Hosoi - Chris Ahrens (2012)

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A mix of Tony Hawk and Brian Welch comes together in skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi, who reveals everything about his rise, fall, and redemption, in this amazing tell-all—from being named the greatest skater of all time to bottoming out on drugs to finally finding redemption through God.

Fans of Slater Kelly’s Pipe Dreams and Brian Welch’s Save Me From Myself, and followers of Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Steve Caballero, will be captivated by this extraordinary, star-studded story, a gripping read that ranges from the heart of the 1980s skateboarding scene to the inside of a prison, from Hollywood parties to intense prayer sessions.

Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor takes readers to the heart of one little-known world after another—and he portrays them in all their gore and glory for all the world to see.

“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.”


“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