Go get the latest issue of Thrasher
and check out Christian blasting a tailgrab on the cover

. And he has an online interview at UP THE ANTICS
-check it out CLICK HERE


Aaron Astorga met up with Hamrock & some of the Pocket Pistols guys and hit the road for a weekend of skating our brains out. We decided on heading up to the Santa Cruz area and while we were up there we checked out the Tim Brauch Memorial Contest as well as some local spots and skated everything in our paths.

Watch the video on **CLICK HERE**

Featuring- Aaron Astorga, Chris Hamrock, Matt Miskell, Shane Porter.
With skating by Christian Hosoi, Sergie Ventura, Steve Caballero, Duane Peters, Julie Kindstand, Devon Lamb, Jake Reuter & Keith Baldassare.
Music: DeVo "Gut Feeling"

ANDRE GENOVESI: Hosoi Skates Warm-Ups #4

Hosoi Skates Warm-Ups are random quick Lo-Fi digital phone or camera clips of Team Hosoi
Here- Andre Genovesi Switch Flip Switch Crooks at the Hurley TF

Dont forget to download it at our HOSOI SKATES VIDEO PODCAST


The Rumble in Ramona was like a time warp with the contest format, the skaters and the general vibe of the event. Definitely an event to be remembered.
Thrasher has got the FOOTAGE as well as a full WEB ARTICLE. And Concrete Disciples has their always interesting COVERAGE & PHOTOS.

Rocket to Ramona pic:mrz

Highest Air to Fakie – Darren Navarrette
Longest Stalled Invert – Omar Hassan
Blender Award – Jeff Grosso
Schroeder Award – Ben Schroeder
Coolest Slam – Al Partanen
Highest Air – Hosoi
Coolest over Channel – Dan Tag
Hottest Lip Trick – Remy Stratton, Front Board
Tex Gibson Award - Ben Rayborn, BoneDrecht
Losi Award, Lester Kasai
Plant Your Foot – Mark “Monk” Hubbard
Miller Time Award – Max Schaaf
Why Were You Here? – Peter Hewitt
All-Around Ripper – Ben Rayborn

THE UPRISING- Episode 1 "Joker's Pool"

You can watch the entire first episode at Steel Roots

Steelroots presents The Uprising

CHRISTIAN HOSOI- Hosoi Skates Warm-Ups #2

Hosoi Skates Warm-Ups are random quick Lo-Fi digital phone or camera clips of Team Hosoi.

Here- Hosoi rides the ramp at Log shop in Pacifica

Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to our YOUTUBE page & VIDEO PODCAST for all the latest video's. Just search "Hosoi Skates" in the iTunes store and subscribe to the video podcast

Ramona Rumble- Saturday Oct 18th, 2008


The Uprising is Here!! The first airing will be on the Inspiration network at 2pm PST/5pm EST, tomorrow October 16th, 2008.

The Uprising contest is still going on until Oct. 31st,
so enter HERE if you havent already.
For more info go to
Please help Spread the Word by adding the banners and video from HERE to your site.
Peace & God Bless

Hosoi on TV this week.

Showtime has been playing Rising Son throughout the week.
And Fuel Tv's Weekly Update has been doing a recap of the
10th Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest

Hosoi Drops by Santa Cruz Skate Shop

On our last trip up to San Jose we stopped by Santa Cruz Skate Shop while we were in SC. Danny showed us a couple tricks he had up his sleeve when he whipped out his phone and started to do a Live Stream directly from the shop to the internet.
Check out Hosoi & Hamrock geeking out on some modern technology.

Pics and Video from the trip coming soon.
More at Danny's Blog

San Pedro Skate Park Benefit Oct. 17th, 2008

If you are in the area on Friday the 17th
stop by the old News Pilot building on 7th street in San Pedro for a benefit to help raise money to finish the park. The Channel Street Project is an unique skatepark built by skateboarders for skateboarders. Support the cause & donate please.

Aaron Astorga at GvR

Pics- Heverton Riebero

pic- Ed Pelissier


Hosoi Skates Warm-Ups are random Lo-Fi phone or camera clips of the Hosoi team, espionage style.


Wheels of Fortune



THE UPRISING IS PREMIERING OCT. 16th on the web and on TV
Watch the trailer here.

Unprecedented, uncompromising, and unashamed best describes
“THE UPRISING,” Steelroots’ newest reality television show. The series follows born again pro skateboarders Jay Haizlip, Christian Hosoi, and Brian Sumner as they comb skate parks, backyard pools, and other hangouts in an effort to spread the Gospel. Committed to affecting the world around them, the trio shares their faith and hope with friends, drug addicts, even police. Misconceptions of Christianity will be shattered as their unconventional approach to modern day evangelism reaches across cultural boundaries. With guest appearances by some of today’s top pros, “The UPRISING” delivers the future of skateboarding right to your doorstep. Experience a journey of boldness and faith as lives are restored, people accept Christ, and fellowship abounds.
You will agree that the time is NOW! This is “THE UPRISING.”

