I'm used to hooping inside, but am challenging myself to get out and hoop more (especially as I have a couple of summer festivals and then burning man this year, and I would be hella sad to miss hooping at them!). I brought my fold up hoop to my office and have been hooping at a small waterfront park across the street, but holy crap, y'all, the wind is killing me! It feels like I have no connection to my hoop, like it's floating, and I can barely maintain hip hooping, which is my very easiest thing.
I have a 40" 100psi, 3/4" PE hoop that I made. It folds down figure-8 style.
Any advice? Do I just need to practice more? Should I build a heavier hoop? (if that's it, any tips on making my current hoop heavier?)
Thanks and happy hooping!
Practice, practice, practice, just like mom used to say :) that's my best adivce. I know what you mean! it took me a while to get to my polypro out side in the wind. A heavier hoop would not hurt since the wind would not affect it as much but you will get used to the wind in time with the light hoop.
If the wind is steady, you can compensate for its pressure by hooping with more vigor. Turning yourself to face into or perpendicular to the wind depending on the tricks you are doing can help keep things in control, too.
Gusty wind is a lot harder to deal with.
I feel ya, Alberta is always so windy. First time I brought my polypro outside in the wind I looked like a total noob. Heavier hoops help, or kind of trying to become one with the wind and hoop with more energy when it's gusting and trying to anticipate when it will, its kind of like a game to me. :)
Thanks for the replies everyone! I will keep at it and just know that dropping and dropping and dropping is part of the process! I was just really caught off guard by the difference!
Yeah, the wind can be a tricky one. Think is right, using more vigour will help out a lot. Also when going any throws you may want to consider which way the wind is going and compensate. Also be ready to run and grab it wherever it ends up!