Christian Hosoi Backside air at Jeff Roenings ramp New Jersey circa 1986
(Matt Padulo in the Blue shirt)
photo jason oliva
The gentleman with the glasses in the blue shorts is Jeff Roennings “Uncle”. He owned a skate shop in Millburn NJ (can’t recall the name) on several occasions he paid pro skateboarders to fly to NJ, sign autographs in the shop and ride Jeff’s ramp (Jeff always had a big backyard ramps) Steve olsen, Rob Roskopp, Chris Miller (who sat around with us and watched himself slam at upland on video…ouch) and Hosoi where all such pros.
On this photo’s day I am not sure if Hosoi ever wore a shirt. As soon as he arrived at the ramp he ran up the transition jumped on his board and immediately frontside ollied the channel (quite a feat).
Jeff’s ramp was in desperate need of a new layer but that didn’t stop Hosoi from doing face high shirtless/padless airs all over it. Rocky Vertone and Jeff Roenning joined Hosoi and they skated for an hour or so… I can’t remember Hosoi ever bailing a trick.
not long after this day I would grow out of the mid 80’s Jimmy’z wearing thing. Thanks in part to Tag, Rock, Corn, Weep, The Barn, Tom Groholski’s Metallica jacket, Murph’s dreads and all the rest of the people that made Team Steam kick ass. On this day though you could not help but wanting to be able to strip down to your waist slap on a Jimmy’Z beret and blast a judo air over the channel.
Years later during a weeknight Barn session (which I missed and heard all about at school the next morning) Hosoi would turn up again (sporting green hair) with Hackett. The next morning Hosoi and Hackett would join The Bones Brigade to film the NYC scenes in Future Primitive…
Corn has some photos of Hosoi at the Barn I’ll shake him down for one….