Goya Nexus 5.9m 2014 Test Review Report
Goya are another brand offering a sensible multi-size, adaptable freeride/crossover range that spans nearly all wind strengths to cover a wide range of bump and jump, freeride and, to some extent, wave conditions. Sitting alongside their dedicated wave sails, it’s their only flat-water offering, yet still displays many characteristics from the hard-core sails, such as scrim construction, leech cutaway/’reduced head’ outline, Kevlar panels and x-ply and carbon stretch control tendons. Most sizes are both RDM and SDM compatible.
The new Nexus comes with lavish scrim body panels and carbon stretch control tendons. This upgrades the new Nexus to embody the best materials available, delivering uncompromised freeride and freerace performance. The new Nexus is significantly lighter, stronger and faster. You can expect magnetic low end power, easy handling with a massive high wind range and unlimited speed potential in any flat-water to bump and jump condition. The Nexus is all about simple speed. This sail has no cambers, making rigging a dream. The scrim body panels provide a quiet, supple ride. The smaller 6 batten sizes are cut for maneuvers then speed, while the larger 7 batten sails are cut for speed then maneuvers.’ (Sic.)
We’re familiar with testing several sizes of the Nexus and always enjoy the quality build and trademark handling. This 5.9 has a lovely clean foil with good progression outward from the depth in the main body and the shape’s held very well by the 6-batten frame. The bottom-end power was positive and we all noticed a really smooth, refined acceleration up to full speed. Many Goya sails have the ‘reduced head’ outline in the top, which is designed to reduce head ‘wag’ and they claim the sail is ‘quieter’ in the hands as a result and easier to hang on to for longer. We’ve previously found positive turning ability in this line – and this 5.9 was beautifully soft and neutral in manoeuvres, especially in gybes. But, we did occasionally experience some leech flutter and disruption up high at the top of the range, mainly when sailing upwind. In fairness that upper limit was at around 33 knots, so there can’t be too complaints in that department for a 5.9 that will serve you well from around the 14-knot mark upwards. Many people nowadays are sailing larger wave or FSW boards in the surf with smaller sails, but we think that in scenarios involving a lot of cross-shore drift, onshore wind and current, that larger, manoevrable sails like this are perfect for driving floatier boards around to score some jumps and rides as well as for enjoying some sea-breeze blasting on flatter days. The tuning range is nice and wide with the twin outhaul rings offering a definite change in sensation from soft to more direct.
An excellent coastal crossover sail that’s super flicky and grunty enough to power larger boards in onshore situations. Notably wide tuning and wind range.
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