• 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.

Mistral at the Dusseldorf Boat Show

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Germany’s Dusseldorf Boat Show beginning Jan 19th – 27th, where each year upwards of 250,000 visitors descend in order to view the latest offerings from the marine industry featuring, accessories, gadgets and apparel, luxury yachts, racing dinghies, RIBs, motor cruisers and famously, many board sports including windsurfing, SUP and more. As in past years, Sports Vibrations, run by Ulla and Wolfgang, Germany’s Mistral Red Dot Distributors and Retailers, will be at the show to show off most all of our 2019 range, including our new SUP Sunburst and Adventurist boards and plenty more.

See our latest windsurfing additions in the form of our Albatross and Freebird boards complete with Revival rigs, ideal for the entry level sailor or for those wishing to go back to the grass roots days of the sport with a modern feel and upgrade. Additionally, view our epic
Quikslide freeride boards and Zonda sails and rigs to match.

Also on show will also be our drop stitch inflatable kayaks, offering the highest quality on the market. Maurits Huisman will be on hand for some of the show to meet with those from the trade, while Ulla and Wolfgang will be available for the duration, where you can expect the very best advice and the great opportunity to view Mistral’s Water Life and Living world of products for 2019. Look for Hall 8A, Stand E27 adjacent to the demonstration pool.

17th January 2019

Investment in a Good Paddle!

One of the ways to fast track your paddling speed, efficiency, enjoyment and time on the water, is to invest in a top level paddle. In the world of paddle sports, there’s one universal agreement amongst the world’s best paddlers; the paddle is the most critical element when it comes to propulsion of the craft you’re paddling. This may sound obvious, however the other universal truth remains, the majority of recreational paddlers, downplay the relevance of the paddle and focus only upon the craft. This is not helped by the fact, many retailers often also fail to pay attention to the paddle and focus on the board and your budget, without appropriate consideration of the significance of the paddle, which should certainly be a consideration of your overall budget. It’s also true amongst top level paddlers, most will own not just one paddle, but a quiver for differing water conditions, races and craft and once a trusty paddle is found, these paddlers will hang on to them for years, while on-selling and replacing the craft they paddle. This is a reflection of the close relationship formed with the paddle, which is a true extension of the paddlers body. The paddle is a tool like any other and it can either be a precision instrument or a clumsy, heavy inefficient water whacker.

The lesson here for aspiring paddlers, is to consider investing in a high quality, lightweight paddle and not to under-value the benefits of a top level paddle. Importantly, there is no such thing as a ‘beginners paddle’ as such, only an economical, budget orientated paddle which by definition, are often heavy and clumsy compared to their superior counter parts; efficiently designed and lightweight. Another important historical fact remains, despite all the gimmicks of fancy blade shapes, the basic blade shape remains the most popular, proven and trusted. Here at Mistral, we’ve always maintained a policy of avoiding the production of super cheap, heavy, entry level paddles which can lead to injury, early fatigue and certainly lessen your water time and enjoyment of paddle sports. Children in particular, must use an appropriate paddle, that has also a narrower shaft for easier gripping, for this check our Tamarii. For those on a budget, our Kanoa is an excellent choice, whilst if you want to go straight to the best, then choose from our Gold Tear Drop, Ulani, Makani or Keanu.

3rd January 2019