6 Best Skateboarding Apps For Finding Skate Spots in 2020
With technology these days, we practically have apps for everything. It was only a matter of time before apps for skate spots were developed.
Today’s article is on a bunch of apps you can use to find skate spots. They might be useful if you’re new to a city or are just looking for new spots to try. Check it out below.
The way sk8spots works is pretty simple. It shows you a map of a given area with all the spots available. When you zoom in to a certain area, it shows the spots in detail. Kind of like the way Airbnb works.
A key point of the app is that it is crowdsourced. This means that it relies on skaters to geo-tag the spots. So as you find spots, return the favor and add some yourself.
This type of app is useful when you’re traveling, or when you are new to a city. It won’t have all the best spots, but it might have enough to keep you interested as you learn more about the city and find good spots yourself.
So as you use this app and add spots, you should be careful. You never know who will be skating the spots. It might be a good idea to keep some of the best for yourself and your friends.
Check it out in app store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sk8spots-skateboard-spots/id1281370899
One of the best skateboarding apps, this one works similarly to Skatespots above. You can find new skate spots, whether it’s a ledge, hip or stair set. You can find a ton of spots you didn’t think were there.
A key selling point of this app is that you can save the spots you visited. I think this is a great feature. It’s kinda hard to keep a memory of where all the spots you visit are, especially if you’re new to a city, or don’t visit a part of town much. Having a map that stores photos and other details are super useful.
Finally, it acts as a social media platform, allowing skaters to share their clips and build their skater profile. You can look at who shared a spot and watch clips of them skating it. You can also check out clips of skaters, skating spots around the world. It might be a good app to get if you’re thinking of planning a holiday around skating – you could see if it’s worth taking your skateboard to the town you’re visiting.
Check it out in Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hubbahubba.android&hl=en_US
Kind of like the Facebook of skating, this is the closing thing to social media apps skaters have.
Using the app, you can do the expected. You can find skate spots and add some yourself. Added on to that, you can check-in to spots and let your friends know you’re there.
The app also lets you do a bunch of nifty things. You can post a status, share photos and videos. You can watch fresh skate videos and read the news on the skate scene. Plus so much else.
Out of all the skate spots apps I’ve mentioned on this list, this one has the most features. I also think it’s the most popular and widely used one. Because of this, it’s more likely to have skate spots than the others listed here. If you had to pick just one app to try out, this is probably the best one.
Get it in Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n165737276&
Own The Spot
Super similar to both Hubbaspots and Shreddit above, this app also allows users to find spots thanks to geo-tagging by other skaters.
It also allows skaters to upload photos and videos of them skating a spot. The skaters can then vote on these videos. The most highly rated clip gets a user the title of “Owning the spot”.
I think this feature is kind of cool and probably encourages friendly competition between skaters. It also makes the app unique and allows it to stand out from the others on my list. It also seems fairly popular amongst skaters.
Get it on apple store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/own-the-spot-find-skate-spots/id1403095767
Well not really an app, this is a website. Still, it is indispensable for downhill skaters.
In a nutshell, it’s simply a website that tells you the grade (steepness) of a road. You simply place a pin on two different points of a road and the app does its magic. It’s that simple. Just make sure to check the road out on Street view to make sure it is skateable and not unpaved or chip sealed.
However, there is a bit of an issue. The website was free to use up until sometime in 2018. You now have to pay a certain fee to use it. This happened because Google made it mandatory for all websites and businesses using their maps services to pay a small fee. It sucks, but if you’re keen on finding great skate spots, I think it’s worth it.
There is no other app/service like this out there. When it was free, I used it to find spots I’ve been skating for literally years now.
Check out the website here: http://www.findhills.com/
Like I said above, most skaters will be hesitant to share their spots, especially to strangers.
That said, there are probably Facebook groups out there you can join and befriend these skaters. Whilst they may not outrightly give you the location of their spots, they will probably let you join in on a session and take you to a couple of spots.
If you behave respectfully and responsibly (aka, try to not blow the spot or cause a ton of trouble), they would probably let you in on the location of other spots. I think it’s worth a try!
What do you think? How useful are these apps?
With it all done and said, these apps obviously won’t give you all the best skate spots, especially if you live somewhere rural. Sometimes, you just have to get out there on your own two feet and explore. Or simply get friendly with your local skate community.
It’s also understandable that not every great spot will be there. It’s hard to trust strangers with such info. In a perfect world, everyone would be responsible and give spots the respect they deserve.
It would be easy to share spots and know they won’t get blown. Unfortunately, that isn’t the situation. People blow spots all the time, even unintentionally. It’s simply best to not share all of your spots and keep the nicest ones for yourself.