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    DescriptionRaised at the legendary Marina Del Rey Skatepark--where his father was the manager and the Dogtown and Z-Boys crew were his mentors--Christian Hosoi never questioned that he would become a full-time skateboarder. But no one could have predicted his meteoric rise to the apex of a burgeoning sport--or the spectacular way he would crash and then create himself anew.A professional skater by thirteen, known for his rock-star flair and dramatic aerials, Hosoi was at the top of the world before he was twenty, engaged in the rivalry that would shape years of skating: Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk. At the height of his celebrity in the late 1980s and early '90s, Hosoi was the highest-paid skateboarder in the world and made the most of his celebrity status, counting Hollywood's elite as his friends. But the kid who first got stoned at age eight later found himself smoking meth full-time. And as Hawk walked away with every accolade, Hosoi went underground. In January 2000, he was convicted for trafficking $65,000's worth of methamphetamine across state lines. In this gripping memoir, Hosoi recounts the crushing reality of his prison sentence and the day he made the phone call that would save him--to his now-wife, Jennifer. She guided Hosoi toward Christianity, to the faith that sustained him in prison, welcoming him into a new life when he was released nearly five years later.In the summer of 2009, Hosoi won the gold medal in the X Games Legends Competition. He won gold again in 2010. And now Hosoi's classic skateboard designs are flying off the shelves once again.Packed with interviews from skateboarding stars past and present, Hosoi is not only a tell-all about fame, fortune, and failure--it's also a strong testimony to the power of faith and the gift of change.

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    My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christian Hosoi
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9780062024305
    ISBN 10: 0062024302

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    B&T General Subject: 170
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    DC22: B
    Libri: ENGM1075
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    DC21: 796.22092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    Libri: ERIN2078
    DC22: 796.22092
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO038000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    Libri: P0040921, SKAT5000, ERIN2072
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    LC classification: GV859.813.H67 A3 2012
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    Thema V1.0: DNC
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    12 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Christian Hosoi was...carving full sentences into the cement with his perfect runs. He was the one with the swagger to pull off women's jeans, hair extensions, and the blasphemous nickname 'Christ.' Tricks are for kids. Hosoi was trying to see the sun."--ESPN's Grantland