GOYA ONE 3 CARBON 95 2022 TEST REVIEW
A masterclass in modern plug-and-play capabilities, the One does much of the work for you, without feeling its performance is in any way compromised. Versatile and balanced, it is a pleasure to use, and has the ability to flatter any riding style.
The One is Goya’s Freewave board offering, and whilst supplied as a thruster, the brand is keen to emphasise that all models work well with single fin setups too. This is the middle sibling in a five-board range, the smallest 77 litre version being a new addition for this 2-year design cycle and the ONE 77 (only this size) carries a centre US Box for added mobility and fit.
Each size has been configured for more speed and stability, with slightly more dome to the deck in the tail of the board, and a flatter deck forward of the mast-track. The underside of the board exhibits a clean double-concave with vee throughout, the board’s rails tapering smoothly from a full shape in the shoulders, to a thin low-aspect profile in the rear, finishing in a swallow tail. It’s a very easy board to setup too, with all the fins screwed in from the deck, and an array of inboard and outboard strap options, securing the excellent MFC straps onto the board’s dual density deckpads. The pads themselves provide excellent traction, with diamond grooving and a dot matrix incorporated for extra traction. The outboard strap options are there if you want to load the board with a larger single fin and bigger sail to explore its straight-line credentials, the Power Box central box providing plenty of scope to do this. One point worthy of note – the board we tested was one of the first off the production line and comes supplied with footstrap plugs with three screw options, rendering the anti-twist insert unusable. Goya confirm that this issue has been fixed, and say that, “all new boards will come with the correct fit” and their standard four-screw plugs, providing more options and recommissioning the anti-twist insert. Finished in the brand’s premium construction with Goya saying that it is the “same as Custom4, Custom3 & Nitro – Full Carbon, Double Sandwich, S-Glass, with the lightest paint job and sanded bottom.” There is plenty of reinforcement in vulnerable areas, such as the nose and the One looks clean and attractive in its fluro-blue and bright red graphics.
“I was surprised how all the raw & pure ingredients worked together. The boards came out fast and comfortable, but what really surprised me was all that happened in between, how easy these shapes transitioned from floating to planing, from comfortably sailing to blasting over chop and how easy they rolled into the gybe, that is where the magic came in and made me stay out for one more run.” – Francisco Goya.
Balanced and easily capable of carrying sails up to 6.0m at idle, one of the main strengths of the One 95 is realised as soon as power is applied: it is simply effortless to get planing. It’s as if it has been programmed prior to launch, requiring next to no input from the rider and gathering pace progressively so that there’s almost no distinguishing between the two states. The straps are easy to locate, the upright stance it encourages feeling natural, with plenty of connection and feel through the board’s excellent fittings. In gusty, variable conditions and confused seas, the one word that came through repeatedly in the feedback from those that used the One was: control. It is incredibly comfortable to sail and irons out the harshest clatter as you ride over the crests, seemingly doing much of the work for you. This, in turn, means that it demands less from the rider and means that longer sessions are more enjoyable. In the thruster setup supplied, the One reaches a respectable speed, retaining plenty of connection with the water to emphasise its controlled manner. Swap the straps to their outboard settings and employ a larger (30-32 cm) single fin and the One can be pushed to impressive speeds, making use of its narrower, more parallel outline. Our personal preference was the thruster setup though and whilst this may be branded their freewave board, its heritage shines through. On the wave, it is one of the smoothest to use in this 95 litre category, carrying is speed through the turn and transitioning from rail to rail with ease and fluidity. For typical gusty coastal conditions, the One’s early planing ease, control and smooth carving style make it a real stand out contender.
GOYA ONE 3 CARBON 95 2022 TEST REVIEW
Volume (Quoted): 95 L.
Length: 229.3 cm
Width: 60.6 cm
1ft off: 39.6 cm
Bottom shape: Vee with double concave throughout, most pronounced in the mid-section.
Weight (Naked): 6.85 kg
Fin: MFC FW G10 21cm (PB) + 2 x MFC Black RTM 10 (MT)
Sail Range: <6.0m
Sizes Available: 77, 85, 95, 105, 115.
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