Watch: A light touch, with Jon Gubbins
I'm not sure if I've ever seen ol' Jonny Boy Gubbins do a turn. I've seen plenty of videos of him surfing, lancing Indonesia, dissecting Peru, but each time he's stuffed way back behind the section, hunched in his own imitable way, two steps up the board and right arm pointing the way home. And it's this deceivingly simple stance that I dig. Like a modern day Banksy - surfer not artist, though Jim has his own creative talents.
Check Jon's back foot in almost every scene of this vid; never touching the deck grip, not even atop the stringer. It's up the board and to the side, often just his big toe making contact, feathering control of the board while his front hoof is planted over the wide spot.
And that, my good friends, is an art in itself.