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Eric Koston Profile

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Eric Koston Basic Bio Information:

  • Name: Eric Koston
  • Gender: Male
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Date of Birth: April 29, 1975
  • Family: Single
  • Occupation: Pro Skater, Co-owner of Fourstar Clothing Company
  • Began Skating: 1986
  • First Sponsored: 1991
  • Turned Pro: 1993
  • Favored Discipline: Street
  • Stance: Goofy
  • #1 Sponsors: Girl Skateboards, eS Footwear, Fourstar

Eric Koston Skateboarding Style and Strengths:

Eric Koston is a fearless skater. He has technical skill combined with the willingness to try out new, untested tricks in the middle of a competition. Eric Koston is one of the few ultra successful pro skateboarders who retains his reputation for throwing everything he's got into every competition he comes across, be it the X Games, or Koston's famous games of SKATE.

Eric Koston Favorite / Signature Skateboarding Tricks:

Eric Koston's signature trick is the K grind, or crooked grind. The K is for Koston. Though he didn't in fact invent the trick, he was the first person to show it to the world in a video. Eric Koston has a battery of other tricks that he has invented.

Eric Koston Skateboarding Career Highlights:


1993 - Helped start Fourstar Clothing Company
2000 - Eric Koston won Globe World Contest, X Games and Gravity Games
2001 - won TransWorld Skateboarding Best Video part for his segment in eS Menikati
2002 - won gold in Gravity Games Street
2003 - won gold in X Games Street competition
2005 - Listed in Thrasher's '15 Most Loved Skaters of All Time'
2005 - Koston's Game of SKATE went international, with 24 contests world wide, and the winner competing against pros in the fall.

Eric Koston Personal History:

Eric Koston's father, Bob, was in the airforce when he and Eric's mom met. Wanida, Eric's mom, was from Thailand. Eric was born in Bangkok, and moved to the states at 9 months old. His parents were divorced when he was only 5, and Eric grew up in San Bernardino, CA. Eric's older brother Chris gave him his first skateboard. Eric later went to a skate camp in MI, and met Eddie Elguera. This is where Eric realized his potential as a professional skateboarder.

Eric Koston Interesting Fact:

Eric Koston plays basketball on an NBA Entertainment league in the winter. The team is called the Maverics, and he plays with Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake and Mike Marlin to name a few. Eric also loves to play golf.

Eric Koston Quote:

From skatinghazard.com - "The progression of skateboarding seems to be getting more technical with a flip into a slide then a flip back out as well as going down bigger rails and down more stairs. I like to do all that stuff, especially when it feels good. I don't stick myself into one type of style, I would get bored with that."
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