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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024305
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Christian was my biggest competition, and when he was on fire, he was unbeatable. I have great reverence for him. We had a blast. We were paving a path with no idea where it would lead.” (Tony Hawk)

“Christian is responsible for transcending the underground skateboarding lifestyle into a mainstream sport. He is the sport’s first rock star.” (Danny Way)

“Christian and I gained the whole world, then lost everything that makes life worth living, and found victory on the other side. Christian’s amazing story will help multitudes find their true identity.” (Brian "Head" Welch)

“Only one thing soars higher than Christian skating vert and that’s his love and commitment to God. If you dare drop in on Hosoi’s life, you’re in for a gnarly ride!” (Stephen Baldwin)

“Check out Christian Hosoi’s new book, as in go get it now!” (SkateBible Blog)

“I’ve always said that Christian had the best style of skateboarding-ever. It’s amazing how similar our lives have been. It’s good to see him overcome everything that he has.” (Jay Adams)

“Christian is one of the very few greats and one of the most important skateboarders in skate history.” (Stacy Peralta)

“Skateboarding is a monster nobody can control, but Christian was one of the few skaters that forever changed the way people skate. As skateboarding’s rock star in the ‘80’s, Christian was everywhere. It’s like we turned around and he was gone.” (Grant Brittain)

“Somehow in all the autobiographical mix of self-deprecation and aggrandizement, his true desire shines through: “My hope and prayer is that you also meet the One and Only”.” (Publishers Weekly)

“...a tell-all biography documenting his rise to dominance, his subsequent incarceration, and recent return to the sport that made him a legend - all told by Hosoi himself.” (Hypebeast)

“The man who invented the Christ-Air is telling his story in his new book. Even if you’ve seen the documentary, Rising Son, the book is a must read. It offers lessons from specific stories and info from his riveting life.” (Mass Appeal)

“Christian Hosoi was…carving full sentences into the cement with his perfect runs. He was the one with the swagger to pull off women’s jeans, hair extensions, and the blasphemous nickname ‘Christ.’ Tricks are for kids. Hosoi was trying to see the sun.” (ESPN's Grantland)

From the Back Cover

Raised at the legendary Marina Del Rey Skatepark—where his father was the manager and the Dogtown and Z-Boys crew were his mentors—Christian Hosoi never questioned that he would become a full-time skateboarder. But no one could have predicted his meteoric rise to the apex of a burgeoning sport—or the spectacular way he would crash and then create himself anew.

A professional skater by thirteen, known for his rock-star flair and dramatic aerials, Hosoi was at the top of the world before he was twenty, engaged in the rivalry that would shape years of skating: Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk. At the height of his celebrity in the late 1980s and early '90s, Hosoi was the highest-paid skateboarder in the world and made the most of his celebrity status, counting Hollywood's elite as his friends. But the kid who first got stoned at age eight later found himself smoking meth full-time. And as Hawk walked away with every accolade, Hosoi went underground.

In January 2000, he was convicted for trafficking $65,000's worth of methamphetamine across state lines. In this gripping memoir, Hosoi recounts the crushing reality of his prison sentence and the day he made the phone call that would save him—to his now-wife, Jennifer. She guided Hosoi toward Christianity, to the faith that sustained him in prison, welcoming him into a new life when he was released nearly five years later.

In the summer of 2009, Hosoi won the gold medal in the X Games Legends Competition. He won gold again in 2010. And now Hosoi's classic skateboard designs are flying off the shelves once again.

Packed with interviews from skateboarding stars past and present, Hosoi is not only a tell-all about fame, fortune, and failure—it's also a strong testimony to the power of faith and the gift of change.


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Very inspiring book definitely a must read!
Christine
Well, that's pretty much the life that Christian Hosoi has lived.
Lavish Bookshelf
As I read this book, one word kept coming to mind - Conviction.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lavish Bookshelf on June 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Do you know that Prodigal Son story in the Bible? The one where the cocky and arrogant son wants his father's inheritance RIGHT NOW and he gets it. Then he takes off to see the world, spends all of the money and finds himself starving as a slave in a foreign land? But then, when the son hits rock-bottom, he is humbled. He doesn't feel he is worthy enough to be called the son of his father, but that is where he was so very wrong. After returning to the father, the son learns that he is forgiven and the father is overjoyed that the son's heart is finally true and just.

Well, that's pretty much the life that Christian Hosoi has lived.
And the new book, Hosoi by Christian Hosoi, explains it all.

