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Hoopie Awards 2015: Rock The Vote!

2015 Hoopie Awards Welcome to the 2015 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 8th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner whether you’re nominated or not – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year submissions for Hoopie Award consideration were accepted beginning on Monday, January 5th, through Friday, January 9th. We compiled a list of these submissions, pre-screened them for content and process manageability, and presented the remainder to our 2015 Hoopie Awards Academy Panelists. The panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers, all of whom made themselves available to be of service to the community in this capacity in their original submissions. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for the top five in each of our award categories. Those votes were then painstakingly compiled and now we are proud to present your 2015 Hoopie Award nominees. You may vote for one selection in each of our award categories and you may cast one ballot. You will have until 11:59 pm PST on Friday, January 23rd, to make your thoughtful voting decisions.

Previous Hoopie Award winners were once again not eligible to be nominated in an award category previously won by them. And because we have a few nominees this year who are a part of and/or contribute to Hooping.org, the final electronic vote count tallies will once again be validated by World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie. World Hoop Day events were celebrated across six continents again this year, raising funds to gift hoops to needy kids around the globe. Hooping.org applauds World Hoop Day’s contributions to our global hooping community and we thank them for their assistance.

First we will be providing you with a simple list of nominees including links to view the nominated photos, videos, tutorials and more. All links will open in new windows so you will not lose your place on the Hoopie Awards page. Please make use of the links we’ve included. They’re there to assist you in making educated decisions. Following our complete rundown of the nominees for this year, you will then find the voting ballot. Remember, please only vote once.

And your 2015 Hoopie Award nominees are…

Last Call For 2015 Hoopie Award Nominations

hoopiestrophy Every year there are those who look at the final list of nominees in our annual Hoopie Awards and say, “But wait, what about so and so?” Yes, there have been times in the past that certain so and sos didn’t end up being considered for an awards category, simply because they didn’t receive a preliminary nominations submission. The only way to be certain that your favorites will be considered for a possible 2015 Hoopie Award is to turn in a submission email with their name on it. And we are only accepting submissions for our eighth annual Hoopie Awards until 11:59 pm PST tonight.

Previous award winners are once again not eligible for consideration within the same award category a second time, but feel free to nominate them for other categories if you so choose. If you’re not sure who has won a Hoopie previously, you can go ahead and submit them anyway, or check out our Previous Award Winners from the past. We’ve streamlined the process this year and we’re pretty excited see what the 2015 Hoopie Awards hold in store. There’s more information on all of our award categories, how to submit an email with your nods for consideration for 2015, and how to make yourself available to serve on our finalist review panel right over here. We’d like to wish everybody the best of luck with the awards this year and remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner. Happy hooping everybody!

Hoopie Awards 2015: Nominations Are Now Open

hoopiestrophy Hooping.org proudly presents our eighth annual Hoopie Awards honoring greatness in our hooping community. Preliminary nominations may now be submitted and there are changes to our process this year so please read all information carefully. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 9th, at 11:59 pm PST. Please do not make appeals to get people to nominate you, or others you know and love. We are no longer tracking the number of preliminary nominations. All that is necessary for consideration in a category is one. More than that offers zero advantage and only clutters our inbox and slows down the process. And yes, feel free to nominate yourself if you think you deserve consideration in any of our categories

Previous Hoopie Award winners are not eligible to win within the same category twice, but feel free to nominate them for other categories if you like. Previous Award Winners here. Remember, all it takes is one (1) preliminary nomination email with no more than one (1) nominee in each award category for your submission to be considered.

Preliminary Nomination Screening: Once all of the preliminary nominations have been received, hooping.org staff will ever so lightly screen the photo, video, and tutorial category submissions for one purpose only, to decide if they warrant further consideration by our 2014 finalist review panel. Every photo, video and tutorial takes time for our panelists to review, so we do this to help streamline the final nomination review process for them. If you served on the panel in our earlier years, you know fun and overwhelming it can be, and we promise to do what we can to help ensure that it will never be that overwhelming again. If you could see the mountain of submissions that come rolling in each year, you’d fully understand our need to help streamline the awards process.

Finalist Review Panel: The finalist review panel consists of 50 randomly selected hoopers who have submitted a preliminary nomination email. If you would like to serve on the 2015 Hoopie Awards Finalist Review Panel and cast votes for who should receive the final nominations for this year, you need to submit a preliminary nomination email and you need to state in that email that you are making yourself available to serve on the review panel this year. Please do not contact anyone on the hooping.org staff regarding being on the panel. This is how it works and there are no exceptions in the interest of fairness. If you want to be on the panel this year nominate somebody and make yourself available. That is the only way it could happen. Hooping.org staff literally write down the names of those who have made themselves available to serve on the panel and draw 50 out of a hat.

