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Overview (4)

Born in Bangkok, Thailand
Birth NameEric Koston
Nicknames EK
Froston
K-Grind
Frosty
Arko
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Koston was born in Bangkok, Thailand. To an American Air Force father and a Thai mother. Eric's family moved to California when he was 9 months old. He settled in San Bernardino when his parents divorced. He first began skateboarding at 11, when his older brother handed him an old Mark Gonzalez board with mismatched trucks. Eric picked up on skateboarding just like that and began sessioning on the driveway.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stephanie Koston

Trade Mark (2)

Has a scar on the left side of his forehead
Invented the skateboarding tricks: "K-Grind" and the "One-Footed K-Grind"

Trivia (46)

Is co-owner of "FourStar" clothing.
Appeared on: "Jackass: Backyard Bar-B-Q Special"
Apeared in Andrew W K's music video: "We Want Fun", as one of the skaters.
Appeared on: "Tonk Hawks Trick Tips: 2"
Appeared on MTV's Cribs on February 16th, 2003.
Brother: Chris
Sister: Eileen
Took first place at the 2003 X-Games Global Championship (May- 2003)
Was booed at the at the 2003 X-Games Global Championship in San Antonio, Texas for wearing an LA Lakers jersey.
Was named Trasher Magazine's 2001 "Skateboarder of the Year"
Threw the opening pitch at the L.A. Dodgers Baseball game on August 6th, 2003
Won The 2003 X-Games Street Competition [August 10th, 2003]
Took 4th place at The 2003 Gravity Games [September 15th, 2003]
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, but grew up in San Bernardino, California.
Won Gold in the Gravity Games Street Competition for 2000, 2001 and 2002.
One of the skateboarders that inspired him into skateboarding was Mark Gonzalez
His favorite skateboarding trick is the "Fandangle"
Invented the skateboarding trick called "The K-Grind" which is short for "The Koston-Grind".
Dropped out of school in the 10th grade.
Took 5th place in the 2004 X-Games Street Competition [August 5-7, 2004]
Has a dog named Tiger
His girlfriend's name is Ashlee
When on time off from skating, he is also an active golfer.
Invented the "One-Footed K-Grind" The "K" is short for Koston.
Not only is "Seinfeld" hiss favorite TV show, he also shares the same birthday with comic-actor Jerry Seinfeld.
Because he couldn't complete the rest of the tour dates for "Tony Hawk's 2002 Gigantic Skatepark Tour" - Koston was replaced by skater Willy Santos.
Has his own line of Skateboarding shoes.
Named Thrasher magazine's Skater Of The Year for 1996 and 2001
Won the 1995 PSL Street Finals and the 1996 and 2002 Tampa Pro
Being fans - a Vancouver couple named their baby "Koston" after him.
Has his own line of Skateboard Decks
Has two dogs: Tiger and Rocket
Has 3 dogs: Ash, Tiger (Golden Lab and German Shepherd) and Rocket (Teacup Chihuahua) [April 2005]
Received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) when he was 19.
Shares birthdays with: Uma Thurman, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Fan of the LA Lakers
Is an active Skateboarder, Golfer and Basketball player.
Invented the "Game Of S.K.A.T.E."
Each winner that won Eric Koston's Game Of S.K.A.T.E. tour - Eric would call the winners and congratulate them personally. [July 2005]
Took 7th place at the 2005 X-Games Street Competition on 4 August 2005.
Has been a participant in skateboarding since 1986 and a competitor since 1991.
After 10 years, he left éS footwear Co. [31 March 2006]
Is touring in Hong Kong filming a skateboarding video due later this year. [January 2005]
Is on a three-week Fourstar Tour from May 8th -- 30th in Japan filming a Fourstar limited-edition video. [May 2005]
He and team rider P.J. Ladd are going on a "fliming mission" in Tokyo, Japan to film for a new Fourstar video called "Super Champion Funzone." They also will be doing a signing in Shibuya and a demo in Shinjuku. [May 2005]
Fliming Skate footage (Fliming Mission) in Athens, Greece, April 4 - April 13. After that he (and the éS team) will head to Barcelona, Spain. [April 2005]

Personal Quotes (10)

I never thought I would be making the money I do and traveling like I do because of skateboarding. It all just happened.
What has been the biggest change in my sport since I started? Ummm....Popularity. It's been insane and fun!
It's crazy how these kids look up to you. They watch every trick you do, listen to every word you say, go out and buy your skateboards, your shoes, your T-shirts, because your name is on them -- they admire you and they look up to you. Everything I am is because of these kids. They look to skaters like me and they are the future of skateboarding. I won't lie, it's cool.
All I wanna do is skate the rails and the curbs. That's it!
Doing the Fandangle trick...well, it's the most elusive maneuver ever to be done on a skateboard. So, I can't really expose the secret, sorry.
My most memorable demos? All the ones I do with Rick McCrank. He just goes nuts, so people forget I'm there - it makes it easier for me to hide.
The most fun Contest was the 2001 Slam City Jam-the one everyone got ripped-off at.
I just kick a heelflip out - frontside 180, jump in the air and pray.
My body can't really take the abuse of three solid days of pounding. Competitions are fun sometimes, but they wear on me. A semi-final, to me, is just a waste of time, because you're going to see those people do the same tricks again. It gets repetitive and starts to lose its appeal. Contests are just too drawn-out. When you're worn-out, you don't want to put any more effort into slamming your body on the ground than you already have.
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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