When you open up the Skateboard Dictionary and look up the word ‘style,’ no definition will be offered, only a photo of the ruler, Venice Beach, California’s own Christian Hosoi, high above the coping, halfway to the moon with his two hands firmly gripped on a rocket air, decked out in an 80s Technicolor rainbow of flare, eyes already fixated on the next wall and regardless of age or terrain preference you will instinctively know what the word means.
Christian turned pro in 1981 and immediately changed what we thought was possible on a skateboard, redefining how even the most basic tricks are supposed to look. He exudes a natural style that has been mimicked many times but never replicated. Hosoi has been an ambassador for skateboarding for over three decades beginning with his early and meteoric rise to the pinnacles of success and stardom to his triumph over the eventual crash and burn which followed. Christian's comeback story makes him revered the world over. And if all that weren't enough, Christian was recently distinguished by TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine as the fourth "most influential skateboarder of all time" in their definitive list of skateboarding's greatest legends.
What's the best trip you've ever been on?
Hawaii is always the best! Family and friends.
Favorite Vans Rider?
Steve Caballero. Longest running signature shoe and he is still killing it with style!
What trick can't you do that you wish you could?
Backside tailslides and tre flips.
What are some interests/hobbies outside of skating?
Family time, going to church, preaching the Gospel and shooting pool.
Last good book you read?
Bible. It’s living and powerful; piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.