The Path of the Paddle

Paddlesports have consistently grown worldwide each year for the past 15 years. Indeed the only activity which consistently out performs paddling, in all its forms, is hiking. For us here at Mistral, the option to embrace the sport more fully through the development of a highly advanced, drop stitch kayak which can double also as canoe, was something we could not resist.

Mistral’s fame may well centre on its legacy with Windsurfing, which we are now moving back towards, but the big picture demands we are more water sports varied and orientated, so as not to be aligned with but one water sport. Canoeing and Kayaking align well with SUP; but if your looking to invest in a truly utilitarian paddling craft, it’s hard to beat the unique qualities, a stable and sleek canoe like craft offers.

The best part of sitting whilst paddling, is the relaxed feeling you can embrace. Paddle fast or slow, cruise or power your way forward, it does not matter, because the option of merely meandering and taking in the smells, the views, the embrace of nature will be at your finger tips for you to control with ease.

Our KANUyak Duo and Uno, are a genuine step into the abyss of blue sky thinking. No hollow chambers as such, but chambers containing thousands of interconnected fibres between the inner skins, providing unmatched levels of rigidity and durability. These are no ordinary inflatable Canoe / Kayak hybrids (you can paddle with a double or single blade paddle) but simply the best ‘in class’ offered on the market.

Now you can travel the world with a totally viable paddle craft that can accommodate camping equipment and more besides – in short, an investment in a KANUyak Duo or Uno, is and investment in life itself, in exploration and accumulation of a lifetime of ‘feel good memories’ in places you’re yet to visit and experience. Mistral KANUyak for the adventurist in us all.

10th August 2018

Be sun smart with your gear!

We all love warm, sunny days for our on water sessions, but when the UV rays and temperatures begin to climb to crazy highs, we immediately respond by taking care of ourselves, with UV protection clothing in the form of lycras, caps and sunglasses, maybe even sun creams, but the same should be true of your equipment.

In the case of inflatable boards, it is well documented that boards left in super strong sun, will gain added pounds per square inch (psi) which can strain in particular, the internal drop stitch fibres, to a point where they may snap, leading to disfigurement of the board, especially if the board has been inflated to its maximum psi rating. This makes it necessary to under inflate your board by at least 2 psi to any recommended rating, to be safe, as this is the amount of added extra pressure which may be created by ever expanding air within the chamber as it heats up and the air particles race around ever faster.

Beyond this, the seams are going to put under added pressure, but more so the heat itself, can lead to a weakening of these seams. This information is carried within your Mistral iSUP manual and it should be strictly followed in order to prolong the life of your inflatable. Ideally, avoid leaving your inflatable in strong UV. Seek out some shade and if storing in the back of your car, you can appreciate how hot a car can become, which again will have damaging affects to your board. Place in the boot and out of the sunlight and away from the magnification of glass.

When it comes to your laminated hardboards; once again, you need to think in terms of keeping your board in the shade when not in use, as the board will heat up dramatically. Laminated boards are in reality, plastic – and are prone to warping and creasing in high temps. An over looked stress, comes when placing a super heated board into cold water, which causes internal air to cool and shrinking internally can occur of the materials, which may cause deformations.​The use of a board cover can go a long way to limiting UV damage.

In all cases, be sun smart with your equipment and it will last very much longer and give great fun over many years!

2nd August 2018

Life’s a Beach

If you’re the kind of person who day dreams of the beach, or of far away islands and would rather be on the water, or in it, we here at Mistral, know the feeling well; it’s the very reason we exist. For over 40 years, we’ve been developing, designing, creating and supporting all manner of means to support water-loving sports people’s lifestyles. During these 40 years, so much has changed in terms of fashion and indeed on water sports, however one constant remains; the ever present power of the water, from river to ocean, to invoke passion in us all, even those who rarely, if ever, go on the water.

Mistral fashion and beyond, reflects the spirit of a sunny day out at the beach, or indeed a day spent on the water, a sunrise, a sunset and all that relaxation embraces; friendship, time out, hitting the open road like a stranger in a strange land and the exploration of ones self, through time on the water or indeed play or quiet time on the beach. From the vibrancy of our stand up paddle board range to the re-immergence of our touch-stone roots back to windsurfing, we’re always thinking in terms of graphics and designs which inspire and reflect the character and nature of the craft we’ve created. Everything is well considered and thought out, so as each becomes an ‘individual’ rather than a corporate message of likeness, avoiding being unilaterally dull and boring by colour and graphic.

From our apparel to the water craft we create, we have you, the individual in mind. When you look to buying a Java or a Nautique SUP board, take note of the attention to detail, from the use of graphics to all the individual components which make it what it is. Our Santa Anna boards reflect a retro approach as one of our flagship designs in a WindSUP® concept, while our Vortex Air and Slipstream Air boards, evoke a go-fast feel to match their unique and highly developed designs. Taken a step further, our high end laminated boards, reflect some of the most innovative and evocative graphics on the market, from the Squab and Cloud SUP surf boards to our race boards, we take great pride in the attention to detail in every aspect; every curve, every line and feature.

