Talking Spot Digger with Eero Ettala

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“Look into my eyes and tell me where your spots are…” Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi

Eero Ettala and Fredu Sirvio buddied up with a bunch of clever coding and design-types to create Spot Digger – a location based app that allows users to find, rate and check out the hammers from shred spots across the globe. With the iOS version set to drop today, we hit up Eero to get the lowdown…

First up, we were wondering why such a location-based app popped into your head as something you’d want to devote your time to?

Well, I’ve been on a spot hunt for a long time and just been storing random spot photos on my laptop… but one beautiful day my hard drive broke and all the images were gone. Figured it was gonna be nice to be able to store to spots on the cyberspace and most importantly on your own cellphone! And of course I am curious on what kind of spots others will add and happy to stoke others out showing my spots.

How much involvement did you and Fredu have in developing the app?

From the beginning to this day we have been working on it on daily basis, so there is nothing on it that me and Fredu didn’t approve. We tried to make it as user friendly as possible and still have the core feel to it, since it comes from the riders!

Are you not concerned that you’ll rock up to your favourite spot and there will be 5 crews there already? Or do you have a clause in the app that says ‘If Eero, Fredu, or any of the Spot Digger team show up then everyone else has to scram or at least go buy us a beer and a kebab’?

Haha, we were never really concerned about that. If someone wants to keep his spots secret, he shouldn’t add em on the app. But once the movies are out and kids see the footage, they will find out anyways where the spot is – with or without our app. I don’t think this is gonna change anything, maybe just speed up the process a bit. And I feel like it’s rad for the pros to share their spots, that kids can also ride the best urban spots out there!

What do you foresee will stoke kids out most about Spot Digger, and also what do you think will stoke YOU out most about it?

I feel like kids will be stoked on the feed feature: they can check where their friends are snowboarding or skateboarding and add new photos to spots and so on! And of course the fact that if someone travels into a new city, he won’t need to spend any time scoping the spots cause they’re already on his phone! I’ll be most stoked when kids add spots, too, so I can actually be snowboarding and skateboarding rad new spots in the future!

Finally, the app’s been out on Android a while and you’re just releasing the iOS version. Any new things added since the first app came out, or any new features planned for the iOS one?

We will have some share functions for Facebook etc, but we have a lot of other things in mind too once we get the ball rolling. There is no end to this, hehe.

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