In the winter of 1976 Hansi Fichtner takes on the roll as shaper and works with Ernsfried Prade to shape the Mistral Competition. This singular board combined with an outstanding apparel line, created by Christian Muller-Kittnau immediately set Mistral apart from the Windsurfer®. Mistral is officially released at the January 1977 Dusseldorf Boat Show, together the Mistral Sportwear line. Mistral would become the world’s first Lifestyle Brand. Late in 1977, Ruppert Fritzmeier (Plastics Moulding Company) becomes a third equal partner in Mistral.