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American Christian Hosoi entered the world on October 5, 1967, in California. His mother was of European and American heritage, while his father, Ivan Hosoi, was of Japanese descent from Hawaii. Christian was born in Los Angeles and raised in Hawaii, where he started skating at the age of seven or eight under the watchful eyes of legends like Shogo Kubo, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams.
Christian Hosoi was, in the '80s and '90s, among the most influential and popular skateboarders in history. Notable unique tricks of his include the Christ Air and the Rocket Air, both of which he created and popularised.
During the 80s, there was a 'rivalry' between Christian and Tony Hawk. Christian was known for being powerful and stylish, whereas Tony was known for his ever-increasing trick inventory. While this rivalry lasted until the late 80s, the two skaters were always friends during this time and never considered themselves as rivals. The rivalry was thought to have been orchestrated by the skateboard industry.
Christian Hosoi was heavily sponsored over his career by well-known brands including: Powell Peralta Skateboards, Dogtown Skateboards, Sims Skateboards and Alva Skateboards.
Current sponsors of Christian Hosoi include: Hosoi Skates, Independent Trucks, Vans footwear and clothing, Evoke sunglasses, Pro-Tec Skateboard Helmets, Penny Skateboards, Diamond, Stance Socks, Ollo Clip, a mobile lens system that Hosoi uses to capture his skating videos
Christian Hosoi is also known for his comeback story, as he overcame drug addiction, prison time, and bankruptcy to become a born-again Christian, and of course, a skateboarding legend. He preaches and conducts talks about his journey with faith and recovery from drug abuse. Many skateboarders and individuals all around the world look up to him as a source of inspiration.
Rising Son: The Legend Of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi Skateboard Documentary Skateboard Video
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Christian Hosoi Blows Away 1986 Huntington Beach Crowd Skateboard Video
Skateboarding Christian Hosoi Christ Air Skateboard Video
RVCA x Christian Hosoi: History of the Hamerhead Skateboard Deck Skateboard Video
Christian Hosoi- Perfect Comp Run Skateboard Video
El Gato Classic 2022 Christian Hosoi Skateboard Video