MISTRAL Bow Paddle
Three important reasons for consideration by advanced and professional
1) When using a ‘conventional’ single bend shaft, the (lower) stroke hand,
will only transfer power from the lower arm to the index and middle
finger at the catch phase of the stroke. Consequently, when the paddle
touches the water the rider loses driving power. When using a bow
shaft, the stroke hand will transfer greater power to the arm through
all fingers (the whole hand). This ensures the rider will not lose driving
power during the stroke.
2) Upper pressure. Unlike a conventional single bend shaft, the reverse
angle of the shaft of the bow paddle, gives the rider greater paddle
power potential because the upper hand is not so close to their body
while paddling. This means greater force can be delivered when
paddling and deeper strokes taken.
3) Forward blade entry and exit range. Because the blade can be placed
further toward the nose of the board, the resulting angle of the blade,
assists avoidance of one of the biggest errors in SUP, namely pulling+
the blade beyond the level of the hip.
This versatile paddle is offered in both full carbon and a fiberglass
version. The latter is now strengthened with carbon composite.
In the full carbon version, the blade is also carbon. The blade on the fiberglass version is constructed
from polypropylene with fiberglass armouring. Both feather light
blades have high impact strength and will not damage the rails of
The single piece paddles from Mistral are generally equipped with
an oval shaft. This increases shaft stiffness and has the advantage
of ensuring you maintain the blade in the correct position relative
to the board. In contrast to an oval shaft, a round shaft paddle can
slip off-axis within the hand.
A blade has two important surfaces. The back of the blade is the
low-pressure side facing away from the paddler, the front of the
blade is the side which pressures the water and against which the
paddler pulls. A dihedral is a slightly raised ridge originating at
the neck of the blade, gently leveling off toward the mid-section.
During the paddle stroke, this encourages water to exit the edges
evenly, so it remains ‘balanced’ while completely flat paddles can
have a tendency to oscillate (flutter) left and right.
The Classic Full Carbon Blade
The classic Mistral Full Carbon Paddle features a slightly rounded
back blade face, especially beneficial for stand up paddle surfing
since this shape will cut through the waves easily.
All Full Carbon paddles are included with their own
exclusive Mistral padded bag.
Mistral tested many different shapes and have decided upon 2 basic
versions. The beautifully wedge shaped round grip, which adapts
to any hand size and the T-grip for smaller hands. There is also an
option for an EVA grip with a softer feel.