Maybe for some skateboarding is not anything special and it just fun for the kids, but still it is something that can bring a significant amount of money and success.
And we assure you that there are a few of them who successfully did just that and they live very beautiful lives thanks to it. But there are those who put skateboarding on another level – they are those who managed to become millionaires and to expand their wealth in all directions.
One of those people is definitely Eric Koston – he truly made some endorsement deals that could not be compared to anything else or to anyone else.
Eric is an American professional skateboarder that expanded his fortune in so many other ways, one of which is founding and leading his own company, very successfully we might add.
Eric has been featured the Electronic Arts (EA) video games Skate and Skate 3, and also in the Tony Hawk’s video game series.
He co-owns with Guy Mariano both Fourstar Clothing and the skatepark/website “The Berrics”, this second is co-ownership with another professional skateboarder Steve Berra.
So, Eric has found a way to be even more successful and productive – he does not do only skateboarding, but he is a famous entrepreneur. And he has done it alone and with the cooperation with his close friends, and we genuinely believe that had found the way to make it.
He has been, over the years as the part of many favorite Video games, Movies, and Television Series.
There is virtually no one in this world who succeeded in working with the best companies in the world and even be involved in a creative process.
It is very interesting to see his background, and he is half Thai and half American – he was, in fact, born in Thailand, but was raised in San Bernardino, California, United States.
There is one amazing story that is connected to his birth – he was born in the exact same hospital as fellow professional skateboarder and a shoe designer Alphonzo Rawls.
Bangkok, during his life, remains the city where he loves to come back periodically.
Koston began skating in 1986 when he was just eleven.
When he was 19, he finished his General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
When we are talking about his influences, we must say that he was described as the “Delonte West of skateboarding” by teammate and professional skateboarder Brandon Biebel.
He also influenced Paul Rodriguez that has described Eric as the person that he would most like to model his career.
As we have said Eric gained sponsors early in his career – one of the firsts was the H-Street company – but they ended their cooperation since Eric wanted the more significant part in the company, so the two parties part their ways.
In the year 1992, Eric joined 101 -this was a legendary division of World Industries ad the head of the team was Natas Kaupas.
In the year 1994 the team appeared in the videos Mouse, Yeah Right, Goldfish, and Pretty Sweet.
Eric right away becomes the leader in the team for the éS brand and an “Eric Koston éS Game of Skate” – these two events were held seasonally over the years.
Eric also performed in the éS video Menikmati – this was really special since this meant that he would return to his roots, in Bangkok where he was born.
He left éS in 2006 and connected the Lakai roster as the announcement the video was published on YouTube.
In 2007, Eric recorded a part for the Lakai video Fully Flared – and after that his eventual retirement for a place on the Nike SB team was followed by a YouTube video that parodied the George W. Bush and his shoe-throwing episode (Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw both of his shoes at Bush).
Nike SB moved quickly – they promoted Eric in the best way possible, they have released a signature shoe—the “Eric Koston 1” model. This was followed by the game for consumers, that was called “Mr Control It All”.
Nike launched a promotional campaign, and it was recognised by the hashtag “#thelegendgrows” to coincide with the release of Koston’s second signature shoe model the “Eric Koston 2”.
This was a huge campaign – it involved other Nike sports personalities, such as Tiger Woods, one of the most successful golfers around the globe (and the wealthiest).
The team recorded a behind-the-scenes video that was advertised on the brand’s YouTube channel.
Koston used the Eric Koston 2 design as a base for a limited release golf shoe, named the “Koston 2 IT”, and a corresponding release that was held in London, the UK at the 1948 Stadium store in Shoreditch.
During the promotional operations for the Eric Koston 2, Eric explained his overall experience running with Nike in relation to the core skateboarding companies he has been sponsored by in the past.
He said on this occasion that this was a unique experience – and the one that is much better, in every way, in the design aspect and the resources.
With Nike, he said that he had connected all aspects that he wanted to put in one shoe and had access to a lot of great technology – this was the chance of a lifetime, as he said it.
He said that with Nike, he has the opportunity to innovate things, his goal in the business as he has said it.
In the year 2016, Eric has released the “Nike SB Koston 3 Hyperfeel”, and as he stated his inspiration comes from Nike’s soccer line.
He also had stated that these shoes were the most progressive SB shoe to date.
As far as videos go, Eric said that his setup consisted of an Independent 139 trucks (high), 50 millimetres (2.0 in) Spitfire wheels, a Girl skateboard deck (8 and one-eighth-inch wide), Bones Swiss bearings, and Bones yellow bushings (medium).
He has never revealed the kind of hardware or griptape that he used but is a known fact that he was sponsored by Jessup griptape and Diamond hardware.
He was sponsored a rider by the Oakley sunglasses brand, and he videotaped the “Fear and Loathing in Australia” that was filmed in early 2013.
Along with his teammates, Curren Caples, Rune Glifberg, Ryan Sheckler – he appears in a video and photographs that were recorded by professional skateboarder Arto Saari.
He had spoken about his injuries, and he has said that he had them a few in his career – dislocated finger stitches, few bad ankle sprains, and tendonitis in the knew.
But he never said that his injuries were something big and special, he said that they were minor.
The Saint Archer Brewing Co. is a microbrewery that is co-owned by Koston.
There is not much information about Eric’s personal life- in fact, there is only one woman in his life, and it is Ashlee. And now their kids and calm family life, it seems.
Koston fell in love with his wife Ashlee in the early 2000’s – these two dated for a long time and in 2007 they have decided to get married.
Their wedding ceremony was not public, and it was a private ceremony where they have changed the vows in front of a small group of friends and relatives – this is so different from his public persona.
The pair share two beautiful kids together – one is daughter June Marie Koston who was born on May 4, 2009, and the couple has a son named Fynn Koston that came to this world on Jun 26, 2011.
There can be found sweet pictures of the family.
So, as we have said, Eric Net Worth is around 15 million dollars – this is one skateboarder that received sponsorship when he just began skating.
Eric got pro in 1993 and since he has appeared in multiple video games, and videos, television shows.
Some of them are “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” (Editions 2 thru 4), Lick”, “Ultimate X: The Movie”, “Skate 2”, “Skate 3″, ” and “Maloof Money Cup”.
Eric is the founder of The Philo-Thai Centre and The Berrics – these two are one of the most famous skateparks in the world.
He receives a lot of cash from sponsorships from companies – like “Spitfire Wheels”, “Nike SB Shoes”, “Oakley sunglasses”, “Girl Skateboards”, “Independent Trucks”, “Skullcandy Headphones” and Jessup Griptape.
He has his own business – Eric is a co-founder of the clothing line that is called “Fourstar Clothing”.
Eric gained some serious cash by winning large tournaments like the 2002 Gravity Games Street, and the 2003 X Games Street Competition. But in the first place, there is a 1st place at the 2000 X Games, the 2000 & 2003 Gravity Games.
In 2015, Eric put out on his Instagram page, a promotional spot for the McDonald’s Corporation. This spot meant that he was one of the first skateboarders that advertise that this successful corporation.
Even more, Eric belongs to those successful celebrities that are aware that social media presence is really significant, so he uses it also.
He has a really large number of followers on his Twitter and Instagram accounts – often times he promote his business via social networks, like promotional spots, announcement etc.
It seems like Eric has figured it out.
Full name: Eric Koston
Date of birth: Apr 29, 1975
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Age: 44 years
Profession: professional skateboarder and company owner
Height: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
Net Worth: 15 million dollars