GOYA CUSTOM QUAD 94L PRO 2014 TEST REVIEW
Anyone! Lighter riders will widen their scope of sailing and heavier windsurfers will have ample float in all but the most marginal conditions.
We all liked a wide stance and the mast track in the middle and didn’t feel the need to move the deck plate much, only experimenting to suit either lighter or windier conditions and during seriously onshore sessions.
“A faster progressive rocker keeps you driving forward at full speed. When deciding what size to take we suggest to go one size bigger than what you’d normally take … this board is best suited for intermediate to professional riders. The Custom Quad is the board we use and recommend for all your wavesailing needs.”
Outline: Pointy nose, tear-dropped outline into narrow rounded pintail. Wide point at rear of track.
Deck: Flat, rolling away at heels.
Rail Profile: Even distribution of volume. Soft up front, hardening at back of track into pretty sharp edge/slight tuck in-between straps, fully hard from fins to tail.
Bottom Shape: Vee at nose into shallow, even double concave, deepening in forward deck, peaking between straps and track, shallowing between straps, still slight concave at fins and finishing with vee in tail. No major rollaway to rails.
Rocker Line: No radical overall curve or excessive nose or tail lift. Small flat section on balance point rear of track, slightly more flat in concave in this section, flat in concave between straps
Fin Configuration: MFC G10 QS211 17 cm rear (US Box) fins and 2 x Mini Tuttle 8 cm upright profile front fins, more swept sidebites.
Pads: MFC double density pads with flat sailing position.
Straps: MFC straps, regular adjustment.
Almost identically to it’s smaller 84 sibling also on this trip, this 94-litre offering from Goya just oozes easy-to-sail-ness.
Although not as quick to plane as some, it is pretty fast and effortless to sail upwind and in and around the break.
We all found it turned superbly, accelerating out of the bottom turn and carrying great momentum and speed in slacker sections.
Tighter and more rail-burying turns were also no problem in the mainly onshore conditions we encountered, which is surprising considering it’s undoubted down-the-line pedigree, being Brawzinho’s go-to board.
Overall this is a very rewarding and uncomplicated-to-sail product that seemed to suit both powerful, draft-forward-and-low and more ‘back-handy’ dedicated riding sails.
As mentioned elsewhere – and in the intro too – the straight-line sailing sensation is also quite lifty, unlike many earlier generation quads that often used to feel more sucked-down onto the water.
Of the four or so more dedicated wave boards in this group, the Goya 94 is probably the most versatile and easiest to ride.
Its Quatro 98 ‘stable mate’ arguably has slightly more get-up-and-go and float for onshore use, but for adaptability and ease of use in a range of locations, this 94 will take some beating.
A truly invisible-feeling board that’s like an extension of your feet and capable of high performance in any type of wave conditions.
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