When I saw Maria, the beautiful circus and fire artist dancing with her fire hoop the first night of WildFire, I was entranced. I never imagined I'd care to take up a hula hoop but this was a whole different kind of hooping I've never seen before.
I took Maria's beginner class the next day. The hoops we used were huge and heavy, 12 feet of 1 inch irrigation tubing in a ring. This gained me a lot of bruising, but the heavier hoop is oddly far easier to keep going on any part of your body then the usual light toy hula hoops.
So now I've got straight up hoops in the making, and all the supplies to turn them fiery once I'm up to speed. In the meantime I paint pictures.