on the beach
The Goya FXRS is the fastest board in the Goya range. It sits above the FXR Freeride which we tested last year and really liked for its forgiving, easy nature.
The FXRS is slightly wider than the FXR, and in fact at 68.8cm is jointly the widest board on test. It’s also one of the highest volume at 116L, and consequently felt the biggest board underfoot. The weight is a tad on the heavy side at 8.56kg – the heaviest of this test group.
As we found with the FXR, the back strap, fin and masttrack are positioned relatively far forward in comparison to the rest of the group. We did find the outboard front strap position was a little too outboard as it caught in the water when gybing and felt more outboard than necessary. The inboard position was actually plenty comfortable enough for blasting, so it’s not really a big problem. A nice feature is the centre back strap option, making it accessible to those just getting into the straps.
Like the FXR, the FXRS stands out in this group for its ease of sailing. It’s not as fast as most of the other boards here, but is one of the easiest to sail and get the best from.
Despite having the largest fin of the group, the width of the board made it feel almost slightly under-finned at times and we found ourselves bringing the mast-track back a bit to generate more lift. The width, flat feel and relatively wide nose do make the board a bit more settled and manageable to sail than most, although the sensation of speed is less.
The FXRS is at its most competitive in the rougher conditions, where control started to become a useful factor. The Goya sits flat in the water and is less prone to lifting than most of the other boards, allowing the rider to really power it down in the rough ‘coastal’ stuff. When it comes to the corners the Goya is a really nice board to gybe. The rails grip well and it carves a good arc that can be adjusted with ease mid-turn. Again, the size of the board means it’s not quite as nimble as some, but it’s very easy and one of the least technical and most rewarding to gybe.
The width of the board and the fin size gave us an impression that the Goya would be one of the quickest to plane, but it feels limited by its weight when it comes to getting going. Technique-wise it’s easy, but it doesn’t quite lift and accelerate like some of the lighter boards. However, Goya claim the heavier build is one of the strongest and will take some abuse.
Goya recommend a sail range of 5.5-8.5m, which we would tend to agree with, although at the top end you probably wouldn’t want to go much below 6.0 unless the water’s flat. For bigger sails we’d suggest using a 44 or even 46cm fin to get better early planing and a more spritely performance.
Weight (bare): 8.56kg
Range sizes: 116, 130, 144
The Goya FXRS feel more like a ‘wide freeride’ than a freerace. It doesn’t have the pace to compete with the fastest freerace boards and is hindered a bit by its weight. However, if you’re looking for a board that gives a racier feel than a regular freeride, but with good control and handling to match, then the Goya works well. It’s also pretty nice to gybe!