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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 of the Pacific was populated, through wind and sail, paddle and muscle power and a desire to explore a vast ocean in the belief that new islands were there to be found. The Holopuni Sailing Canoe is a specific design created in the Hawaiian Island by Nick Beck and it is this uniquely nimble and beautiful craft, which has given rise to the rebirth of Canoe Sailing again in areas of the world such as French Polynesia, where Canoe Sailing was once omnipresent. Today, the Vaa Taie Tautoru (The Tahitian Sailing Federation) oversees the racing of these craft in Tahiti and her islands and is led by Kavika Knight.

For Mistral, what can be more evocative than to see the M-Dot emblazoned on brightly coloured sails, far out in the ocean, wind powered and wind swept, atop an ever undulating watery carpet.

Culminating in a series of epic inter-island races during the year, the final event off the regatta calendar, is an epic inter-island, event staged in October, racing over 400km, setting out from the island of Tahiti to Bora Bora, with stop offs in Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa, some of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Colourful Mistral sails will dot the cobalt blue tropical waters for this epic race and the sailors and paddlers will shield themselves from the tropical sun, with our caps and lycra tops as they face the harsh extremes of a tropical sun, tropical down pours, a relentless rolling ocean and an ever present trade wind, moving them every further onward to their final goal.

Mistral, ever seeking out adventures in paradise . . .

17th August 2018

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 canoe, was something we could not resist.

Mistral’s fame may well centre on its legacy with Windsurfing, which we are now moving back towards, but the big picture demands we are more water sports varied and orientated, so as not to be aligned with but one water sport. Canoeing and Kayaking align well with SUP; but if your looking to invest in a truly utilitarian paddling craft, it’s hard to beat the unique qualities, a stable and sleek canoe like craft offers.

The best part of sitting whilst paddling, is the relaxed feeling you can embrace. Paddle fast or slow, cruise or power your way forward, it does not matter, because the option of merely meandering and taking in the smells, the views, the embrace of nature will be at your finger tips for you to control with ease.

Our KANUyak Duo and Uno, are a genuine step into the abyss of blue sky thinking. No hollow chambers as such, but chambers containing thousands of interconnected fibres between the inner skins, providing unmatched levels of rigidity and durability. These are no ordinary inflatable Canoe / Kayak hybrids (you can paddle with a double or single blade paddle) but simply the best ‘in class’ offered on the market.

Now you can travel the world with a totally viable paddle craft that can accommodate camping equipment and more besides – in short, an investment in a KANUyak Duo or Uno, is and investment in life itself, in exploration and accumulation of a lifetime of ‘feel good memories’ in places you’re yet to visit and experience. Mistral KANUyak for the adventurist in us all.

10th August 2018

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 your equipment.

In the case of inflatable boards, it is well documented that boards left in super strong sun, will gain added pounds per square inch (psi) which can strain in particular, the internal drop stitch fibres, to a point where they may snap, leading to disfigurement of the board, especially if the board has been inflated to its maximum psi rating. This makes it necessary to under inflate your board by at least 2 psi to any recommended rating, to be safe, as this is the amount of added extra pressure which may be created by ever expanding air within the chamber as it heats up and the air particles race around ever faster.

Beyond this, the seams are going to put under added pressure, but more so the heat itself, can lead to a weakening of these seams. This information is carried within your Mistral iSUP manual and it should be strictly followed in order to prolong the life of your inflatable. Ideally, avoid leaving your inflatable in strong UV. Seek out some shade and if storing in the back of your car, you can appreciate how hot a car can become, which again will have damaging affects to your board. Place in the boot and out of the sunlight and away from the magnification of glass.

When it comes to your laminated hardboards; once again, you need to think in terms of keeping your board in the shade when not in use, as the board will heat up dramatically. Laminated boards are in reality, plastic – and are prone to warping and creasing in high temps. An over looked stress, comes when placing a super heated board into cold water, which causes internal air to cool and shrinking internally can occur of the materials, which may cause deformations.​The use of a board cover can go a long way to limiting UV damage.

In all cases, be sun smart with your equipment and it will last very much longer and give great fun over many years!

2nd August 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