Hosoi (Enhanced Edition): My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor [NOOK Book]

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In five exclusive videos found only in Hosoi the enhanced e-book, Christian Hosoi gives you the inside story on his time in prison, growing up at Marina Del Ray Skatepark, and the creation of his famous hammerhead skateboard. Also included are twenty-five photos found only in this edition.

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 ...

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Overview

In five exclusive videos found only in Hosoi the enhanced e-book, Christian Hosoi gives you the inside story on his time in prison, growing up at Marina Del Ray Skatepark, and the creation of his famous hammerhead skateboard. Also included are twenty-five photos found only in this edition.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062215826
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 745,586
  • File size: 320 MB
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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Excellent!!! Get it now!

    I haven't read a book in over 20 years.....I couldn't put this one down...finished it in 2 days.
    Great story...and collectible! Don't worry it's not some religious book...It's about the life of a LEGEND...from early childhood to manhood...TONY HAWK may be an ICON...but HOSOI is a LEGEND...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Honest and captivating story of a legend.

    This is the must-read autobiography of the infamous skateboarder and all the ups and downs that made him into the man he is today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Excellent book. To me, Hosoi is the most recognizable name in

    Excellent book.
    To me, Hosoi is the most recognizable name in the skateboarding industry. Hung out with the skater boys in school, heard his name everywhere and put his Thrasher Mag photos in my school binder . To hear his story and what he went thru is AMAZING. I couldn't stop reading. Cautionary tale of a fast paced life style.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    This is an exellent book. Any parents with teenagers should get

    This is an exellent book. Any parents with teenagers should get this book and give it to them. The parents them selfs should also read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Refreshing story. Was inspired. As a kid I'm not sure what I env

    Refreshing story. Was inspired. As a kid I'm not sure what I envied more, Hosoi's epic skate moves or his hair. The dude was straight Hollywood. Now I envy the positive impact he's making in peoples lives and the world. Legendary for sure. I wish more Hollywood folk would follow in his path. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty sick of turning on the news just to hear stories about another Hollywood legend (be it sport, music, or acting) biting the dust in some horrible way. Thankfully this story ends honorably. Of course my opinion is subject to change if Hosoi ever goes back to wearing his "Rock of Ages" hyper pink spandex sport shorts. Fortunately I did not envy those as a kid. Overall I highly recommend the book. If anything buy it in support of the positive flow, but just know that if you don't read it you're missing out on an inspirational imprint that could change your life or the life of someone you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    This book is awesome!

    This book is awesome!

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    AWESOME !!!

    This book is amazing! The only problem i have with it, is that i'm almost done reading it. haha

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