Various Disciplines of Transition Sports
The purpose of this page is to explain the different disciplines associated with transition sports. Many of these sub-categories is grouped under transition sports because they use the same facilities but essentially different sport types.
As per the action sport community, transition is the curved section between the flat bottom (or ground) and the coping (or top of ramp structure). This is in contrast to a bank which is a straight slope at specific angle that is used by street style action sports. Transitions can be found in a few disciplines as per the table below:
A vert ramp is a form of half-pipe used in “extreme sports” such as skateboarding. Vert ramps are so named because they transition from a horizontal plane (known as the flat-bottom) to a vertical wall. The typical height of a vert ramp is 10 ft (3.0 m) – 14 ft (4.3 m) with anywhere from six inches (152 mm) to three feet of vertical transition on the top.
This vertical transition makes it easier for the rider to take off and ‘catch air’ on a vert ramp rather than on a mini-ramp. This is because the vert at the top causes the rider to naturally go straight up into the air instead of forward and off the ramp (as is the tendency on a mini ramp that does not go up to vert). The act of placing one’s skateboard on the edge of the ramp and riding the skateboard down the ramp is referred to as “Dropping in”. The term “dropping in” can be used with any extreme sport like skateboarding, aggressive skating or BMX, on any type of ramp.
A Mega Ramp is the informal name given to any large-format vert ramp structure used in freestyle BMX and skateboarding. The name distinguishes a second generation of ramps which became increasingly popular during the 1990s-2000s transition years. They are so called to distinguish them from the more modest classic ramps used throughout the preceding decades of these sports and which were, at most, half-scale versions of these newer and larger ramps.
Empty in-ground pools serve as good bowls. Concrete and wood bowls have been made for skating. As with a half pipe, a bowl is better with a flat bottom between the transitions.
A mini ramp is a type of half-pipe which is typically less than 6 ft (1.8 m) high. Any ramp smaller than this that is not a vert ramp & is commonly called a mini ramp. Mini ramps can be as small as 2 ft (0.61 m) in height. While many ramps this size are designed to be forgiving to beginners, some are built more aggressively, providing a steeper ledge for experienced riders to perfect lip tricks. These ramps are appropriate for beginners as well, though they may find it necessary to work their way up from the bottom, as on larger half pipes.