10 of the World’s Most Influential Skateboarders

If you're into skateboarding, you'll want to familiarise yourself very well with all of these guys

The anti-Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi had an enduring vert ramp rivalry with Hawk which featured contrasting styles in both skateboarding and lifestyle. Hosoi was known for his flair and graceful act on the ramp, less technical than Hawk, but known for pulling huge aerials such as the Christ Air and Rocket Air, which he also invented.

His impact and endorsements peaked in the late ‘80s, however, and the subsequent decades saw bankruptcy, drug addiction, and eventually jail time when busted for crystal meth importation. He survived, and was born-again, but his legacy — a skateboarder of pure charisma and unparalleled style — still permeates the sport.

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