Eric Koston

WHO THE F*CK IS THIS GUY?

Eric Koston is one of those rare names that gets attention even outside the world of skateboarding. It’s not hard to see why— the guy has gone beyond just being one of the most influential skaters of all time to being a major force for helping skateboarding go mainstream. That’s not to say he’s a sellout — even after 30+ years of killing it, Koston is still as true to his roots as ever.

Born in Thailand, Koston relocated to San Bernadino, California and started skating in 1986. Since then, he’s skated for H-Street, 101 (the legendary arm of World Industries led by the great Natas Kaupas), and now designs killer shoes for Nike SB — shoes that are actually designed with skateboarding in mind, not just to look cool.

Eric Koston

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE.

We’ve all played as Eric Koston in the Tony Hawk series since the very first version, and there’s a reason for that. His amazing approach to skateboarding has seen him win X Games medals time and time again, and too many great skaters to count call him their favorite skater of all time.