I am not an absolute failure anymore! I am able to hoop consistently at my waist, hips, and thighs, and I'm starting to get the hang of knee hooping. I'm also just beginning to learn to over-arm hoop, and I can do a ton of off-body tricks.
I kind of hoop like a stripper. Which, you know, I don't really know of any strippers who hoop, but I can successfully take my shirt off while hooping, and I mostly do it in my underwear, and, well, I kind of dance like a stripper to begin with, so it seems natural. I've been avoiding watching tutorial videos apart from when there is a trick I need tips on, so that I develop my own style and hoop the way that seems right for me, rather than trying to emulate what I see other people do. It's already meant that I've figured out some tricks that are more like derivations of Cyr Wheel tricks than typical hooping tricks, and I'm really excited about that. It's a shame Cyr Wheels cost in the $900 range; I kind of want one hard at the moment.
Anyway, the spring is coming up and it is the perfect time to hoop! kandigurl is doing an indiegogo campaign to raise money to make some new Polypro hoops. Polypro is a lightweight PVC that is perfect for the kind of tricks I've been learning.
It's not perfect for beginners though, because lightweight materials require speed that most beginners don't have. BUT if you donate to her campaign, you can totally get a discount on one of her regular hoops. SO, if you've been thinking about learning to hula hoop, this would be the time to consider investing in a hoop! Jess' hoops are lovely and she is awesome.