MP3 of my interview with Aaron Hibbs.

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And the Lantern version.

No one knew what to do.

“I was heartbroken at first,” said Jessica Riley, a third-year in history, “Obviously no one expected it. I think everyone honestly believed he was actually going to do it, but yeah I was heartbroken, completely crushed.”

Aaron Hibbs had dropped his hula-hoop. 

Hibbs, 31, is a Columbus based artist and drummer in the noise band Sword Heaven. He was 59 hours into an attempt to break the 90-hour world record for continuous revolution of a hula-hoop when he stopped.

On Oct. 22nd he will try again. 

This time he will employ the use of coaches, mix up his nutritional regimen, and try to dance a little bit less with his friends.

The atmosphere at The Shelf, the art space where Hibbs was hooping before the drop, was ecstatic. DJs, and bands played while partiers danced and onlookers poured in from the Independents’ Day festival happening on Gay Street.

For Hibbs this was almost the point, “I could just have this personal goal and do it semi-privately but I wanted to do it as an event and share it with people. It’s the duration of it, not the result. It’s about what happens in the process.”

He often talks about his hooping in the context of performance art saying, “ It’s a basic human relation to activity, what you can do, what is possible for a person. That is kind of a core value in art I think. Expressing possibilities.” 

But Hibbs also has to deal with a lot of pragmatic issues for his record attempts. For Guinness World Records to consider the attempt legitimate Hibbs must have witnesses, medical personnel on hand, video documentation, and media coverage. 

In addition to these concerns, Hibbs has to figure out how to keep his body in shape to stay awake and on his feet for four days straight. There are several serious health issues that come into play with the attempt. 

Hibbs says, “If I’m not moving around enough I could develop blood clots. I could also obviously have the effects of dehydration and you can die from that.” He adds, “And there is also the chance that I could pass out and crack my head open on the end of the stage or a wall.”

To make sure he stays healthy Hibbs has developed a course of liquid nutrition that uses simple carbohydrates and fructose. But he is currently tweaking his input, researching raw and whole foods as well as Gatorade. He also uses foot inserts and is trying out support hose for the next attempt.

If the next attempt doesn’t succeed will he try again?

“I’m going to keep going for it. It might be a little longer in between, I might not go for it the next month, but I will go for it. “

The next attempt begins Oct. 22nd in The Shelf on the fourth floor of 57 E. Gay St. The event will be open to public for the full 90 hours and broadcast live on Ustream.tv. 

At the end will Hibbs be the most famous hula-hooper in the world?

“Well, there is Paul “Dizzy Hips” Blair. He has the 10K record on a track,” Hibbs said.

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