BMX brothers -- The Napolitan bros
X Games BMX Big Air competitor Anthony Napolitan and brother Ronnie spent the past few years living in State College, Pa., riding Woodward Camp on a regular basis. Last year, Anthony sold his house and both brothers headed west for California (Anthony settled in Costa Mesa, Ronnie in San Diego). "I love the West Coast. There is just so much to do. I love waking up, having a surf session and then figuring out where Im going to ride," says Anthony. Here, the brothers load up for a session.
Anthony, wall ride to one-footed table
"Being out west also makes it a lot easier to communicate with sponsors. I can literally just get into my car and drive over to the Red Bull or Mophie offices. Everything is really convenient. Not to mention the weather is always perfect," says Anthony.
"A lot of people dont realize this, but Ronnie and I are five years apart. When youre a kid, thats a pretty big difference. When Ronnie and I were kids, we didnt really get a ton of time to ride together because by the time he really started to ride, I was already graduating and moving out of the house, to Pa. where I would be living at Woodward," says Anthony. All that has changed now.
Ronnie grows up
"Even though we were an entire state apart, Ronnie would text me all the time and tell me about the new things that he was learning. After a year of living at Woodward, I was able to have Ronnie come to camp to ride for a day. Our mother drove a round trip of eight hours so that he could come ride. That's when I knew Ronnie was going to travel the world and follow his dreams just as I had been trying to," says Anthony.
The move out west
"What brought us both out west? I blame Ronald. I have been coming to California since 2005. Ever since the first time I came to Calif., I knew that I wanted to live here one day. Ronnie took the plunge. He was the first one to move. It was actually a pretty emotional moment for me," says Anthony.
"I have been really good friends with Dennis Enarson for years and I always talked to him about moving out to San Diego and finally it kind of happened. So yeah, I moved out west and maybe six months later Anthony and another group of dudes rolled out to Costa Mesa. It's awesome," says Ronnie.
Ronnie, wallride to toboggan
"You can't beat the amount of street spots and concrete parks in California. There are just so many good spots to ride out here its crazy. The east coast has spots but it's nothing like out here," says Ronnie.
"Ronnie and I have always been really close, but have always chosen our own paths in life, as people and as BMX riders. I think that's what makes us have this unique relationship that we have as brothers. I like to think that between the both of us, we have it pretty well balanced out," says Anthony.
Ronnie on Anthony
"I'm stoked that Anthony is happy with this life in Costa Mesa and just pumped that he is out here killing it everyday. I'm also really stoked that he likes the Volcom bowl! I hate that none of his roommates like it and never want to ride it," says Ronnie.
Anthony on Ronnie
"I just like when Ronnie is around. He brings a different element to any situation that we find ourselves in. I get really stoked when he pushes me to do things that I don't really want to do," says Anthony.