Vans Christian Hosoi Collection

24 03 2008

Vans Christian Hosoi Collection

Christian Hosoi has been an important figure in skateboarding history for the past several decades. Christian started skating at the young age of six years old and got plenty of time to perfect his skills at a young age as his father was the manager of a skatepark and by the age of 14, Christian Hosoi turned pro.

During the 1980s Christian Hosoi emerged as one of the top vert riders and developed a bit of a rivalry with Tony Hawk over supremacy in the skate world. The 1990s were not as good for Hosoi as skateboarding transformed to favoring the streets over the vert. A series of failed business ventures coupled with a warrant out for his arrest kept Hosoi from attending the first ever X Games in what was thought to be a hyped up battle between him and Tony Hawk.

After a few years in the pen in the new century, Hosoi received support from the outside with special collaborations such as a Rising Sun deck released by Shorty’s modeled after his first board he designed when he turned pro with Sims Skateboards. Hosoi, a Japanese-American, chose this as a symbol of pride of his heritage.

In 2006, Christian Hosoi founded Hosoi Skateboards and was treated to a collaboration with Vans on the Sk8-Hi that some of you may remember from a couple years ago. Hosoi and Vans have come together yet again to produce three pairs of Vans with the rising sun pattern.

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