If you are randomly selected to be of service on the Finalist Review Panel you will receive a notification email on Saturday, January 10th, followed by the pre-screened preliminary submissions for your consideration. This email will go out as soon as we have it compiled so watch your inboxes. Our panelists all have the honor and privilege of making fair and impartial selections regarding who should receive the final Hoopie Award nominations for 2015. And if you don’t make yourself available to serve on the panel, you have no business complaining about the results. If you do make yourself available to serve on the panel 1) in doing so you are agreeing to maintain complete confidentiality that you are on the panel until after the final nominees are announced, and 2) you will need some free time next week to review the preliminary and pre-screened submissions and make fair and well-informed voting decisions.

To serve on the awards panel simply state “YES I’m available to serve on the panel” at the end of your preliminary nominations email. If you do not receive an email this Saturday stating that you were randomly selected to serve this year, then you weren’t, but thank you anyway for making yourself available to be of service to the hooping community.

Preliminary Nomination Submissions: You may now cast your preliminary nomination submissions in the following award categories for the 2015 Hoopie Awards by sending an email to Hoopies2015@gmail.com. You do not need to make a nomination in every award category. Please note that some of our categories require additional and often specific information in order for that nomination to be considered. You have until Friday night at 11:59 to make your submission, so if you don’t know the answer, you have all week to find out.

1. Photo of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated photo for consideration.

2. Solo Video of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated video for consideration. Solo videos have only one person hooping in them, period.

3. Video of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated video for consideration. Group videos feature two or more people hooping.

4. Tutorial of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated tutorial for consideration.

5. Hooping Soundtrack of the Year: All songs must have a 2014 release date and you will need to include both artist and song title.

6. Hooping Promotional Event of the Year: What carried the hooping message to others best in 2014? Note: Hoop gatherings and retreats are not eligible in this category.

7. Hooping Event of the Year: Hoop gatherings, retreats and events are eligible in this category.

8. Local Hoop Community of the Year: Which local hooping community shined brightest this year?

9. Newbie Hooper of the Year: They need to have started hooping in 2014 with no prior hooping experience. Yes, even a little. No exceptions. Nominations must include a link to an online video along with the date of their hoopiversary. Nominations without a video link and hooping start date will be ignored.

10. Youth Hooper of the Year. Nominees in this cateogry must be under 18 years of age. Nominations must include a link to an online video from 2014 along with their age.

11. Performing Group of the Year: Nominees must have two or more members for consideration.

12. Hoop Instructor of the Year:

13: Fire Hooper of the Year:

14. Male Hooper of the Year:

15. Female Hooper of the Year:

16: Hooper Hall of Fame Award: Nominees in this category must have a minimum of eight years of hooping experience for consideration and the month and year they started hooping must be included for consideration.

FINALIST PANEL: Are you available to serve on the 2015 Hoopie Awards Final Nominations Review Panel as specified above? If so, Write “YES I am available to serve on the panel” or “NO I’m not available” here:

Email your preliminary nomination submission to hoopies2015@gmail.com

Our finalists for our 8th Annual Hoopie Awards Celebration will be announced on Tuesday, January 20th and community-wide voting will begin. Good luck everyone and happy hooping.

Hoopie Awards 2014: Our Winners

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It’s time to announce the winners of our Seventh Annual Hoopie Awards, although we would 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 Finalist Review Panel. They voted for their top 5 selections in each awards category and those votes were compiled, resulting in our official 2014 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 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 big hug to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating the computerized vote counts again this year. And now, with thousands of votes cast in a record breaking awards celebration, we proudly present your 2014 Hoopie Award Winners:

Photo

While all of our nominated photos this year did well, the winner of the 2014 Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year with 20% of the total vote goes to Tokyo Sunshine of Buffalo, New York, USA. Photo by thinkincolor. View Photo.

Tokyo Sunshine

Also nominated:

• Alli McCracken, photo by Doug Sanford: Washington, DC, USA. View Photo.
• Hannah Stanton-Gockel, photo by Brien Vincent: Athens, Ohio, USA. View Photo.
• Jaan Elly Monogatari, photo by Estefania Ponce Fotografía: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. View Photo.
• Jenn Worroll, photo by Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA. View Photo.
• Jenny Hoopnosis, photo by Eiko Jones Photography: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. View Photo.
• Lee Jeffries, photo by Meka Milla: Pensacola, Florida, USA. View Photo.
• Maggie Ryan and Kaeli Hansen, photo by Cadencia Photography: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. View Photo.

