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Christian Hosoi (1967 - )

Christian Hosoi is an American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur.

Also known as: Christian Rosha Hosoi [full name] / Christ [nickname] / Holmes [nickname]



Christian Rosha Hosoi was born October 5, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA. [1]


Christian Hosoi is also known by the nicknames "Christ" and "Holmes".


Christian Hosoi started skateboarding in the mid 1970s, after his father got him his first skateboard. [1]

With his style and flare he took the skateboard world by storm in the 1980s, but fell into obscurity during the late 1990s, when he wouldnt attend demos or contests because he was wanted by the law. He started using lots of drugs, and was finally caught in 2000 while smuggling. He was released from prison in 2004, and has since resumed his skateboarding career. [8]

His stance is regular.


Christian Hosoi turned pro with Sims Skatboards in 1984, at the age of 14. [1]

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19?? - 19??: Alva Skates
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xxxx: Hosoi Skateboards
2005: Quicksilver
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Christian Hosoi has won countless vert and street contests worldwide.

1985: 01 - NSA #7 Del Mar Pool Jam
1986: 02 - Duel in Diablo
1986: 07 - NSA #1 Houston Texas
1986: 03 - Oceanside Street Attack Street
1986: 03 - Chicago Blowout
1986: 01 - Streetstyle in Tempe
1987: 01 - Savannah Slamma
1988: 01 - Vision Pro Skate Escape
2008: 01 - Rumble in Ramona Highest Air to Anything
2009: 02 - Pro Tec Pool Party Masters


Christian Hosoi is credited with inventing the Rocket Air, the Christ Air and the Body Jar. He is also credited with refining the Tweak Air. [1][2][3]


Christian Hosoi has been featured in several skatevideos an documentaries.

1985: Sure-Grip Beach Style
1986: Trashin
1988: The Savannah Slamma Video
1988: The Savannah Slamma II Video
1988: Ohio Skateout
2005: Who Cares - The Duane Peters Story
2008: Pray For Me

He was the subject of the documentary film Rising Son (2006), that detailed his initial success, drug addiction, and conversion to Christianity. [5]


Christian Hosoi got his first photo in a magazine at age 11, a Frontside Ollie at the Marina Del Rey Skatepark, for the June 1980 issue of Skateboarder Magazine. He has since been covered in numerous magazine. [9]


Christian Hosoi has been featured in several skateboard books.

In 2012 Christian Hosoi along with co-author Chris Ahrens released his autobiography book Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor, that chronicles his life story and testimony of finding redemption and his purpose after reading the Bible and becoming a pastor. [4]

Video Games:

Christian Hosoi is an unlockable character in Tony Hawks Project 8 (2006), and a playable character on Tony Hawk: Ride (2009).


Christian Hosoi received the Transworld Skateboarding Legend Award in 2009. [7]

In 2011 Transworld Skateboarding named Christian Hosoi the 4th most influential skateboarder.

Christian Hosoi was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2013. [6]


While in jail he became a Christian, and has since become a minister.



Below are the sources referenced in the text. Go to the Christian Hosoi articles for more.

1] Christian Hosoi Old Guys Rip Too Interview Added 07-08-2016
2] Christian Hosoi skateboardexplained Interview Added 21-02-2013
3] Jeff Grossos Love Letters Season 6 Episode 1 Added 26-05-2015
4] Hosoi Book Release Added 14-06-2012
5] Rising Son Full Documentary Video Added 01-12-2016
6] Skateboarding Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees Added 13-06-2013
7] TWS Awards 2009 Results Added 14-06-2009
8] Christian Hosoi My Story Interview Added 01-07-2013
9] 15 Things Hosoi Added 16-06-2005

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2013: Interviews
A Conversation With Steve Caballero & Christian Hosoi
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2011: Vert Attack 5
Christian Hosoi skating at Vert attack 5 contest in Sweden, Malm at Bryggeriet skatepark.
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1990: SK8-TV
Christian Hosoi tearing it up on Nickelodean's SK8TV in 1990! Hosted by Sk8Master Tate!
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