The Madeleine Brand Show for July 9, 2012

Christian Hosoi: 'My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor'

Courtesy of Harper Collins

In the 1980s skateboarding was undergoing a renaissance. Boarders were giving up on riding down long hills and instead turning to half pipes and abandoned swimming pools. The goal was to launch high into the air and do twists and tricks. At the forefront of this movement was Christian Hosoi.

Hosoi was a rock star in the skating world - he won contests and made big money with endorsements. He was on the list at every club in Hollywood and regularly partied with A-list celebrities. But all that started to fall apart when his drug addictions caught up with him - eventually landing him in federal prison. Hosoi's new book chronicles his rise, fall and eventual redemption.

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Christian Hosoi's new book is called “Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor.”


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