The subtitle of Hosoi is "My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor" which describes the book brilliantly.

As a Skateboarder, Hosoi literally had it all. Christian Hosoi was one of the first super-elite rock-star skateboarders EVER. With endorsement deals that were unheard of at the time, Hosoi lived a Hollywood life, even setting up a huge skate ramp behind his rented house that was once owned by W.C. Fields. He traveled the world, hobnobbed with A-list celebrities and was mobbed by fans wherever he went.

As a Junkie, his life slowly spiraled out of control. Hosoi smoked his first joint at 8 years old. His father gave it to him. From there he slowly escalated the drug use, embracing the party culture along the way. Hosoi got high with Hollywood but shortly found himself sleeping in a stolen van. The drug life came to a pinnacle when he strapped $65,000 worth of meth to his body and boarded a plane to Hawaii. Police and prison were waiting in Hawaii for him.

As an Inmate, Hosoi had a huge reality check.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gob on June 22, 2012
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When I opened this book, it took me eight hours straight to complete. I was intrigued by the life that he lived. "Bucket full of holes" Christian navigates us thought the highlights of his life through good and bad and shares with us his connection with Jesus and how he has found that there is more to life than what was at his grasp. I was captivated by how I myself could relate to some of the events he struggled with in life. A must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris from VA on July 30, 2012
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Being an old school skater and punk musician from the 80s who pulled a prodigal at age 19, suffered through years of debt, divorce, and personal misery, not to return until age 34, this book really moved my heart. I feel for guys like Hosoi and so many others with similar stories. He inspired me back then as a skater but inspires me even more now, as I too have entered full-time ministry just a two years ago at age 38.

As I read this book, one word kept coming to mind - Conviction. Almost like everything he did, he did with conviction. But it wasn't until his focus changed that his conviction was as intended. While reading this book, my heart wrenched with compassion for him and those around him. It still does. I purchased this book intending to read it over my week-long vacation in the Outer Banks. I finished it in a just a few days as I couldn't put it down. A day after I finished it, I went to a skate shop in the Outer Banks and saw a banner that the Bones Brigade tour was coming and the top name on the banner was Christian Hosoi. I thought "What courage!" I saw the Bones Brigade in my hometown 20+ years ago just before I decided to walk away from God. Praise God for guys like Hosoi and for opening the door to us, letting us knock, inviting us in, running out to us, hugging us, and loving us even more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By INHISFIRE on July 6, 2012
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I GREW UP A HOSOI FOLLOWER!! I WANTED TO BE HIM! EVERY TRICK I DID I TRIED TO REPLICATE HIM! I HAD TO HOLD EVERY TRICK A LITTLE LONGER LIKE HOSOI AND SOMETIMES I WOULD PAY!! I MET HOSOI AT A JIMMYZ DEMO AT THE LUBBOCK MALL AND THERE WAS NO HYPE ABOUT HIS SKATING! IT WAS LIFE CHANGING AND SURREAL!! THE MOMENT I STARTED THIS BOOK I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! IT DOESNT MATTER IF YOU KNEW HOSOI OR NOT YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! WHAT A JOURNEY HE HAS TAKEN AND WE NEED HAPPY ENDINGS IN THIS DAY AND AGE LIKE NEVER BEFORE!! IF YOU KNOW ANYONE THAT HAS EVER STRUGGLED WITH DRUGS AND TRULY WANT TO QUIT GET THEM THIS BOOK!! IT IS INSPIRING!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda vigeant-overby on November 15, 2012
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excellent for a current addict or enabler to read. one of my close relatives was a recreational skateboarder, and fits the profile of the skateboarders as described in this book -- someone who needs to live on the edge, constant risk taker, needing constant adrenaline rush, and an addict -- this book helped me understand the behaviors better. I greatly respect what Christian Hosoi has been able to do with his life, and I believe with his books and other public activities that he is a god-send as a role model for many people who may be able to have hope for a better life in getting clean and helping others get clean as a result of Christian's example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Preston E Fuller on June 23, 2012
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Being an old school skater from the 80's and 90's I found this book to be a GREAT read. I have always loved Hosoi for his innovations and radical skating skills and was devistated when I learned what had happend to him when he got busted for meth. I can really relate to him and his discovery of faith. This book has been a great revalation for me and I could not put it down once I started to read it from cover to cover in about a day. Captavating story a MUST read!!!!
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