AI – Anthony Napolitan

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          Over the years there has been many riders to come and go, in the bmx community. Anthony Napolitan is not one of those riders. Anthony has been in the BMX world for years, has thrown down massive tricks like the first ever double front flip, He has also traveled all throughout the world from BMX. Anthony Napolitian is a massive BMX rider with great style to any trick he does, such as the 360 one hand, one foot in the picture below and the rad clicked turndown in the picture below. He has teamed up with the app Hangtime for the bmx side of it, and he does shows for Bikes Over Baghdad. Anthony is involved in so much BMX related stuff, it is radical to see it!

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How old are you?  31 Years old

How long have you been riding?  20 some years

What got you into riding?  I played team sports when I was a kid. One of my friends on the football team I played for pretty much got me into riding. I had seen it on tv before. So I had a general idea of what BMX was. I just got hooked after the first day of riding trails.

What inspires you to ride?  Just the overall feeling. I love the feeling of moving the bike around and I love the feeling of progression and accomplishing.

What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX so far?  That’s always a tricky question because I’ve accomplished some many things that I’ve set out to do over different phases of my riding career. I’m just really proud of where I came from to I’ve accomplished over my career.

What is the biggest problem in BMX that you have noticed? How do you resolve that problem? BMX has a lot of problems. I don’t think any of them will ever get solved. BMX is too independent of a sport to have a simple answer for something. Not to mention one problem might not even be a problem in someone else’s eyes.

Who is your favorite rider? Why? There are so many. I will say that the first time I ever met Joey Garcia, that was the moment I really pulled a fan boy. It’s rad to think that he and I are friends now.

Are there any place you plan on traveling to soon?  I’m heading to Patagonia Argentina for a contest in December. Pretty stoked for this because I haven’t been there yet.

What is your favorite place to ride?  When I’m at home we have our trail spot called wetlands.

What is your favorite web edit or video part? Aitken’s part in anthem 2 is still a stand out. It never gets old and really doesn’t get any better than that.

Do you like your BMX scene Where you live? Yeah of course! So many good people and amazing riders to always have a session with!

What is some advice you would give to a BMX rider that is kinda falling out of BMX?  It’s never a bad thing to fall out of BMX. You have to want to find a love in some aspect of BMX. I guess I don’t really have any advice. Just love what you do in the end.

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Are there any place you plan on traveling to soon?  I’m heading to Patagonia Argentina for a contest in December. Pretty stoked for this because I haven’t been there yet.

What is your favorite web edit or video part? Aitken’s part in anthem 2 is still a stand out. It never gets old and really doesn’t get any better than that.

Do you like your BMX scene Where you live? Yeah of course! So many good people and amazing riders to always have a session with!

What is some advice you would give to a BMX rider that is kinda falling out of BMX? It’s never a bad thing to fall out of BMX. You have to want to find a love in some aspect of BMX. I guess I don’t really have any advice. Just love what you do in the end.

What is one way you deal with injuries? I keep a positive mindset and change my diet so I can heal quickly.

What is one thing you love about BMX? I really love how small and how big the BMX community is. It’s rad how everyone is so close and supportive wherever you go around the world.

What is one thing you look forward to every year in BMX?  Just being on my bike and staying healthy.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to in BMX?  Queenstown, NZ

What was one of your most memorable BMX memory?  It may sound kind of corny. When I landed the first ever double front inside the staples center in LA. I really didn’t know what I was actually chasing down at the time and it actually didn’t even hit me in a sense until a year or so after pulling the double front. But being able to do something for the first time ever in history on a stage as big as xgames was such an incredible moment. 30,000 some fans in the arena and even more broadcasted across the world. It’s pretty incredible to think that this kid from Ohio could accomplish something like that. And still to this day I get put into groups on ESPN for top xgames moments with Mirra, Pastrana, Hoffman etc. long story short. Dream big kids. 

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Photo Credits: 360 Table – @nathansykes, Front Flip Tuck No-Hander – @mulligan4130, 360 One Foot One Hand – @andre_magarao

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