By Christian Hosoi
Raised on the mythical Marina Del Rey Skatepark--where his father used to be the executive and the Dogtown and Z-Boys workforce have been his mentors--Christian Hosoi by no means puzzled that he may turn into a full-time skateboarder. yet not anyone can have expected his meteoric upward thrust to the apex of a burgeoning sport--or the unbelievable method he may crash after which create himself anew.
A specialist skater by means of 13, recognized for his rock-star aptitude and dramatic aerials, Hosoi was once on the best of the area sooner than he was once twenty, engaged within the contention that might form years of skating: Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk. on the top of his big name within the past due Eighties and early '90s, Hosoi used to be the highest-paid skateboarder on this planet and made the main of his big name prestige, counting Hollywood's elite as his pals. however the child who first obtained stoned at age 8 later stumbled on himself smoking meth full-time. And as Hawk walked away with each accolade, Hosoi went underground.
In January 2000, he was once convicted for trafficking $65,000's worthy of methamphetamine throughout kingdom traces. during this gripping memoir, Hosoi recounts the crushing truth of his criminal sentence and the day he made the telephone name that will store him--to his now-wife, Jennifer. She guided Hosoi towards Christianity, to the religion that sustained him in legal, welcoming him right into a new existence whilst he was once published approximately 5 years later.
In the summer time of 2009, Hosoi gained the gold medal within the X video games Legends festival. He received gold back in 2010. And now Hosoi's vintage skateboard designs are flying off the cabinets as soon as again.
Packed with interviews from skateboarding stars earlier and current, Hosoi is not just a tell-all approximately popularity, fortune, and failure--it's additionally a robust testimony to the ability of religion and the reward of swap.
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Apart from the fact we had our pre-match meals there, it was a handy place to go after training for a sandwich or bar snack and had the added attractions of snooker and darts. One particular lunchtime I saw George Miller – he was the pencil-slim left-footed dynamo from Dunfermline – sat in a corner scribbling away on scraps of paper. I sidled over with my sandwich and sat down. ’ I inquired nosily. ’ I was a bit of a gambler myself in those days, but I could not understand why he had so many bits of paper.
We had no problem finding Coven, but where on earth was this place called Brood? We finally gave up and went in a pub called the Ball, at Coven, for a drink. It was a really gloomy pub but I must say the beer was second to none. I asked the landlady the whereabouts of the Oakley Country Club and it gradually dawned on me that the signs I had seen which read ‘Brewood’ were the signs I should have been following. To this day I have never been able to fathom why the people of Wolverhampton pronounce Brewood as ‘Brood’!
A new signing asked me to accompany him to town and show him where the building societies were. ‘Come on, we’ll go in this one,’ he said when we reached the town centre. ’ When the cashier asked him how much he would like to open the account with, he answered ‘£6,500’ and promptly opened the briefcase he had with him before pouring the amount in notes onto the counter. I do not know who was more amazed, me or the cashier. £6,500 in 1965 could buy you three nice houses. Sitting in the office on Boxing Day 1964, waiting for the forms to be typed up, I was puzzled.