"It feels short, wide and compact underfoot, and grips better than any other board in this group through the turns. When the fins do break out, however, they’re harder to recover than a twin”
“Holds speed really well through the turns and can turn as tight as you want”
“Feels short, wide and planted in a straight line, which gives it great control, but does make it a little less exciting in feel than a single-fin”
Last year the Goya wave range offered a Custom Twin, a Custom Single and a One. This year they have replaced the entire Custom range with the Custom Quad as well as redesigning the One range.
Sticking with the bright orange colour scheme for 2011, the Goya is a very distinctive looking board. The pads and straps are very good, and the fins (two mini Tuttle and two US Box) are high quality G10 MFC Quads.
It’s the shortest board in test at 225.5cm and the second heaviest (bare) at 6.8kg. Max width is middle of the group (57.5cm), while the tail is slightly wider than average at 36cm (measured 30cm from the tail).
On the water the Goya feels quite short and wide underfoot. The fins produce lots of drive in a straight line and the board really flies upwind. The Goya gets planing very easily and holds its speed well through the lulls. Even when underpowered and going over white water the fins still drive and keep the board tracking and planing in a straight line, where many other boards (particularly twin-fins) force you to bear off the wind to keep going.
Top speed is the only minor criticism. It’s partly a matter of feel and partly performance, but there is a feeling that the Goya reaches a top speed and, even when footed off the wind, doesn’t really gain much more.
The wide nose shape gives the impression that the Goya is bigger than it actually is, but once on the wave, it certainly doesn’t act like a big board. It turns very tightly when required and grips through the turn better than any other board in this test. The Goya scores top of this group (jointly) with the Fanatic Twin for cross-shore riding and advanced cross-on riding performance. The two boards have a very different feel, and which you prefer will be down to personal preference. The Goya feels grippy and ‘drivey’ / powerful through the turns, while the Fanatic feels softer and looser underfoot. The Goya is consequently less technical to sail, but a little less playful in smaller waves as the quad-fin setup takes more effort to adjust the turn once the rail is set. It does, however, have the benefit of making the board more settled and reassuring, particularly in bigger waves. Overall, the Goya feels fishy and compact underfoot, is very smooth and grippy through the turns, and allows both front and back foot carving styles.
As well as being exceptional on the wave for advanced riders, the Goya also tops the table when it comes to novice / intermediate riding. For less experienced riders the Goya sets its turn well and holds speed on the wave, making it a great board for mastering those first frontside turns. Backside riding is also good for all levels of rider, where the Goya is compact underfoot and grips well for those snappy, hard turns off the back foot.
Bump-&-jump sailing is the weaker side of the Goya because it doesn’t feel quite as fast and lively as some of the other boards. It sits a bit lower in the water and feels a little heavier underfoot than most. The short, compact feel is more at home on the face of a wave than for burning over chop and boosting small airs.
Overall, the Goya does feel one of the bigger boards underfoot. At the bottom end it was perfectly happy with 5.3m sails, and could handle 5.7m and even 6.0m sails if necessary. At the top end 4.7m was okay, and even 4.5m, but we wouldn’t want to use much less if we had the choice of a smaller board.
The Goya Quad is a waveboard with massive performance range and appeal, feeling 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, and combines this with excellent early planing and great top end control. The only stumbling block is a slightly more sedate straight line performance, which may or may not be important to you. Overall, a fantastic all-round waveboard, suitable for any level of rider, in any conditions.
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