April 20, 2020/ / VIDEOS/ Comments: 17

Skate stoppers are an unfortunate reality for skaters, but if you live in Southern California, you now have a masked hero who is alleviating these pains by unknobbing spots all across Los Angeles County for skaters to enjoy.

The Knob Buster, as he’s known, prefers to stay anonymous, but he’s still actively sharing his handiwork with the skate world via social media. He’s got an Instagram account cataloging the spots he’s freed up, and you can even tag posts on Instagram with #calltheknobbuster to let him know of a spot you think deserves to be freed from its shackles. Chances are he might make your dreams come true.

We had our friend Bobby Bils follow The Knob Buster for a day as he hit a couple of rails. After some close calls with onlookeres and a little elbow grease, LA was left with two more skateable spots (as if they needed any more). Check out The Knob Buster’s adventures in the player above and make sure to call him if you know of a spot in need — within reason, of course.

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  1. BariDigital

    April 21, 2020 4:57 pm

    the patron saint of unconditional love

  2. cackinhybrid

    April 21, 2020 5:34 pm

    I wonder if his main gig is sawing off catalytic converters off toyota hybrids (?) cuz that pays very well, and has funded many a crack habit.

    • Philbert The Ninja

      April 23, 2020 1:27 pm

      I didn’t know that was a thing until I took moms to the movies on a Sunday afternoon. Someone crawled under my Honda Element out in broad daylight and cut mine right off. The sound my car made when I went to start it was god awful.

  3. knob doctor

    April 21, 2020 7:56 pm

    this is fuckin awesome. always thought this was one of the greatest parts of skating culture. one of the last “fuck you, im gonna skate” ideologies left.
    for anyone else interested in deknobbing
    – flap disc is highly recommended to buff out the rails after you cut knobs off with a cutting wheel.
    – daytime is key. aint nobody ever gonna believe someone would be “working” at night (assuming you are going to dress like you are supposed to be doing it)
    – have a bullshit story about a fake boss (contractor/landscaper/construction) that you work for who told you to take the knobs off. wouldn’t hurt to have something to use in case someone rolls up. could at least give you a chance to get the fuck outta there before they figure it out
    – also a fun thing to note – a lot of times (depending on your county/state/town/whatever) knobs are technically illegal because they violate a handrails safety code. imagine your grandmother having to hold on to the railing, she slips and falls and breaks her hand on a knob, that’s a huge liability. so keep that little info in your back pocket as well ; ) sometimes you can even file a petition (or print up a fake one to bring to the spot) and have the city’s permission to “fix” the railing and get it back to code

  4. mike

    April 22, 2020 9:50 am

    Keep fighting the good fight!

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