“The 2012 Guru offers unbeatable high wind comfort and control, flexible feeling and smooth, forward driving power delivery, fingertip handling and easily neutralised in transitions. It comes with an ‘Ever Clear’ window and all scrim and x-ply construction, resulting in incredible strength and light weight, great power and unbeatable high wind control.”
The Guru sits in the Goya wave range alongside the Eclipse and Banzaii. The Guru is pitched as the all-round sail for riders looking for a smooth feel and soft power delivery, offering easy handling and control. The Eclipse (tested in the power wave test last month) is designed to deliver the power more directly through a wider range of sheeting angles, while the Banzai is the new 4-batten offering from Goya.
ON THE BEACH
For 2012 the Guru has been on the same weightloss diet as the Eclipse, and now weighs in at a very impressive 3.49kg. To create the weight savings the Guru boasts a very high-tech construction that includes features such as the carbon stretch tendons, ‘Ever Clear’ window and angled threepoint option outhaul system.
Looking at the measurements, the Goya has one of the longest luff lengths of the group (417cm) as well as one of the longest boom lengths (163cm).
The Guru includes Goya’s recommended trim system, which is great as a rough guide to get started. From there you can tune a little either side of the recommended settings for personal preference. As with the Eclipse, we actually found the Guru worked best all-round with a bit less than recommended downhaul. On the beach it looked like almost too little downhaul, but on the water it gave the sail a great wind range and very smooth, light performance. Again, as we found with the Eclipse, setting the outhaul to minimum (around neutral) with this lower downhaul setting seemed to work really nicely. The Guru offers three clew positions, and we definitely preferred the upper one this year. As with other sails it seemed to lock the stability in place a little more, although shorter riders may find the boom angle works better in the lower eyelet. The third option is to thread through both the upper and the lower clew rings to find a feeling and performance that combines the upper and lower positions.
Sizes: 2.7, 3.0, 3.4, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.6
Tested on: Goya RD M 400cm 90%
Size tested: 4.7m
ON THE WATER
For a waveriding orientated sail we were pleasantly surprised at how much power and all-round ability the Guru has when set as described above. The Guru pulls a little further forward than the Eclipse and feels a little lighter and more manoeuvrable in the hands, albeit not quite as powerful. But if you weigh less than 85kg and are looking for an all-round wave sail, there’s enough power to make the Guru a serious consideration over the Eclipse.
Within this group the Guru was one of the firmer feeling sails, but with a fairly soft power delivery. At the top end this gives it incredibly good stability and control, allowing it to score (jointly) the best top end of the group.
Rigged as described it’s a very settled and stable feeling sail right through the wind range. It actually has quite a unique feel, as it’s incredibly light in the hands, yet almost uncannily settled and smooth, with a slightly harder / firmer feel than most. Being picky, we’d say that it perhaps lacks just a bit of feel and feedback at times. With more downhaul (around recommended setting) the Guru loses a fair bit of bottom end performance and a lot of its ‘all-round’ appeal, but does feel softer and more reactive for proper down-the-line riding. In fact for proper waveriding conditions (which is ultimately what this sail is designed for) it’s a pretty awesome sail, feeling very light, manoeuvrable and neutral in the hands, and with a pull point that’s well suited to driving the board through the turn.
The Guru is designed first and foremost for downthe- line riding, and to that end it works extremely well, with a very light, agile and neutral feel. The surprise for us was how well it worked for all-round use. It needs to be set with less downhaul and in the upper clew position to get best from it, but used in this setup it has decent bottom end performance and the best top end (jointly) in test, with an extremely settled, balanced, stable and light feel.