2018 11 Cities

The dust has more or less settled from this years 2018 11 Cities event and with it there was plenty of discussion as to its future and indeed the future of SUP. Nothing should be taken for granted, in so much as a sport ​or an event will take care of itself. Innovation and ways to keep things advancing and interesting, are key factors in any evolutionary process and a brand can of course form part of this process together with the demands of the end-users.

We introduced our Stealth Unlimited board at this years event, paddled by Dutch Champion Janneke Smits and while at the time there was little noise made, there certainly was following the event. The argument goes that boards of this nature are uniquely suited to this event type and that paddlers would cover the course faster and in more comfort, whether completing the 220km non stop or doing so over 5 days, but this is countered with cost issues and ideas of elitism.

Frankly we believe this is a very poor argument when you consider these board types were indeed present in the early days of the sport, for both open ocean and flat waters. Cost is all relative to enjoyment and indeed performance and specificity plays a large part in this. All sports have a wid​e variance of quality and cost performance related choice and should be no different for SUP.

Around the world there already exist a number of ultra-distance events, originally created for canoeing and kayaking. Stand up paddlers are now not only entering these events, but actively seeking them out, some as extreme as up to 1000miles (Yukon). The fact is, human beings have always sought out challenges and in today’s modern digital world, the opportunity to confront nature, to test oneself physically and mentally, has never been more relevant as a compensation for the world we now live in.

We acknowledge and salute these individuals who seek out such extreme challenges, whether it’s paddling from Spain to Africa, or the length of the Yukon River in the USA or the Murray River in Australia or the 220km 11 Cities course in Holland. We’re here to support the courageous, the ambitious the thrill seekers and adventurers in the pursuit of an extreme life through the manifestation of our designs which reject the rule books and offer up the best of what can be, as part of your water life and living, as is our promise to you.

21st September 2018

Spain to North Africa

When an idea to paddle 227km between the Spanish mainland region of Malaga to North Africa was recently conceived, the first thing which came to mind was of course, which board to use? Departing from Malaga the journey would pass by Alboran Island and then on to Melilla, a small North African Spanish-administered autonomous City, bordering Morocco.

Adventurer and stand up paddler, Carlos Toro, Juan Torrecillas of the Caixa Banking Group together with Carlos Rumbaco, decided to take on this aquatic challenge, with the purpose of raising funds and awareness of the efforts made by the Spanish Red Cross, who are compelled to assist refugees who often suffer injury or sickness in crossing from mainland Africa to Europe. Initially it was simply the challenge to do so, but the idea to make it also a fund raising event, ensured TV exposure and the chance for added sponsorship.

Juan Carlos Garcia Guerra of Navigaport and Mistral Spain, was to be on hand to support the team of three, providing logistical support by use of his charter Catamaran and supply of Mistral equipment, in this case, the sublime Interceptor 17’6” – the ideal board for the task in hand. Regrettably, Juan was ultimately unable to attend, but was to be with them in spirit, though his support by use of equipment was still on hand.

The decision to do so on a stand up paddle board (SUP) was not necessarily the most logical one, being as sea kayaks or similar would make provision for a physically easier challenge. However to do so by SUP, focused on the challenge more acutely, which made it ever more important that the choice of board was fit for purpose.

As with all of Mistral designs, we think long and hard before committing to the shaping process. This involves being very clear on the objectives we are setting out to achieve so as to combine and use all of the differing design elements to bring about the desired result. Neither are we wasteful in making endless prototypes, which is more of a recipe for confusion than clarity.

The motivation to design and develop two differing unlimited boards targeted for full release in 2019, was simply based upon the belief of the pursuit of the zenith, the peak of development the sport inspires. Such boards are not constrained by restrictions of convention and are unquestionably the fastest of the board designs available. By means of a simple mathematical formula, added water line length and sleekness results in longer glide times and often added stability for a narrow hull shape. Add to this the ability to add a foot operated rudder system and you are on your way to adding in a level of functionality and versatility which elevates the very experience of the sport, to another level.

It made sense to create two differing boards simultaneously in order to have comparative and directly opposite boards in respect of the conditions for which they are intended; the Stealth 17’6” for flatter waters and the Interceptor 17’6” for choppier conditions.

Conceived by Steve West and co-designed with Chris Diplock, the team took the very best of what had been created beforehand in 14’ versions of the Vortex and Equinox boards. The resulting Stealth flat water board, is devastatingly sleek and as fast as she looks. A super low drag co-efficient, makes this board, very fast to accelerate and it glides with effortless effort, during the recovery phase of the stroke. The Interceptor it was decided, should not be a dedicated downwind board, but be designed so as to be able to perform in a variety of water conditions, including down winding when conditions permit. With this in mind, this was the logical board for the 227km challenge which lay ahead.

Supported by Caixa Bank, Navigaport, Mistral, Red Cross Spain and Toro SUP, the conditions for crossing proved to be hot, with light winds and a slight sea, with some choppy sections and took just on three and a half days. Paddling during the day from just after sunrise to sunset, with one paddler resting on board the Catamaran, one leading, the three paddlers fell in love with the Interceptor, expressing that it was like no other board they had paddled before, making the experience achievable and pleasurable in attaining their goal.

