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Skateboarding's first rockstar, "Holmes" as he’s known to his peers was untouchable as a vert skater in the 80s for his speed, massive Christ and Rocket airs, and flamboyant fashion sense. As vert was replaced in the early 90s by street skating, Christian disappeared from the spotlight, but his legacy wasn’t forgotten. After a drug arrest in 2000, just as the X-Games and other contests were breathing new life into vert skating, Christian spent five years in prison. Christian found salvation with Christianity, never lost his love for skateboarding, and upon being released, hit the ground rolling. Newly wed to his longtime girlfriend Jennifer, the skate world welcomed him back with open arms as he was kitted head-to-toe in the best sponsors and had photos in every magazine. The documentary Rising Son: The Legend of Christian Hosoi is the story of his life. The new generation of skaters has taken note of his classic style and ability to rip everything from vert ramps, to skateparks, to backyard pools.