – ‘I bet you won’t get naked’ – so I did and put on a hoop show. I’d have never done that before. My body is still not perfect but I’m very happy with it, and that’s largely thanks to hula-hooping.” Full story: Daily Star.

Frenchy also appears in The Daily Mail wearing only strategically placed items. Article includes a before pic of her as well.