We’re all about bettering your lifestyle, in supporting your passion, by offering individualism, style and persona in all of what we create. After all, we’ve been doing this a long time, in leading not following, making ownership of a Mistral created product, an aspirational manifestation of your love of the brand and of what it has come to represen

27th July 2018

Teihotaata 3rd Air France

Up against the best names in the world Steeve Teihotaata pulled out an incredible 3rd place at the Air France Paddle Festival, the opening leg of the Paddle League Championship. It was a truly titanic battle with many big names struggling up against many new emerging paddlers and a race truly worthy of full international world class status. Sitting with the pack leaders in 6th and 7th for much of the first 35 minutes, turning out through the reef for the run home, it seemed that Steevie was off the pace. Picking a good line and selecting good bumps on his Equinox 14′ x 24″, he made great ground and was in 4th place fighting it out with Titouan Puyo in the home stretch to overtake using the great qualities of the board and his skills to make the podium in 3rd place. Congratulations to 1st and 2nd place getters. To Steevie – we salute and recognise a magnificent, heroic effort!

17th April 2018

The Path of the Paddle

Paddlesports have consistently grown worldwide each year for the past 15 years. Indeed the only activity which consistently out performs paddling, in all its forms, is hiking. For us here at Mistral, the option to embrace the sport more fully through the development of a highly advanced, drop stitch kayak which can double also as canoe, was something we could not resist.

Mistral’s fame may well centre on its legacy with Windsurfing, which we are now moving back towards, but the big picture demands we are more water sports varied and orientated, so as not to be aligned with but one water sport. Canoeing and Kayaking align well with SUP; but if your looking to invest in a truly utilitarian paddling craft, it’s hard to beat the unique qualities, a stable and sleek canoe like craft offers.

The best part of sitting whilst paddling, is the relaxed feeling you can embrace. Paddle fast or slow, cruise or power your way forward, it does not matter, because the option of merely meandering and taking in the smells, the views, the embrace of nature will be at your finger tips for you to control with ease.

Our KANUyak Duo and Uno, are a genuine step into the abyss of blue sky thinking. No hollow chambers as such, but chambers containing thousands of interconnected fibres between the inner skins, providing unmatched levels of rigidity and durability. These are no ordinary inflatable Canoe / Kayak hybrids (you can paddle with a double or single blade paddle) but simply the best ‘in class’ offered on the market.

Now you can travel the world with a totally viable paddle craft that can accommodate camping equipment and more besides – in short, an investment in a KANUyak Duo or Uno, is and investment in life itself, in exploration and accumulation of a lifetime of ‘feel good memories’ in places you’re yet to visit and experience. Mistral KANUyak for the adventurist in us all.

10th August 2018

Be sun smart with your gear!

We all love warm, sunny days for our on water sessions, but when the UV rays and temperatures begin to climb to crazy highs, we immediately respond by taking care of ourselves, with UV protection clothing in the form of lycras, caps and sunglasses, maybe even sun creams, but the same should be true of your equipment.

In the case of inflatable boards, it is well documented that boards left in super strong sun, will gain added pounds per square inch (psi) which can strain in particular, the internal drop stitch fibres, to a point where they may snap, leading to disfigurement of the board, especially if the board has been inflated to its maximum psi rating. This makes it necessary to under inflate your board by at least 2 psi to any recommended rating, to be safe, as this is the amount of added extra pressure which may be created by ever expanding air within the chamber as it heats up and the air particles race around ever faster.

Beyond this, the seams are going to put under added pressure, but more so the heat itself, can lead to a weakening of these seams. This information is carried within your Mistral iSUP manual and it should be strictly followed in order to prolong the life of your inflatable. Ideally, avoid leaving your inflatable in strong UV. Seek out some shade and if storing in the back of your car, you can appreciate how hot a car can become, which again will have damaging affects to your board. Place in the boot and out of the sunlight and away from the magnification of glass.

When it comes to your laminated hardboards; once again, you need to think in terms of keeping your board in the shade when not in use, as the board will heat up dramatically. Laminated boards are in reality, plastic – and are prone to warping and creasing in high temps. An over looked stress, comes when placing a super heated board into cold water, which causes internal air to cool and shrinking internally can occur of the materials, which may cause deformations.​The use of a board cover can go a long way to limiting UV damage.

In all cases, be sun smart with your equipment and it will last very much longer and give great fun over many years!

2nd August 2018

Life’s a Beach

If you’re the kind of person who day dreams of the beach, or of far away islands and would rather be on the water, or in it, we here at Mistral, know the feeling well; it’s the very reason we exist. For over 40 years, we’ve been developing, designing, creating and supporting all manner of means to support water-loving sports people’s lifestyles. During these 40 years, so much has changed in terms of fashion and indeed on water sports, however one constant remains; the ever present power of the water, from river to ocean, to invoke passion in us all, even those who rarely, if ever, go on the water.

