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Hula Hoop: A Short Film by Simone Moleri

Simone Moleri As part of Filmabile’s short film competition, where “people with disabilities with a desire to make videos” can do so, Simone Moleri spun up this short film that takes follows the journey of a set of hula hoops. She takes us from the place the hoops were made to where they ultimately end up, witnessing all the smiles that they bring. This charmingly sweet short is pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as well. Simone lives in Lissone, Monza and Brianza, Italy, and the soundtrack used in this is “Scarce O’tatties” by the Irish Moods Orchestra and you can get it on iTunes.

Kikka Hooper: Gone With the Wind

Kikka Hooper I am convinced hoopers don’t really care about weather. The sensible thing to do when the conditions are a bit rugged outside is to stay inside, especially when it’s a tad breezy out as the wind has a habit of temporarily turning our hoops into makeshift kites. Luckily for us Kikka Hooper heads straight outside into the wind and gets hooping as this really is the sensible thing to do. Kikka lives in Abruzzo, Italy, and her soundtrack for a windy day is “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones which is available on iTunes.

Paola Berton: Dreaming Colors

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 5.29.47 PM There are times when a hooping video is so deliciously stunning that you are left, mouth agape and transported into a far away place where dreams exist. Paola Berton’s latest creation is indeed mouth watering goodness. Her video was made in conjunction with Epistudio, Filippo Rezzadore and Marzia Madhu Bedeschi and Paola lives in Italy. The soundtrack for her sublime creation is “You Got To Go (Seven Lions Remix)” by Above and Beyond and it is available on on iTunes. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.

Andreas Spilly Spiliadis Giant Hoops to Lo Show Dei Record Victory

Dizzy and Spilly

Dizzy Hips and Spilly Enter the Ring

Earlier this year we told you about the hooping battle of the century. In one corner was Andreas “Spilly” Spiliadis, age 44, aka “the hula hoop man”. In the other corner was Paul “Dizzy Hips” Blair, age 43. The producers of Lo Show Dei Record, the Italian version of the Guinness Book of World Records TV show, flew both men to Rome to compete in breaking the world record of 64 hoop rotations of a large hoop in one minute. Who would spin their giant hula hoop the fastest on Italian television and emerge victorious? We are very excited to report that we can finally reveal the answer.

Spilly and the Giant Hoop

Sworn to secrecy until the episode aired, we can now reveal that Spilly officially emerged as the hula hoop king. He tied the world record swinging a giant hoop 64 times around his hips in one minute who received $1500 on top of his all expenses paid trip to Italy. A freelance writer and a debate coach at Frederick Douglass High School, Spilly sells hoops in the median overlooking the farmers market. He told the Baltimore Sun his teenage daughters, Zoe and Tali, got him into hula hooping at the age of 39. And for his next trick, he’s planning on using his newfound fame to run for mayor of Baltimore. He plans to make an announcement of his candidacy soon along with an official announcement of his hooping victory. Watch the video here.

Plastic Bertrand: Hula Hoop

Plastic Bertrand: Hula Hoop Our Friday Flashback this week spins us back to 1981. It’s a clip from an episode of the “Domenica In” show on Italian television with host Pippo Baudo. And who is our special guest this week? It’s none other than Plastic Bertrand, aka new wave prankster Roger Jouret, who is going to sing his single “Hula Hoop”. Prior to that Pippo gets several people on up stage to hula hoop, with varying degrees of success because the hoops are too small for adults, and then Plastic begins his song at the one minute mark. Plastic Bertrand is from Belgium and is best known for his 1977 international hit single “Ça plane pour moi.” While his albums are difficult to find these days, you can actually score his song “Hula Hoop” digitally. It’s available on iTunes. And now for our Friday Flashback with Plastic Bertrand. Watch the video below:

Hooping Up the Interamnia World Cup

Kikka Hooping in the Interamnia World Cup Parade

Kikka in the Interamnia World Cup Parade

Amnesty International’s parade at the 40th annual Interamnia World Cup in Teramo, Italy, not only ushered in great solidarity between the nations of the world, Kikka the Italian Hooper shared the hoop love with citizens from more than 100 nations. Over 100 countries participated in the Interamnia World Cup this year, the world’s most international handball tournament. During its 40 year history the FIFA World Cup has drawn international attention, so much so that it was defined in 2002 by the International Handball Federation as “the most important youth tournament in the world of handball.” The event has been recognized by UNICEF for bringing the world together, as well as a Commission of the European Parliament which recognized the “international handball tournament for non-violence and solidarity between peoples”. Watch Kikka fire hooping in the parade in the Italian News television footage below. She lives in Abruzzo, Italy.: