Hiiii!! Today we have, for the very first time in the blog an equipment review. Some time ago with my friends, the instructors of Laduna Tarifa, we put the new board Goya Volar Pro 2019 145 liters on the water, and here you have our findings.

Laduna TarifaBut this is not the only news we have, for the very first time we will be supporting our post with a video specially prepared for the occasion!!! Fist thing first and I must thank to Pepe for recording it, to the great Yago for showing the top level of the instructors of Laduna and of course, to Hugo for letting us the board and the rest of the equipment for testing.

And now, let’s go with our impressions about the Freeride board Goya Volar Pro 145.

Model

Goya Volar Pro 2019 - TopThe models Volar and Volar Pro are what Goya Windsurfing put on the market for the intermediate level Freeride boards. The difference between them is basically the construction. While the Volar Pro has a full carbon deck, the Volar (formerly Volar Eco) comes with a wood sandwich coverage.
This obviously has an impact, mainly in the weight and the price.

Here you may check all the main characteristics for both models. We got this info directly from Goya Windsurfing web site:

 

Volar Characteristics

  • Fused Cell Core. The core of the board is made of high density Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) to get great rigidity with a low weight.
  • Wood Sandwich. The external layer is made of a composite of wood and fiber which makes it very resistant to beatings. According to the brand, this makes it special for schools and rental.
  • Single Fin. The board comes equipped with a Liquid Pro fin, MFC Freeride model, built in G10.
  • Volume. This board is commercialized in 115l, 130l, 145l and 160l.

Volar Pro Characteristics

  • Fused Cell Core. The core of the board is made of high density Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) to get great rigidity with a low weight.
  • Hyper Skin HD. The EPS core is covered with a layer of high density foam developed by Goya. According to them this add flexibility and durability to the board.
  • Direct Drive Monocoque. It’s a fiber glass layer joining the upper deck to the mastrack.
  • Full Carbon Deck. External layer of bi-axial carbon covering the whole board. This finishing gives it an optimal balance between rigidity and flexibility, with a light weight.
  • Single Fin. The board comes equipped with a Liquid Pro fin, MFC Freeride model, built in G10.
  • Volume.This board is commercialized in 105l, 115l, 130l y 145l. The 145l model is the one we used for the test.

Dimensions and range

The Volar Pro 145l is 252,5cm long and 85,9cm width, and it has a total weight of 8kg (the Volar with same volume wights 10kg).

Goya Volar Pro 2019 BottomRegarding its dimensions we must say that this board is slightly bigger than, for example, the Gecko from Fanatic or the Carve iQ from Starboard, and a little bit lighter than both of them too.  As all the new Freeride boards the Volar Pro is wide, which makes it very stable in light winds and non planing conditions.

The designed sail range is set at 7,0m2 to 10,0m2. Even when those are the designer recommendations, I think we must take that limit only for planing conditions and I personally would start it at 6,0m2. I’ve tested this board with that sail size and it goes really well.

Regarding the design, this is a board with lines quite parallel, a straight rocker and quite a hard edge (little rail tuck) for a Freeride board. If someone tell us that this is a Freerace board we must believe it. However, the several footstraps positions, the friendly deck and the double concave V bottom make this board really user friendly. So, we can say that this is a progression Freeride board, but if the rider asks, the board will deliver.

Non planing test

As it is a progressing board from beginner to intermediate, we wanted to test it in light wind conditions. This is important because this should be the board to learn or improve our planing. It also must allow us to practice our light wind core abilities, those ones we must learn in our initiation to windsurf course, same ones we must keep practicing for ever.

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The first thing we noticed was that this is a really enjoyable board. In the video you will see Yago not only steering with the board, tacking or gybing. He also is able to practice Duck Gybes, Helitacks and upwind 360º.

The board is stable and with the volume well balanced, which is good for light wind maneuvers. We also saw that its response to steering is really good. You change the position of the sail and the board change the course accordingly.

Planing test

The riding time came and we were very impressed with the huge acceleration it has. There are a couple of shots in the video, specially at minute 5:18, where you can see that clearly. With none or very little intervention from the rider, the board starts to run. The double concave middle section gives it also good control at speed. So, it’s a very comfortable board when planing and quite forgiving too, as a progression board must be.

Obviously, as everything in windsurf is about compromise and we found the weakest point in the gybing smoothness. During gybing, we’ve found that it easily goes into it, but… It’s really complicated to keep speed if you don’t let the board go for it’s own path. If you force the the gybe you will loose speed in a moment. This is probably due to the little tuck it has, compared with other freeride boards.

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The fact that it has multiple front and back footstraps positions, and even a central footstrap position, is really good for those one starting with planing. The centered the footstraps are, the easier will be to put the feet and learn. We can put them near the rails as we progress.

The board is very responsive when planing. When you go downwind it accelerates almost immediately and as it comes with a well sized fin it has a good behavior upwind too. As the wind goes up or the water has some choppy, the board starts to be a little bit unstable, but this is kind of normal with this volumes.

Video

Here you have the video we’ve prepared with some shots we took when testing the board. If you enjoy it press the like button (it’s free!) and subscribe to the blog Youtube channel. You will receive a notification when we post a new video.

Conclusions

Well, this are the pros and cons we see on the Goya Volar Pro 145 after testing. As a summary I’ll say that this is a great, easy, fun and fast board. I absolutely recommend it as  a first progression before a high-end Freerace or Slalom board.

Pros

  • Easy plug & play board.
  • Several footstraps positions.
  • Very light board for its dimensions.
  • Accelerates really fast and doesn’t need almost any ability from the rider to do it.
  • Volume really well balanced. Good behavior in non planing conditions.
  • Good top speed for its range, and great stability.
  • Easy entry into the gybe.

To improve

  • It could be a little bit easier at gybes.
  • It would be great a “Foil Ready” version. Just like the Bolt.

Ok, this is the end of this review. I hope you enjoyed it and specially you find it useful if you’re thinking about buying a progression board. As always, if you have any comment leave it down here. Big hug and see you soon.

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