2013 – Christian Hosoi

2013 Inductees

After honing his skills with all-hours access to the Marina Del Rey Skatepark, his father, Ivan, managed during the late ’70s to early ’80s, Christian Hosoi got his first photo in a magazine at age 11 and turned pro for Sims by age 14.

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After honing his skills with all-hours access to the Marina Del Rey Skatepark, his father, Ivan, managed during the late ’70s to early ’80s, Christian Hosoi got his first photo in a magazine at age 11 and turned pro for Sims by age 14. He then rose with the surging tide of the ’80s vertical skateboarding boom to become the Godfather/superstar of going big and looking good. On the heels of Tony Alva, “Holmes” blurred the line between rock star and pro skater and also became the third pro after Brad Bowman and TA to launch his own brand and namesake, Hosoi Skates, following spots on Powell-Peralta, Dogtown, Sims, and Alva Skates. In 1985, his release of the patented Hammerhead shape under Hosoi Skates took the world by storm and quickly had every other major company trying to come up with signature shapes of their own. With his flamboyant charisma, giant airs, and touch of spandex, Hosoi became the style-based antithesis to Tony Hawk’s more trick-difficulty-based contest runs. Hosoi would also pioneer a number of his own tricks, most notably the Rocket and Christ Air, and won countless vert and street contests worldwide through the dawn of the ’90s. After falling into relative obscurity following the rise of street skating and his own battle with drug addiction, Christian returned from a five-year prison stint in 2004 to battle back to peak performance and earn his rightful spot as one of skateboarding’s all-time greats. His story of redemption was documented in the ’06 film, Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi, narrated by Dennis Hopper, and his autobiography, Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor was released in ’12.

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