Our friend Anton Kastritskiy has come up with a new Barcelona Spot Guide, BCN Spots, a project aiming to help skateboarders find and share skatespots and interesting places in Barcelona. We reached out to Anton to tell us a little bit about the project.
“I am sure that most skateboarders had an idea to create a platform for skateboarders, some left it as an idea, some actually made the thing they wanted and this is where I start. There are a lot of similar websites out there already, and a few of those are actually focused on Barcelona alone. Something that did not satisfy me with those projects is that they either were too broad, for example a world wide skate map where you could find just a few spots in some major cities, yet when you visit some foreign places for the first time you might not be entirely happy to only see three spots, while other projects were a little too specific and got abandoned over time. As an example barcelonaskatespots.wordpress.com is a really cool source of skate spots, which I used to use. It has skate spots and skate spots only. However, it has not been updated since 2014 and if you have ever been to Barcelona you surely know that it has loads more spots than those featured on their map. All of those projects were a big motivation for me and something that I could learn from.
I have to mention that I am a programmer and most of the time that I do not spend out skating I spend in front of my computer.
In the beginning of May I had some spare time and more in a jokey way and no serious intention I put together a few new technologies that I was less familiar with and started what is now BCN Spots. At the beginning my biggest motivation was to learn these technologies. Yet, after about a month when I already had a working thing on my hands I realised that there is something that can come out of it and other people can benefit from it too.
At that point I already knew that I did not want to build something international as I had neither the time nor the will to maintain a project that large. I decided to focus on something less tremendous but look around a little. I had to be a skate guide for a lot of friends of mine and during their stay in Barcelona even the gnarliest of skate rats did not just want to skate but also had other human needs as eating, drinking and going out. So along with the spots I started adding cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Right now we have over 100 places on the map and this was the hardest thing about the whole project that we had to go to each place and take pictures of it. Big thanks to Ali and Marianna who helped me out a lot. These places are still just a fraction of all the spots that you can find in and around Barcelona so there is definitely many more to come.
I am well aware that current website is fairly trivial in terms of functionality and design, new design and features are currently in progress and the project receives frequent and seamless updates almost every day.
As for the future plans I can mention that the initial thought would be to build a phone app with an offline map which is certainly coming. After testing the beta website we will see if we have more iPhone or Android users and the largest group will get the app first.
If you like the project and want to see it grow, you can help by adding new places or spreading the word.”