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Photos: Training for Hoopurbia 2016

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Hoopurbia has crossed the Atlantic and made its home base in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park. Hoopers — people who have integrated in the hula hooping culture — have been meeting in the local recreation center to train for a Friday night flash mob to be held at an undisclosed location somewhere in Los Angeles. Hoopurbia organizers plan to announce the location on their Twitter @hoopurbia soon. Interested hoopers should know that the hooping comes to a close this Sunday.

Marawa the Amazing at the Echo Park Recreation Center warming up.

Marawa the Amazing at the Echo Park Recreation Center warming up.

Hula hoops come in all sizes. Many spend good money customizing their hoops with special tapes.

Hula hoops come in all sizes. Many spend good money customizing their hoops with special tapes.

Los Angeles has been home to a growing "Hooper" community since the early 2000s.

Los Angeles has been home to a growing “Hooper” community since the early 2000s.

Instructor Malcolm Stuart leads a flash mob rehearsal in Echo Park.

Instructor Malcolm Stuart leads a flash mob rehearsal in Echo Park.

The first Hoopurbia was held in Berlin in 2012.

The first Hoopurbia was held in Berlin in 2012.

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