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Floatation Issues

Buoyancy aids, personnel floatation devices (PFDs), lifejackets / vests, are a much misunderstood safety apparatus worth knowing at least the basics. When SUP first came on to the market and safety issues were raised, one thing was certain, wearing a leg leash was and remains the most important safety measure you can take. The board… Read more »

An Existentialists
Guide to SUP

An ‘existential condition’ is said to manifest as a result of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world, indicative of the way you may feel when confronted with the purchase of new equipment or indeed what to do once you’ve got it. Given this revelation, it’s quite plausible an… Read more »

Why Length Matters?

If you look back over the history of surfing and windsurfing, they share the commonality of having started life as long-boards, relative to the evolutionary path they ultimately followed. Whether it has been contemporary tongue-depressor Malibu surf boards or that of the ancient Hawaiian’s long planks, original surfboards were long and so too, original windsurfing… Read more »

Confused? You should be!

It’s reasonable to say, there’s never been a greater choice of water sports on offer, but with it, comes confusion and the very real possibility what’s on offer might just be a fad, a short term craze, even a step too far, more for the benefit of brands who are attention seeking in attempting to… Read more »

SUP – Should I Take Lessons?

When a sport is promoted as ‘easy’ there is a risk of also promoting it as a sport without skill or indeed of any place to go in terms of expectations. The original promotional efforts of the industry promoting SUP as a ‘surf sport’ first and foremost over that of a ‘paddle sport’ has played… Read more »

Have Bag Will Travel

No matter how near or far you travel, at the very minimum you will need to pack a bag for a few hours, a few days, a week or a few months – typically, the longer the duration and the further you travel away from home, the bigger the bag will tend to be. Based… Read more »

Periodising Your Training

With winter coming to an end in the Northern Hemisphere and the promise of spring in the air, you may well not have kept up an exercise regime and many of you will not have paddled through these cold months or for that matter, continued windsurfing. Coming out of a period of having reduced the… Read more »

The New 14’ Mistral Adventurist

Mistral Adventurist hardboard Race 14'0

As the name suggests, our new Mistral Adventurist is aimed at the paddler with an Adventurist Spirit and at 28” wide it’s fast and remarkably stable. Once upon a time, not so long ago, a board below 30” wide was considered for those who only raced or had the agility of a cat. Our design… Read more »

Snow Skiing and SUP

Sup in snow with Mistral

All sports have matching supplementary activities, so as one may be your primary sport, the other your secondary. This could be a seasonal factor, so as in the winter months, one of these sports is better suited to the other and some of the best examples of this is the practical realities of water sports… Read more »


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