GOYA CUSTOM 94L 2015 TEST REVIEW
As part of a 7 board range the 94 comes with a MFC 4 fin set up that will suit almost all conditions perfectly. The thrusters are mounted in mini tuttle boxes and short US boxes allow little movement of the centre pair.
It’s a very compact board with a fast progressive rocker that keeps you driving forward at all times. Since it’s so compact we suggest you pick one size bigger than your normal choice as the new Custom feels very small, and a higher volume will allow you to go with a smaller sail, making it that much more enjoyable. “I feel so much more connected to the whole board, it’s fast and intuitive to the point that I wonder if I even need footstraps. I have never experienced the similarities to surfing as I have with these shapes.” Francisco Goya
Plug and play is the nature of the Custom. Straps set at full spread works for most heights, mast track in the middle and go. With this set up and a 5.3 rig connected we were off. The Goya has a very friendly demeanor that flatters our sometimes clumsy footwork. The small nose does mean you can easily stay in the straps whilst not planing but as with the Fanatic, this is a board that will dive if you get too far forward. The more power you put into it, the more it responds. In the very marginal conditions on test the board did not feel as lively as others but this is more a reflection of the composed nature and balanced ride. Truth is that this is such a low energy board to ride that in slack conditions a bigger rig or possibly an experiment with a twin fin set up (as used by Marcilio Browne in Klitmoller) will give the freer lively feel synonymous with stronger conditions. In the super marginal conditions on test it was out planed by a number of boards but once powered its fast and easy to get where you want and just feels like a small board that will do as it is asked and not end up taking you for a ride. Last year we commented on the speed and turning ability in onshore conditions particularly given it’s down the line prowess. It is pretty fast and effortless to sail upwind and in and around the break. The Custom has more challengers this year but it remains just about the most all-round and straightforward natured board that allows you to focus entirely on where you are and where you want to go. It takes some beating for ease of use and all round ability.
Last year’s test and PWA wave winner continues to define the parameters of a modern wave board. The forgettable nature of the board provides the most invisible feeling that you “wear” rather than ride. It really is a board for anyone and anywhere. This 94 is a genuine one board quiver that would work brilliantly in all but hurricane conditions. Well recommended!
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