What’s in a Name?

As if the name ‘Mistral’ is not already iconoclastic enough, in the world of windsurfing and more recently, stand up paddle boarding, so too during its 40 year history, there have been other names associated with the brand that ring out; Malibu, Kailua, Pan Am, Competition, Equipe, Screamer to name but a few. However, the naming of our boards is not by random selection, but more by absolute intent. As we set about designing, the character and nature of the board takes form and when used in testing, it begins to tell us more about its personality. From here, a name is born and indeed the next phase is to design graphics to suit.

When creating our SUP range, it was clear we needed boards for different niche interests; boards for the adventurous, the river paddler, the surfer, the casual cruiser, the go-hard downwinder, the ‘paddle like you stole it’ racer, the ultra distance marathoner, the windsurfer-paddler, the casual user, the global traveller, the weekend warrior, family users, the fitness and yoga specialist, splash and dash school operators and those more formal. In all these instances, we set out to cater for all.

Here’s an overview of our inflatable range, the names and why . . .

Next week we contemplate our laminated SUP and Windsurfing line up.

18th October 2018

Prepare for Winter Paddling

With our European summer behind us and autumn now in full force, it won’t be long before winter winds and sea temperatures will fall and many of you will be considering storing your boards away until the spring time. On the other hand, there are many beautiful low wind, clear sky winter days which can make for epic SUP conditions and provided you dress correctly, you can enjoy the use of your equipment more fully and reap the rewards which winter paddling can bring.

Before you rush to pull on neoprene however, you might want to consider, neoprene’s very nature is such that it performs best, in the water, not out of it and certainly not when wet and exposed to wind, as it acts similar to that of a car radiator. Wind passing over the outer surface of the neoprene, draws moisture from within the suit and cools the water and in doing so, your body is having to generate ever increasing amounts of energy to keep warm. In addition to this, neoprene makes you sweat. Sweating is for the purpose of cooling, therefore neoprene promotes readily, the very thing we need to avoid in cooler conditions. Ultimately you will loss energy and become cool quite quickly.

Materials which have a ‘wicking’ affect are often promoted as being ideal for paddle sports, permitting water molecules to evaporate out, but not let them in. However in winter, you want to keep the heat in and this generally means warm air which you generate, which leads to sweating. Fortunately, these types of fabrics will not make you sweat in the same way as neoprene and will tend to contain more of your sweat, rather than letting it all evaporate away from your skin.

If you consider you’re not likely to fall in on a calm day in winter, consider thermal layers on your upper torso, possibly a fleece top and a lightweight wind proof jacket and / or water proof jacket. Thermal layers can be pure wool or a specially made hydrophobic fleece top. For the legs, consider leggings of either lycra or a microfibre. There are speciality dry suits available for SUP which are excellent, but very costly. Generally speaking, it’s the extremities of the body which become coldest quickest – fingers and toes. Neoprene or water proof running styled shoes, can be worn over water proof socks and for the hands, neoprene rarely works well when wet. Consider a thin pair of leather gloves. For your head, a wool beanie is the best option.

Whatever you decide, consider your winter paddling wardrobe now and keep on paddling through and you will find yourself enjoying days on the water you previously would have avoided.

12th October 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

What’s in a Name?

As if the name ‘Mistral’ is not already iconoclastic enough, in the world of windsurfing and more recently, stand up paddle boarding, so too during its 40 year history, there have been other names associated with the brand that ring out; Malibu, Kailua, Pan Am, Competition, Equipe, Screamer to name but a few. However, the naming of our boards is not by random selection, but more by absolute intent. As we set about designing, the character and nature of the board takes form and when used in testing, it begins to tell us more about its personality. From here, a name is born and indeed the next phase is to design graphics to suit.

When creating our SUP range, it was clear we needed boards for different niche interests; boards for the adventurous, the river paddler, the surfer, the casual cruiser, the go-hard downwinder, the ‘paddle like you stole it’ racer, the ultra distance marathoner, the windsurfer-paddler, the casual user, the global traveller, the weekend warrior, family users, the fitness and yoga specialist, splash and dash school operators and those more formal. In all these instances, we set out to cater for all.

Here’s an overview of our inflatable range, the names and why . . .

Next week we contemplate our laminated SUP and Windsurfing line up.

18th October 2018

Prepare for Winter Paddling

With our European summer behind us and autumn now in full force, it won’t be long before winter winds and sea temperatures will fall and many of you will be considering storing your boards away until the spring time. On the other hand, there are many beautiful low wind, clear sky winter days which can make for epic SUP conditions and provided you dress correctly, you can enjoy the use of your equipment more fully and reap the rewards which winter paddling can bring.

Before you rush to pull on neoprene however, you might want to consider, neoprene’s very nature is such that it performs best, in the water, not out of it and certainly not when wet and exposed to wind, as it acts similar to that of a car radiator. Wind passing over the outer surface of the neoprene, draws moisture from within the suit and cools the water and in doing so, your body is having to generate ever increasing amounts of energy to keep warm. In addition to this, neoprene makes you sweat. Sweating is for the purpose of cooling, therefore neoprene promotes readily, the very thing we need to avoid in cooler conditions. Ultimately you will loss energy and become cool quite quickly.

Materials which have a ‘wicking’ affect are often promoted as being ideal for paddle sports, permitting water molecules to evaporate out, but not let them in. However in winter, you want to keep the heat in and this generally means warm air which you generate, which leads to sweating. Fortunately, these types of fabrics will not make you sweat in the same way as neoprene and will tend to contain more of your sweat, rather than letting it all evaporate away from your skin.

If you consider you’re not likely to fall in on a calm day in winter, consider thermal layers on your upper torso, possibly a fleece top and a lightweight wind proof jacket and / or water proof jacket. Thermal layers can be pure wool or a specially made hydrophobic fleece top. For the legs, consider leggings of either lycra or a microfibre. There are speciality dry suits available for SUP which are excellent, but very costly. Generally speaking, it’s the extremities of the body which become coldest quickest – fingers and toes. Neoprene or water proof running styled shoes, can be worn over water proof socks and for the hands, neoprene rarely works well when wet. Consider a thin pair of leather gloves. For your head, a wool beanie is the best option.

Whatever you decide, consider your winter paddling wardrobe now and keep on paddling through and you will find yourself enjoying days on the water you previously would have avoided.

12th October 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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