Why Inflatable Techno-Design Matters

While it’s easy to get carried away with all the virtues of inflatable sup board ownership, it’s as well to stop and consider their vulnerability in a harsh environment and how this can make you too, vulnerable to any catastrophic failure of the board you stand on.

If you’re reading this and thinking of buying an inflatable SUP, the best advice we can give, not only will you generally get what you pay for, but the cheaper you buy, the more vulnerable you are likely to be as a result of the use of inferior materials and poor build quality.

Every brand that has been involved since the beginning of the iSUP industry, has stories of boards failing back when the technology was new and evolving. More often than not, seam failure represented the biggest problem area, as a result of the method by which the seams were bonded to the PVC. They were subject to degradation due to issues of humidity and being stored away when damp in particular.

Since these early days, the technology has moved on, but it’s true to say, the cheap corner store inflatables lack the integrity of Mistral boards, which are not only better performing, but most importantly, inherently safer. Mistral takes this issue very seriously and therefore we offer no compromise on safety through quality, nor quality on price.

If you’re worried about spending more than you can afford, usually it has more to do what you ‘choose’ to afford, rather than what you actually can. But ask yourself, do you want the reassurance of having quality under your feet when out on the water, or the insecurity of cheapness and if that’s not enough, consider the resale value of a quality Mistral product, over that of a no-name inferior product.

Further to this, if you’re into genuine adventuring into the wilderness, likely to want to load up with cargo and generally rough it up for days at a time, then we’ve gone a step closer in creating our unique dual chamber Trekker Boards. Not only will they handle up to an additional 60kgs + of cargo over and above the weight of an average paddler, but offer the added advantage of a secondary chamber. This secondary chamber is centrally located, so as if the primary chamber is compromised, you will be still be left standing and can make your way to shore. It’s this combination of Techno-Design which can make all the difference to the end-users safety, enjoyment and experience. The safer you feel, the more likely you will be to reach for ever high goals, making Mistral a great partner to have at your side.

8th November 2018

New Inflatable Material for 2019

First developed by Good Year Tires in the USA, with the backing of the US Military, the idea for inflatable drop stitch material was to consider the creation of inflatable bridges and even an inflatable plane. That was back in the 1950s and the technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since this time, whereby such material is used in all manner of ways, though inflatable stand up paddle boards, have served to accelerate and challenge the makers of this fabric.

Historically, Mistral were the first SUP company to use super lightweight, woven PVC drop stitch fabric, manufactured in Germany – and this was long before the mystical introduction of MSL (Monocoque Structural Laminate) developed by a factory in China and not indeed by a brand who would like to lay claim to it.

Mistral’s adoption of Germany’s revolutionary internal construction technology, consisted of multi PVC layers with a three-dimensional woven structure; in simple terms, the top and bottom layers were connected by multiple threads that are cross-woven rather than straight, creating 50% more durable warp and weft tensile strength than existing drop stitch technology. This resulted in a much lighter, stiffer and durable board. These we used on our Equipe range. These super light boards were made in Europe, using the German material, with components imported from Asia. Regrettably and despite winning awards for construction in the USA, the process was costly, making the boards a premium product which ticked all the boxes of being the lightest and stiffest on the market, ideal for travel.

In 2016, with all the fuss made of MSL, which certainly had advantages over conventional HDDS (High Density Drop Stitch) which relied upon separate multi-layers of PVC, Mistral responded and adopted essentially the same material, accepting we needed a new name and so FLT (Fusion Layer Technology) was born. Ironically, this name is now used in Asia to define this material as the universal name for this drop stitch material, which remains in essence the same as MSL.

FLT in its basic, original form, is fabricated using knitted technology, whereas our original material out of Germany, was fabricated using woven technology, making it way ahead of its time. The upside of a woven fabric, is that its tensile strength is substantially more than that of knitted material of the same thickness. This means it’s possible to manufacture a lighter board of equal dimensions and achieve a significant weight saving together with a more rigid board. For 2019 Mistral, are pleased to announce we’re introducing once again our award winning woven fabric technology combined with the advantages of FLT (Fusion Layer Technology) which will once again, make us leaders in the use of this technology.

To give but one example of the weight saving, if we take one of largest and most advanced dual chamber boards, the Trekkers, which uses conventional HDDS material (old tech multiple layer PVC sheets) our 12’6 weighed in at 16.9kg; for 2019 expect 11.3kg and for the 14’ at 18.1kg, expect a weight reduction to 12.6kg and across the existing range of our boards using FLT, expect an average weight reduction in the region of 20%, with an increase in board rigidity. Best of all it will not affect your back pocket, as the costings remain super competitive, if not even cheaper for some models.

