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Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor Hardcover – 12 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (12 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024305
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"Christian is one of the very few greats and one of the most important skateboarders in skate history."--Stacy Peralta

"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 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

"Christian is responsible for transcending the underground skateboarding lifestyle into a mainstream sport. He is the sport's first rock star."--Danny Way

"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

"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

"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

"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

..".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

About the Author

Christian Hosoi is widely recognized as one of the greatest skateboarders of all time. A professional by thirteen, he went on to become an industry icon. After serving time in prison for drug trafficking, he devoted his life to Christianity. Since then, he has risen to prominence in the skateboarding world once again and was the subject of a full-length documentary narrated by Dennis Hopper, Rising Son. Hosoi is an outreach pastor at the Sanctuary, "the raddest church" in Huntington Beach, and lives in Southern California with his wife, Jennifer, and four sons.

Chris Ahrens has worked as a full-time writer for nearly thirty years, with four popular books on surfing to his credit and bylines in publications that include the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Outside, Family Circle, Skateboarder, Surfer, Surfing, and The Surfer's Journal. He wrote and directed the award-winning skateboarding documentary D.O.P.E. (Death or Prison Eventually), and served as editor-in-chief of Risen magazine from its inception in 2002 until May 2010.


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of course I am a skateboarder and I started to skate in 1987, when Hosoi was at the top of his pro carreer, therefore he was the one to look up to, and appeared in every magazine winning almost every contest he entered, he was a sort of an hero, then he faded away, and being deeply rooted in the skate world I knew a lot about his troubles, reaading it all in this book and first hand by the guy who lived it all was an extraordinary reading, I suggest this book to skateboarders and also to other people who want to know a bit more about skateboarding and californian lifestyle back in the 80's and 90's especially. very pleasant book, and a must have for an old school skater!
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An intimate and exciting roller coaster ride through the life of this incredible athlete.
Reaching the very heights of fame and all that it bought, Christian was still left with a heavy heart, unsatisfied that there must be more to what it means to be alive.

Well worth a read for anyone with even a slight interest in the art of skateboarding and the underground scene that exploded in to what it has become today.
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good read and history in the making, brings me back to the foundation of old school skateboarding, hosoi was in the for front of a new generation of hardcore skaters and the book really catches the rise and fall of the era.
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