Jun 9, 2010
Goya Eclipse 6.8 and 5.7
On the water: Goya’s all-new Eclipse is Levi Siver’s signature sail that helps him push his stylish wavesailing to new limits. We tested it in two of the larger sizes and found that there is more to this sail than just ripping up waves. It has the requisite soft feel and quick depower that any wavesail must have, but with designer Jason Diffin’s innovative Stretch Control System there is still plenty of stability to have fun on flat water as well. Of course, if you are just looking to blast back and forth all day long it may be best to go with a complete quiver of Goya’s more dedicated freeride FXR line. However, the Eclipse’s added manoeuvrability and control makes it the choice for working through freestyle tricks and boosting big air off chop.
Rigging: When you roll the Eclipse out of the bag there is no mistaking that it’s built to handle a ton of abuse. There is a slight weight penalty for its robust build so it’s important to downhaul the Eclipse, allowing the leech to become loose all the way to where the on-sail guide says you should (or even slightly beyond). This helps to lower the draft and make the sail feel lighter in the hands. At the recommended downhaul setting we found plenty of pop for freestyle and decent pull to help set the rail in the waves. However, for our flatwater testing we preferred the maximum setting for a more comfortable lower draft and increased stability.
One-liner: The Eclipse is a robust wavesail that can be thrown around in bump-and-jump conditions as well.