IN TRANSITION 2017 FEATURE
From The Skateboard Mag Issue 155
photo: Bart Jones
Words: Dave Swift
What is In Transition? It’s a contest, but it is not your average event—it’s all about choice. The way this contest works is ten skaters decide on a single location where they want to skate—as long as it’s transitional terrain, anything goes—and they film a part there that will be featured on The Berrics. The endgame is to develop a kind of psychic bond with the filmer and just get creative on every curved surface of their park of choice. A winner is decided by YOU with an online vote.
The third season’s cast of characters runs the gamut of tranny skaters at a wide variety of spots, from Kentucky to the UK. Experienced dudes like Kevin Kowalski, Sam Beckett, Ben Nordberg, Charlie Blair, and Jack Fardell; youthfully enthusiastic guys like Tristan Rennie, Trey Wood, Willy Lara, and CJ Collins; and the ageless, always enjoyable, Louie Barletta.
These guys all spent three to seven days of solid skate time at their chosen locations and gave it all they had. In the end there will only be one winner, so choose wisely—it ain’t gonna be easy.
KICKFLIP MELON TO FAKIE. SAM BECKETT, LOUISVILLE SKATEPARK. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. Photo: Jones.
"Filming’s gone really good. We haven’t had as much time as we thought we would, it rained a couple of days, The bowl is massive as well, so just running out of stuff and slamming has taken a lot out of me. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so hectic."
KICKFLIP BACKSIDE LIPSLIDE. BEN NORDBERG, BRADLEY STOKE SKATEPARK. BRISTOL, UK. Photo: Leung.
"I got into transition when I was younger. I just started going down to the skatepark and that was pretty much all they had. This place isn’t too far from where I grew up in England, The scooter thing is out of control here: it’s not actually a skatepark, it’s a ‘scoot park.’"
BACKSIDE 360. KEVIN KOWALSKI, SCOTT STAMNES MEMORIAL. ORCAS ISLAND, WASHINGTON. Photo: Swift.
"I chose Orcas Island because the lines are endless here. One of the coolest things is that you never run out of stuff to try. It’s all pool coping, too, and that’s a plus because sometimes you want to grind."
NOSEBLUNT. WILLY LARA, POINDEXTER PARK. MOORPARK, CALIFORNIA. Photo: Swift.
"I grew up here in Moorpark. All my friends are here, it’s a small town but it’s all good. The tranny at the skatepark here is super good—the bowl and the pool are my two favorites. Everybody loves this skatepark once they come here!"
NOSEBLUNT PICK. LOUIE BARLETTA, THE BONE AIR RAMP. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. Photo: Camarillo
"I basically learned how to skate tranny by copying all the dudes that were my heroes at the time. I just start trying a trick and then my mind morphs into this other thing. I need a filter ‘cause I would have kept going. I won’t stop once I get going. My skating is too erratic. I’m like Stevie Wonder playing the piano, dude. That’s how I skate the ramp. To me, it’s: ‘Just try to roll away. Stay on the ramp and try to roll away!’"
NOSEGRIND TAILGRAB. JACK FARDELL, BELVEDERE PARK. EAST LA, CALIFORNIA. Photo: Acosta.
"It’s good to have variety, but I’ll always really love transition. It’s that feeling of continually skateboarding; you’re not just trying one trick down the set of stairs over and over."
BOWL TO BOWL TRANSFER. TREY WOOD, PRINCE PARK. OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA. Photo: Swift.
"I picked this park because I’ve skated it quite a bit and it’s a super fun park. It’s pretty much all tranny—there’s a lot of options to skate."
FRONTSIDE FLIP. CJ COLLINS, GOODYEAR PARK. GOODYEAR, ARIZONA. Photo: Swift.
"I grew up in Orange County, Fullerton, and just started skating for fun and fell in love with it. Going fast and getting big air is just so fun!"
OVER VERT TAP OUT. TRISTAN RENNIE, FONTANA NORTH. FONTANA, CALIFORNIA. Photo: Swift.
"I’ve been skating transition ever since I was five. It’s not like skating stairs where you’re jumping off something. You just do a bunch of tricks and just have fun and skate."