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 Skateparkwhere his father was the manager and the Dogtown and Z-Boys crew were his mentorsChristian 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 sportor 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 himto 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 failureit's also a strong testimony to the power of faith and the gift of change.
Please note that due to the large file size of these special features this enhanced e-book may take longer to download then a standard e-book.