Range of Mistral inflatables

Heritage Adventure

Recreational fun

Vortex AIR

Race 14'0

Slipstream AIR

Race 12'6

Tribe Bali

Tribe entry and school

Tribe Java

Tribe entry and school

Tribe Sumatra

Tribe entry and school

Tribe Lombok

Tribe entry and school

Santa Anna

Adventure and windsup

Spirit 12’6

Race one design

Big Sup 18′ & 16′

Big Sup fun

Asana yoga/fitness

Fitness yoga

Lotus yoga/fitness

Fitness yoga

Limpopo river

Adventure and windsup

Colorado River

River and stream

Nautique Maritime

At anchor

Trekker adventurer

Dual chamber hiker

Vol Metric and What it All Means

A confusing and misunderstood issues of board choice, is that of volume, generally specified in litres. This amount, also referred to as ‘vol metric’, was born out of the windsurfing years, when boards for wave sailing in particular, were reduced down in size to that of surf board proportions, to improve wave riding performance.

So small were these boards, those that sank under the feet of some sailors when the wind died or when raising the sail up when dropped, become known as ‘sinkers’. These sinkers, soon became defined not just by their length and width, but also by their vol metric size, so as riders could determine in relation to their body mass, how each would suit them.

Whereas years ago these boards would dip even below 75 litres, when you consider our smallest 8’6 Bali Tribe board for kids is 210 litres, you can appreciate this is a large board in terms of its volume, capable of supporting a 100kg paddler, but far from ideal for an adult paddler regardless of its volume in respect of performance.

Inflatable boards are generally high in volume and you should be more concerned with the boards length x width and how the volume is spread out through the design and take into account the boards stability in relation to your ability.

When investing in a hard board, there are certainly more radically created designs with less volume, but the rules still apply regarding consideration of the length x width and how the volume is spread throughout the length of the board. Our most radical hard board, the Squab 7’2 for SUP surfing, has a volume of only 99 litres, which makes it very much a ‘sinker’ for someone over 100kg. Therefore the advice here is to be less concerned over the vol metric size of the inflatable you invest in, but pay particular attention to more radical hardboard shapes more especially in relation to some of the high performance SUP surf boards.​

13th December 2018

Mistral USA

Not unexpectedly, we have regular requests and enquiries from the USA with regards to our SUP boards. The performance merits, the designs and overall appeal and interest for our boards and of the Mistral brand, remains as strong as ever. Considering the range of product available in the USA, that Mistral still creates interest is reassuring, given that we are not officially there, but read on, as there is indeed now a portal to Mistral board ownership in the USA.

There is no doubt, contemporary SUP sport was born and evolved out of the Hawaiian Islands and quickly spread to mainland USA where it incubated for a number of years until exploding into a huge going concern, fuelled by entrepreneurs investing in this new, easy, equipment sparse, sport for everyone. Ultimately, it was only a matter of time before the major players within board sports ramped-up their investment and interest.

Historically, some of the evolutionary processes of SUP mirror image that of the evolution of Windsurfing, accepting the irony here is that the major brand names quick to jump onto the SUP wagon, were of course Windsurfing brands, searching for a bolt on water sport to add to their inventory. Ironically, rather like Windsurfing, once SUP sport leapt across the pond to Europe, the gloves were off in terms of research and development amongst the big brand names that pushed the sport in all manner of direction and design together with their riders.

Mistral’s Windsurfing history within the Hawaiian Islands is well documented, as it is in throughout mainland USA. In the context of Mistral SUP USA, there was a brief time of establishment in Florida where the main thrust of sales were made, but overall, Mistral SUP has not been omnipresent through mainland USA and as it stands, though it may be the largest market in the world, due to the rush of interest by private individuals in venture capital start up companies and the flood of boards from major brands, the USA is grossly over-stocked with old stock and price wars.

The USA still remains the largest market in the world and it is far from unimportant to us, but we recognise at this stage of the sports growth and development, Mistral’s place within the USA market is perhaps more ‘Specialist’ than mainstream; a stand alone brand which sets the bar high and relies on a number of points of difference to attract the paddler truly seeking something different, even bespoke.

Lee Bergman, living in Cortez, Colorado USA, a paddler now for over 50 years has taken the initiative to invest and make some of our more exotic hard boards available to paddlers of the USA. With his vast experience, Lee has recognised the market need for unique boards to cater for paddlers looking for something different, special and unique and we are pleased to be working with him to achieve this. To this end he has identified our 17’6 Interceptor and Stealth boards as the best boards on the market for the end user searching for such a high performance craft, together with the Vanquish 14’, Vortex SD1 14’ and Equinox 14’. We salute Lee for establishing this Mistral USA Outpost, situated in one of America’s most beautiful locations and invite our fellow paddler of America, to Contact Lee ​with any enquiries you may have relating to these fantastic boards or any other of our products.

6th December 2018

Frequently Asked Questions?

During any investigative process, it’s only normal to want to ask questions in order to bring you to some conclusion and no more so is the process important in relation the buying / investment process. Critically, you may know some basic questions to ask and can easily research, such as the cost, the specs and perhaps how something looks and appears.

However, you really need to dig deeper in order to have the full picture. Knowing simply the price and how something looks and perhaps the basics specifications, is still only a skin-deep overview. What questions to ask, is a skill in itself and if you don’t know the correct questions to ask, you will not have enough facts to genuinely make an informed choice. ​We’re always pleased when customers first come in to contact with our products, to see the reaction of just how good they are, both in terms of form and function.

When you see a high end product, you know automatically how much attention to detail and thought has gone into its creation and that it would not be accident, but by design. It’s clear to us we’ve let you down in not giving you enough information what it comes to your FAQs and indeed, we recognise it our now as our responsibility to ask some questions for you; some you may not know to ask and in doing so, help to clarify any confusion you may have. So far, we’ve created an FAQ relating to our inflatable SUP technology and another relating to questions you should be asking in relation to the buying process and the joys of living with an iSUP board.

We’ve plenty more FAQs to come, which will cover our hard board range, paddles, windsurfing and we will be offering up advice in relation to techniques of paddling of SUPs and kayaks and of windsurfing. We’re not just about making the equipment, we want to become a knowledge based resource for information about the sports we’re passionate about; above all, it’s about helping you along the way and helping to nurture our relationship with you the end-user and in doing so, appreciate the support and passion with which Mistral operates under it’s motto of Water Life and Living.

30th November 2018