Design: The defining characteristic of the Goya One is its rockerline which, with 7mm tail rocker, a 137 2cm point (i.e, a very short planing flat) and considerable nose rocker is definitely towards the wave end of the all-round spectrum. The rounded planshape with wide mid point reinforces the wave feel. The hull features above average vee.
On the water: Not surprisingly, the Goya definitely feels most at home in the waves, where it is loose and turny for riding and very easy to jump as long as you’re powered up. So long as there is solid wind it is good fun for cruising in flatter water too, favouring a more upright stance but feeling lively as well as nicely quick and easy, and gybing particularly well in a tight and fluid way.
Performance is considerably less good with bigger sails in more marginal conditions, where it is very noticeably slower to plane than the more flat rockered boards and when it does get planing it has a clear tendency to drag back rather than release. For this reason we would be wary of recommending the board for anything much bigger than a 6.0m sail nicely powered.
Though it can be a bit slappy in chop we found it a very loose and appealing board in the waves and swell, fully rideable in all wave conditions and nicely quick and easy to keep speed up on for a waveboard. Freestyle performance is also good provided there is plenty of power and you use a smaller fin.
Fittings: The Powerbox fin was very nice and suited the board well. The straps were less popular and most sailors found them hard to adjust big enough for their feet so make sure that they will work for you before leaving the shop. The deck is pretty flat, and although many sailors like this for waves and freestyle most of our testers would have preferred a bit more dome underfoot.
Overall: Compared to Goya Ones that we have tried either in other sizes or models of the recent past, this 95 has a bit less of an all-round feel – being not quite as suited to freeride / blasting use in more moderate winds or flatter water. However, it’s a very nice waveboard with a relatively fast wave rocker, loose feel, good control and good jumping performance. It is also quite a big board in feel and would be particularly suitable for medium heavyweight newcomers to waveboards (83kg+) or else heavyweight wavesailors (88kg+) looking for a true waveboard that is nevertheless still fast and lively.