GOYA ONE PRO 96L 2018 TEST REVIEW
The One series has been simplified to just four sizes for the new season, stemming from 86 to 116 litres. As with its smaller sibling, this 96 adopts a rounded outline and swallowtail in the rear, displaying many resemblances to the Custom Thruster. With a very even volume distribution and a drawn out tail shape, the rider’s stance is placed further forward on the board than most. The nose sits relatively low, whilst the deck tapers and domes to thinned down rails, which are sharp in the tail but quickly become tucked and rounded forward of the track. It’s certainly an attractive looking design, produced in Goya’s Pro construction, using carbon and S-glass, and finished in neon colours to draw further attention. It comes supplied with an MFC thruster fin set, dual density deck pads and the ability to move the MFC straps more outboard … albeit even the outboard settings are fairly central on the board.
“Our dedicated one board to do it all, call it Freewave, Bump and Jump, Inside or Outside the bay, this is a one board solution. The design with the most added range in our line, providing all the balance, early planing, power and control you can dream of.”
Early to plane as soon as power is delivered, the One 96 releases smoothly and progressively, as if rising on a bed of air. The straps are easy to locate being forward and inboard, the rider eased into a relaxed upright stance. It is a great manoeuvre-oriented position and the Goya certainly excels in that way, transitioning from rail to rail so naturally it’s as if fixed to tracks. It’s perfectly at home on any water surface including flat water, and whilst it’s not a blasting aficionado pleading to be driven hard, was comfortable and forgiving underfoot for long distance cruises. With a low planing threshold, it slips through lulls efficiently and maintains a good deal of contact with the water’s surface to provide a real sense of control at all times. As the wind increases, the One continues to stick to the water and trims itself instinctively, allowing the rider to choose their path and sailing style. Taking the Goya into heavier seas or rolling swells, its dependable temperament combines with its smooth response to embolden the rider, urging them on to hit ramps or charge a wave’s section. It’s a lot of fun to be on and has an incredibly wide user appeal, due to its blend of ease of use and accessible performance. Demanding little sailor input, the ride can be passive and relaxed, yet push the One harder and its manoeuvre potential is enough to grab the attention of even the most demanding wave head.
A stunning go-anywhere board for the manoeuvre-oriented sailor, the One behaves much like a large wave board in transition, yet has the early planing, ease of use and manners that make it much more.
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