Eric Koston has been described as the ‘Michael Jordan of skateboarding’. He has won multiple X Games and Gravity Games golds in Street, Park and Best Trick events, and won the Tampa Pro title in 2002 and 2007. He was named one of Thrasher's '15 Most Loved Skaters of All Time' in 2005, and came fifth in Transworld magazine’s 2011 list of the most influential skaters of all time. Away from the board, Koston co-founded skateboarding’s leading content site, The Berrics, with Steve Berra, and also started Fourstar, one of the top clothing brands in the industry. He has been featured in the Tony Hawk video game series, and the Electronic Arts video games Skate 2 and Skate 3, as well as working with Nike on a series of shoe designs. Born on 29th April 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand, Eric was raised in San Bernardino, California. He started skating in 1986, after being given his first board by his brother Chris, and first realised his potential as a professional skateboarder when he met Eddie Elguera at a skate camp in Michigan. Inspired by Jason Lee, Eric Dressen, Sal Barbier and Julien Stranger, Eric first attracted sponsorship in 1991 and turned pro soon after. A constant innovator every step of the way, Eric’s impact on street skating is unmatched. His technical skill, combined with his willingness to try out new, untested tricks, such as his signature ‘K grind’, in the middle of a competition, always makes him the one to watch.
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