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Eric Koston Biography

Picture of skateboarder, Eric Koston at the 2004 X Games.
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Photo of Eric Koston at the 2004 X Games.
Courtesy of EXPN

Dropping out of school to become a pro skateboarder isn't recommended - but it sure worked for Eric Koston. Check out Kidzworld's bio on this street skateboarding master.

Eric Koston - From Bangkok To Boards

Eric Koston was born on April 29, 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand but his family moved to California when Eric was just 8 months old. Koston first started skateboarding when he was 11, after his older brother gave him an old skateboard with mismatched trucks. He picked up skating right away and learned ollies and heelflips by practicing every day in his driveway.

Eric Koston - School Bad, Skateboarding Good

When Eric Koston was 14, he met an old skateboarding pro named Eddie Elguera, who hooked him up with free skateboarding gear from a company called H-Street and offered him a job at a summer skateboarding camp in Wisconsin. Koston realized he was good enough to make a living at skating, so he dropped out of high school and moved to San Diego to skateboard full time.

Eric Koston - Street Master

Eric Koston is one of the most well-known masters of street skateboarding. He's made tons of rad skate videos, he's a character in Tony Hawks Underground video game and he's designed his own line of skateboarding shoes from �S Footwear. Koston has also won several medals for street skating at the X Games and Gravity Games.

Eric Koston - S.K.A.T.E.

From June to August 2005, Eric Koston and �S Footwear are hosting the �S Game of S.K.A.T.E. Series - an amateur skate comp that will travel to 12 US cities. Winners will compete to win a trip to San Diego where they'll skate against winners from Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada.

Eric Koston - Fun Facts
  • Eric Koston has his own clothing company called Four Star Clothing.
  • Eric Koston's is a massive LA Lakers and watches most of their games each year.
  • Eric Koston's favorite book is Fast Food Nation.
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