Watch: Jon Gubbins // Peruvian shuffle
Longer board, bigger sweet spot. Shorter board, smaller sweet spot.
It's not a universal law, boards are complex shapes, but there's enough truth to make me curious about Jon Gubbins' board in this clip which is shot in northern Peru.
You might recall Jon's tube stance involves a short shuffle up the board - a throwback to the days of longer single-fins - yet here he's riding shorter-than-usual equipment.
The board is a 5'7" Rusty shaped by Pedro Battaglin, with input by Jon's Dad, veteran Peruvian shaper Eduardo 'Wayo' Gubbins. It has a single to double under the hood, round pin out back, thin rails, and low rocker for speed and also to broaden the sweet spot for said tube stance. Volume clocks in at 25 ½ litres.
"It has a lot of meat in the middle," says Jon, while the diminutive length and thin rails allow for sudden directional changes even while standing in the middle of the board.