The Guru is Goya’s control wave sail, designed to deliver high wind comfort and control in all conditions. For 2012 the Guru has shed some weight with a new construction and use of new materials.
At a glance
It has a very solid looking Kevlar X-ply construction but it is also lighter weight thanks to large scrim panels. It has five battens and features a thick padded mast protector on the tack, yet more re-enforcements on the luff tube and also the trademark, Goya reduced head shape, which is designed to improve handling.
Setting on a 400 RDM we tested the sail on a Goya Direct Drive mast. The wind range is good and most tuning can be done through the out-haul once the down-haul is set. It also has two out-haul options at the clew for fine-tuning, as well as a useful tuning guild printed on the sail.
On the water
The Guru is light in the hands and feels very well balanced. The pull is slightly forwards and the power control is fairly neutral. It has moderate bottom end power that feeds in smoothly, it is by no means grunty but it is still capable of getting you going early enough. Once you’re planning it is extremely comfortable and at the top end it is very easy to handle. Even in rough, challenging conditions it remains comfortable to use. Its wind range on the water is very good and with a bit of fine tuning, with the out-haul, you can really take full advantage of its wind range. On the wave the light easy handling really pays off and it can be switched to neutral whenever you need it to in manoeuvres.
Lightweight and extremely well built the Goya Guru is easy to handle in all conditions and will suit riders who want a comfortable wave sail with a medium power delivery.