Midwestern native and recent California transplant Anthony Napolitan exploded onto the BMX dirt scene in 2006, wrapping up the overall title on the five-stop Dew Tour and coming home from his debut X Games with a bronze medal. He earned another X Games bronze the following year in Big Air and he returned to the event in 2009 to land the first double front flip in BMX history. He also won the 2009 BMX World Championships in Cologne, Germany.
Anthony’s smooth style and innovative front flip and 360 variations have kept him at the top of the game for years now. In 2011, he collaborated with Red Bull to create a new style of BMX dirt competition with the debut of the groundbreaking new Red Bull Dreamline contest, which returned in 2013. Anthony had to sit out the 2013 edition (as well as the 2013 X Games) due to a complex wrist injury, but that didn’t stop him spending time perfecting the contest for everyone else to enjoy… and enjoy they did, thoroughly!
Fully recovered, 2014 saw him climb onto the podium again, in his own words “I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be on the Texast Toast dirt podium ever!”. Yet there he was, in second place.
Although he still rides BMX park and the MegaRamp, it’s in the dirt where Anthony is most at home. “I love dirt jumping, it’s a constant flow,” Anthony says. “I like being in rhythm. I’m a jumper at heart, so that’s why I love jumping dirt so much.”Read more