The perfect combination of technologically advanced materials and
enhanced user- friendly shapes. The paddle shaft can be described
as the motor of the paddle, whereby the physical force produced by
the rider at the shaft and at the grip, is converted into propulsion.
Mistral produces the stiffest shafts for racers so as energy delivered at
the shaft and grip can be fully transferred to the blade.
With recreational paddling this is different. Since adults, teenagers
and children want to have fun during their day out on the water,
they are less concerned about maximum propulsion. Our fiberglass
shafts are therefore better suited for adventures, providing greater
flex in order to protect muscles and tendons.
Whereas carbon shafts are very stiff, fiberglass shafts provide
greater flex, producing a degree of ‘cushioning’ during the power
phase, which leads to a ‘softer’ paddle stroke, preferred by many
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.