• MISTRAL BRAND HERITAGE
  • The Godfather of Mistral
  • IMCO
  • robby naish and the eighties
  • Mistral Competition
  • Olympic years
  • Mistral  under  license
  • Mistral Red Dot Division
  • Mistral’s success story starts in 1976, when, due to its passion for water and wind, the originally Swiss brand develops an innovative concept: surfboards with a sail. A new surfing dimension is born and proves to be an international hit. Mistral sets the tone in the development of windsurfing boards. Technological innovations rapidly follow, new materials are developed and tested. Mistral turns windsurfing into an international sport and even launches the Mistral World Cup Team. The brand becomes synonymous with windsurfing: Mistral is windsurfing, windsurfing is Mistral!

    Mistral was at its height in the ‘eighties. All surf professionals embrace Mistral, the intensely coloured creations with the legendary red dot rule the waves at beaches throughout the world. Mistral is expressive, visible and in demand. Sport, innovation, technology and most of all fun are inextricably bound to this new lifestyle.

    The colourful ‘eighties and the relaxed coastal life are still at the heart of the Mistral brand. The collection consists of everything that makes coastal life so beautiful: from innovative surfboards and SUP boards to clothing, footwear and lifestyle products. The mix of maximum quality, perfection and the link to Mistral’s origin give all of the products the distinct Mistral character.

  • Ernstfried Prade the designer of the Mistral logo and still active for Mistral International.

  • Mistral gained immediate international recognition in 1976 with the creation of the International Mistral Class Organisation (IMCO) founded in the United Kingdom, which still survives to this day. The company recognizes this as it’s true ‘arrival’ and foundation year.

  • During this decade, members of the Mistral World Cup Team became global heroes in their sport. The “Mistral Dream Team” was made up of top ranking windsurfers with a young Robby Naish as the leader of the pack. In the following years Mistral set the standard for windsurfers worldwide with signature sails and designer boards.

  • The Mistral Competition introduced in the early 1980s, sold over 260,000 units. In the past 30 years, Mistral has sold over 850,000 boards worldwide.

  • In 1989 The Mistral one design was produced. It was this board that was chosen to be the official board for windsurfing as an Olympic discipline and even the only board until now that made it as the official board choice for the Olympic discipline in 3 successions; 1996, 2000 and 2004.

  • 2002, the Windsurfing industry is in decline. 2008, Mistral splits into two parts. Anders Bringdal takes on Mistral windsurfing. Part of the companies consideration was now Stand Up Paddle Boarding the rapidly growing new water sport. Mistral Red Dot is created.

  • In 2014, Mistral Red Dot takes back the Mistral Windsurfing license. Steve West enters with a lifetime of water sports knowledge and over 25 years competition experience in the Pacific wide sport of Outrigger Canoeing, a two time world champion and author of over a dozen books and one time pro-Windsurfer. Together with wife Mandy West, an accomplished Windsurfer and SUP paddler they bring with them a life time of on water and industry experience.

  • Start
  • 1972
  • 1976
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1989
  • 2008
  • 2014

MISTRAL BRAND HERITAGE

1972

Mistral’s success story starts in 1976, when, due to its passion for water and wind, the originally Swiss brand develops an innovative concept: surfboards with a sail. A new surfing dimension is born and proves to be an international hit. Mistral sets the tone in the development of windsurfing boards. Technological innovations rapidly follow, new materials are developed and tested. Mistral turns windsurfing into an international sport and even launches the Mistral World Cup Team. The brand becomes synonymous with windsurfing: Mistral is windsurfing, windsurfing is Mistral!

Mistral was at its height in the ‘eighties. All surf professionals embrace Mistral, the intensely coloured creations with the legendary red dot rule the waves at beaches throughout the world. Mistral is expressive, visible and in demand. Sport, innovation, technology and most of all fun are inextricably bound to this new lifestyle.

The colourful ‘eighties and the relaxed coastal life are still at the heart of the Mistral brand. The collection consists of everything that makes coastal life so beautiful: from innovative surfboards and SUP boards to clothing, footwear and lifestyle products. The mix of maximum quality, perfection and the link to Mistral’s origin give all of the products the distinct Mistral character.

The Godfather of Mistral

1972

Ernstfried Prade the designer of the Mistral logo and still active for Mistral International.

IMCO

1976

Mistral gained immediate international recognition in 1976 with the creation of the International Mistral Class Organisation (IMCO) founded in the United Kingdom, which still survives to this day. The company recognizes this as it’s true ‘arrival’ and foundation year.

robby naish and the eighties

1981

During this decade, members of the Mistral World Cup Team became global heroes in their sport. The “Mistral Dream Team” was made up of top ranking windsurfers with a young Robby Naish as the leader of the pack. In the following years Mistral set the standard for windsurfers worldwide with signature sails and designer boards.

Mistral Competition

1982

The Mistral Competition introduced in the early 1980s, sold over 260,000 units. In the past 30 years, Mistral has sold over 850,000 boards worldwide.

Olympic years

1989

In 1989 The Mistral one design was produced. It was this board that was chosen to be the official board for windsurfing as an Olympic discipline and even the only board until now that made it as the official board choice for the Olympic discipline in 3 successions; 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Mistral  under  license

2008

2002, the Windsurfing industry is in decline. 2008, Mistral splits into two parts. Anders Bringdal takes on Mistral windsurfing. Part of the companies consideration was now Stand Up Paddle Boarding the rapidly growing new water sport. Mistral Red Dot is created.

Mistral Red Dot Division

2014

In 2014, Mistral Red Dot takes back the Mistral Windsurfing license. Steve West enters with a lifetime of water sports knowledge and over 25 years competition experience in the Pacific wide sport of Outrigger Canoeing, a two time world champion and author of over a dozen books and one time pro-Windsurfer. Together with wife Mandy West, an accomplished Windsurfer and SUP paddler they bring with them a life time of on water and industry experience.

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