Solo

In reviewing the vote totals for outstanding Solo Video of the Year, a video featuring only one person hooping, with 25% of the total vote the Hoopie award goes to Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan. Watch Video.
• Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch Video.
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch Video.
• Kristin Lahoop: Berlin, Germany. Watch Video.
• Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Watch Video.
• Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Watch Video.
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK. Watch Video.

Video

In the most decisive decision of the 2014 Hoopie Awards, with 42% of the total vote, our Video of the Year award goes to Etereas with Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Video by The Flaminguettes of Mexico City, Mexico.

Also nominated:

• Andy & Jo’s Hula Hoop Flash Mob Proposal with Andy Broughton and hoopers of Brighton, England, UK. Watch Video.
• Hooping Idol 90’s Dance Hits Week with Cheko Cabrera, Renata Ibarra and Moises Olmedo of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Video by Moises Olmedo. Watch Video.
• Hoopy St. Patricks Day with Jon Coyne and hoopers from Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon Coyne. Watch Video.
• Hula Hoopology Spring Fling with Hula Hoopology of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Video by Croshane. Watch Video.
• One Hoop by John de Kadt featuring hoopers from around the world. John lives in Lee, Massachusetts, USA. Watch Video.
• Meiosis with Spunshine of Austin, Texas, USA. Video by Karmakaze Productions. Watch Video.
• Shootin Hoops: Troo Hoops Collaboration with Kyle Johnson and many others. Video by Kyle Johnson of Brunswick, Maine, USA. Watch Video.

Tutorial

Our 2014 Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year, with 21% of the vote, goes to The Infinity Toss with Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Body Rolls with Anah Hoopalicious Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Bouncy Jump with Hoopsie Daisy of Berkeley, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Chest and Shoulder Hooping with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch Tutorial.
• No Handed Smear with Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Three Beat Weave with Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch Tutorial.
• Waist Control with Jess Wagstrom of Dallas, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Wedgie Flip to Scorpion Combo with Carla Snow of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch Tutorial.

Soundtrack

When it came to songs that hoopers spun it up to in 2013, nothing inspired us more than “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, scoring 31% of the vote.

Also nominated:

• Biff Tannen: Sugar Skull.
• Ellie Goulding: Burn.
• Emancipator: Minor Cause.
• Griz: Hard Times.
• Illya Kuryaki and the Vaderramas: Ula Ula.
• Lorde: Royals.
• Twin Apple: Editol.

Promotion

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, our clear winner with 33% of the vote, the Hoopie for Hooping Promotional Event of the Year goes to Rachael Lust Hooping Videos Go Viral.

Also nominated:

Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Ellen Hooping.
A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion
Hooping on The Tonight Show with Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner.
Hula Hoop Incident on Good Day New York with Diana Lopez and viral news.
Kelly Osbourne Lost Weight Hula Hooping.
NASCAR Hooper Steals the Show
Oprah Winfrey Hula Hoops.

Event

The winner of our Hooping Event of the Year award, in one of our tightest races this year with 17% of the vote, the Hoopie for 2014 goes to Sacred Circularities Bali in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Also nominated:

• Brighton Flow Fest: Brighton, England, UK.
• Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
• German Hoop Convention: Hannover, Germany.
• Hoop Path 7: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
• Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
• Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.
• SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK.

Community

Of all of the amazing hoop communities on the globe this year, one stood above the rest this year. The 2014 Hoopie Awards for Outstanding Community goes to Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Also nominated:

• Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• London, England, UK
• Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Mexico City, Mexico
• New York, New York, USA
• Paris, France
• Portland, Oregon, USA

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Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2013, the two who stood out to our voters above the rest resulted in a tie. The awards for Newbie Hooper of the Year go to Alice Rose of London, England, UK, and Tyler Von Spence of Athens, Georgia, USA.

Also nominated:

• Amy “IrieAmy” Neel: Houston, Texas, USA.
• Heather Clements: Panama City, Florida, USA.
• Laurel Cleveland: Seattle, Washington, USA.
• Michelle Ivanek: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
• Pegah “Seabird” Pooya: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
• Sheri Alice O’Brian: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

Youth

Honoring our hoop community members under 18 years of age, the winner of our Youth Hooper of the Year award goes to Michaela Perdue of Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Also nominated:

• Jane Ann Arnado: San Remigio, Philippines
• Kaitlyn Morrin: Eerie, Michigan, USA
• Lauren Resnick: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
• Marium Akhtar: Karachi, Pakistan.
• Mridula Shankar: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
• Pupperdoodle: New York, New York, USA
• Rosalie Fan: Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA.

Fire

Our Fire Hooper of the Year award goes to Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA.

Also nominated:

• Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
• Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
• Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
• Kandice Korves-Kaus: Sebastapol, California, USA
• Mary Jane Schroeder: Chicago, Illinois, USA
• Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK

instructor

And the winner of our Instructor of the Year award in the 2013 Hoopie Awards is Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also Nominated:

• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
• Jess Wagstrom: Dallas, Texas, USA
• Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Troop

For outstanding performance group containing two or more members, the winner of the Hoopie is the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe in Rothbury, Michigan, USA.

