Christian Hosoi


If you open up the skateboard encyclopedia and look up the word “style,” you’ll find a photo of Venice Beach, California’s Christian Hosoi. Vans Legend Hosoi turned pro in 1981 and immediately redefined how even the most basic tricks should look. For the decades following Christian faced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows; his comeback story is pure inspiration. Hosoi was listed as #4 on Transworld’s Most Influential Skateboarder of All Time list. He remains one of the all-time great ambassadors of skateboarding.

Interview

WHAT’S BEEN 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 OUTSIDE OF SKATING?

Family time, going to church, preaching the Gospel and shooting pool. 

LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?

The 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.