During 2014, Mistral contacts ocean sports pioneer, author and athlete Steve West, living at the time in Fiji. A pioneering windsurfer, SUP and outrigger canoe paddler with over 25 years experience and two Molokai Hoe titles, author of over 20 books covering various ocean sport topics, it was concluded, especial paddling knowledge was needed to take Mistral on a journey of rediscovery. SUP was now becoming the fastest growing water sport.