“It feels very short in the nose and narrow in the tail but grips through the bottom turn like it’s on rails”
“Holds speed really well through the turns and can turn as tight as you want”
“When the tail breaks out in the top turn it has a really controllable slide, which makes it a lot of fun in onshore conditions”
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 third shortest board on test at 222.5cm (to the Tabou and Naish), and weighs in at a respectable 7.31kg complete. Max width is a diminutive 53.4cm, making it the narrowest board on test by a considerable margin. Tail width is 33cm, which is second narrowest to the JP.
Having tested the 84 we were expecting this to be just a scaled down version with similar performance, but there are some distinct differences to the way this smaller 72L version performs. We get the feeling that the 78L may have been a closer match for this group because this 72 really does feel quite small. It feels very short in the nose and narrow in the tail, which makes it a little more technical to sail than some of the others but quite exciting at the same time.
In a straight line it feels short, planted, narrow tailed and reasonably nippy. We mentioned in test that the 84 felt a little limited for top speed, but this smaller version has no such problem. It feels a lot faster and freer when fully wound up.
‘Get up and go’ is good, but ultimately limited by its smaller size. It also feels like this board has slightly less fin grip than its larger sibling, although there’s still plenty enough drive and it goes upwind well.
On the wave, however, there are much closer similarities to the 84, with this 72 boasting the same incredible grip and drive. It feels compact and manoeuvrable underfoot and caters well for both front and back foot turning styles. Where some boards, such as the RRD for example, feel very ‘flicky’ and loose in onshore conditions, the Goya feels more grippy and drivey through the turn. This could potentially have made it feel a little stiff, but the incredibly tight turning ability of this board means it’s anything but. It’s actually a lot of fun in onshore conditions, where the tight and secure bottom turn combines with a perfect amount of grip through the top turn to allow the tail to bite or slip in full control. When the tail does break loose this board slides incredibly well and in full control. It holds speed well through the turns, while the small compact shape and quad-fin grip give it a really nice backside turn.
In cross-shore conditions the Goya is also very good thanks to that grippy, secure bottom turn. The level of grip in the top turn seems to increase in proportion to the power and steepness of the wave, and is similar to what we found with the Quatro. The Goya has an abundance of grip when you need it, but is also able to slip and slide you out of trouble when required.
Due to the smaller size, the sail range we’d recommend would be 3.5-4.7m, though you’d perhaps be able to push to 5.0 if required in cross-shore conditions.
The Goya Quad 72 is a great all-round waveboard, albeit slightly more technical to sail than some on account of its size. The compact size does make it a lot of fun though, and it turns with an impressively tight and grippy style, working well in both onshore and cross-shore conditions.
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