Mistral fashion and beyond, reflects the spirit of a sunny day out at the beach, or indeed a day spent on the water, a sunrise, a sunset and all that relaxation embraces; friendship, time out, hitting the open road like a stranger in a strange land and the exploration of ones self, through time on the water or indeed play or quiet time on the beach. From the vibrancy of our stand up paddle board range to the re-immergence of our touch-stone roots back to windsurfing, we’re always thinking in terms of graphics and designs which inspire and reflect the character and nature of the craft we’ve created. Everything is well considered and thought out, so as each becomes an ‘individual’ rather than a corporate message of likeness, avoiding being unilaterally dull and boring by colour and graphic.

From our apparel to the water craft we create, we have you, the individual in mind. When you look to buying a Java or a Nautique SUP board, take note of the attention to detail, from the use of graphics to all the individual components which make it what it is. Our Santa Anna boards reflect a retro approach as one of our flagship designs in a WindSUP® concept, while our Vortex Air and Slipstream Air boards, evoke a go-fast feel to match their unique and highly developed designs. Taken a step further, our high end laminated boards, reflect some of the most innovative and evocative graphics on the market, from the Squab and Cloud SUP surf boards to our race boards, we take great pride in the attention to detail in every aspect; every curve, every line and feature.

We’re all about bettering your lifestyle, in supporting your passion, by offering individualism, style and persona in all of what we create. After all, we’ve been doing this a long time, in leading not following, making ownership of a Mistral created product, an aspirational manifestation of your love of the brand and of what it has come to represen

27th July 2018

Teihotaata 3rd Air France

Up against the best names in the world Steeve Teihotaata pulled out an incredible 3rd place at the Air France Paddle Festival, the opening leg of the Paddle League Championship. It was a truly titanic battle with many big names struggling up against many new emerging paddlers and a race truly worthy of full international world class status. Sitting with the pack leaders in 6th and 7th for much of the first 35 minutes, turning out through the reef for the run home, it seemed that Steevie was off the pace. Picking a good line and selecting good bumps on his Equinox 14′ x 24″, he made great ground and was in 4th place fighting it out with Titouan Puyo in the home stretch to overtake using the great qualities of the board and his skills to make the podium in 3rd place. Congratulations to 1st and 2nd place getters. To Steevie – we salute and recognise a magnificent, heroic effort!

17th April 2018

MISTRAL BRAND HERITAGE

Mistral’s success story starts in 1976, when, due to its passion for water and wind, the originally Swiss brand develops an innovative concept: surfboards with a sail. A new surfing dimension is born and proves to be an international hit. Mistral sets the tone in the development of windsurfing boards. Technological innovations rapidly follow, new materials are developed and tested. Mistral turns windsurfing into an international sport and even launches the Mistral World Cup Team. The brand becomes synonymous with windsurfing: Mistral is windsurfing, windsurfing is Mistral!

Mistral was at its height in the ‘eighties. All surf professionals embrace Mistral, the intensely coloured creations with the legendary red dot rule the waves at beaches throughout the world. Mistral is expressive, visible and in demand. Sport, innovation, technology and most of all fun are inextricably bound to this new lifestyle.

The colourful ‘eighties and the relaxed coastal life are still at the heart of the Mistral brand. The collection consists of everything that makes coastal life so beautiful: from innovative surfboards and SUP boards to clothing, footwear and lifestyle products. The mix of maximum quality, perfection and the link to Mistral’s origin give all of the products the distinct Mistral character.

MISTRAL BRAND HERITAGE

Team riders

Steeve Teihotaata

Steeve Teihotaata is quite simply the world’s best outrigger canoe paddler at this point in time. Born and raised as an ocean athlete on the island of Bora Bora, he is relatively new to SUP, but he made a name for himself by winning the 132 miles SUP 11 City Tour 2015 – 5 straight wins every day on the Mistral Vortex 14?.

Where does all this talent come from. He is one of the world’s best V1 and OC1 paddlers, winning the Super Aito 2010, the Te Aito 2011, 2012 and the OC1 Solo Moloka’i in 2012, 2014 and 2015, finishing 2nd in the Super Aito 2015, by only 8 seconds to Jérusalemy Kevin Ceran.

In 2012 he won the Ironmana Bora Bora Va`a Hoe 62 km with an average speed of 12kph. The Ironmana Va`a Hoe Race has been considered by paddlers as the most difficult ever one man canoe race. ‘Steeve Teihotaata, was known to me through his OC1 wins of Molokai to Oahu races in 2010, 2014 and 2015 beating the likes of Danny Ching.

In addition he paddles with Tahiti’s EDT V6 (OC6) crew and a winner of the Molokai Hoe and many great races back in Tahiti. In addition he, is a Super Aito V1 winner and runner up – the most gruelling solo paddle craft distance event on earth. Growing up on the mythlogical island of Bora Bora, surfing and paddling, Steeve’s natural ability, led him to move to Papeete to paddle and train with his EDT crew.’ – Steve West – Mistral. There’s no doubt that with Steeve on board with Mistral and with our great board designs, no one is going to take his place on the start line lightly. This is a guy is uniquely gifted and properly quick.

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