Also nominated:

• BLAU: Berlin, Germany
• Heady Hoop Tribe: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
• Hoola Monsters: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
• Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Kaleidoscope Collective: Seattle, Washington, USA
• Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
• Spunshine: Austin, Texas, USA

Male

Our Male Hooper of the Year award goes to Matthias Elliott of Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA.

Also nominated:

• Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
• Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
• Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
• Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK

Female

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Our 2014 Female Hooper of the Year was so close that we’ve declared it our second tie. With both capturing 22% of the vote each, The Hoopies go to Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA, and Rachael Lust of Marion, Ohio, USA.

Also nominated:

• Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
• Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
• Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Olive Marie: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Hall of Fame

And finally, who is our third 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 Spiral of Berkeley, California, USA.

• Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, California, USA
• Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Julia Hartsell: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Rayna McInturf: Los Angeles, 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 2015 and if you have a great photo or video or tutorial or something else you’d like to share with our readers this year, submit it and we’ll look forward to seeing it. So until next year, happy hooping everybody!

2014 Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions

Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions With voting in our 2014 Hoopie Awards well underway, the time has come once again for our Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions list. Every year we take time out to shine the spotlight on some additional awesomeness that just didn’t make the awards this year. Some of our selections may have been panel favorites that missed a nomination by as little as a single vote. Others may have been big hits with our readers that didn’t fair as well with panelists. Still others here may just be things we truly loved this year that we think didn’t really get the attention they deserved. While only eight selections per awards category move forward into voting this year, 2013 was overflowing with visual delights worth taking a second look at, so without any further ado, here are 25 videos from 2013 and 10 great photos, our 2014 Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions list.

VIDEOS

In addition to our Solo Video of the Year and Video of the Year nominees in our 2014 Hoopie Awards, these 25 videos remain incredibly worthy of your time and attention, presented in no particular order:

IlonaCosmic Hoop Love and A Song of Another Summer are two videos, both by Ilona “Lilo” Kędracka, and they both knocked our socks off in completely different ways. She lives in Parczew, Poland.

Mission (I’m)possible took Johannah “Mojo” Birney on a super fun mission to deliver a hoop in New York City. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Ali Padiak’s Demo had Ali Padiak spinning up something not only wonderful to watch, it was one of Hooping.org’s top ten most popular videos of the year. From Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA.

Hooping Forever More had Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen celebrating his tenth hoopiversary, putting his own quirky hoop dance spin on our third biggest video of the year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Barbara FrancesquineFire Hoop and Recyclable Sounds brought us something uniquely captivating with Barbara Francesquine and live music made from recyclables by Conrado Pera. They’re from São Paulo, Brazil.

Radius with Candace Rivera may have flown by under the radar with some of our favorite hooping imagery of the year, filmed in Joshua Tree National Park. She lives in Corona, California, USA.

Cupid’s Hula Hoop spun up some Valentine’s Day hoop love with Jon “Hoopsmiles” Coyne, Carrole Johnson, and Jaime Ramirez as Cupid. They’re from Seattle, Washington, USA.

Underwater Hoop Dance took Vivian Spiral and her hoop beneath the waves in the Tyrrhenian Sea for some stunning hoop imagery that was truly art. She lives in Berkeley, California, USA.

AilonaAilona Lukiyanova featured Ailona rocking her circus performance harder than just about anybody this year in a stunning video spun to Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix and more. She lives in the UK.

Hoops, a short film by Jordan Post, had Billy Judge Baldus spinning up life changes as Hoopin’ Bob. He’s from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Ghost Hoop with Mckenzey Simper blew us away with quite possibly our favorite LED hooping video of the year. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

One Hoop One Love might have been an awards contender this year had Shakti Sunfire not won the award previously – one of Hooping.org’s Top 20 videos of the year. She lives in Santa Monica, California, USA.

UntitledHooper of the Corn took a year for her to complete and Talya Solomon’s hoop dance through the life of a corn field went by much too under appreciated in our book. She lives in Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

Dreaming in Color proved dreams do exist when Paola Berton spun one up on location, as well as in fluorescent backlight. She lives in London, England, UK.

Lilac Attack, aka Joey Espo, lit up our world this year with glowing trees, glowing pants and glowing hoops, serving up a video that was luminous, radiant, alluring, and a little sexy. He lives in Miami, Florida, USA.

Sade Amina Nadour’s debut hooping video this year proved Sade is a force to be reckoned with with this definitively eye catching piece of performance art. She lives in Paris, France.

