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Skateboarders: They Start 'Em Young!

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Curly brown hair peeks out of his helmet. His little elbows are protected by pads. So are his knees. At four years old this little boy is right at home at the skate park. His name is Endless. While his first name may be unique it is actually his last name that should catch your eye. Hosoi. Endless Hosoi. He's the youngest son of skateboard icon Christian Hosoi.

"Go, go" says dad as he encourages Endless off the edge and into the bowl. His wheels hit the concrete and off he goes skating right alongside older kids with fancier moves. Endless, you might say, has endless courage. I asked "does it hurt when you fall?" He shakes his head no. "You get right back up and go?" He shakes his head yes. Endless is a quiet kid and more like any other shy four-year-old when prodded with questions. On the board, however, he is a future veteran if not superstar. With a dad like Christian Hosoi demo-ing the moves Endless is sure to be among the best.

If you think Endless' story is adorable. Wait until you meet big brother Classic. He's six years old and sports a head of curly blonde hair. He too is armed with all one needs to protect themselves from a skate injury. I ask Classic what it takes to skateboard. He answers "just have fun." Classic already has major moves. His favorite trick is the 50-50 Grind, By Wikipedia definition, that's "a grind on both trucks." What's that for you not in the know? A grind is "scraping one or both truck axles on a curb, railing, or other surface." Classic started skating at two years old.

For any toddler wanting to take on skateboarding, Classic says to start with a board, pads, and a helmet. Dad, Christian, is all about safety. He's an advocate of the skate park and held a three day event called Skate Expo in Van Nuys. (Aug. 9 - 11) The event is open to beginners and pros. There are skate competitions and autograph sessions with celebs like Tony Tave, Justin Schulte and P-Rod.

Christian Hosoi has more honors than can be named in this article. Let's just note, he turned pro at the age of 14. A top competitor in vertical riding, his name is right up there with legends like Tony Hawk. Per our friends at Wikipedia "Hosoi invented the Christ Air and Rocket Air, and was renowned for pulling huge aerials; at one point he was the world record holder." Christian is equally known for his personal recovery after a time in jail, and on drugs and now, devotion to Christianity.

Christian beamed with pride as his two young sons followed in their father's footsteps with a passion for skateboarding. I asked Classic to name is favorite pro. "My dad" he said with confidence. Why I asked? "Because he's my dad."

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