Help Spread the Word by CLICKING HERE and posting some of these banners on your website.
Thanks & Peace

Steelroots presents The Uprising


The Chocolate Tour, 1999.

HOSOI- 1st Place Etnies 2008 GvR Pool Masters

Congratulations to Christian for taking home his 2nd win in 2 weeks.
SoCalSkateparks has a video of the entire Master's Final on their site in case you missed the action.

Grand Masters
1. Christian Hosoi - $1,500
2. Glen Charnoski - $1,000
3. Pat Ngoho - $800
4. Lester Kasai - $700
5. Duane Peters - $600
6. Josh Nelson - $500
7. Dave Reul - $400
8. Steve Alba - $300
9. Eddie Reategui - $200
10. Jason Parkes - $100

CHRISTIAN HOSOI VIDEO- Tim Brauch Memorial Contest

The 10th Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest went off
with great skating and positive vibrations all weekend long.

10th Annual Tim Brauch Contest Results

Grandmaster's Bowl
1. Christian Hosoi
2. Steve Caballero
3. Duane Peters
4. Jason Parkes
5. Greg Aguilar

Pro's Bowl
1. Benji Galloway
2. Tim Johnson
3. Josh “Skreetch” Sandoval
4. Sergie Ventura
5. Josh Balogh

HISTORY- Christian Hosoi

In his 41 years Christian Hosoi has ascended to heights most of us could only dream about.

As a professional skateboarder in the 1980s he reached legendary status dominating contests with his fluid style and big airs. "It was all about big air" he says "my idols were like Bruce Lee and stuff like that so when I would think of his performance and how he would do things it was always just a step higher and that's what I wanted to do with my skating and taking it to another level."

An instant icon, fans called him "Christ" and lapped up his "Hammerhead" pro model to the tune of $250,000 a year in his peak. A man seemingly born to occupy the spotlight Christian became one of the main faces of the fledgling sport, his battles with another of the sport's upstarts, a kid named Tony Hawk would became the stuff of legend. Ironically Christian's nickname would carry over into the name of one of the many airborne moves he pioneered, the "Christ Air," a bombastic maneuver in which both arms and legs are extended in a Christ like pose.

"I'm a person that was very successful. I became a professional skateboarder when I was 13 years old. At that young of an age I was able to be a professional and live a life that was progressive. I had my own company at 17. I was traveling the world 10 times over. I ran a team," says Hosoi straightforwardly, showing no regret" he says "what sticks out (about that time) is that I didn't have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I never read a Bible in my life."

"Hosoi was the rock star of that era" says fellow pro Lance Mountain of the 1980s, "I remember being with him in Europe one time and he had a whole entourage with him--like the whole Rocket team, and we were in a store where Hosoi was trying on leather jackets and it was taking forever. We're all sitting in there waiting for him to pick one out or whatever and I got bored and went outside. A few minutes later, the whole crew walked out with white leather jackets. He bought one for everybody."

Grant Fukuda, a former Dogtown pro skater remembers Christian's routine when he would arrive into town. "He would rent a white Lincoln Town Car, go straight to Sandy's and then on to Rainbow Drive-In. He'd order like five plate lunches and then he'd be like, 'And what do you guys want?'" he recalls. Whether it was expensive sushi or plate lunch, "he'd always pick up the tab for everyone."

But on January 20, 2000 Hosoi's high flight came crashing back down to earth, when he was arrested at Honolulu airport carrying almost a pound and a half of crystal methamphetamine in from Los Angeles. In a story well documented in skate circles via the internet and Thrasher magazine, Hosoi joined a small cadre of 80s professional skaters to have an all to public fall from grace. Christian was eventually convicted and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, a fate that changed his life in more ways than one.

"Shortly before I went inside my wife invited me to church" he says "I pretty much went just to be cool to her and not because I really wanted to be there."

That one trip to church resulted in Christian coming to know the Lord, a decision that would sustain him throughout his stint in prison and beyond. Christian was eventually granted parole in June 2004 after serving four and a half years behind bars. When questioned about the low point that brought him to God, Christian is optimistic.

"I would rather spend the rest of my life in prison to know that I would be present with the Lord at the end of this time continuum that I'm in this body well praise the Lord, I'm not even going to question whether or not that is feasible."

Christian says that the timing was perfect for God to make an impact on his life. "He planned it perfectly so that it was so impacting to me when I finally walked into that brick wall and there was no way of getting out" he says.

For the moment the sky is the limit for Christian. Recently completing a cameo on Stacy Peralta's "Lords of Dogtown", speculation as to Christian's return to the sport has fans and pundits alike waiting with baited breath. "You know what if it's in God's plan I'm going to do it" he says "like the mega ramp, Danny Way's mega jump that's something that I want to do I want to skate the skate parks I want to have fun in the pools I want to skate all the parks all over but my platform right now is that I want to share God's love with as many kids as possible. And to hopefully bring people to know who JESUS CHRIST is or at least give them the opportunity to hear the good news and the message of salvation through him."