Brighton Zeuner joins Pro-Tec team

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"If you're going to wear a helmet, then ride the original," says Brighton Zeuner.

It's been a big year for skateboarder Brighton Zeuner. On top of winning a gold medal at X Games Minneapolis 2017, the rising star has been picking up sponsors at an alarming rate, the latest of which is Pro-Tec helmets.

Zeuner, 13, cruised into X Games Minneapolis 2017, celebrated a birthday and proceeded to destroy the Women's Skateboard Park competition. Now, she's joining a stacked team of skateboarding legends and X Games greats at Pro-Tec, including Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Mark Gonzales, Bucky Lasek, Jason Jessee, Rune Glifberg, Jimmy Wilkins, Sam Beckett, Lizzie Armanto, Moto Shibata, Alex Perelson, Jordyn Barratt, Josh Borden, Allysha Le and more.

"If you're going to wear a helmet, then ride the original and skate with an amazing crew. Skaters like The Gonz, Lizzie Armanto, Jimmy Wilkins and the rest of the team get me psyched," says Zeuner, who wasn't even born yet when her Pro-Tec teammates like Cab and The Gonz were already legendary names in skateboarding.

Zeuner started skating at age 4 and won the Vans Park Series World Championships at age 12. Following her gold medal win at X Games this past summer, the world has continued to take notice at Zeuner's natural ability on a skateboard. And when she's not ripping bowls or vert ramps with the legendary Jeff Grosso or friend Nora Vasconcellos, she attends Dehesa Charter School near San Diego. Her interests besides skateboarding include listening to Nicki Minaj and eating s'mores with her family. If Brighton stays on track, all roads for her are leading to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. And she'll be doing that suited up by Pro-Tec from now on.

Follow Zeuner's exploits on Instagram here.

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