Where does one begin with Eric Koston? Koston will go down as one of the all-time greats in skateboarding. Since turning pro in 1993, he has seemingly done it all; from X-Games medals, to being recognized as one of the best street skaters around, and to this day, he still continues to leave an impact in skateboarding. Always known for being an innovator and influencer within the skateboard community, Koston continues to grow the culture with his online powerhouse, TheBerrics.com, in partnership with Steve Berra. You might think with all he’s accomplished that he might be unapproachable, but he’s still one of the most humble and down-to-earth guys around.
Eric Koston – Part 1: Epicly Later’d
Here it is, the Epicly Later’d series on the man considered to be the greatest street skater of the modern era. What does that mean exactly? Nothing really, but Eric Koston is the standard by which all street skaters are judged. How did this come to be? Where did Eric hone his skills? Who was his guru? Answer: “El Gato.” El Gato, or Eddie Elguera, nurtured young Eric’s astonishing natural abilities and brought him places that allowed this talent to blossom. Many people will learn about Eddie after watching this series.
Eric Koston – Part 2: Epicly Later’d
Eric Koston’s first big video part was, well, big. Clocking in at almost seven minutes long, Eric’s part in H Street’s Next pretty much contains every trick known to skaters at the time. It also features the mind-blowing 540 transfer from ramp to ramp at the end of the video.
Eric Koston – Part 3: Epicly Later’d
Eric Koston’s part in 101’s video Falling Down is so good. Everybody still talks about the switch tre down the EMB seven, but we think the backside flip down the small Carlsbad gap is the dopest. Mike Carroll, on the other hand, thinks the fronstside pop shuv and kickflip over that bump were the best tricks in the part. As for Guy Mariano, he trips on the switch flip back tail line. That’s what really scared other pros at the time, Guy says.
Eric Koston – Part 4: Epicly Later’d
Eric Koston got everyone talking again with his part in Girl’s first video, Goldfish. Not only was he doing backside heel flips over walls, but he was also making it look easy. Pretty hard to top that, but then in Mouse he once again took skating to another level, and did what’s probably the best impression of Charlie Chaplin to date. With an appearance by legendary director and Girl co-owner Spike Jonze, and with behind-the-scenes footage of The Chocolate Tour where Koston wears a full-body costume and plays an old man, this part of the Koston series had some of the best footage.
Eric Koston – Part 5: Epicly Later’d
How many ways can you say that Eric Koston is one of the most impressive skaters ever? In Part 5 we hear from Atiba Jefferson on how he went from a Koston super fan to a super friend. We also learn that Mike Carroll thinks that Eric’s part in Chomp on This is the truest representation of the real Eric Koston.
Eric Koston – Part 6: Epicly Later’d
The finale Mr. Koston’s series. The series has been an honest look at a skater who hasn’t sabotaged his career by falling prey to the pitfalls that are all too common in professional skateboarding. Maybe the most remarkable thing about his run is that Eric has taken full advantage of his talent, which is often the hardest thing to pull off. All that being said, we hope that Koston takes Spike’s and Ty’s advice and films wacky shit for Pretty Sweet.