You may have seen this part we shared of our friend, Jake Keenan, who seems to have a secret power for finding unusual and virgin skate spots. Well, it turns out he doesn’t just run across these spots randomly. He has a method, and it’s equally nerdy and impressive, thanks to mankind’s biggest tool / enemy: Google.
Jake recently showed us how he uses Google Earth to scan the New York City landscape, looking for any interesting architecture, surfaces, or nicely colored pixels that might behold hidden skate spots. I guess living in a surveillance state has some perks, right?
We’re proud to present the first episode of The Earthers™ – traversing the globe (but really, just New York for now) via satellite imagery, pinpointing locations, and testing out the spots in person. Try Jake’s method for yourself, or just sit back and watch him do all the work.
SKATERS / EARTHERS
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