Hosoi Documentary

By: | Thursday, August 10, 2006 //

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QUIKSILVER SKATE TEAM & CHRISTIAN HOSOI EMBARK ON NATIONAL TOUR TO PROMOTE DOCUMENTARY

“Rising Son, The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi”

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – (August 3, 2006) — Quiksilver, the leading brand in boardriding, today announced that the legendary Christian Hosoi and the rest of the Quiksilver skate team will tour the country premiering the new documentary “Rising Son, The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi.” The eight-city tour will feature free theater and outdoor screenings of the film as well as demos and signings by Hosoi, Arto Saari, Stefan Janoski, Omar Hassan, Reese Forbes, Kyle Leeper, Dylan Reider, Omar Salazar, Eric Fletcher, and others.

This is truly a Quiksilver happening marked by many firsts. The tour will be Hosoi’s first national tour since being released from prison in 2004. It will be the first time in over 10 years that fans will be able to see Hosoi back where he belongs: on a skateboard. And it will be the first time Quiksilver’s entire skate team, including the hottest up-and-comers and the most established legends, will be skating for fans in demos and undercover at the nations most famous skate spots. Most importantly, this will be the first time fans will be able to view “Rising Son, The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi” and experience this inside look into the rise, fall and rebirth of a true skateboarding pioneer and legend.

Tour cities and dates include:
August 17 – Quiksilver Headquarters, Huntington Beach (Demo and Premiere)
August 19 – Wilson Skate Park, Chicago (Demo)
August 20 – River East Arts Center, Chicago (Premiere)
August 22 – Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach (Demo and Premiere)
August 23 – Fairman’s, West Chester, PA (Signing)
August 23 – Chester County Historic Society, West Chester, PA (Premiere)
August 27 – Knitting Factory, New York City (Premiere)
August 29 – 3rd Lair, Minneapolis (Demo and Premiere)
August 31 – Bluebird, Denver (Premiere)
Sept. 1 – Denver Skate Park, Denver (Demo)
Sept. 3 – Pacifica Skate Park, San Francisco (Demo)
Sept. 3 – The Log Shop, San Francisco (Premiere)

Check www.quiksilver.com for updates to tour dates and locations.

About Christian Hosoi
At the age of 13, Christian Hosoi emerged in the 80s skateboarding scene as an awe-inspiring prodigy and quickly became one of the most popular and flamboyant skaters in the sport’s history. Hosoi originally developed as a skater in the famous “Dogtown” community of Venice Beach, rubbing elbows with established veterans such as Shogo Kubo, Tony Alva, Jay Adams and filmmaker Stacy Peralta, who later went on to direct
the award-winning documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys.” He eventually became one of the biggest “vert” superstars of all time and was famous for his aggressive and outlandish style and the unprecedented “air” he could generate on his stunts.

Hosoi pioneered numerous signature moves, appeared in commercials, music videos, and movies and, between the contests, parties, and constant traveling, he managed to create and run multiple successful skateboard brands. Throughout his career, he defined the sport of skateboarding alongside friendly rival Tony Hawk. The competitions between Hosoi’s “showman” style and Hawk’s “technician” proficiency helped propel skateboarding into a legitimate and accessible sport.

In the late 90s, Hosoi’s rock star lifestyle, which included a proclivity for drugs and irresponsible behavior, began to destroy his skating, his businesses, and his life. In January of 2000, he was arrested at the Honolulu airport while attempting to transport crystal methamphetamine and was charged with trafficking with the intent to distribute, a federal crime and his third strike. Hosoi was sentenced to 10 years at the San Bernardino Detention Center.

While in prison, Hosoi found a new outlook and purpose through Christianity. He began to minister to other inmates and, although still locked up, he used his celebrity status to warn youth about the dangers of drugs. After receiving over 100 character statements on his behalf, including six letters from sheriff’s deputies, the Hawaii Federal District Court granted him an early release due to exemplary behavior.

Hosoi’s much anticipated return to professional skating has stirred up the community and excited virtually every skater, young and old, that has been privy to the legend or simply owned one of his signature board shapes. His addition to the Quiksilver skate team has reunited him with former rival Tony Hawk and paired him with other legends like Natas Kaupas and Omar Hassan as well as some of the new school greats like Arto Saari, Reese Forbes, and Stefan Janoski. Hosoi’s sponsorship by Quiksilver has also resulted in the production of the documentary “Rising Son, The Legend of Christian Hosoi” which will be toured around the country at the end of the summer and released on DVD in November. Although professional skating has certainly evolved since the days when his portrait graced the pages of Rolling Stone, Hosoi is still skating with his trademark combination of strength and style and he plans to compete in major contests, re-launch Hosoi Skates, and perhaps author a book in the coming year.

About the Film
“Rising Son, The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi” chronicles the life and career of Christian Hosoi, one that began as a young renegade super star athlete and resulted in a federal prison sentence for drug trafficking. This film gives the audience a complete look at the life of Christian Hosoi… from a kid just starting out to his life after his release in 2004, including never before seen home videos of Hosoi. The film features interviews from friends and family, including Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Jason Lee and others. This is the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of a true skateboarding pioneer and legend. Directed by Cesario “Block” Montano, written by Peter Alton, and narrated by Dennis Hopper, the 90 minute film will be released on DVD in November and will be available in skate shops, video stores, and other better entertainment distributors around the world.

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