Dance The SlurpDance The Slurp: Hooping at the 7/11 with Jenny Marie proved to be a true Hooping.org favorite throughout the year for it’s silly slurpee spin on the hoop. She lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA.

Nick Guzzardo at Hoop Convergence with Nick Guzzardo may very well be the best single, straight shot, uncut performance video performance of the year. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, USA.

Baila Morena with Hoggus Hoop spun up something we really enjoyed, one of our favorite hooping videos out of Mexico this year. She lives in Querétaro, Mexico.

Hooping For a Cause was the debut video from Tiia Ferrol that spun up a message for a cause and proved to be one of the most stunning debuts we’ve seen. She lives in Oakland, California, USA.

Surf HoopingSurf Hooping with Michael and Shaheen saw Michael Lowman and Shaheen Van Der Schyff grabbing their hoops, getting on their surf boards, and heading out to sea. Shaheen lives in Cape Town, South Africa, Michael in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Tribal Week on Hooping Idol was when Ashley Long took everything she learned during the competition to spin up this powerful video, one that carried an unexpected contender all the way to the finale. She lives in Lamar, South Carolina, USA.

Hooping Fighter II and Love Thy Hoop were both super fun winners in our book this year, a kickass hoop spin on an old video game, followed by a hoop love romance for a lifetime. Both from the wonder that is Marawa The Amazing in London, England, UK.

PHOTOS

Flowcamp When it came to hooping photos we think we could have seen on the awards list this year and didn’t, here are our top ten Honorable Mentions List favorites:

This color explosion shot by Jason Mooney was taken at Flow Camp following a class taught by Lynn Spencer Nelson.

This sunset beach portrait of Gems Goddard taken in Arambol, Goa, India, was something we really fell in love with. Photo by Louisa Dean.

A performance photo of Emma Kenna, brilliantly captured by photographer See Ying HoopSpirit, was another favorite this year. They live in Bristol, England, UK.

Courtney McCormickThis beautiful jump shot of Courtney Mccormick was something we expected to see at awards time this year. Photo by Alison Paananen. She lives in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.

A beautiful jump shot of Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach in Bali soared to new heights of gorgeousness. Photo by Cadencia Photography. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Another Bali photo by Cadencia Photography, this one of Nayeli with her twin hoops, proved to be equally beautiful and truly stunning. She lives in San Francisco, California, USA.

Mary Jane SchroederThis ninja hooping picture of Mary Jane Schroeder not only inspired others to snap similar shots of their own this year, it was our second biggest hit on Hooping.org this year, taken by Nat Von Photography. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

A mind bending photo of Cassandra Momah left us wondering what exactly happened in the best way possible. Photo by The Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, California, USA.

Another LED hooping photo rolled in at number two on our Tumblr and and made us all really happy, a beautiful shot of Sylvi performing that was taken by Stephen Huang. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

This performance shot of Zaylaa van Hoops was one of our magic moment favorites of the year, and one of Hooping.org’s top ten pics of the year. Photo by Omar Nazif Photography. She lives in Santa Ana, California, USA.

Hoopie Awards 2014: Rock The Vote

2014 Hoopie Awards

Welcome to the 2014 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 7th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner whether you’re nominated or not – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year submissions for Hoopie Award consideration were accepted beginning on Monday, January 6th, through Friday, January 10th. We compiled a list of these submissions, pre-screened them for content and process manageability, and presented the remainder to our 2014 Hoopie Awards Finalist Panel. The panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers, all of whom made themselves available to be of service to the community in this capacity in their original submission. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for their top five favorites in each of our award categories. Those votes were then painstakingly compiled and now we are proud to present your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees. You may vote for one selection in each of our award categories. You may cast one ballot and one ballot only. You have until 7:00 pm PST on Friday, January 24th, to submit your ballot, which means you have three days to review the nominees and make thoughtful voting decisions.

Previous Hoopie Award winners were once again not eligible to be nominated in an award category previously won by them. And because we have a few nominees this year who are a part of and/or contribute to Hooping.org, the final electronic vote count tallies are being validated by World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe. World Hoop Day events were celebrated across six continents this year, raising funds to gift hoops to needy kids around the globe. Hooping.org applauds World Hoop Day’s contributions to our global hooping community and we thank them for their assistance.

First we will provide you with a list of nominees including links to view the nominated photos, videos, tutorials and more. All links open in new windows so you will not lose your place on the page, so please make use of them. Following our complete rundown of nominees this year you will find the voting ballot. Remember to only cast one ballot.

