06/12/2013 | 4 comments
We catch up with Francisco Goya to introduce us to the technology behind their new 2012 masts…
Boards: Can you explain to us what is so special about the masts?
Francisco: To explain everything included into our masts in a short paragraph would be hard so perhaps we should go in to more detail.
Boards: Ok, so tell us about the materials and how it will affect these masts?
Francisco: Everything starts with the material, 90% Carbon with 33 Million pounds per square inch.
A combination of Diagonal Fibers is what allows Diaganol Flex, the masts in return not only bend but also twist further, that was the biggest impact we had on durability since the skinny masts development started.
Boards: The great RDM/SDM debate continues. RDM’s never quite matched SDM’s in length, are you a little closer to this?
Francisco: Bend and Reflex like a SDM was the dream, today is the reality and that is how we are able to go up to 490 RDM where most RDM’s stop at 430.
Boards: A huge number of masts require both the top and bottom sections to be the same, can you tell us about your interchangables?
Francisco: Interchangables: Yes, you can swap them to customise your bend or sail size, maybe you just need 2 bottoms and 1 top then that is all you will get.
Boards: Thanks very much and anything else you would like to add?
Francisco: Yes. Consistency: There is not even 1mm of difference between any one of our masts, long gone are the days we were bending masts looking for a good one.
If it wasn’t the best mast out there we wouldn’t use it. I hope it doesn’t come across too arrogant but this is the true.‘
Goya Masts – In Detail
2012 DIRECT DRIVE SERIES™ – INCORPORATING DIAGONAL FLEX™
The main difference between Goya masts and those of all competition is Diagonal Flex™. No other mast brand offers this technology.
Diagonal Flex™ does not only allow Goya masts to bend to amazing curves, just like all those laboratory photos you know, but while in that shape, they are also enabled to twist extremely lively, working in close synergy with the Goya sails.
The difference resulting from this feature is expressed by a very simple number: Last winter, also known as the big wave season, between all Goya Team Riders, shops and distributors, we broke a total of three (3) masts. This was only possible through the Diagonal Flex™ technology developed by Goya Windsurfing.
Another essential building block of our masts is the use of an all new Goya exclusive Carbon lay up that makes our extreme bend and twist curves possible in the first place. 90% Pre-Preg. 33 million pounds per square inch.
The equation is very simple. Our wall thickness is at least 50% thicker than the rest of the market, while still being among the lightest weights.
How is that possible? Again, it’s no magic, everything starts with the most advance materials available, built with the same technology that is used in the aerospace industry.
Bend and Reflex like SDM
That sounds impossible but when you see that we offer our RDM masts at 490, doesn’t that make you curious how quick and stable our 400 is?
Our mast layup gradually adapts to each sizing, enabaling us to go from 12 IMCS on our 310 all the way up to 30 IMCS on the 490, while still keeping the same bending percentages or even getting a stiffer bottom section on the larger masts, making our RDM masts outperform SDM masts. And let’s not even talk about durability.
Yes, all our tops and bottoms can be mixed and that is why we also sell them separately, if you got a new 4.2 sail and you need a shorter mast, all you need is a 370 top or if you are getting a new 5.3 sail just get the 430 bottom.
For the chart: Starting from a full mast (Example: 400 Top/Bottom) if you need to go smaller just get the 370 top and if you need to go bigger get the 430 bottom.
By doing this you are allowing the mast to remain close to top flex which keeps your draft lower and forward.
Goya masts have the smoothest and most consistent built in the industry, made possible through higher pressure and better materials. There is not even 1mm of difference on the bend between our masts.
The US based factory that we authorize to build our masts does not come from building fishing poles and sport gear, this factory produces for NASA and Boing, amongst others.
We let our material be the graphic as the last thing we wanted was to have to carry 100 extra grams of stickers & paint into a double forward only to look cool. We rather try and move cool.
Let it be told
If this wasn’t the best mast out there, our team wouldn’t use it. We hope you never have to swim back across an impact zone or from where you were out freeriding but if you do please come try our masts before you go buy your next one.
To find out where you can get your hands on one, head on over to – www.zerogravitydistribution.co.uk/dealer