Creating boards with no boundaries, very much represents the spirt of Mistral, to be provide vehicles of desire and aspiration which can provide free-thinking adventurists and pioneers, with the best of the best equipment capable of delivering truly amazing levels of performance.

Further afield in the USA, our Interceptor 17’6” is receiving great accolades from paddlers who are using the board for long distance paddling inland on the Colorado River for example. “A Magic Carpet Ride”, has been the term used to describe the sensation of being on the Interceptor and indeed the Stealth too, described as “Like nothing else I’ve have ever paddled” which tells us we have achieved our aims in creating boards which help to raise the paddlers experience of the sport and take it to new levels of enjoyment. More on this another time.

23rd August 2018

Supporting Polynesian Traditions

Mistral’s decision to support the Canoe Sailing races held in French Polynesia, comes as a result of Mistral’s passion for those who strive to form strong bonds with the ocean and in maintaining a connection to ancient past times, which often means living life on the edge.

Canoe sailing in this form, replicates how much of the Pacific was populated, through wind and sail, paddle and muscle power and a desire to explore a vast ocean in the belief that new islands were there to be found. The Holopuni Sailing Canoe is a specific design created in the Hawaiian Island by Nick Beck and it is this uniquely nimble and beautiful craft, which has given rise to the rebirth of Canoe Sailing again in areas of the world such as French Polynesia, where Canoe Sailing was once omnipresent. Today, the Vaa Taie Tautoru (The Tahitian Sailing Federation) oversees the racing of these craft in Tahiti and her islands and is led by Kavika Knight.

For Mistral, what can be more evocative than to see the M-Dot emblazoned on brightly coloured sails, far out in the ocean, wind powered and wind swept, atop an ever undulating watery carpet.

Culminating in a series of epic inter-island races during the year, the final event off the regatta calendar, is an epic inter-island, event staged in October, racing over 400km, setting out from the island of Tahiti to Bora Bora, with stop offs in Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa, some of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Colourful Mistral sails will dot the cobalt blue tropical waters for this epic race and the sailors and paddlers will shield themselves from the tropical sun, with our caps and lycra tops as they face the harsh extremes of a tropical sun, tropical down pours, a relentless rolling ocean and an ever present trade wind, moving them every further onward to their final goal.

Mistral, ever seeking out adventures in paradise . . .

17th August 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

2018 11 Cities

The dust has more or less settled from this years 2018 11 Cities event and with it there was plenty of discussion as to its future and indeed the future of SUP. Nothing should be taken for granted, in so much as a sport ​or an event will take care of itself. Innovation and ways to keep things advancing and interesting, are key factors in any evolutionary process and a brand can of course form part of this process together with the demands of the end-users.

We introduced our Stealth Unlimited board at this years event, paddled by Dutch Champion Janneke Smits and while at the time there was little noise made, there certainly was following the event. The argument goes that boards of this nature are uniquely suited to this event type and that paddlers would cover the course faster and in more comfort, whether completing the 220km non stop or doing so over 5 days, but this is countered with cost issues and ideas of elitism.

Frankly we believe this is a very poor argument when you consider these board types were indeed present in the early days of the sport, for both open ocean and flat waters. Cost is all relative to enjoyment and indeed performance and specificity plays a large part in this. All sports have a wid​e variance of quality and cost performance related choice and should be no different for SUP.

Around the world there already exist a number of ultra-distance events, originally created for canoeing and kayaking. Stand up paddlers are now not only entering these events, but actively seeking them out, some as extreme as up to 1000miles (Yukon). The fact is, human beings have always sought out challenges and in today’s modern digital world, the opportunity to confront nature, to test oneself physically and mentally, has never been more relevant as a compensation for the world we now live in.

We acknowledge and salute these individuals who seek out such extreme challenges, whether it’s paddling from Spain to Africa, or the length of the Yukon River in the USA or the Murray River in Australia or the 220km 11 Cities course in Holland. We’re here to support the courageous, the ambitious the thrill seekers and adventurers in the pursuit of an extreme life through the manifestation of our designs which reject the rule books and offer up the best of what can be, as part of your water life and living, as is our promise to you.

21st September 2018

Spain to North Africa

When an idea to paddle 227km between the Spanish mainland region of Malaga to North Africa was recently conceived, the first thing which came to mind was of course, which board to use? Departing from Malaga the journey would pass by Alboran Island and then on to Melilla, a small North African Spanish-administered autonomous City, bordering Morocco.

Adventurer and stand up paddler, Carlos Toro, Juan Torrecillas of the Caixa Banking Group together with Carlos Rumbaco, decided to take on this aquatic challenge, with the purpose of raising funds and awareness of the efforts made by the Spanish Red Cross, who are compelled to assist refugees who often suffer injury or sickness in crossing from mainland Africa to Europe. Initially it was simply the challenge to do so, but the idea to make it also a fund raising event, ensured TV exposure and the chance for added sponsorship.