Your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees are as follows…

PHOTO OF THE YEAR:

In 2013 Hooping.org continued to showcase the very best in hooping photography so if you take a great photo this year, send it in. Our Photo of the Year nominees are:

1. Alli McCracken, photo by Doug Sanford: Washington, DC, USA. View Photo.
2. Hannah Stanton-Gockel, photo by Brien Vincent: Athens, Ohio, USA. View Photo.
3. Jaan Elly Monogatari, photo by Estefania Ponce Fotografía: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. View Photo.
4. Jenn Worroll, photo by Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA. View Photo.
5. Jenny Hoopnosis, photo by Eiko Jones Photography: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. View Photo.
6. Lee Jeffries, photo by Meka Milla: Pensacola, Florida, USA. View Photo.
7. Maggie Ryan and Kaeli Hansen, photo by Cadencia Photography: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. View Photo.
8. Tokyo Sunshine, photo by thinkincolor: Buffalo, New York, USA. View Photo.

SOLO VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Solo videos feature only one person hooping. The nominees for Solo Video of the Year are:

1. Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan. Watch Video.
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch Video.
4. Kristin Lahoop: Berlin, Germany. Watch Video.
5. Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Watch Video.
6. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Watch Video.
7. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK. Watch Video.
8. Tiana Zoumer: Oakland, California, USA. Watch Video.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Our Video of the Year award features two or more people hooping. The nominees for Video of the Year are:

1. Andy & Jo’s Hula Hoop Flash Mob Proposal with Andy Broughton and hoopers of Brighton, England, UK. Watch Video.
2. Etereas with Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Video by The Flaminguettes of Mexico City, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Hooping Idol 90’s Dance Hits Week with Cheko Cabrera, Renata Ibarra and Moises Olmedo of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Video by Moises Olmedo. Watch Video.
4. Hoopy St. Patricks Day with Jon Coyne and hoopers from Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon Coyne. Watch Video.
5. Hula Hoopology Spring Fling with Hula Hoopology of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Video by Croshane. Watch Video.
6. One Hoop by John de Kadt featuring hoopers from around the world. John lives in Lee, Massachusetts, USA. Watch Video.
7. Meiosis with Spunshine of Austin, Texas, USA. Video by Karmakaze Productions. Watch Video.
8. Shootin Hoops: Troo Hoops Collaboration with Kyle Johnson and many others. Video by Kyle Johnson of Brunswick, Maine, USA. Watch Video.

TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR:

When it came to hoopers sharing their skills with others on the web, these eight received high marks. The nominees for Tutorial of the Year are:

1. Body Rolls with Anah Hoopalicious Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
2. Bouncy Jump with Hoopsie Daisy of Berkeley, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
3. Chest and Shoulder Hooping with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch Tutorial.
4. Infinity Toss with Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
5. No Handed Smear with Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
6. Three Beat Weave with Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch Tutorial.
7. Waist Control with Jess Wagstrom of Dallas, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
8. Wedgie Flip to Scorpion Combo with Carla Snow of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch Tutorial.

HOOP SOUNDTRACK:

What would hooping be without music, right? Listen to the eight nominated hoping soundtracks of 2013 below:

1. Biff Tannen: Sugar Skull (Listen).
2. Daft Punk: Get Lucky (Listen).
3. Ellie Goulding: Burn (Listen).
4. Emancipator: Minor Cause (Listen).
5. Griz: Hard Times (Listen).
6. Illya Kuryaki and the Vaderramas: Ula Ula (Listen).
7. Lorde: Royals (Listen).
8. Twin Apple: Editol (Listen).

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Since 2003 Hooping.org’s mission has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over the planet. This award honors events that really helped get the word out:

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Ellen Hooping.
2. A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion
3. Hooping on The Tonight Show with Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner.
4. Hula Hoop Incident on Good Day New York with Diana Lopez and viral news.
5. Kelly Osbourne Lost Weight Hula Hooping.
6. NASCAR Hooper Steals the Show
7. Oprah Winfrey Hula Hoops.
8. Rachael Lust Hooping Videos Go Viral.

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Of the many hoop gatherings and events that take place annually, the nominees for Event of the Year are:

1. Brighton Flow Fest: Brighton, England, UK.
2. Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
3. German Hoop Convention: Hannover, Germany.
4. Hoop Path 7: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
5. Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
6. Sacred Circularities: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
7. Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.
8. SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK.

HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR:

1: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2: London, England, UK
3: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
4: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5: Mexico City, Mexico
6: New York, New York, USA
7: Paris, France
8: Portland, Oregon, USA

NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2013, these hoopers stood out as outstanding newcomers in our hooping community:

1. Alice Rose: London, England, UK. Began in 2/13. Vimeo Channel.
2. Amy “IrieAmy” Neel: Houston, Texas, USA. Began in 5/13. YouTube Channel.
3. Heather Clements: Panama City, Florida, USA. Began in 6/13. YouTube Channel.
4. Laurel Cleveland: Seattle, Washington, USA. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
5. Michelle Ivanek: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
6. Pegah “Seabird” Pooya: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. YouTube Channel.
7. Sheri Alice O’Brian: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. YouTube Channel.
8. Tyler Von Spence: Athens, Georgia, USA. Began in 3/13. YouTube Channel.

