|Marital Status: Married||Resides In: Huntington Beach, CA|
|Participant since: 1972||Age: 46|
|Competitor since: 1981||Height: 5'9"|
|Nickname(s):||Weight: 170 lbs|
Hosoi was one of the top vert skaters in the 1980s and competed regularly against Tony Hawk. He is known for bringing tricks such as the Christ Air and Rocket Air to skateboarding. At skateboarding's first decline, Hosoi began to get into trouble and, in 1995, a warrant was issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court. He avoided skate competitions, the spotlight and the law until 2000, when he was arrested for attempting to transport crystal meth and incarcerated until 2004. While in prison, he became a born-again Christian and is now an ordained associate pastor at the Sanctuary in Huntington Beach, CA. A documentary about his life, "Rising Son, the Legend of Christian Hosoi," was released in 2006. As recently as May 2009, Christian finished 2nd in the Masters Division at the Pro-Tec Pool Party. Hosoi was also awarded the Transworld Legend Award in 2009, cementing his reputation as one of the most influential skaters in history.
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