Watch: Jon Gubbins // Peruvian shuffle

Stu Nettle
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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.

 

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goofyfoot commented Monday, 21 Dec 2020 at 3:15pm

Sometimes I’m a fan of this guys style, he’s had a few clips on here now. And other times I’m not. This was one of the latter ones.
Something about the excessive weaving turns me off. I prefer watching guys pick a line and make subtle adjustments.
He’s definitely a very barrelled human though, always surfing hollow left hand points

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chunks commented Monday, 21 Dec 2020 at 6:54pm

Yeh that was plain average

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troppo dichotomy commented Monday, 21 Dec 2020 at 8:38pm

I know Jonathan.He's a really nice guy and a stylish tube rider.
His nose walk board shuffle is kinda cool,it's amazing because he does it on tiny little boards.He rides tiny little boards because he is a tiny little guy.

I've never seen him do a turn.Lucky he gets to surf such good waves that don't require turns...Wealth is on his side.

Power and a variety of maneuvers are lacking in his videos,never seen him go backside or do a cutback,floater or anything else,ever.
If anyone's noticed he's a one trick pony.

Word on da street at this Peruvian spot is that the local's are not so stoked with his self promoting blogs.

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Troppo commented Monday, 21 Dec 2020 at 9:14pm

Gidday Legend.
Just curious, but I chose Troppo as my login cause there arent any similar.
Yet you have piggy backed my name, and seem to comment right after me.
Should I choose a new name?

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troppo dichotomy commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 10:13am

G'day legde,funny cause i thought you took my name?i wasnt too concerned.but now you mentioned it.
i dont post often but have been troppo since they were executing the bali 9 around 2014.
how long have you been troppo?
and seem to comment right after you?what?when?

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Troppo commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 10:17am

Sorry to cause drama mate. I clearly had my "dickhead" hat on when I wrote that haha.

I think the swellnet world is big enough to handle us both eh?

Have a great Christmas, hope you get waves aplenty!!!

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troppo dichotomy commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 10:28am

All good troppo we can share our tropical madness and thanks pabs for the link on jonathan doing some nice stylish turns.i do wonder if he ever goes right?

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Jono commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 10:29am

This inception stuff is blowing my mind.

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tango commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 3:54pm

He'd come across as a lot nicer and a damn sight more stylish if he just went surfing and didn't release vids which give the google earth crowd the tips they need.

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ringmaster commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 10:26am

Who came first?

The troppo or the egg?

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PabloM commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 12:02am

Exquisite tube riding by Jon. Using his body, hand and and knee to slow and speed up. Always different approaches in every video, guess he specializes in lefts.

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Spuddups commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 6:20am

I wonder if this was the same swell that hit Jaws etc recently? As far as I know that spot needs NW swell.

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stunet commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 9:17am

I'd say so, Spud. Though it doesn't look like it in this clip, it's gotta be one of the longest dependable swell sources, with some swells travelling 10,000kms.

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hoody commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 9:31am

Lot of meat in the middle.
Seems at 25lts its all bone.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 1:25pm

Showing my ignorance again but I thought Peru was one of those year-round cold water countries?

Boardies in fun running point waves, what's not to like?

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I focus commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 2:11pm

In the north Mancora area Zen warm water as the Humboldt current sweeps out further, others might know if it ever hits that part.

One of my regrets is not surfing the area, was told about it in detail but went past (for everyone's sake another story I wont start).

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 8:39pm

Your last stories were cool I. No worries if you want to give us a glimpse of what's beyond that area. I'd love to go to South America. I reckon it'd be pretty rad.

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Redmond Clement commented Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 at 6:32pm

He has stolen a grommet,s board.

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bellavista commented Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 at 10:47am

Nice lefts . I wish ! Clean surfing but the wiggles to keep speed and line are just the result of the board being too short too light and too much of not enough. Add length and curve and enjoy the ride .

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Spuddups commented Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 at 11:22am

I agree. Not a lot to be gained by having such a small board in those types of waves.

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.cylinders commented Monday, 28 Dec 2020 at 1:39pm

I find it kind of perplexing when good surfers share middling videos with only minor novelties to keep the viewer engaged. The thing that kept me watching was wondering when his front foot was gonna slip off. It looks cool at Desert Point on a twinny when TW does it, but to do this on a modern shape 5'7" just seems... retrograde rather than progressive.

If a dude is blowing up unknown spots, as Troppo Dichotomy mentioned, just to put out a front-foot-fetish-video, I think I'd be pissed too.

Peru has got a long history of wealthy vs poor in the surf community, so it can hardly be helping things.

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The MIDdleman. commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 9:36am

Board looks slow.
A benefit to get deeper in punchy waves like that but a piece of ply would achieve similar.

Sweet takeoffs but ....can stroke in.

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