Jun 19, 2009
V: 84 L: 239 W: 57
The Ride: Hearing that the Windsport test weeks have had some great conditions over the last few years, Francisco Goya himself decided to come down and show us how well his boards can perform on the wave in San Carlos. With gauges into the wave that sent him vertical to lip, in sections few even think to ride, we were left in awe. Ridding his new Custom Wave 84 didn't let us recreate his moves but it did give us a bit of an idea as to how it was possible. More than any other board, the Custom can be driven into a tight high-speed bottom turn with little worry of losing speed or traction. Off the top it is incredibly snappy and immediately accelerates once pointed back down the wave, leaving you perfectly setup to do it again. Only the Starboard has a better top turn, but it lacks the Custom’s speed and acceleration. To get this kind of on-wave performance some flat-water ability is lost, but the Goya is no more difficult to sail than any other DTL board. A pleasant surprise is its ability to keep speed through a carve, making it a good performer in all wave conditions. If you’re lucky enough to consistently sail good wave conditions you’ll be hard pressed to find a better board.
Parts: MFC straps adjust easily, but are a little narrow and constantly “shrink” when made big. Great fin but we found that a slightly smaller size rode smoother and only added to the maneuverability.