Transitions according to Brian Shamanski
Transitions -- Al Partenan
"I grew up in Canada in a city that at the time, had a mini ramp to skate, and that was about it for transition skating. Because of that, I grew up not skating or knowing much about transition skating. I learned most of it since I moved to California from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I'll admit it, I can't do the tricks I shoot, but it's an amazing and raw form of skating. For this gallery, I have chosen a few of my favorite transition photos over the years," says photographer Brian Shamanski, beginning with Al Partenan. "This gem in Riverside was incredible. We stayed and skated it for a few days and even went back a few weeks later, with full permission to skate. Partenan shows us how a backside boneless is done properly," continues Shamanski.
"Ben is incredible to watch skate a pool. This lofty frontside ollie -- on the sidewall no less -- was done within 10 minutes of arriving to the pool."
"This bowl is no joke. Brad McClain handled this insane backside nosepick on a whole lotta' vert in the middle bowl of Washington Street in San Diego."
"Bucky got this idea at the end of a session that we were filming. It took multiple people to make this happen. There was a filmer, photographer and a few other people sitting on the bench so it wouldn't move. Frontside nosegrind at the Combi bowl in the Vans Park, Orange, Calif."
"We spotted this one driving down a random road near Fresno. Chris Russell tweaks out a frontside air with ease on a steep, kinked deep end."
"We spotted Deerman of Dark Woods engaging in ritualistic barrier destruction in the woods of Whistler, B.C. -- backside tailslide barrier to barrier."
"This is the first frontside invert Jeff Grosso had landed in years. And things are still looking good, despite what he may tell you."
"This pool was a weird one. We had permission through the neighbors as the house was to be demolished, but there was another neighbor that wasn't too pleased. We only had time for one photo and I am pretty pleased how it turned out."
"The Monster/DC vert ramp allows you to move obstacles around and do whatever you want really. This day, we decided to put this barrier right beside the stairs at the far end of the ramp. Many tricks went down -- Pierre-Luc Gagnon takes this bluntslide to fakie over the stairs."
"We stopped for gas in Arizona and Pat Duffy piped up and said he had skated a pool nearby a while back. Went to check it out and it was bone dry. We skated it for a bit. Here, Truman Hooker frontside airs over a ladder that was not where it was supposed to be, but it worked."