FXR is the freeride range from legendary wave sailor Francisco Goya’s signature brand. The range consists of 3 boards: a 105, 125 and 145. There is just one construction option offered across the range and all boards are shaped by Francisco. We tested the FXR 125.
"The Goya FXR has been completely reworked and redesigned for 2008. Maximising the critical freeride characteristics of quick planing, top end speed, manoeuvrability and comfort, the 2008 FXR will take your freeride sailing to the next level." – Francisco Goya
first impressions, fixtures & fittings
The Board comes standard with a high quality and well matched 36cm G10 MFC Fin.
The footstraps may not be to everybody’s taste as they do tend to self-tighten and can be a bit uncomfortable in bare feet. They are however the quickest adjusting straps in the test and would be welcomed by anyone who shares a board (perhaps with another member of the family). The overall look of the board is very good and an extra point is scored for offering a central rear strap option for novice planers.
In terms of length, width, weight and tail width, the Goya sits pretty much middle of the group. The quoted volume of 125 is at the larger end of the spectrum, but on the water it definitely feels smaller than the Tabou, Fanatic and F2 of equivalent volume.
ease of planing
The well laid out strap position and efficient hull shape makes this an easy board to get planing on. The board releases well and is not as technically difficult to get going as some of the others here. A larger fin (the standard 36cm is smallest in test) could help early planing performance even further if that’s a big priority for you.
In terms of raw speed, its one of the slower boards in this test, but it is a comfortable blaster and doesn’t feel slow. You would be happy covering distance on this board and the rougher conditions get, the more glad you will be that you chose the Goya.
The board is more competitive off the wind than it is upwind, where a bigger fin will help.
When conditions get rough, the GOYA is the board to be on. Our test Clones sailed in some pretty gnarly conditions during the course of this test and never once did the GOYA feel out of control. Quite simply, it’s the best board in the group for comfort and control in rougher, windier conditions.
advanced carve gybe
Not just a control freak, but also awesome fun for gybing in the hands of more advanced riders who will love the versatility and agility of this board. It’s almost like sailing a Freewave board when it comes to the corners.
We are not getting carried away when we say that with the central back strap option, you could probably wave ride this board….its that manoeuvrable!
beginner / intermediate carve gybe
The great responsiveness of the gybe for advanced riders is what lets this board down slightly in the hands of less experienced riders. Where less nimble boards, numbed down by the lack of responsiveness, offer enormous stability and less technical turning performance, the Goya is ready to duck and dive at the flex of a toe.
It's not that the FXR is bad for early gybers, after all, in the big picture it’s 125 litres and a relatively big, stable board. But compared with the other contenders in this group it will be more challenging.
overall feel, ride & foot comfort
The Goya has a delightfully compact, modern feel to it. The nose rides a little higher than on some of the other boards, erring towards its more manoeuvrable nature.
Comfort and control are two things that you can’t fail to notice when you sail the board. The straps (even in outboard position) are slightly more inboard than on most of the boards giving a slightly more neutral stance. But thanks to the well shaped deck, the board is still comfortable for blasting.
set up recommendations
The standard fin (36cm) is a high quality product and suits the board well. However if you are planing on using sails over 7.0m on a regular basis, or are prioritising early planing or upwind performance, then we would recommend a 38cm to compliment it.
Goya claim the sail range of the board to be 8.5m and smaller. We think that their upper limit may be a bit ambitious (particularly with the standard 36cm fin). The board coped fine with our 7.7m test rigs, but we are not sure we would want to go much bigger. On the smaller side of things, we sailed this board overpowered in chop on 6.2m’s, when people were freesailing on 4.2m’s, and had no control problems at all (with the board!). We are therefore quite confident that the board could cope down to 5.0-5.5m sails if necessary.
Mast track position worked well at around 135 for our bigger (7.7m) rigs and around 132cm for our 6.2m’s.
We preferred the straps in the outboard position (they aren’t too outboard) and found the back strap to work best in the rear option as the back insert does feel (and measure) quite far forward.
This is the modern freeride board for the coastal sailor. Its comfortable for blasting on flat water and cranking gybes, but when the chop and waves come, the FXR finds its strength and excels as a bumpy water freeride board for intermediate to advanced freeriders. The FXR would also appeal to the ambitious freeride sailor looking to progress into waves.