• 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.

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  • 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.

International Mistral One Design

One-Design craft permit at least one variable to be consistent in the context of racing and over the course of racing history, no other factor has been more successful in assisting the growth and popularity of racing between all-comers. Suffice to say this is true in the context of sailing and many paddle sports and even of race cars.

Indeed it could be argued in some cases, One-Design racing has been the saviour of some sports and indeed the catalyst for growth and in the context of SUP, with the exception of the Naish One-Design, this is where the concept has started and finished. What you might not know, is that Mistral has a very strong heritage associated with One-Design racing through Windsurfing in respect of the Mistral Competition boards introduced in the early 1980s with over 260,000 units sold and following this, the Mistral International One Design or IMOD board which went on to the board of choice over
three consecutive Olympics from 1996 through to 2004.

What you’re certainly unaware of, will be of our SUP IMOD inflatable 12’6 race, which we’ve developed and nurtured in conjunction with our Japanese importers, who in turn have worked closely with Japanese Universities for the past two years, running and organising an Inter-Universities SUP Challenge Competitions. With up to and over 60+ competitors, Japanese students have fully embraced the IMOD concept and indeed just this past September 2018, 4 students travelled to Holland to compete in the SUP 11 Cities event, sponsored and supported by Mistral.

Along with One-Design racing, comes rules and race course standardisations and administration in the form of record keeping, administering of entry fee money and of course logistics. Importantly, this level of racing is designed to be sociable and attainable by all-comers, with less focus on the winning, but more on the taking part. IMOD racing is successful to the degree to which it can be administered and our advice to you is simple. If you would like to see this form of One-Design racing develop in your area of the world, feel free to contact us to discuss how we can assist you. Meanwhile we will keep you updated.

15th November 2018

Why Inflatable Techno-Design Matters

While it’s easy to get carried away with all the virtues of inflatable sup board ownership, it’s as well to stop and consider their vulnerability in a harsh environment and how this can make you too, vulnerable to any catastrophic failure of the board you stand on.

If you’re reading this and thinking of buying an inflatable SUP, the best advice we can give, not only will you generally get what you pay for, but the cheaper you buy, the more vulnerable you are likely to be as a result of the use of inferior materials and poor build quality.

Every brand that has been involved since the beginning of the iSUP industry, has stories of boards failing back when the technology was new and evolving. More often than not, seam failure represented the biggest problem area, as a result of the method by which the seams were bonded to the PVC. They were subject to degradation due to issues of humidity and being stored away when damp in particular.

Since these early days, the technology has moved on, but it’s true to say, the cheap corner store inflatables lack the integrity of Mistral boards, which are not only better performing, but most importantly, inherently safer. Mistral takes this issue very seriously and therefore we offer no compromise on safety through quality, nor quality on price.

If you’re worried about spending more than you can afford, usually it has more to do what you ‘choose’ to afford, rather than what you actually can. But ask yourself, do you want the reassurance of having quality under your feet when out on the water, or the insecurity of cheapness and if that’s not enough, consider the resale value of a quality Mistral product, over that of a no-name inferior product.

Further to this, if you’re into genuine adventuring into the wilderness, likely to want to load up with cargo and generally rough it up for days at a time, then we’ve gone a step closer in creating our unique dual chamber Trekker Boards. Not only will they handle up to an additional 60kgs + of cargo over and above the weight of an average paddler, but offer the added advantage of a secondary chamber. This secondary chamber is centrally located, so as if the primary chamber is compromised, you will be still be left standing and can make your way to shore. It’s this combination of Techno-Design which can make all the difference to the end-users safety, enjoyment and experience. The safer you feel, the more likely you will be to reach for ever high goals, making Mistral a great partner to have at your side.

8th November 2018

New Inflatable Material for 2019

First developed by Good Year Tires in the USA, with the backing of the US Military, the idea for inflatable drop stitch material was to consider the creation of inflatable bridges and even an inflatable plane. That was back in the 1950s and the technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since this time, whereby such material is used in all manner of ways, though inflatable stand up paddle boards, have served to accelerate and challenge the makers of this fabric.

Historically, Mistral were the first SUP company to use super lightweight, woven PVC drop stitch fabric, manufactured in Germany – and this was long before the mystical introduction of MSL (Monocoque Structural Laminate) developed by a factory in China and not indeed by a brand who would like to lay claim to it.

Mistral’s adoption of Germany’s revolutionary internal construction technology, consisted of multi PVC layers with a three-dimensional woven structure; in simple terms, the top and bottom layers were connected by multiple threads that are cross-woven rather than straight, creating 50% more durable warp and weft tensile strength than existing drop stitch technology. This resulted in a much lighter, stiffer and durable board. These we used on our Equipe range. These super light boards were made in Europe, using the German material, with components imported from Asia. Regrettably and despite winning awards for construction in the USA, the process was costly, making the boards a premium product which ticked all the boxes of being the lightest and stiffest on the market, ideal for travel.

In 2016, with all the fuss made of MSL, which certainly had advantages over conventional HDDS (High Density Drop Stitch) which relied upon separate multi-layers of PVC, Mistral responded and adopted essentially the same material, accepting we needed a new name and so FLT (Fusion Layer Technology) was born. Ironically, this name is now used in Asia to define this material as the universal name for this drop stitch material, which remains in essence the same as MSL.

FLT in its basic, original form, is fabricated using knitted technology, whereas our original material out of Germany, was fabricated using woven technology, making it way ahead of its time. The upside of a woven fabric, is that its tensile strength is substantially more than that of knitted material of the same thickness. This means it’s possible to manufacture a lighter board of equal dimensions and achieve a significant weight saving together with a more rigid board. For 2019 Mistral, are pleased to announce we’re introducing once again our award winning woven fabric technology combined with the advantages of FLT (Fusion Layer Technology) which will once again, make us leaders in the use of this technology.

To give but one example of the weight saving, if we take one of largest and most advanced dual chamber boards, the Trekkers, which uses conventional HDDS material (old tech multiple layer PVC sheets) our 12’6 weighed in at 16.9kg; for 2019 expect 11.3kg and for the 14’ at 18.1kg, expect a weight reduction to 12.6kg and across the existing range of our boards using FLT, expect an average weight reduction in the region of 20%, with an increase in board rigidity. Best of all it will not affect your back pocket, as the costings remain super competitive, if not even cheaper for some models.

We’re working hard to make a difference, to rise above cheap knock-offs and offer you a quality product with excellent performance, durability and resale value.

1st November 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