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Hosoi (Enhanced Edition): My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor
     

Hosoi (Enhanced Edition): My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor

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by Christian Hosoi
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062215826
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
338 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet 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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Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MIMICAVA More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Cdx More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!
Trey-from-AK More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! The only problem i have with it, is that i'm almost done reading it. haha