Hi Hoop City!
If you've been to Burning Man, or even just watched videos of hooping at Burning Man, you're probably familiar with Spin Cycle.
Every year Spin Cycle builds the one of the largest shaded spaces on the playa and dedicates that space to hooping and music. It's a massive undertaking for the hooping community and we spend about $10,000 to make it happen. That's been funded primarily through camp dues and by Grant & Rich personally. In addition to the expenses we incur each year, we bring nearly $30,000 of equipment to the playa, most is volunteered personal property of our team. For the first time we're asking the community for support in order to provide a more sustainable energy supply for the music that fuels this hooping space.
Our greatest need is power; we've exceded our generator capacity. Sound systems draw a lot of energy and the amount or power used fluctuates quickly, presenting a unique challenge for a generator. Large sound camps run multi kilowatt diesel trailers to power them. Day and night we play music for the hoopers and running a generator is loud, expensive, and creates pollution. Rather than increase our investment in gasoline powered electricity, we're shifting to a solar power system.
Solar systems are expensive. We're currently working with a solar expert to design a mobile solar system that is modular. Our hope is to purchase part of the system this year to supplement our existing generator, and complete the system next year. The total system cost is looking to run about $8000, about $5000 of that needs purchased this year. We're planning on raising this in two ways: soliciting donations and "The Official Dudes of Hooping Calendar."
More Info on the Calendar coming Soon! We've already signed up an amazing line up of male hoopers to get this thing rolling! More info coming soon!
Oh, and keep an eye out for the calendar :)
what about bicycle power?
You got me at the calendar. I'm not even going to Burning Man...