No joke. Use a typography or terrain feature on Google maps. You can scope out all sorts of spots easier. Especially spots that are illegal. Ex. water parks that are closed for the season with slides, abandoned areas etc.
I'm older now so I do research on spots before I go. Also saves alot of time. I tell friends if they see a spot to take pictures to map out later. Check out Silverfishlongboarding.com also. You can find local people through their forum.