GOYA FREESTYLE WAVE 105L THRUSTER 2014 TEST REVIEW
Goya’s ONE series has been trimmed down to just three sizes following their ‘one-board-does’ concept that used to span 72-144 litres. Replacing the singlefin 104, the all-new 105 features thruster capability but is supplied with a 29 cm MFC 21 series G10 centre fin and MT blanks for the sidebite boxes. The new (85/95/105) models replace what were the freestyle wave section of that range, but are now effectively marketed as wave boards, or ‘real world’ boards capable of sailing in almost all conditions.
“Freewave airtime coupled with Thruster torque. Imagine turning and sliding with all new angles and speed. This is the magic of the new One Thrusters. These new shapes turn average onshore conditions into carving paradises. They spark creativity and ignite maneuvers that may not even exist yet because the new One can travel paths on real world waves that simply haven’t been traveled before.”
Looking at the ONE, which seems wider in outline than the previous incarnations, it appears like there’s a freestyle shape’s nose and a waveboard’s tail. That width is the first thing you pick up on the water with a nice secure feeling off the plane – feeling in fact like a board with at least 5 more litres to be honest – which will be handy for those looking to nail tacks in lighter wind for example. The low-end and acceleration is useful, especially for the big boys, although there are shapes with more top-end speed in this selection – but that’s missing the point really, as this is a board that’s all about the turning. Around the bends we recognized shades of the 2013 Quad line behavior, with a lot of drive and acceleration through the apex of the carve. The general ride is comfortable. We think that’s mostly down to the extremely pronounced double concave producing a distinctly waveboardy feel. That sensation is emphasised by the flat deck and upright stance. The tail has a nice balance between having thin enough rails to carve and slash and volume and width for pop. In singlefin mode this could be a jumping weapon amongst some decent ramps, lifting-off like an old skool single, but with a modern, compact outline and thruster option for the rides back in. If it’s dedicated wave use you’re after, you might like to try the easy-to-sail Goya Quad range, (see our Oct & Nov/Dec issues for tests on the 84 & 94 respectively) but, if you’re after some versatility – or just like thrusters and/or singlefins – then our advice would be to get to a dealer or demo and experiment with some sidebites and/or possibly a smaller centre fin.
If you’re undecided between a freestyle wave and pure wave board then with the Goya ONE you can’t go wrong – especially if your ambitions are to eventually be in the surf. Feeling like a larger board, but behaving like a smaller size, this 105 is also ideal for heavyweights.
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