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR (Under 18 Years Old)

1. Jane Ann Arnado: San Remigio, Philippines
2. Kaitlyn Morrin: Eerie, Michigan, USA
3. Lauren Resnick: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
4. Marium Akhtar: Karachi, Pakistan
5. Michaela Perdue: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
6. Mridula Shankar: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
7. Pupperdoodle: New York, New York, USA
8. Rosalie Fan: Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA.

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

1. Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
2. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
3. Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
5. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
6. Kandice Korves-Kaus: Sebastapol, California, USA
7. Mary Jane Schroeder: Chicago, Illinois, USA
8. Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR:

1. Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
2. Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
7. Jess Wagstrom: Dallas, Texas, USA
8. Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR (2 or More):

1. BLAU: Berlin, Germany
2. Electric Forest Hoop Troupe: Rothbury, Michigan, USA
3. Heady Hoop Tribe: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
4. Hoola Monsters: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
5. Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Kaleidoscope Collective: Seattle, Washington, USA
7. Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
8. Spunshine: Austin, Texas, USA

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

1. Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
3. Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
4. Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Matthias Elliott: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
7. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
8. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

1. Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7. Olive Marie: Detroit, Michigan, USA
8. Rachael Lust: Marion, Ohio, USA

HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD

And finally, Hooping.org created the Hooper Hall of Fame two years ago to honor the trailblazers who helped make this movement happen, celebrating a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. The nominees for the Hooper Hall of Fame Award this year are:

1. Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Julia Hartsell: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
7. Rayna McInturf: Los Angeles, California, USA
8. Vivian Spiral: Berkeley, California, USA

VOTING BALLOT:

Now that you’ve taken the time to get educated for your decision, you’re ready to vote! Here is the official ballot.

SORRY, VOTING FOR THE 2014 HOOPIE AWARDS HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED

Voting closed on Friday, January 24th, at 7:00 pm, PST.

Hooping.org congratulates all of our nominees this year and we would like to thank all of our panelists for their dedicated service in reviewing the preliminary nominees. It’s a major undertaking so once again, thank you! Comments are welcome below, although campaigning on behalf of one’s loved ones or self in the comments is strongly discouraged. Thanks and be sure to tune in tomorrow for our Honorable Mentions Extravaganza and on Monday, January 27th, when the winners of the 2014 Hoopie Awards will be revealed. Good luck everybody!

Hoopie Awards 2014: The Nominations Process Begins

hoopiesbig Hooping.org proudly presents our seventh annual Hoopie Awards honoring greatness in our hooping community. Preliminary nominations may now be submitted and there are changes to our process this year so please read all of this carefully. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 10th, at 11:59 pm PST. Please do not make appeals to get people to nominate you or others you know and love. We are no longer tracking the number of preliminary nominations. Only one is necessary for consideration in a category and more than that offers zero advantage and only clutters our inbox and slows down the process. You are also welcome to nominate yourself so please, no campaigning.

Previous award winners are not eligible to win within the same category twice, but feel free to nominate them for other categories if you like. Remember, all it takes is one one (1) preliminary nomination email with no more than one (1) nominee in each of our award categories for your submission to be considered. Previous Award Winners.

Preliminary Nomination Screening: Once all of the preliminary nominations have been received, hooping.org staff will ever so lightly be screening award categories with time consuming content (photos, videos, tutorials…) for one purpose only, to decide if they warrant further consideration by our 2014 finalist review panel or not. This is a new step in the awards process added and designed only to make it easier on our finalist review panel. If you served on the panel last year, you know how overwhelming it was and we promise it will never be that overwhelming again. If you’ve seen the mountain submissions that come in each year, you’d fully understand our need for this new step in streamlining the awards process.

Finalist Review Panel: The finalist review panel consists of 50 randomly selected hoopers who have submitted a preliminary nomination email. If you would like to serve on the 2014 Hoopie Awards Finalist Review Panel and cast your votes for who should receive final nominations this year, you need to submit a preliminary nomination email for consideration. Please do not contact anyone on the hooping.org staff regarding your interest in being on the panel. Please do not contact anyone with requests to serve on the panel without submitting a preliminary nomination email. This is how it works and there will be no exceptions in the interest of fairness. Hooping.org staff will literally be writing down the names of those who have made themselves available to serve on the panel this year and this weekend we will be drawing 50 out of a hat.