Juan Carlos Garcia Guerra of Navigaport and Mistral Spain, was to be on hand to support the team of three, providing logistical support by use of his charter Catamaran and supply of Mistral equipment, in this case, the sublime Interceptor 17’6” – the ideal board for the task in hand. Regrettably, Juan was ultimately unable to attend, but was to be with them in spirit, though his support by use of equipment was still on hand.

The decision to do so on a stand up paddle board (SUP) was not necessarily the most logical one, being as sea kayaks or similar would make provision for a physically easier challenge. However to do so by SUP, focused on the challenge more acutely, which made it ever more important that the choice of board was fit for purpose.

As with all of Mistral designs, we think long and hard before committing to the shaping process. This involves being very clear on the objectives we are setting out to achieve so as to combine and use all of the differing design elements to bring about the desired result. Neither are we wasteful in making endless prototypes, which is more of a recipe for confusion than clarity.

The motivation to design and develop two differing unlimited boards targeted for full release in 2019, was simply based upon the belief of the pursuit of the zenith, the peak of development the sport inspires. Such boards are not constrained by restrictions of convention and are unquestionably the fastest of the board designs available. By means of a simple mathematical formula, added water line length and sleekness results in longer glide times and often added stability for a narrow hull shape. Add to this the ability to add a foot operated rudder system and you are on your way to adding in a level of functionality and versatility which elevates the very experience of the sport, to another level.

It made sense to create two differing boards simultaneously in order to have comparative and directly opposite boards in respect of the conditions for which they are intended; the Stealth 17’6” for flatter waters and the Interceptor 17’6” for choppier conditions.

Conceived by Steve West and co-designed with Chris Diplock, the team took the very best of what had been created beforehand in 14’ versions of the Vortex and Equinox boards. The resulting Stealth flat water board, is devastatingly sleek and as fast as she looks. A super low drag co-efficient, makes this board, very fast to accelerate and it glides with effortless effort, during the recovery phase of the stroke. The Interceptor it was decided, should not be a dedicated downwind board, but be designed so as to be able to perform in a variety of water conditions, including down winding when conditions permit. With this in mind, this was the logical board for the 227km challenge which lay ahead.

Supported by Caixa Bank, Navigaport, Mistral, Red Cross Spain and Toro SUP, the conditions for crossing proved to be hot, with light winds and a slight sea, with some choppy sections and took just on three and a half days. Paddling during the day from just after sunrise to sunset, with one paddler resting on board the Catamaran, one leading, the three paddlers fell in love with the Interceptor, expressing that it was like no other board they had paddled before, making the experience achievable and pleasurable in attaining their goal.

Creating boards with no boundaries, very much represents the spirt of Mistral, to be provide vehicles of desire and aspiration which can provide free-thinking adventurists and pioneers, with the best of the best equipment capable of delivering truly amazing levels of performance.

Further afield in the USA, our Interceptor 17’6” is receiving great accolades from paddlers who are using the board for long distance paddling inland on the Colorado River for example. “A Magic Carpet Ride”, has been the term used to describe the sensation of being on the Interceptor and indeed the Stealth too, described as “Like nothing else I’ve have ever paddled” which tells us we have achieved our aims in creating boards which help to raise the paddlers experience of the sport and take it to new levels of enjoyment. More on this another time.

23rd August 2018

Supporting Polynesian Traditions

Mistral’s decision to support the Canoe Sailing races held in French Polynesia, comes as a result of Mistral’s passion for those who strive to form strong bonds with the ocean and in maintaining a connection to ancient past times, which often means living life on the edge.

Canoe sailing in this form, replicates how much of the Pacific was populated, through wind and sail, paddle and muscle power and a desire to explore a vast ocean in the belief that new islands were there to be found. The Holopuni Sailing Canoe is a specific design created in the Hawaiian Island by Nick Beck and it is this uniquely nimble and beautiful craft, which has given rise to the rebirth of Canoe Sailing again in areas of the world such as French Polynesia, where Canoe Sailing was once omnipresent. Today, the Vaa Taie Tautoru (The Tahitian Sailing Federation) oversees the racing of these craft in Tahiti and her islands and is led by Kavika Knight.

For Mistral, what can be more evocative than to see the M-Dot emblazoned on brightly coloured sails, far out in the ocean, wind powered and wind swept, atop an ever undulating watery carpet.

Culminating in a series of epic inter-island races during the year, the final event off the regatta calendar, is an epic inter-island, event staged in October, racing over 400km, setting out from the island of Tahiti to Bora Bora, with stop offs in Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa, some of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Colourful Mistral sails will dot the cobalt blue tropical waters for this epic race and the sailors and paddlers will shield themselves from the tropical sun, with our caps and lycra tops as they face the harsh extremes of a tropical sun, tropical down pours, a relentless rolling ocean and an ever present trade wind, moving them every further onward to their final goal.

Mistral, ever seeking out adventures in paradise . . .

17th August 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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