Brighton Zeuner doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.
At age 11, Brighton made history this summer as the youngest female athlete ever to be invited to the X Games, summer or winter, in 22 years. Brighton started skating competitively three years ago and credits her older brother with inspiring her to pursue the sport. She became known in the skating world when, at 10, she won the Vans 2015 Girls Combi Contest (Amateur Division) and, just a few months later, began competing on the professional circuit.
In August 2016, Brighton won the Vans Pro Park Series Championships held in Malmö, Sweden, becoming the Women’s World Champion. The event was the first annual Olympic Skateboard Park qualification series for both men and women, so the competition was fierce.
She competes in the skateboard disciplines of bowl, street, vert (she has a ramp in her backyard!) and park. Although she says skateboarding will let her be a kid forever, we think her passion, dedication and drive are an inspiration to kids everywhere.
We had a chance to ask Brighton a few questions. Something tells us you’ll be tuning in to the
next X Games!
“Having fun is the key, while being progressive
at your art, sport or passion.” – Brighton Zeuner
Q & A
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
A: A professional skateboarder because i’m free on my skateboard. And, I want to be a kid forever. 😉
Q: What do people say when you tell them that?
A: That’s rad, but they sometimes look at me weirdly. haha
Q: What does the word “princess” mean to you?
A: A bit spoiled, I guess. I’ve never really thought about it; it’s fairy tale stuff.
Q: How did you become interested in competitive skateboarding?
A: My brother, Jack, got me into skateboarding. I started to compete when I was 8 years old.
I just love it!
Q: Do your family and friends support you?
A: Yes! My family is very supportive and so are my friends. It’s awesome.
Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?
A: Hmm, not really. It’s happened so fast.
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
A: Kind, helpful, progressive. There’s more, but that gets to most of it.
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your athletic accomplishments, including competing at the X Games?
A: I love arts, crafts and decorating. I love to cook and go to the beach with my friends. I’m also a YouTube junky!
Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, who would it be?
A: Nicki Minaj and Beyonce – I like when they sing about girl power.
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?
A: It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to be like me, so that’s a tough question, but I understand it. Hmm, I think girls need to find something they love. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you are passionate about it. Having fun is the key, while being progressive at your art, sport or passion. Moving forward. Never give up!
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?
A: I love the ice cream with anyone question. My twist would be: If you could have ice cream with one person, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
- Her favorite app is Snapchat.
- This summer, Brighton loved traveling to Europe and hanging with her friends.
- Choosing a favorite song is “too tough to answer”.
- Brighton’s favorite sports teams are all San Diego teams.
- Her favorite TV show is Modern Family.