We’re working hard to make a difference, to rise above cheap knock-offs and offer you a quality product with excellent performance, durability and resale value.

1st November 2018

Passion for Classic windsurfing

There are many things in life that were once ‘better’ than they are now and if not better, certainly more appealing and timeless. Classic cars, classic rock, classic clothing are iconic reminders of the best of the best, where it was not just about functionality, but style.
Classic windsurfing, is exemplified by boards such as the Mistral Competition and indeed of the first of them all, the Windsurfer Regatta. Long, heavy and with rigs and sails equally heavy and low-tech, made them a handful to manage, but nevertheless, the sport took off in spectacular fashion no matter the perceived road blocks to entry. Most of all, these boards were simple and performed brilliantly in light to moderate winds, where the vast majority of end-users were primarily interested in sailing.

We’re convinced that there is a place for this forgotten, timeless classic shape in the same way as there’s a place for longboard Malibu surfboards, having ridden out the storm of the short board. AT the end of the day, you cannot beat the laid back, gentle lines and ride that a Malibu gives you and so too it is with the longer ‘original’ style windsurfing boards, where the experience is uniquely special in being the grass roots of the sport, having its own irreplaceable cool retro feel.

This is where our Freebird and Albatross boards come in to play. The 80s inspired Freebird offers the rider all the fun and sensation that the old style boards provided in the Mistral Competitionesque form, while the Albatross, of similar volume but shorter and wider dimension, is the ultimate stable platform for novices, family and schools.

Soft top decking makes these two boards highly user-friendly whilst benefitting from the added protection of impact damage. Optional foot straps and with grab handles included, these boards are easy to manage; the retractable daggerboard ensuring you can sail on all points of sail in comfort in low or moderate winds. Join the new-age windsurfing revolution and get back to basics by embracing windsurfing in its classic form and enjoy it as it was enjoyed by millions before, when life was a little slower and laid back. The Freebird and Albatross will take you on a time warp journey back to a long lost epic experience!

25th 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

Why Inflatable Techno-Design Matters

While it’s easy to get carried away with all the virtues of inflatable sup board ownership, it’s as well to stop and consider their vulnerability in a harsh environment and how this can make you too, vulnerable to any catastrophic failure of the board you stand on.

If you’re reading this and thinking of buying an inflatable SUP, the best advice we can give, not only will you generally get what you pay for, but the cheaper you buy, the more vulnerable you are likely to be as a result of the use of inferior materials and poor build quality.

Every brand that has been involved since the beginning of the iSUP industry, has stories of boards failing back when the technology was new and evolving. More often than not, seam failure represented the biggest problem area, as a result of the method by which the seams were bonded to the PVC. They were subject to degradation due to issues of humidity and being stored away when damp in particular.

Since these early days, the technology has moved on, but it’s true to say, the cheap corner store inflatables lack the integrity of Mistral boards, which are not only better performing, but most importantly, inherently safer. Mistral takes this issue very seriously and therefore we offer no compromise on safety through quality, nor quality on price.

If you’re worried about spending more than you can afford, usually it has more to do what you ‘choose’ to afford, rather than what you actually can. But ask yourself, do you want the reassurance of having quality under your feet when out on the water, or the insecurity of cheapness and if that’s not enough, consider the resale value of a quality Mistral product, over that of a no-name inferior product.

Further to this, if you’re into genuine adventuring into the wilderness, likely to want to load up with cargo and generally rough it up for days at a time, then we’ve gone a step closer in creating our unique dual chamber Trekker Boards. Not only will they handle up to an additional 60kgs + of cargo over and above the weight of an average paddler, but offer the added advantage of a secondary chamber. This secondary chamber is centrally located, so as if the primary chamber is compromised, you will be still be left standing and can make your way to shore. It’s this combination of Techno-Design which can make all the difference to the end-users safety, enjoyment and experience. The safer you feel, the more likely you will be to reach for ever high goals, making Mistral a great partner to have at your side.

8th November 2018

New Inflatable Material for 2019

First developed by Good Year Tires in the USA, with the backing of the US Military, the idea for inflatable drop stitch material was to consider the creation of inflatable bridges and even an inflatable plane. That was back in the 1950s and the technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since this time, whereby such material is used in all manner of ways, though inflatable stand up paddle boards, have served to accelerate and challenge the makers of this fabric.

Historically, Mistral were the first SUP company to use super lightweight, woven PVC drop stitch fabric, manufactured in Germany – and this was long before the mystical introduction of MSL (Monocoque Structural Laminate) developed by a factory in China and not indeed by a brand who would like to lay claim to it.

Mistral’s adoption of Germany’s revolutionary internal construction technology, consisted of multi PVC layers with a three-dimensional woven structure; in simple terms, the top and bottom layers were connected by multiple threads that are cross-woven rather than straight, creating 50% more durable warp and weft tensile strength than existing drop stitch technology. This resulted in a much lighter, stiffer and durable board. These we used on our Equipe range. These super light boards were made in Europe, using the German material, with components imported from Asia. Regrettably and despite winning awards for construction in the USA, the process was costly, making the boards a premium product which ticked all the boxes of being the lightest and stiffest on the market, ideal for travel.

In 2016, with all the fuss made of MSL, which certainly had advantages over conventional HDDS (High Density Drop Stitch) which relied upon separate multi-layers of PVC, Mistral responded and adopted essentially the same material, accepting we needed a new name and so FLT (Fusion Layer Technology) was born. Ironically, this name is now used in Asia to define this material as the universal name for this drop stitch material, which remains in essence the same as MSL.

FLT in its basic, original form, is fabricated using knitted technology, whereas our original material out of Germany, was fabricated using woven technology, making it way ahead of its time. The upside of a woven fabric, is that its tensile strength is substantially more than that of knitted material of the same thickness. This means it’s possible to manufacture a lighter board of equal dimensions and achieve a significant weight saving together with a more rigid board. For 2019 Mistral, are pleased to announce we’re introducing once again our award winning woven fabric technology combined with the advantages of FLT (Fusion Layer Technology) which will once again, make us leaders in the use of this technology.

To give but one example of the weight saving, if we take one of largest and most advanced dual chamber boards, the Trekkers, which uses conventional HDDS material (old tech multiple layer PVC sheets) our 12’6 weighed in at 16.9kg; for 2019 expect 11.3kg and for the 14’ at 18.1kg, expect a weight reduction to 12.6kg and across the existing range of our boards using FLT, expect an average weight reduction in the region of 20%, with an increase in board rigidity. Best of all it will not affect your back pocket, as the costings remain super competitive, if not even cheaper for some models.

We’re working hard to make a difference, to rise above cheap knock-offs and offer you a quality product with excellent performance, durability and resale value.

1st November 2018

Passion for Classic windsurfing

There are many things in life that were once ‘better’ than they are now and if not better, certainly more appealing and timeless. Classic cars, classic rock, classic clothing are iconic reminders of the best of the best, where it was not just about functionality, but style.
Classic windsurfing, is exemplified by boards such as the Mistral Competition and indeed of the first of them all, the Windsurfer Regatta. Long, heavy and with rigs and sails equally heavy and low-tech, made them a handful to manage, but nevertheless, the sport took off in spectacular fashion no matter the perceived road blocks to entry. Most of all, these boards were simple and performed brilliantly in light to moderate winds, where the vast majority of end-users were primarily interested in sailing.

We’re convinced that there is a place for this forgotten, timeless classic shape in the same way as there’s a place for longboard Malibu surfboards, having ridden out the storm of the short board. AT the end of the day, you cannot beat the laid back, gentle lines and ride that a Malibu gives you and so too it is with the longer ‘original’ style windsurfing boards, where the experience is uniquely special in being the grass roots of the sport, having its own irreplaceable cool retro feel.

This is where our Freebird and Albatross boards come in to play. The 80s inspired Freebird offers the rider all the fun and sensation that the old style boards provided in the Mistral Competitionesque form, while the Albatross, of similar volume but shorter and wider dimension, is the ultimate stable platform for novices, family and schools.

Soft top decking makes these two boards highly user-friendly whilst benefitting from the added protection of impact damage. Optional foot straps and with grab handles included, these boards are easy to manage; the retractable daggerboard ensuring you can sail on all points of sail in comfort in low or moderate winds. Join the new-age windsurfing revolution and get back to basics by embracing windsurfing in its classic form and enjoy it as it was enjoyed by millions before, when life was a little slower and laid back. The Freebird and Albatross will take you on a time warp journey back to a long lost epic experience!

25th 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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