on the beach
The Goya Custom Quad range was released in 2011 in four sizes ranging from 72 to 92L. For 2012 the shapes remain unchanged, although a 68 and 104 have been added to range while the graphics have received a fairly substantial and eye-catching rework. Last year we tested the 72 and 84 versions with excellent results.
The funky new paint job on the 2012 boards is complemented by a set of well textured deckpads, MFC straps and G10 quad fins. The front fins use a mini- Tuttle attachment, while the rear are US box. Looking at the measurements, the Goya is one of the shortest boards in test and the narrowest at 59.5cm wide. At 7.1kg (bare) it’s actually the heaviest board of the group, although this wasn’t so noticeable on the water.
On the water the board is similar in character to the 84 we tested last year. The fins produce lots of drive in a straight line and the board really flies upwind. In fact the board has a tendency to want to track upwind naturally. This can be a little misleading when it comes to top speed, making the board ‘feel’ a little slower than it really is by requiring you to actively foot off the wind to get the best speed and acceleration from it. The nose and shoulders are quite low on the Goya and this seemed to result in a difference of opinion within our Clone test team. Heavier riders (85kg+) found the ride very smooth and controlled and liked the lower nose, while our lighter Clones found the lower nose a little catchy in chop at times. This was perhaps the result of heavier riders driving harder off the tail and effectively lifting the nose of the board a little higher. Our lighter Clones were able to help the situation by bringing the mast-track (and straps) further back without any adverse effect on control, but still found it a lower and more planted ride compared to others. Regardless of this, the Goya gets planing very easily and holds its speed well through the lulls.
The low, short (and relatively wide) nose gives the Goya a very compact feel on the wave. It turns very tightly when required and grips through the turn as well as, if not better than, any other board in this test. In backside turns the fins and rail give plenty of grip, while the narrower tail allows you to carve it around hard with full confidence.
In onshore conditions, again there was a slight difference in opinion between our heavier and lighter testers. The heavier Clones found it very loose and flowing on the wave, with the lower shoulders giving loads of grip when required and transitioning well from rail to rail. Our lighter Clones found the large amount of grip made the Goya feel less agile than some in smaller waves. They also felt that the nose could be a little catchy at times through a choppy bottom turn.
In bigger, smoother waves, all were in agreement that the Goya gave loads of security through the turn, driving hard off the rail and carrying speed really well into the top turn.
The top turn was a real strong point of the Goya. The board offers the choice to grip and carve super-hard on an open face or to break the tail out and slide with control in a broken section. In fact, our advanced heavyweight Clones liked the Goya so much that they rated it as their top board for riding in onshore and cross-shore conditions. It’s also right up there for intermediates thanks to its smooth, grippy carving ability. The Goya sets its turn well and holds speed on the wave, making it a great board for mastering those first frontside turns.
The weakest point of the Goya (although still not bad) is bump-and-jump sailing, where the more planted ride and committed turning style make it a little less playful than some. The short, compact feel is more at home on the face of a wave than burning over chop and boosting small airs.
Weight (bare): 7.1kg
Weight (complete): 8.11kg
Fins: 4 – 16cm & 9cm
Range sizes: 68, 72, 78, 84, 92, 104
The Goya Quad is a waveboard with a massive performance range. It feels short and compact underfoot with a smooth and grippy style. It tops the tables for all types of riding, from novices in cross-on conditions to advanced riders in cross-shore conditions, and combines this with excellent early planing and great top end control. The lower nose and more grippy turning style seemed to suit our heavier clones more than the lighter ones, but regardless of weight, the Goya proved it has a lot to offer.