GOYA ONE 116L PRO 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Goya One is a complete ‘one board concept’ range designed to cover all styles and conditions appropriate to each size. It comes in eight different models spanning 72 – 144 litres. The smaller boards in the range are pretty much full-on wave shapes, the middle sizes freestyle wave styles and the larger models are pure and simple fast freeriders. All of them are available in either Pro or Eco constructions to suit your budget.
Rounded pintail, with round nose and classic freeride outline
MFC Liquid Pro 44cm Powerbox Fin
Double concave hull with vee in the tail
Dual density deck pads
Multiple footstrap position options
Despite being one of the lowest volume boards on test the One 116 was stable underfoot and surprisingly quick to plane, with excellent acceleration and an unexpected level of speed – especially off the wind. The straps and pad and stance give a nice ride but we did find ourselves wanting for a further outboard back strap for added control. The double concave hull soaked up the chop in rough conditions and really gave extra confidence to push it. But it was through the corners where the One really shone, being a very versatile board to gybe, fast and wide or hard and tight, it’s capable of rewarding all abilities of rider.
The Goya is a great manoeuvre-orientated freeride board that has a surprisingly rapid top speed when you push it downwind. It feels like a large turbo-charged freestyle wave board that’s very easy to sail and comfortable in all conditions. The One 116 delivers an easily accessible level of performance that any level of rider will enjoy and handles well in a wide range of environments.
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