Goya are entering the twinser market for the first time with this line-up of twin-fin boards, available in 74L, 81L, and 89L. During development the guys say that they were riding closer to the pocket of the wave than ever before, and that the sensation they were getting was close to surfing. The new boards are said to bring more overall wave versatility by turning cross-on conditions into riding playgrounds. They have a much faster rockerline than the single-fin Wave Series, yet retain the ability to turn tightly due to the twin-fin concept.
Design: With a maximum width of 58.5cm and a quoted volume of 89L this was one of the largest multi-fins on test. It had very little tail rocker for a waveboard – only 4mm – and the 2cm point was quite far forward at 142.9cm, making for a reasonably long planing flat. The board had a small amount of single concave in the tail, turning into double concave towards the midsection.
On the water: The first thing you notice when you step on the Goya is that despite being just 1.5cm wider than the smallest twin-fins on test, it has quite a bit more float, which really suited the heavier riders. The board seemed to prefer to bottom turn with a wider arc and was therefore more enjoyable on bigger cross-shore days rather than in onshore mush. It wasn’t the quickest to plane, or the fastest board overall, but we found that the board was a little quicker when the fins were placed just back of centre. This also increased its jumping capabilities without hindering the turning radius. The relatively long planing flat helped the board to track upwind well, which was really noticeable when jostling for position at a point break, and in turn would easily increase your chances of getting more waves.
Fittings: It comes with two 16.5cm MFC G10 fins, which are quite stiff throughout and slightly thinner in profile then most. The new straps that come with the board are a 100% improvement on last year’s, and are now very comfortable, as are the pads.
Overall: The Goya would suit a heavier rider who needed that extra bit of float to get out through the white water on lighter wind days. Although not the loosest of boards, the Goya is extremely surefooted and has the ability to tail-slide as much as anything else out on the water. The fin trim system is absolutely brilliant. We think that all twin-fin manufacturers could look at what Goya have done here.