Category: News

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

A hot summer

With Europe currently baking under a hot summer, our thoughts turn to two significant races on the not too distant horizon. The first of these, follows on from last weeks post ‘The Second Coming of SUP’,​ in which we iterate the point, that regardless of your view of what SUP is by definition, Canoe and… Read more »

The Second Coming of SUP

It is no secret, SUP has something of an identity crisis, a situation neither helpful or constructive for the would-be participant. If you recognise SUP for its most basic attributes, it is no more than a plank-like craft upon which you stand, propelled almost exclusively by use of an extended canoe paddle by any other… Read more »