Goya One 77 (2010)

Duncan Slater
Goya One 77 Premium – £1,099
Goya One 77 Premium – £1,099

The ‘one board quiver’ from Goya has seen a few improvements for 2010, with new straps and pads plus a few design tweaks. The Ones are claimed to be the ultimate single board for all styles and all conditions – apparently, Francisco Goya travels with his when he doesn’t know what the conditions will bring. Historically this range has always performed well in BOARDS tests, often offering huge versatility on a very early planing platform. For 2010 the boards are available in four different sizes from 77L up to 105L, catering for a huge range of sailor abilities and weights.

Design: With a maximum width of 56cm the One is wider than most others on test – and with a quoted volume of 77L it’s also very slightly more buoyant. It has the smallest amount of tail rocker at 3mm, an average length planing flat at 139.9cm, and plenty of vee in the tail developing into a double concave. The widest point is quite a way forward in comparison with the other boards on test.

On the water: The One gets planing in a matter of milliseconds – just jump on, and off you go towards jumping heaven. This is probably down to its lack of tail rocker and slightly larger size compared to other boards on test. But if you’re over 80kg you’ll never find it too much of a handful when the going gets rough. For anyone below 70kg this would be an excellent partner to a smaller waveboard. As well as planing early, the One has a good top speed and is a joy to carve – the testers found themselves fully planing out of gybes more often on this board than any other. It works very well for both onshore and cross-shore riding, and would therefore suit those that sail in a variety of conditions. On a wave, the One has heaps of grip, and despite the small amount of tail rocker is loose enough to carve relatively tight turns.

Fittings: It comes with a 23cm MFC fin, which is quite stiff throughout. The new straps supplied are a 100% improvement on last year’s and are now very comfortable, as are the pads.

Overall: If you want to get planing earlier than your mates and boost some impressive jumps, this One’s for you. It’s a great small board for those over 80kg and an excellent mid-sized board for lighter weight sailors. Goya have excelled themselves again with an awesome ‘one board quiver’ – and this year, there’s no need to buy new straps!

Click here to read the BOARDS 257 Single-Fin Waveboard test in full…

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