Mar 4, 2011
V: 86 L: 234.5 W: 58.7
The One lineup is designed to cover three different categories: wave, crossover and highwind freeride. Each size is somewhat tailored for the conditions it will most likely see. In the case of the One 86, we find a wavy outline with a good amount of concave for a smooth ride, and a bit of flat in the rocker line to make sure it has some speed.
There’s a slightly unique feel, from the wide and thick nose, that packs a lot of volume. This makes the One incredibly easy to schlog on and tack, which is great for anyone but moreso for the aspiring wavesailor. On days when we were a little underpowered, there wasn’t an easier board to catch a wave on. Once on the wave, the One’s ease continues. It takes little effort to set the rail, and of all the boards in the test it works with a less aggressive back foot carve that most sailors start out with—both on a wave and when learning to jibe.
Even though the ride is smooth enough to mow down chop with ease, you can also use the wide nose to catch decent air off chop if desired. With all the volume up front, it pops up onto a plane, so long as the rider uses a light touch on the tail. This can be achieved by riding with a shoulder-high boom that lets you use your mast base as a third foot to help drive the board. Some acquired trim skills are also needed to get the One to really break free and unlock its hidden top speed. If you have the skill you can get the performance of a true FSW from a board that doubles as a wave board as well.
If you’re learning to wavesail but still like to rip turns in bump-and-jump conditions, then this One is for you. goyawindsurfing.com