From the moment that Zion Wright became addicted to skateboarding as a kid on the East Coast, he has been blowing minds, gaining respect and making his family proud. Now, as he takes his passion, skill, style and dedication to skateboarding to the world stage of the Olympics, we can’t wait to see what he does next. Congrats to Zion and Vans on joining forces to take skateboarding to the next level!
Here’s what Vans has to say about Zion as they welcome him to the Vans Skateboarding crew…
Vans, the original action sports brand and leader in skateboarding for more than 50 years, is proud to announce that Olympic-bound skateboarder Zion Wright has officially joined the Vans Skateboarding team.
After winning the 2018 Vans Park Series Huntington Beach stop at the Vans US Open of Surfing, Zion Wright has been paving a clear, unrelenting path toward his goals. Originally from Jupiter, Florida, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Zion rose to prominence early in his career through years as a standout at contests and filming in the streets, before turning pro with Real Skateboards in 2017. Recently, he registered on mainstream radar when he won this year’s Dew Tour Park Event despite being ranked 114th in the world and 16th in the US, earning himself a ticket to Tokyo.
“I am so stoked to be a part of the Vans Family,” Zion said. “The fact that they’ve been supporting skateboarding forever and put skating first in everything they do means the world to me.”
That type of determination in the face of adversity is nothing new to Zion or his family. His father, Mustafa Wright, believed so deeply in his son that he quit his job to be able to take him to a skate contest. Also known for playing the sinte drums, Mustafa has lent his musical stylings to Zion’s welcome video, which showcases his fearless, no-holds-barred skateboarding approach and unique style.
Of African origin, the word ‘sinte’ is short for SinteKeseka, meaning stability, or “I am not shaken” —a principle that could easily be applied to Zion’s skating, and for the Wright’s, embody what the Vans brand stands for after more than 50 years of dedication to skateboarding.
Vans is excited to welcome Zion Wright to family and for what the future holds for this rising talent.
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans®authentic collections are sold in 97 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans®has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as Vans Checkerboard Day, Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.
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