Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi

Friday, December 5, 2008| by Will Chen

Back in the day, I was a total skate punk. Floating around somewhere there’s even a home movie the neighborhood gang shot of which I promptly show my (piss poor) skills.  While flipping through the channels the other night I stumbled across Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi and memories flooded my tired brain.  He was a legend back in the day and then completely fell off the face of the earth while his biggest rival Tony Hawk has become a household name.

Without giving too much away, it was Hosoi’s decision not to participate in the first X-Games which resulted in his omission from the return to popularity in vert skating in the early 90’s.

I’m intrigued by stories in which someone makes a bad decision which becomes pivotal in their career and/or life and being such a fan of Hosoi in my youth the movie was completely fascinating.

I started thinking back over the decisions in my life wondering if I’d ever taken a wrong turn at a fork in the road.  Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately), I’ve never been presented with such a huge opportunity to blow!

So what does this have to do with music?  Honestly, Christian Hosoi’s story shouldn’t be too unfamiliar to musicians as we’ve seen similar stories over and over of the rapid rise to fame and even more rapid fall.  Substitute a guitar for the skateboard and the story could easily be one of many rock legends of times past.

I highly recommend this film to any one old enough to remember Hosoi and the pre 90’s skate scene.  Now if I could only find a copy of The Search for Animal Chin

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