If you are randomly selected to be on the Finalist Review Panel you will receive a notification email on Saturday, January 11th, followed by the pre-screened preliminary submissions for your voting consideration as soon as we have it compiled. Panelists have the honor and privilege of making fair and impartial selections regarding who should receive the final Hoopie Award nominations this year. If you don’t make yourself available to serve on the panel, you have no business complaining about the results. If you do make yourself available to serve on the panel 1) in doing so you are agreeing to maintain complete confidentiality that you are on the panel until after the final nominees are announced, 2) you will need a good amount of free time next week to review the pre-screened submissions and make your fair and well informed voting decisions.

To serve on the awards panel simply state “YES I’m available to serve on the panel” at the end of your preliminary nominations email. If you do not receive an email this Saturday that you were randomly selected, then you were not randomly selected to be on the panel this year, but thank you so much for making yourself available to be of service.

Preliminary Nomination Submissions: You may now cast your preliminary nomination submissions in the following award categories for the 2014 Hoopie Awards by sending an email to Hoopies2014@gmail.com. You do not need to make a nomination in every category. Some categories require additional and specific information in order to be considered. You have until Friday night to make your submission so if you don’t know, you have time to find out.

1. Photo of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated photo for consideration.

2. Solo Video of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated video for consideration. Solo video nominees can only have only one person hooping in them.

3. Group Video of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated video for consideration. Group videos must include two or more people hooping.

4. Tutorial of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated tutorial for consideration.

5. Hooping Soundtrack of the Year: Must have a 2013 release date for consideration. Please include artist and title.

6. Event of the Year Promoting Hooping to a Larger Audience: What carried the hooping message to others best in 2013? Note: Hoop gatherings and retreats are not eligible in this category.

7. Hooping Event of the Year: Hoop gatherings, retreats and events are eligible in this category.

8. Local Hoop Community of the Year: Which local hooping community shined the brightest this year?

9. Newbie Hooper of the Year: Must have started hooping in 2013 with no prior hooping experience, even a little. No exceptions. Nomination must include a link to an online video along with the date of their hoopiversary. Nominations with a video and hooping start date will be ignored.

10. Youth Hooper of the Year. Nominees in this cateogry must be under 18 years of age.

11. Performing Group of the Year: Nominees must have two or more members for consideration.

12. Hoop Instructor of the Year:

13: Fire Hooper of the Year:

14. Male Hooper of the Year:

15. Female Hooper of the Year:

16: Hooper Hall of Fame Award: Nominees in this category must have a minimum of eight years of hooping experience for consideration.

FINALIST PANEL: Are you available to serve on the final nominations review panel as specified above? Write “YES I am available to serve on the panel” or “NO I’m not available” here:

Email your preliminary nomination submission to hoopies2014@gmail.com

Our finalists in the seventh annual Hoopie Awards will be announced on Monday, January 20th and community-wide voting will begin. Good luck to one and all.

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:

2013 Hoopie Awards: Final Review is Underway

Hoopie Awards Hooping.org would like to thank everyone for submitting your preliminary nominations for our Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards, honoring greatness in our hooping community. If you made yourself available to be on the Finalist Review Panel for the 2013 awards this year, everyone who made themselves available had their name written on a piece of paper which was then placed into a hat and shaken well. The finalists for the panel were then drawn randomly and those who were selected to be of service in this year have been notified. If you were selected you will have an email waiting for you in your inbox.

In order to ensure the utmost of fairness all of our panelists have agreed to maintain secrecy that they are serving on the panel and who all of the preliminary nominees were until the finalists are announced. If you see or hear anyone talking about serving on the Finalists Panel or letting people know that they were or were not on any list please let us know so we can remove and replace them. Thanks! All of our panelists will be spending this week reviewing the preliminary nominations and casting votes for their top five selections in each of the award categories. They have until Saturday night at 11:59 PST to submit their final ballots and those who do not return them before that deadline will not be included. Who will be receiving the final nominations in the 2013 Hoopie Awards? Tune in next Monday, January 21st, when the final list is revealed and voting will begin. Until then, happy hooping everybody.

2013 Hoopie Nominations End Tomorrow

Hoopies Trophy Hooping.org is proud to be presenting our Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards celebrating some of the greatness we have witnessed in the hooping community over the past year. And don’t fret, you still have time to submit your preliminary nominations for consideration. Friday, January 11, 2013, marks the final deadline to submit your favorites for consideration. Submissions must be received by 11:59 PST in order to be eligible. To get all the finer details and to cast your ballot for hoopers, photos, videos and tutorials, and more that caught your eye in 2012, head on over to the nominations page. Please note: A single nomination is all that is needed for consideration. By asking friends and family to nominate you, all you are doing is unnecessarily slowing down the nominations process. Thanks everyone.