This morning, I came across a video of my two all-time favorite skateboarders, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero. These two guys, often pitted against one another in contests and the overall skateboarding world, seem to be great friends and have great respect for one another.
It’s a brief video that features interview and skating segments. I was captured by the video and deeply moved towards the end of the video when Cab started talking about being missionaries.
Now, having watched the documentary and read the book, I am familiar with Hosoi’s Christian testimony. His transformation is incredible. Skateboard hero – junkie – prisoner – pastor. It speaks of the great hope found in Christ. And, just the transformation in his demeanor and attitude…from ego-maniac to humble servant…it’s incredible.
However, I had never really heard anything about Cab’s faith. So, I really expected Caballero to talk about being old school missionaries of skateboarding. But, then he started dropping the “born again” and “Jesus” bombs. I’ll be honest, I kind of teared up.
I’m intrigued to learn more about Cab’s faith. He’s always had a pretty “clean” image within the skateboarding world. Yet, I’m sure there’s more to the story.
Hearing these two talk about their “higher calling” within the arena of skateboarding…wow! For old school skaters and young skaters who have an appreciation for those who paved the way, these guys have the potential to be used as God’s powerful agents of transformation, hope, grace, and mercy. When these guys talk, people (especially skaters) will listen. These are some of the giants of the industry. They have some serious credibility within skateboarding circles.
I’ll be following Cab and Hosoi closely to see how God uses them…and to continue to be inspired by these men.
I encourage you to check out the video: