For some years now, we have been considering our situation in being detached from windsurfing, the very sport which gave us the impetus and gravitas to make Mistral one of the world’s leading windsurfing manufactures, elevating it to iconic status. But where to begin again?
It may not have been so very long ago that we had our name still in the spot light in the windsurfing scene, but in order to contribute to the rebirth of windsurfing, which is really what is needed, we all agree the sport must go back to it roots; back to basics.
What this means is, we’ve had to consider boards which can meet this need, that keep it real, keep it simple and what better way than to offer up designs which are in some way ‘back in the past’ in order to nurture the way of the future.
Consequently we’ve created as a start point the Freebird 350 (11’6″ x 27.7″ x 5.6″ x 218.3L) and Albatross 320 (10’6 x 31.7″ x 5’5″ x 219.5L) boards, which include simple, fully retractable daggerboards, basic mast track for fitting an 8mm brass nut as common to many systems, a powerbox fin system, soft top decking, rear grab handle and the exclusion of foot-straps.
The deck layout could not be more simple with nothing to trip over and no distraction of straps. The inclusion of straps we have avoided as the message it conveys, is not what these boards are about. It’s about simplicity, back to a time before foot-straps were attached to wave boards back in the late 1970s.
Further to this, we intend to package this up an all inclusive bundle, with board and rig in classic Mistral colour ways. Our Revival sails to suit both the Freebird 350 and Albatross 320 will include a 3.0m, 4.5m and 5.5m.
We shall keep you posted on this exciting development with a further update in a month or so.