Steve West heads up the Mistral R&D Team. Drawing upon a lifetime of involvement first with kayaking, then windsurfing and over 25 years with outrigger canoeing in which he made a study of the sport on all its levels, including design aspects. The Vortex, Equinox and Slipstream, are testimony to his understanding of design and how to work at a highly intuitive level, in communicating this to a skilled shaper, in this case Chris Diplock. He has an intimate connection with the Pacific and this is evidenced in Mistral’s ever strengthening connection with Tahiti and her islands in particular.