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.